I know one of the last songs that anyone reading my blog will want to listen to is Adele's Someone like You which is without one doubt of the most overplayed songs of the past few years but just give this cover by Masha a listen. I will say no more and let her version speak for itself.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The newest album by Beverley Knight is called Soul UK and features some of the best soul songs that have been recorded by British singers over the past few decades. There are some truly brilliant songs that were first released in the 1980s including Mama Used to Say by Junior, Say I'm Your Number One by Princess and Don't Be A fool by Loose Ends.
The song which I'm highlighting from that album is Beverley's powerful version of One More Try by George Michael. Faith had so many great songs but One More Try and Kissing a Fool really showed what a genius songwriter George was. When George sang those songs you believed him, they were pure soul and emotion and that is exactly how Beverley sings. She has such respect for every songs she sings.
Here is a live performance of One More Try which Beverley recorded for Smooth Radio's Love Live Music event in Birmingham.
The End of the World by Skeeter Davis is 50 years old this year. There have been many cover versions of it over the years. One of the best in my opinion was by Sonia when she released it as the fifth single from her wonderful debut album Everybody Knows in 1990. Sonia's version got to number 18 in both the UK and Irish singles chart which was also the same position that the original Skeeter Davis got to when it was released in the early 1960s.
Sonia was always one of my most favourite pop artists who first began singing with Stock, Aitken & Waterman. All of her singles from Everybody Knows were classic SAW pop songs and End of the World was a great song for Sonia to cover. She is one of the music artists singing at the PWL Hit Factory Live concert in Hyde Park in London on July 11th so I will do a separate post on her many pop singles soon but first here is the ballad that really suited her voice.
One music duo who seem to love the pop that I love is Jim and Loreen from Jilo Music. They have a couple of covers on their Soundcloud page including Heart Skips a Beat and Someone like You.
The cover that I want to feature by them is their version of Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People. There are a couple of pop songs that seem to define this generation of pop fans and that's one of those songs. There is a very nice quality to their cover that I can't quite put in words which I think is a good thing.
Jilo Music's Soundcloud page is here
One of the best concerts I went to see in 2011 was Clare Maguire when she played at the Sugar Club here in Dublin. Of all of the many new artists in music over the past few years she is someone who deserves to be a bigger star.
Here is a very beautiful cover by Clare Maguire of Hope There's Someone which is a song by Antony & The Johnsons who was also one of my all time favourite concerts when he and his band played in Dublin's Vicar Street.