I love it when indie artists do acoustic renditions of Top 40 pop songs.
Depends on how you take it, I mean, it could be a pretentious display of ‘oh this is me giving your music needed soul and sincerity’.
Or you could see it as an exquisite example of a great pop song shining in a different arrangement.
Here are some of my favourite strummy la la covers:
Absent Elk – The Loving Kind
Originally performed by Girls Aloud
Where the original composition evoked a moodier expression with its mellow synths and chord progression, this stripped back rendition puts the vocals in the front line. Suddenly, I hear the lyrics speaking to me.
Pomplamoose – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Originally performed by Beyonce
I just like the novelty of waify indie chick vocals fronting a fierce R&B track. They’ve probably done better covers but her adorable improvisation at the bridge (2:03) is worth checking out.
Maximo Park – Just Dance
Originally performed by Lady Gaga
This arrangement takes the debauchery out of the night club and into the pub. Don’t think I actually know any Maximo Park songs except for their ace covers of Lady Gaga and Natalie Imbruglia‘s ‘Shiver’…
Sugababes – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Originally performed by Florence + The Machine
I know I’ve got this the wrong way around but British pop group du jour, Sugababes, deserve to make the list for the noteworthy job they’ve done with this number. Their signature harmonies (irrespective of who’s in the line up) are always right on the money. It’s in with the harp and Indian tablas and out with the slick studio productions.
Joss Stone – Under Pressure
Originally performed by Queen
Freddie fanatic or not, it’s hard to fault Joss Stone‘s soulful rendition of ‘Under Pressure’. A perfect example of paying homage to a classic but executed in your own style.
The Bird & The Bee – How Deep Is Your Love
Originally performed by Bee Gees
Perhaps it’s a little daggy to admit, but I love the Bee Gees. With every successful Bee Gees cover that comes forth, it’s true props to the fantastic songwriting abilities of the Gibb brothers. This atmospheric reimagination of ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ is pure magic.
Erik Hassle & Ellie Goulding – Be Mine!
Originally performed by Robyn
The two rising stars of 2010 Erik and Ellie give me a goosebumps with this acoustic rendition of ‘Be Mine!’. While I don’t mind Robyn‘s album version with the pulsating beats and dramatic strings, I much prefer the sincerity expressed in this performance.
Katie Noonan – Crazy
Originally performed by Gnarls Barkley
Our own Katie Noonan gives Nelly Furtado a run for her money with this loungey cover of ‘Crazy’. Flawless vocal delivery with a touch of jazz – now I’m ready for a martini.