Yes, I blame Caroline Glaser (an eliminated contender in this season’s The Voice US with the most unique sounding voice) for making me enamored with this darkly penned song. The moment I heard his version, I searched for Ed Sheeran’s record and I wasn’t disappointed. I fell in love. Period. (Click on the image to view/listen to the record.)
Without a doubt, this song became a phenomena that took over the airwaves like a storm when it debuted. It was overly-played and had become almost unbearable to listen to especially for someone who’s prone to LSS (last song syndrome) because of its sheer popularity among the younger crowd. I admit that it was on my playlist for a few months before it lost its luster after hearing toddlers dancing and attempting to sing this in their babyish language.
Annoyance aside, it is a feel good song. And because I want to give the original artist a fair start-up against a cover I stumbled upon, I’m giving you an acoustic version of the song by Carly Rae Jepsen. (Click on the image to watch/listen to the track.)
I admit, I HAD a crush on Justin Timberlake when he brought sexy back. It’s not because of his singing or talking voice (I’ve always been a sucker for deep, low-pitched voices a la Gerard Butler), it’s because of the way he moves. Yeah, baby!
Again . . . I digress. it’s probably all the hormones. Anyway, I have nothing against the original version of this song. In fact, I grooved with it for a time or two, but when I saw Biffy Clyro’s live cover of it for BBC Radio One Live Lounge, my heart went boom . . . boom . . . boom . . .
SEGUE: I’ve been a Biffy fan since 2008, when I heard the song Falling Stars from their 2007 album “Puzzle”. It’s a great introduction to a band that I’m steadily falling in love with. I’ve even started loving Simon Neil’s (Biffy’s frontman) side project Marmaduke Duke — I am completely taken by their single Rubber Lover.
Suffice to say, I am a rocker/punk girl. Always have and always will, even if I listen to almost all types of music genre — depending on my mood, of course.
The moment I stumbled on the Gorillaz doing their own rendition of The xx‘s Crystalised, I was hypnotized. And because frontman Damon Albarn‘s soulful take of this indie song was great, it made me watch the video at least 20 times!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of both versions of this song. But, like what I mentioned before, an artist’s mettle is truly tested when they perform better live than the album versions of their song.
Anyway, it’s always a matter of preference.
The lyrics to the song was good. It’s one of those selfless messages the world needs today. As a rocker at heart, I wasn’t totally captured by the original version. Rather, it was the Wombat’s acoustic version that won me over. Their quirky take on this Jessie J original was so fun that I almost thought it was their own.
To even out the comparison, both videos are acoustic versions of the song.