Take Cover: No Doubt's 'Settle Down'Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering today's hot songs
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Devon Rae Valentin
YouTube Channel: GakkedOutStrategy
"Two days, two videos. That shit cray," Valentin says, disarmingly, at the start of the clip. The young singer-songwriter's series of cover videos – everything from Sam Cooke and the Four Tops to Cranberries and Bush to Bright Eyes and Postal Service – are appealing in large part because Valentin is herself so charming. But, as with this low-key rendition of "Settle Down," it's her sweet, graceful voice that really makes her performance so winning. Unlike most other singers who attempt "Settle Down," Valentin doesn't reach for the song's high-pitched bridge melody, instead transposing it to her natural range with ease. Only complaint: I appreciate that shooting herself up close conveys intimacy – her quiet, effortless singing and light ukulele plucking – but she might try sitting a bit farther back from the webcam.