this is one of the few great covers on what was otherwise a lukewarm album. It's hard as hell to fil Tom's shoes: one of the ways in which h differs from the esteemed Mr. Leonard Cohen; Cohen's tunes shine more in the hands of others, I think (Jeff buckley's "hallelujah," Tori amos's "famous blue raincoat," etc...), where very few people can do justice to a Tom Waits tune. Either they stand too close to the orginal (and just seem paltry in comparison) or they jsut fuck it up by running the wrong way (I mean you, Ms. Johansen)
Neko rules this cover though. Stripped down and sublime.