Vic Allen - Iris
Succumbing to public demand and releasing her first ever cover version, Vic Allen has chosen to open her account for 2022 in style with a cover of The Goo Goo Dolls hit "Iris". A brave choice in some ways as the original is synonymous with grandiose theatrical strings and dramatic drumming behind a somewhat tortured vocal so it would be easy to be overawed by the source material.
This is no twee John Lewis cover version either and sees Vic extracting her own pathos from the lyrics simply by putting the emphasis on different words -
"I don't want to go home right now" and "I just don't wanna miss you tonight" seem more vivid and more real with Vic singing them - it is easy to see why this would quickly become a firm fan favourite with her tik tok fans.
For the first half of the song it is little more than Vic and her acoustic guitar, and when reinforcements arrive, it is done with a subtle bit of male backing vocal and some sympathetic keyboard additions that all go to make a quite splendid cover version