Jack White, "Power of My Love"
Released just a few weeks ago as part of his "world's fastest record" stunt, White's solo cover of this song, made famous by Elvis Presley, was a natural addition to his repertoire. Elvis's influence obviously runs through the whole recorded history of rock, but White's stripped-down, back-to-basics take on the music has always owed a fair debt to Presley's straightforward power. This relatively faithful rendition supplants Presley's velvety pipes with White's wiry wail and gives the original a gritty treatment. What was once smooth is now full of jagged edges, which is incidentally a fairly accurate descriptor of White's deployment of his influences in general.