Earlier this month, Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins launched his first-ever solo singles series. Every week, he’ll release a brand new original, followed a week later by the B-side featuring a cover of one of Adkins’ favorite artists. Previously, he revealed his version of Everly Brothers’ “Give Me A Sweetheart”, the flip to his own “I Will Go”. Today, he’s dropped the B-side to “Love Don’t Wait”, a cover of Beck’s “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard”.
Originally released as part of Beck’s sheet music album, Song Reader, Juanes recorded a Spanish version for the musical release. That means that Adkins rendition could be the first English-language studio recording of the song. In the JEW singer’s hands, the song is a slow-burning number played largely with acoustic guitars. A female vocalist backing Adkins on some of the verses, and the track actually seems to share some space with Clarity. Of course, since it’s a Beck tune, it’s definitely more folky than late-’90s emo. Take a listen below via Spotify.
Adkins will release two more singles, “Hell” and a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, over the next two weeks. On September 11th, all the songs will be compiled as a set of three 7-inch singles.