“Someone Like You” is going to be covered endlessly anyway. It’s already a standard.
That being said, it’s hard to hear it with fresh ears, especially when it’s not Adele singing it. But to David Nail’s credit, he keeps the simplicity of the original and doesn’t try to out-sing its originator. He sounds like a less nasal Gary LeVox, which sounds pretty good, indeed.
His cover doesn’t elevate the song or bring any new discoveries to the surface, but neither is necessary to justify it being covered. A great song sung well is good enough for me.
Written by Adele and Dan Wilson
Listen: Someone Like You