Leah Greenblatt
April 21, 2009 AT 11:16 PM EDT

When Kanye West got confessional on last year’s minimalist cri de coeur 808s and Hearbreak, it showed us a side of the Louis Vuitton Don we hadn’t seen before: vulnerable, angsty, vocodered.

Now, piano-rock balladeers the Fray have gone and matched him on the first two, if not the third: Their cover of his beseeching single “Heartless” (sample lyric: “How could you be so / cold as the winter wind when it breeze yo”) is Vulnerable Angst Squared — singer Isaac Slade’s desperate, breathy pleas sound like the last gasp of someone with fatal emotional angina.

In the giant hall of mirrors that is the internet, Kanye himself has already posted the mp3 on his blog, which means he presumably approves, and the song is actually available today on iTunes. You can also stream it here, and tell us what you think: Coldest story ever told, or hot like fire?

More on the Music Mix:
Sugarland covers Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’
Eminem’s ‘Relapse’ cover art: What do you think?
Asher Roth: Are you ready for a suburban rap star?

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