Monday, November 25, 2013

Music Monday: Mark Ronson-Version



What is there that can be said about Mark Ronson that hasn't already been said? The English as well as newer artists such as Bruno Mars, Adele, Amy Winehouse  and Christina Aguilera (all of which can be argued will be considered legends some day). The fact that he is sought out by artists of such caliber speaks to the kind of producer that Mark Ronson is. 

However, Mark doesn't only make music for other artists. Ever so often, he takes time to release his own album. The first was Here Comes The Fuzz, which was released in 2003. It would take Mark four years to release his follow up album. The criminally underrated Version.


Released in 2007, Version is a cover album that features three original songs. You have to understand, I'm extremely selective when it comes to cover songs. I've heard many terrible cover songs that do not do any justice to the original. This is why I was hesitant with Mark's album. An entire album dedicated to covers? Scary stuff.

Thankfully, my fears were set aside upon listening to the first track, God Put A Smile On Your Face.



A brass filled cover of Coldplay's 2003 song, Mark Ronson's version set the tone for the entire album. I have a soft spot for the brass filled jazz of the 1950's so Version was right up my alley. Mark chose the right vocalists for the right song when putting this album together, giving modern songs a jazzy feel. From The Smith's Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before to Britney Spears' Toxic, Mark was able to take all of these songs and give them new life. None however, depicts this as well as track number 5, Valerie.

Originally by the indie rock band The Zutons, the cover that Mark Ronson put together for the late, great Amy Winehouse feels like an entirely different song. Check it out for yourself.




So tell me reader, is there a cover version that you love? A cover version that you hate? Sound off on the comments!

-JSR

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