Be The Voice Music & Me

Release Date: December 5, 2007

Track Listing

  1. Never Gonna Give You Up
  2. I Will Always Love You
  3. Diggin On You
  4. Video Killed The Radio Star
  5. Ribbon In The Sky
  6. Virtual Insanity
  7. Don’t Worry Be Happy
  8. Here There And Everywhere
  9. Californication
  10. Falling (Twin Peaks Theme)
  11. Jingle Bells
  12. Take On Me

Review

Be The Voice’s Music & Me covers a wide variety of artists including Rick Astley, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder & The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Given the nature of this album there should be plenty of familiar songs for those who have listened to North American pop from the 80’s & onward.

Many of the takes of these popular songs are stripped down acoustic versions that bring a chilled out kind of feel. It may be sonething shocking to those who are used to the original versions of these songs. The 80’s tracks like Never Gonna Give You Up & Video Killed The Radio Star are stripped of their heavily produced synth pop & sound really good under an acoustic setting.

Other songs like I Will Always Love You & Ribbon In The Sky in their original form are lush ballads & transition to acoustic smoothly as well. The most interesting covers I found are Don’t Worry Be Happy & Virtual Insanity. I remember Don’t Worry Be Happy being some cheesy, catchg Reggae flavored song for some movie many moons ago.

in the hands of Be The Voice the cheese is gone & the catchiness is retained making it somewhat easier for repeated listening. With Virtual Insanity somehow the funk of the original is retained while keeping the instrumentation simple. Great stuff.

Cover albums can be risky since there has to be a bit of familiarity yet a unique twist that makes the cover worth listening to. I believe that Be The Voice have expertly walked that fine line to create a great listening experience.

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