'Creep,' by Postmodern Jukebox featuring Haley Reinhart.


Back in 2011, when "American Idol'' was a slightly bigger deal than it's become, I spent rather a lot of time screaming at the television as judges Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez dumped haterade on jazz singer Haley Reinhart.

To his credit, Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler was usually in her corner, but -- and no disrespect to eventual winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, both country singers -- it wasn't enough.

Reinhart placed third, despite a killer rendition of the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun.''

Now, Reinhart is back with the freewheeling jazz ensemble Postmodern Jukebox, doing a '20s torch song rendition of Radiohead's "Creep,'' and it proves everything I said about her back in 2011 was right.

Postmodern Jukebox's main gimmick is doing contemporary pop and rock songs in vintage styles with rotating guest vocalists, and they have a long list of terribly addictive covers, including stellar renditions of Wham's "Careless Whisper'' and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe.'' Reinhart's "Creep'' is up there with the best of the lot.

The vocals roll like fog, and when she escalates into the chorus'...

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