it seems to me that more than any other cover, i've heard most people say they hate U2's version of unchained melody. (the recorded one, the b-side; not live.) it's always shocked me, really, cos i love it. i wonder if it's cos most were attached to (or just used to) the original, or if they just think it's crap? i never had a tie with the original. it was always just... there. i dunno. but when i heard U2's, i suddenly understood it. the way bono sings it makes the lyrics stand out, makes the emotion of it much more apparent. there is so much ache. i don't feel that from any other version.
the overall flow of it... the guitar rolling in persistent waves, the bass and the movement it brings... just renders me speechless.