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Nicole Cross's sweetly raspy rendition of 'Let Her Go'

When the original video for a track has been viewed over 917 million times on YouTube, as is the case with Passenger's 'Let Her Go,' there's no question that it was a massive hit. Though originally released in 2012, 'Let Her Go' didn't skyrocket to popularity until 2014 when it was featured in a Budweiser Super Bowl commercial featuring a puppy and a Clydesdale. The track pulled at the heartstrings of millions with lyrics like: 
"Staring at the bottom of your glass
Hoping one day you'll make a dream last
But dreams come slow and they go so fast
You see her when you close your eyes
Maybe one day you'll understand why
Everything you touch surely dies
But you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go" 
When a track earns this kind of popularity, it can be an incredibly difficult task to create a cover that does justice, but YouTube performer Nicole Cross has managed to do just that. She has a beautiful rasp to her voice and easily moves through lower registers that can be difficult for women with higher voices, and it's these qualities that make her cover stand out. 
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When Cross begins the song, and again when she sings the verses - all of which are lower in key than the chorus - her tones are robust and powerful. On the contrary, Passenger's vocalist, Mike Rosenberg, has a high-pitched tenor range and performs these portion of the song with a gentle breathiness, causing the original version to sound more delicate and tender. When flipped from a high, male vocal range into the lower portion of a powerhouse female singer's range, the track takes on a whole new energy. Cross's version feels a bit more edgy and emotionally charged but still captures the sadness and heartbreak of the lyrics. 
Cross's take on the chorus is just as stunning as her verses - she easily soars into her higher vocal range, painting each of her sustained notes with a raspiness that is downright shiver-inducing. The ease with which she moves from verse to chorus is seamless and perfectly shows off her great range and control. 
Cross's cover has been watched over 11 million times on YouTube, and many commenters have expressed that they like her version better than Passenger's.  What do you think? Let us know in the comments below! 
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