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Impossible to surpass the original
on 16 November 2004
I've just heard this on Radio 1 and what can I say? Well, it's different. The song opens up with the sombre sound of a piano, and the strumming of guitars. Is this the same song? Chris Martin confirms it is with those classic opening lines. Dido next, yawning '...and in a world full of plenty...'. Thank God for Robbie, putting some much needed power into the song, doing his bit with '...but say a prayer, pray for the other ones...'. Sugartarts, I mean babes, up next with their totally un-emotional offering. Travis' Fran Healy next doing a good job with '...where the only water flowing...'. Will Young and Jamelia team up next doing quite a good job continuing with '...is the bitter sting of tears...'
Now the bit we've all been waiting for; music's biggest star Bono with his unforgettable line '...but tonight thank God it's them, instead of you...'
I won't go into the rest of the song for risk of spoiling it for people who haven't heard it yet, but I do have to comment on the inclusion of a rap by Dizze Rascal half way through the song: I nearly choked on my corn flakes this morning when I heard this and it just does not go with the song whatsoever. I would say the artists that stand out on this have to be Tom 'Keane' Chaplin, Fran Healy and Bono. People will argue about this song for many months, if not years, to come, but at the end of the day all these artists (and Ms. Dynamite) gave up their hard earned time to record this song for one of the most deprived regions in our world today, so good on them. Don't forget, ALL proceeds from this single will go to help starving children and to help rebuild broken lives. So, 2 stars for content, 5 stars for the cause.