Vampire Weekend Goes Opera, Covers Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Con Te Patrio’

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By Jeremy D. Larson

In February, Starbucks (via Hear Music/Concord Music Group) will release Sweetheart 2014, the fifth in a series of Valentine’s Day compilations featuring bands covering their favorite love songs. We’ve already heard Jim James covering Bob Marley, and Beck covering John Lennon, and now we have Vampire Weekend covering…opera.

The song “Con Te Patrio”, which is actually “popera” song not an aria from a traditional opera, was made famous in the ’90s by the blind Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, and I know my mom loved it. So did Ezra Koenig, who sings the entire song in Italian under above a little reggae lilt. Listen to Koenig’s tenor voice really for it on the key change below, via Rolling Stone.

Sweetheart 2014  will hit your local Starbucks February 4. Check out the full tracklist below:

Sweetheart 2014 tracklist:

01. Jim James: “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley )
02. Vampire Weekend: “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by  Andrea Bocelli )
03. Beck: “Love” (John Lennon )
04. Phosphorescent: “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan )
05. The Head and the Heart: “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson )
06. Valerie June: “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family )
07. Bahamas: “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson )
08. Thao: “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles )
09. Ben Harper: “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star )
10. Fiona Apple: “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas )
11. Brandi Carlile: “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac )
12. Blake Mills: “I Hope” (Bobby Charles )
13. Sharon Jones: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder )

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