I loved the original from Keane and in it's original format features on many of my MP3 playlists already.Lily Allen's cover has definately given the tune a new edge adapted to her unique style and has been "given wings" by it's inclusion in the wonderful "hare and bear" animation featured in a well known store advert.It just goes to prove that a really good song will stand the test of time and Somewhere Only We Know undoubtedly will feature on Christmas Albums from here on in (Kerching for Messers Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes!).A lovely novel way of wrapping up an established tune into something different for Christmas and always.
"Somewhere Only We Know" by Lily Allen caught my attention due to my previous enjoyment and familiarity with "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane. I like both versions, but admit that Lily Allen puts her unique and passionate spin on the song. She sings extremely well on this cover and gives a believable portrayal of singing it as if it may have been the story of her life in past experiences (whether or not this happened). The cover is available to listen to on youtube and is best for those who are familiar with Keane's rock version and/or enjoy smooth synth-pop ballads.
I know, I know, the rabbit mucks up the bears circadian clock and he will never get back to sleep, but all the bunny wanted to do was share Christmas with his friend. Softies everywhere will know what I mean and eyes will fill up with delight. It's a beautiful version Lily x
All credit to John Lewis for using this for their last Christmas advert but obviously this review isn't about them! It's quite difficult for people to do a decent cover version but Lily Allen has succeeded where most haven't. Obviously the ad was a tug at the heartstrings affair and Ms Allen's cover was a contributory factor here. I happily sing along when I play it and would play it all day every day if I could. Could go on and on about it but you'll all probably die of boredom.
Lily Allen can do little wrong for me - as far as her music is concerned, anyway. Even with the swearing from time to time I find her melodies enchanting, voice control and intonation riveting, production excellent, and the lyrics always tell a story. This was a good choice as it is also one of my all time favourite Keane tracks. Looking forward to the new album in the 'Late Spring'...