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Spirit in the Sky (Comic Relief) [CD 1]  [CD 1]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2003
What a super, uplifting version of a song I have to say I didn't rate at all in its original form. Gareth Gates is such a shining star and isn't afraid to send himself up - which is great for a boy his age. Gareth's popularity has definitely sent sales rocketing. His singing and dancing are excellent and the Kumars contribution and the theme is so much fun.
It certainly deserves the success it is experiencing and would have undoubtedly been a big hit even if the proceeds hadn't been going to charity. I would have bought it in any case.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2003
After the dissapointing chart position of the rather dreary original "What my heart wants to say", Gareth returns to safe territory with yet another cover version.....but fear not this one is actually a goodie and really hits the mark! Featuring voiceovers from The Kumars, this is the offical 2003 Comic Relief charity single and make no mistake, this will sell by the truckload. The "Bollywood" style backing track is extremely uplifting and rather refreshing and there is no doubt that Gareth is in fine voice. This is a great pop track and after one play, you'll find yourself humming it all day. The Kumars are mildy amusing on first hearing but thereafter become rather irritating, instead play the "clean" version featuring just Gareth. Get used to this one now as your going to be hearing this for months !!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2003
A brilliant song just right for Comic Relief brlliantly sang by Gareth Gates, very upbeat with a lovely dance routine attached which the kids will love to copy. Gareth is giving a great rendition of this song, and his lovely velvety smooth and clear voice is just great to listen to. I do prefer the version without the Kumars though, even though the video with the Kumars for Comic Relief is so funny.
I am also looking forward to the new song on there from Gareth.
All in all a very good buy, cant wait to receive it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2003
This is a classic comic relief track with an extremely catch beat and a dance that will have kids, grannies and those inbetween on the floor. It enables Gareth to show of his personality which has often not been possible due to his stammer and he clearly gives his all to the charity. He angelic vocals are polished and suit the song extremely well. The kumars add the finishing touch and give the track that funny comic relief feel. Definately deserves to score Gareth his four number one and raise bucket loads for charity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2003
Spirit in the sky is a brilliant song, and not only for comic relief. Gareth rendition is the best yet, his voice sounds velvety smooth and clear. it is upbeat and has a great dance routine which the kids will love to copy. Personally I prefer the clean version, just Gareth singing.But of course for Comic relief the video is just right, really funny. All in all a very good buy, especially where it also has a brand new track of Gareth included.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2003
I have to say that I love the new single by Gareth Gates, Spirit in the Sky. I love the Bollywood theme, the great thumping beat and the total exhuberance that the song projects. I loved the previous two versions of the song but I think Gareth's version is definitely the best.
I personally love the Kumars on it, but I think it's good that there is a "clean" version too for those who prefer just Gareth on it.
The video is wonderful. Colourful and upbeat and with a great little dance for the kids to do.
All in all a great new single from Gareth, I think it will be another huge hit for him.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2004
If you really want to donate to good causes, just give money instead of buying this garbage.
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5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2003
Doing the Comic Relief song has often been seen as a double edged sword. On the one hand, the general public admire the artists' willingness to expose themselves to ridicule for the sake of a 'charidee'. On the other, any artistic credibility is lost when said artist begins prancing around with celebrities fast dropping from the celebrity radar screen. The result is often not half as funny as Lenny Henry might think it is.
The Spice Girls are perhaps the most famous of those who have tackled this challenge - and they did it with aplomb with 'Who Do You Think You Are'. Gareth Gates is not so lucky. Saddled with the Kumars, what might be a pretty decent pop song is ruined by their inane prattle, which someone, at some stage, must have found funny. Sadly, on CD, the 'jokes' are about as funny as haemorrhoids.
Thank goodness, then, for the choice of song - a spritely, jolly cover done with gusto by Gates. It even has a quirky little dance the kids will all be doing come mid-March. So - pretend you cannot hear the smug, self-satisfied wittering of Sanjeev Bhaskar & Co, and instead thank heavens that we have been spared Westlife.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2003
There we go again, one tries to keep an open mind and remember that this -ONCE GREAT- tune is for charity(Comic Relief)but is difficult.
The Kumares little gags get very tiresome after a while ... and I am afraid very irritant.
Gareth Gates voice is very weedy, and adds nothing to the song.
I am certainly not against artists doing cover versions, specially if they managed to add some fresheness to it, but Spirit In The Sky is atrocious.
Fair enough, is a charity song, but did it have to be soo bad?
I will never again complain about the Spice Girls or even Westlife Comic Relief efforts.
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