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2 discs of bad..
on 28 August 2012
Kicking off with Ed Sheeran - The A Team isn't a great start, a slow-ish fairly boring song (that is, far too overplayed) although you can't fault his performance, not even a voice shake so that's a plus! Next comes one of the only good songs on this album = Friendly Fires - The Edge Of Glory which is done very well as a cover, I actually prefer it to the original! It's dance-y and vocals are good, a great contribution from Friendly Fires. It's well worth a listen if you get the chance, and if I could buy it as a single I would! Example's cover of Don't Sit Down `Cause I've Moved Your Chair (Arctic Monkeys) is very poor, and I had to turn it off it was just so dull and basically badly done, and I love Example usually! A disappointment to kickstart the rest of the rubbish songs on this album... Miles Kane ruins Heaven (Emilie Sande) which is unfortunate as I like the original, the same with Leona Lewis' Let The Sun Shine, she slows it completely and while this could work, it just doesn't. The Vaccine's Last Friday Night is a very good cover I must say, changed up completely but still sounding awesome, same for Vampire Weekend's cover of Cheryl Cole which I love! Hard-Fi also does a good job of covering Snoop Dogg & David Guetta's Sweat - keeping it punchy but adding their own rock-y spin.
Ellie Goulding does Only Girl in the World - Rihanna and while, yes, it's lovely, it's also a tad boring and very predictably done (as expected of Goulding really) but if you like her then you'll love this. The Kooks cover Pumped Up Kicks nicely - sounding very like the original, though which defeats the point of Live Lounge a little. The only other 2 worth mentioning are Everything Everything - What's My Name? which is fabulous! Completely different from Rihanna's original and took to a new level with the quirky vocals. Also Avril Lavigne covering Tik Tok is very well done and definitely on a par with Ke$ha's version, her vocals just bring new life to the song whilst the acoustics bring a different timbre to the dance-y original. Other than that, the album is pretty mediocre and I won't be recommending it to anyone. It's a shame, as the Live Lounge albums before this have been pretty decent.