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Take Cover: Rihanna's 'Diamonds'

Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering the hit song

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Joel Brandenstein and Jona Selle

Although the actual execution feels a bit overwrought, Brandenstein and Selle's approach to the Rihanna tune is refreshing – a somber acoustic version with just piano, cello, a bit of guitar and shared vocals. Brandenstein's dramatically raspy voice and Selle's smooth counterpoint give this performance an intriguing blend of machismo and tenderness. It almost sounds like it could have been a duet between Jonathan Davis and Enrique Iglesias.

Performance: B

Presentation: B+

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