Korn’s frontman remembers what Rick Rubin told him. “It’s a good song if it translates well with just an acoustic guitar and vocals.”
Korn has been working on something new during the quarantine – a reworked acoustic version of the song “Can You Hear Me”.
Frontman Jonathan Davis told SiriusXM the band recorded the track in isolation by “sending files to each other” while “stuck in our houses” during the Coronavirus pandemic. Davis called it a “really cool, different version” of the 2019 track, and said he was once told by legendary producer Rick Rubin that “it’s a good song if it translates well with just an acoustic guitar and vocals”. This version is a bit more lush and polished than just guitar and voice, but we ain’t mad about it.
The original version of “Can You Hear Me” came to us via Korn’s 2019 album The Nothing.
Do you agree that a good song should sound good played acoustically? What’s your favorite “unplugged” performance?