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Amber Mark Opens Up Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’

Let's face it, y'all. We're bored. If you're so inclined, you can even add an "AF" to the end of that sentence. Boredom does breed creativity, though, and some of our favorite artists and answering the call. Amber Mark is one such artist. While she's cooped up at home, she's started a series she's calling "COVERED-19," which will see the songstress covering and then releasing a new track every two weeks. First up in the series is her take on Nirvana's 1993 grunge classic "Heart-Shaped Box."

Amber doesn't replicate the minor-chord rumble that is found on the original. Instead, she transforms the track into a moody R&B number with a little bump to nod your head to. The singer starts thing off with gorgeously layered backing vocals before chiming in with the main verses. The adversarial lyrics make "Heart-Shaped Box" one of the most unlikely love songs, but Amber's vocal smooths out the roughness while still allowing us to feel the edges of their bite.

Amber didn't leave the creativity in just the recording. She also decided to release a short video to accompany the track that shows us how she's coping in isolation. We get clips of the singer laying her vocals in her makeshift home studio. But even better are the shots of her rocking her finest 'Rona couture. Lace gloves, a lacy white bustier, sweatpants and (of course) a black face mask never looked so good as when she rocks them all together to show us how she's keeping herself healthy while keeping it cute.

We're sure that many purists will find something they don't like about this particular cover. We, however, think Amber Mark has done a fine job reimagining this one and we look forward to seeing what else she comes up with while self-isolating. Check out both her cover and the fun video below.


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