"Beautiful" by Brett Anderson (Yes, the Christina version)

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  1. dazzak

    dazzak New Member

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    Most welcome surprise of the year goes to recovering genius Brett Anderson for his cover version of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful". This is kind of what I was waiting for from his YouTube videos - something original, insightful, special... something only very very few people could pull off. And he's done it, without resorting to irony, without his tongue in his cheek and without somehow coming out of it looking like a major twat. What used to be a very nice ballad by a slightly annoying but talented diva has been turned into, well, a really nice ballad by a slightly annoying and incredibly talented diva.

    This took balls, but it paid off so much. Marvelous.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib-KSpQese0
     
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  2. wolve

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    Thanks for this, certainly not bad.
     
  3. Johan de Witt

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    Wish he had tried his luck with Dirrty or Genie in a Bottle instead...

    Beautiful is just such a horrible song, written by that woman who sang the most horrible song ever written: What's Up.

    Hope he sticks with his own songs next time. Song for my Father and Scorpio Rising sound really good.
     
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  4. Oh my god. it's Robby!

    Oh my god. it's Robby! spontaneously luminescent

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    that was cool
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    but aggie is purdier

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    ps:i h8 the real hitchens
     
  5. Danny

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    Brett's clutching at straws isn't he? Can't get any interest in his own work so has to try to get some publicity with a well known cover. It's all a bit Jo Wiley Live Lounge really.
     
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    I watched all of the solo things he posted and thought "Beautiful" was the least annoying performance of all. Is he perhaps trying to aim for the James Blunt demographic? I hope it's not just another suede/not suede project.
     
  7. dazzak

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    What publicity, you dip? At most, 10,000 or so people will see this, most of them already fans who will buy his forthcoming stuff the second it's released.

    I'm sure Brett's under no illusions as to how successful his album will be. He knows it'll go completely under the radar of the average Q/Uncut/NME-reading punter and the rest simply won't care, so if anything was clutching at straws, it was his recent cover of "Europe Is Our Playground". There was, to my mind, absolutely no point behind that exercise aside from pandering to necrophilic nostalgia-junkies. I think it actually did more bad than good (again, let's not forget, these are still only fucking YouTube videos). However, this song being chosen by someone like Brett who had absolutely major problems with drugs - that's the angle I automatically saw it from - and was basically serious junkie for a long time is really touching and just filled with the real emotion the songwriter (Perry) or singer (Xtina) often blemishes. Serious drug addicts face huge problems once they're clean with rediscovering not only their former selves, but a purity and beauty that was lost in the addiction. That's what I see and for that reason this is fucking magical.
     
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  8. dazzak

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    Another bloody gorgeous performance was posted on Christmas Eve, by the way. I'm always behind on these...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwEk8_tNq0Q

    Apparently, this won't be on Brett's album, but on Fred Ball's (aka Pleasure) one called Pleasure 2 out in the next two months or so. He's co-written most of Brett's album and co-produced it, I believe. Justine Frischmann collaborated with Ball on "Don't Look The Other Way", so clearly Brett's keeping it in the family.
     
  9. skellngtn

    skellngtn Junior Member

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    since Youtube is the only place these exist, how can you grab the audio only? i wouldn't mind an EP of these songs to spin before the album comes out...
     
  10. dazzak

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    Some trusty Brett fan did this.
     
  11. bikubesong

    bikubesong sober and in celibacy

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    thats actually... almoust... beautiful:)
     
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  12. skellngtn

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    thanks for the tip...
    got them all except Beautiful's giving me issues downloading.
     
  13. dazzak

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    thanks dazzak!
     
  15. tender hooligan

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    Thanks dazzak i REALLY would like to hear it. I cant believe the news today:)
     
  16. dazzak

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    I know! I've never felt more tempted to travel to see someone live, especially given they could be the only gigs he does (Moscow's fairly obviously out of the question). Shame the three gigs are on bloody Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It's certainly gonna be a tough decision. You gonna go to any?
     
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    No, unfortunately. I would love to see him once in a life :)
     
  18. dazzak

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    Okay, the album version of "Song For My Father" has been played on Swedish radio a lot, so a friend gave me a link. Made it into an MP3, here it is:

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LBWNOF2C

    My previous minor lyrical reservations have completely disappeared, this is fucking magnificent. The slightly arrythmic drum beat, the heavenly strings, that voice, the intertwining of the guitar and piano in the second verse, the electronic/yelping break, Brett truly writing from the heart... Practically perfect.
     
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