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better than the original
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cd
catalog number:
MIN5052498510726
price:
14.44 €
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5052498510726
genre:
pop
release:
2011.08.12. 
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Songs are like people: sometimes they turn up looking very tasteful and decent, at other times they are done up like the dog's dinner. It generally takes a second look - or a second listen - to really register essentials. Pop of course adores a spectacle and glamorous get-up, but it also loves it when things go off the rails - in the studio or on stage.

Fortunately for us there are singers and musicians out there who are less interested in outfits than in human values: people who can pick up a song by Britney Spears and strip it of everything shrill or insincere, until all that remains is a song as moving as it is genuine, which speaks of loneliness and being left. The melody functions brilliantly also with an acoustic accompaniment while the pared-down version of the text has an added edge of intense theatricality. It was no accident that Milow and Mads Langer made a big smash with their quiet interpretations of "Ayo Technology" (50 Cent & Justin Timberlake) and "You're Not Alone" (Olive).
Music-manager Konrad Sommermeyer has been collecting cover versions for years. So he is always well equipped to spin some of his homemade compilations, before a band in his care starts its concert. You find yourself listening to stunning stuff such as Cat Powers breathily voiced version of "Wonderwall", a hit from Brit Rock-yobs, Oasis. Lots of people have turned to Sommermeyer in recent years, to find out more about the artists behind these special covers. So a project like "Better Than The Original" was long overdue. The compilation presents 16 laid back yet luscious versions of major original hits, most of which are rooted in Urban, Hip-Hop and Dance. Many of these covers are unavailable in usual outlets, for example because they were recorded live during a radio broadcast.

"Better Than The Original" is an album whose personal, headstrong charm slowly enchants you. The 16 songs suggest a romantic evening in a cute bar that is perhaps a little worse for wear, but presents a steady stream of singers on its tiny stage. If you close your eyes, you may begin to imagine the dumb charades of Britney or KISS -and they may even make you grin. What you won't hear on these covers, luckily, is flat clapping beats and Autotune effects: one more reason these versions are Better Than The Original.
01. mads langer / you're not alone
02. milow / ayo technology
03. obadiah parker / hey ya
04. jack l / can't get you out of my head
05. ray lamontagne / crazy (single version)
06. foy vance / crosstown traffic
07. ortopilot / with a little help from my friends
08. pixie lott / use somebody
09. oceana / baby one more time (radio hamburg version)
10. frida gold / only girl (in the world)
11. maria mena / i was made for lovin' you
12. cat power / wonderwall
13. william fitzsimmons / heartless
14. ane brun feat. liv widell / stop
15. ortopilot / another day in paradise
16. ozark henry / black hole sun
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