October 28th, 2010
Canadian singer Nelly Furtado is adding her cover of “Time Stand Still” by Rush to the soundtrack of the upcoming movie Score: A Hockey Musical. Here it is:
If you didn’t like Rush’s synth-laden adventures in the 1980s, you probably won’t like her take on the song. The keys sound like those in “Jump” by Van Halen.
But the thing that really jumped out at me was the drums. The whole song sounds melodically incomplete because there are no fills, just the steady drum machine beat. It really highlights just how much Neil Peart’s drums add to Rush’s tunes. In the original, the fills punctuated the verses and acted as bridges between the various parts of the song. It was a drum fill that acted to brings the tempo to a slower pace while, in Furtado’s version, any change in tempo is sudden and almost jarring.
However, she’s got Aimee Mann’s parts down pat.