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Jacob Lusk's 'A House Is Not a Home': As good as the Luther Vandross version?

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Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; David Redfern/Getty ImagesWhen I wrote a gallery comparing the Glee version of songs to the originals, I felt dirty even thinking about questioning the classics. (So I didn’t.) And I would have felt similar about comparing Luther Vandross’s version of “A House Is Not a Home” with something I heard on American Idol…if Jacob Lusk hadn’t totally rocked it last night.

Tonight, the girls take the stage, but my mind is still on his rendition of the classic ballad that had Jennifer Lopez lauding, “He’s gone, but now we have you.” 

I found this old video of Vandross performing the song at the NAACP Image Awards in 1988 on YouTube, and after listening to it, it’s clear that Lusk is definitely his own artist. The two versions, despite my original perception hearing it last night, don’t sound too much alike. Yet, there’s no doubt that Lusk’s voice give me the same feeling of comfort — it has a warmth to it. Ah! I can’t get over it.

So thanks, Jacob, for delivering this needs-to-be-released version and managing not to offend my ears — or Luther.

Have you been able to get this out of your head, PopWatchers?

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