How can 53 different artists possibly give different takes on just 12 songs? We’re finding out as more tracks from The Metallica Blacklist continue to roll out. We’ve heard Weezer take on ‘Enter Sandman’, we’ve heard both St. Vincent and Sam Fender give their separate versions of ‘Sad But True’, and we’ve heard Volbeat do ‘Don’t Tread on Me’.
Now, we have another name to add to the dogpile: American indie rock phenom Phoebe Bridgers, who has shared her version of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ slated to be included on the album.
“I’ve always been a big Metallica fan,” Bridgers explained on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 show. “I think it’s funny, my intro to them was probably way later than so many people who have always loved them.”
Adding: “But when I was a teenager, I went to Outside Lands, and I definitely knew Metallica songs from video games and stuff, but I went to Outside Lands and saw their set and was like, ‘This is a rock band’. It’s kind of a gateway to metal because they’re so hooky and you can hold onto so much of it and it actually can get stuck in your head. So that’s what I’ve always loved about Metallica is that they don’t shy away from a great hook.
“It was just so fun to take a part in it. I feel like my version almost sounds baroque,” she continued. “Literally, James [Hetfield] does all sorts of weird octave jumps and stuff that I can’t do, and I almost have a Billie Eilish approach of right by the microphone, performing it the opposite of them, which was really fun to lean into.”
Listen to Bridgers’ take on ‘Nothing Else Matters’ down below. The Metallica Blacklist is set for a September 10 release date.