Barnett said “the first Who song I heard was ‘Baba O’Riley.’ The song is so honest. There’s a rawness in the vocal, a yearning to connect, and that resonates with me. The lyrics remind me of a broken society, somewhere bleak with no hope, but inside that world is a person who is hopeful, someone who is willing to try to make things better.”
With a stripped down approach that mostly relies on piano and light drums, Barnett’s emotive delivery allows the Who’s lyrics to shine. The song still does get loud with an emotional crescendo that let’s Barnett flex his vocal dynamism.
Tom Robinson of BBC 6Music said “George is one song from song away from superstardom” and this cover of “Baba O’Riley” could very well be that song.