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Bbc Radio 1'S Live Lounge 2013
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Having never really taken a huge interest in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge albums before, I picked up this latest in the series after noticing what a strong lineup of artists was on it.

I was very impressed, and intend to buy the previous compilations. It's a great idea to include the biggest hit singles of the year, but giving them a unique touch, either presenting them as cover versions by fellow chart acts, or unique performances from the original artist. This makes this series of compilation very different from the rest, and actually offers something new and exclusive.

There is so much good music for everyone to enjoy here, it was great to hear a completely different version of 'Pompeii' by Bastille, a cover of Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' by Tom Odell, who gives his own instantly recognisable style to the original upbeat track, and Gabrielle Aplin sings 'Best Song Ever' (not a song I would normally play, nor the band) really beautifully. There are also songs from most of my favourite artists: Jake Bugg, Kodaline, Imagine Dragons, Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend - a who's who of truly talent musicians on the music scene today --- fantastic!!

'BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2013' is my hands-down highlight of the year in terms of compilations. Why only four stars then? Well, I could have done without the likes of Little Mix (not my taste at all) and several others - but then again, many people will of course love their contributions - and so there is something for everyone. Buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2013
Had high expectations for 2013's live lounge but when compared with 2012's it didn't quite live up to expectations. Some great songs on here but simply in my opinion no where near as good as last years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2013
The advert has done a good job of selling a poor album. You would be better off just downloading the songs on the advert that you like because the rest are rubbish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2013
Hate it of all the live lounge albums think they picked them out of a hat.
only 4 decent songs to slow not enough covers for me
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
I do like these Radio 1 Live Lounges for various reasons, and this latest offering hits the spot just like the others. In these days of Spotify, Napster etc when you can download and stream any song going, this type of CD comes in to its own with its unique version of well-known songs and its exposure of music icons (and others, even X Factor finalists!) as proper songsters. Equally, the fact that I can enjoy a Radio 1 product makes me feel younger than I like to remember that I really am. There is a touch of Radio 2 about some of the tracks, which is not an insult, or perhaps 6 Music lite. That is the strength of this CD, as many of the tracks can be appreciated both my me and my 12 year-old daughter. Clearly, everyone has their own taste but for the most part the tracks on this CD bridge the gap across a variety of genres, although the penultimate track 'Wild for the Night' seems wildly out of place - more of a Radio 1 Extra Plus Plus Plus track in my view. As an aside, having purchased one or two CDs from Amazon recently I wish I knew what the criteria is for enabling the customer to auto-rip the CD being purchased. This one did not have this facility when I bought it, although I notice that it is available now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
Don't get me wrong, some are amazing! Hold on We're Going Home, (brilliant) Best Song Ever, (amazing) Summertime Sadness (the original is fantastic, but this is just shockingly beautiful) and Tessellate (couldn't stand the original, trust Mumford to make it listenable), but I could do without Robin Thicke, Little Mix, and Vampire Weekend.
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on 28 April 2014
Some of the tracks here are great, some aren't as much. Hold On, We're Going Home is DEFINITELY not one to be missed, nor is Summertime Sadness. Tessellate's a nice one, and I was quite surprised, but Olly Murs' rendition of Don't You Worry Child is quite tuneful, and as a fan of the Swedish House Mafia, has qualities that John Martin simply doesn't possess. I also quite like the acoustic versions of La La La and Close Enemies. So- 5 stars there.
However, there is a lot of stuff not worth listening to. For instance, Little Mix's cover of I Will Wait (a previously beautiful song) and Misha B's woeful attempt at Beneath Your Beautiful. I refuse to even mention Vampire Weekend (a crap band) and their stab of Blurred Lines (a crap song). Those three songs in themselves lose a star. That being said, these three are the only A.W.F.U.L. songs on the album.
I also deduct a star for the what can only be described as alright quality of the other 33 songs.
I would then deduct a star for the shameful fact Bastille's cover medley of We Can't Stop, Lose Yourself, and Achey Breaky Heart wasn't included on the album, a hauntingly amazing piece, but that star was saved by Gabrielle Aplin for her amazing cover of Best Song Ever, which blew 1D out of the water completely.
What I'm saying, is I'd prefer if you could buy the songs individually, but there are some brilliant tracks on here all the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2013
Would be better if the bbc included more of the live covers of other artists songs that makes the live lounge unique
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2014
This is a fantastic album of modern songs by modern artists with a few old covers thrown in. The mix is very agreeable across the genres. I have listened to this album over and over again and have enjoyed it each time. I have found something different on every occasion. It is very worthy of five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2014
It hasn't grabbed me yet. There are too many new bands that I haven't heard of yet so I need to listen to it a few more times to decide if I like it. It's not as good as previous years of this CD.
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