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Just a week after Perfect Pussy covered Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘Candy Room,’ singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten checks in with her own cover of one of his songs. And frankly, we like it a whole lot better.

Maybe because we like ‘Drive All Night’ more. Or maybe it’s just because Van Etten doesn’t use the song’s template for a battering ram of personal assault. Either way, Van Etten — whose new album, ‘Are We There,’ comes out on May 27 — strips the song, originally on 1980’s ‘The River,’ to a spare piano ballad that rips with ache.

She recorded the song at Springsteen’s old stomping ground, the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., just in case you think it needed more reverence.

Van Etten covered the song as part of the A.V. Club’s Pioneering series, in which modern artists pay tribute to the musicians who influenced them. Van Etten, a New Jersey native, also talked about how Springsteen’s 1984 classic ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ was one of the first albums she owned and her connection to him and his music. You can watch that video here:

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