Howard Jones’ dreamy, existential 1986 ballad “No One Is to Blame” had a message and melody that resonated, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite its pop/soul sound, the song doesn't quite deal with love, but with the lack thereof.
It’s that ache -- being alive and in life, yet yearning for friendly or romantic belonging -- that inspired Rachael Sage, who was on tour with Jones, to take on her headlining act's song. But she’s even more interested in the other half of the song’s message. “I felt the questions it poses about blame and responsibility are more relevant than ever."
With Jones’ blessing, she made it so. “I am absolutely thrilled by Rachael’s version,” Jones said in a statement. “She has really put her own original stamp on the song.”