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Riff: Aloe Blacc – “Femme Fatale”

Oct 3, 2013

Here she comes, you better watch your step/She’s going to break your heart in two, it’s true/It’s not hard to realize/Just look into her false colored eyes/She builds you up to just put you down, what a clown

from Femme Fatale lyrics by Aloe Blacc

Adding his own twist to The Velvet Underground classic, Aloe Blacc reimagines the seductive charm of the infamous femme fatale figure. In contrast to the original, Blacc’s smoky vocals add a firm presence, which carries over so well that for a moment he makes heartache sound like a warm embrace.

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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