Entries in CD (2)

Thursday
Oct272011

Susan Boyle Channels Selena Gomez on New Version of "Mad World"

 

SINGLE REVIEW: Susan Boyle, Britain's Got Talent poster girl, is about to release her third studio album (her albums sell gazillion copies around the world), Someone to Watch Over Me. Included in this highly anticipated recording is her part-gorgeous/part-creepy teen-voiced version of Tears for Fears' classic "Mad World."

By Robbie Woliver

 

Susan Boyle seems to approve of her new teen voice.

 

"Mad World" has become one of those ubiquitous songs that never really gets old; Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is another. No matter who sings it, the song will most likely survive. The unlikely superstar, Boyle, who reached global fame by belting out Broadway classics on Britain's Got Talent in 2009, has taken a more daring and unexpected route on her albums. Turns out she has an affinity for rock and roll, and some obscure songs at that. Her choice of "Wild Horses" on her debut, I Dreamed a Dream, for example, was not as surprising as her choice of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" (pick up jaws) on the upcoming Someone, which will be released on November 1.   

The 50-year-old singer has a gorgeous voice, there is no disputing that, and that familiar soaring soprano of hers is not quite in evidence during "Mad World," where she sounds more like a teen Disney star like Selena Gomez or Taylor Swift. It's a great track to play for your friends and make a sure-fire million dollar bet that they'll never guess who it is--and they won't, unless, of course, they are REVIEWniverse followers. But you know what? Boyle's childlike rendition is eerily compelling and creepy, sorta the way weird young Adelaide is on American Horror Story.

We haven't heard Adelaide sing Tears for Fears yet, but it might sound like this:

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Beautiful song. Ethereal rendition. No surprise.

"MAD WORLD" VERSION BY SUSAN BOYLE RATING: 9.4/10

KNOWING IT'S SUSAN BOYLE SINGING AND NOT SELENA GOMEZ RATING: 4.9/10

ADELAIDE CREEPY FACTOR RATING: 10/10

"MAD WORLD" VERSION BY ADAM LAMBERT: Jackpot/10

 

Please friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Have your own rating or comments you'd like to share? Please do so in the comments below. 

 

 

Tuesday
Oct042011

Alien Ant Farm Announce Least Interesting News Ever

 

 

MUSIC-NEWS REVIEW: The band known almost exclusively for its novelty Michael Jackson cover continues to do things and announce things.

By Kenny Herzog

The monkey no one asked Alien Ant Farm to get off their back.

 

The only people getting more mileage these days out of Michael Jackson's death than tabloid media might be Alien Ant Farm, the jocular alt-rock band that made an impression in 2001 with their fun-but-noxious "Smooth Criminal" cover. Ten years later, despite failing to release anything that demonstrated their sustenance beyond a one-off goofball hit, the band is somehow participating in an upcoming U.K. MJ tribute with the likes of Smokey Robinson and Cee Lo Green. 

Actually, on second thought, even this is kind of terrible.


But alas, that's not even the big news, apparently. Apart from being dubiously attached to the King of Pop's legacy, Alien Ant Farm want us to know they've signed a new record deal with Executive Music Group, who will unveil their first LP in five years and only album with the "original lineup" since 2003. Which suggests that a new mandate needs to be imposed: Much like restaurants and other storefronts shouldn't be able to boast about their "Established" date on signage unless they've been open a minimum of two decades (said statue does not, but needs to, exist), record-label publicity ought to be prohibited from declaring returns to an "original lineup" unless said band has been estranged for no less than a decade and features members whose individual names could all be considered to have "household" status.

Even if one lacked prior awareness of this particular California quartet, it's easy enough to deduce that any band named Alien Ant Farm probably doesn't meet those requirements.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: That MJ tribute actually sounds pretty interesting. Might have to see if we can get on Alien Ant Farm's guest list.

ALIEN ANT FARM'S "ORIGINAL LINEUP" RATING: 4/10

ALIEN ANT FARM'S RETURN TO "ORIGINAL LINEUP" RATING: 2/10

THEIR "SMOOTH CRIMINAL" COVER BEING JUST ENOUGH, THANK YOU: 8/10

 

Have your own rating or comments you'd like to share? Please do so in the comments below.