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Chester French Cover Shakira’s “She Wolf” by ashleycollman
Chester French cover Shakira's "She Wolf"

Chester French cover Shakira's "She Wolf" for their blog

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Chester French’s Cover of “She Wolf” MP3
VIDEO: UNDER THE CUT
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: New Chester French Mixtape, Free Shakira Single “She Wolf”

It’s hard to put a genre on Harvard alumni band Chester French’s music. This week they delved into something completely unexpected by covering Shakira’s hit single “She Wolf.”

The cover came about in a new regular feature on their blog appropriately titled “Which Song Should We Cover.” The band has fans vote for one out of four song choices on their blog and the winning choice is covered. Fans have a week to vote and then Chester French produce it “as soon as humanly possible.” “She Wolf” was voted over other mainstream choices like “Ringleader Man” by T-Pain and “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus.

The idea is inspiring and the video’s execution hilarious, but the musical product is less than fantastic. Fans can download the song on their blog, but it’s hard to imagine anyone that would. While Max Drummey’s guitar playing is nothing to scoff at,  frontman D.A. Wallach’s vocals do not match the song well. Though it would be curious to see how well the duo’s music style mixes with future covers.

Voting started a week ago for the next cover and is a close race between Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and Pitbull’s “Calle Ocho.” The other two in the race are The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” and Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat?”

— Ashley Collman

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