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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Today at college they had a free line dancing thing. I did most of it because I was between classes. No "5, 6, 7, 8" (though I would've laughed my ass off if there was), but there was a line dance to "Men in Black".

As for this particular post, i'm a big fan of acoustic performances, because they put a new spin on songs. I'm a big collector of them for songs I already like.

Christina Aguilera / Come On Over Baby - Live recording, but sounds very good. Christina often enjoys reinventing her songs, especially the ones off her first album that she felt "weren't her" or something like that. This reinterpretation, which makes it into a slower mid-tempo ballad, actually works, and isn't a travesty (unlike certain reworkings of "Baby One More Time" I remember from Britney tours).

Busted / Thunderbirds are Go. - I normally hate this song because it's from a crappy movie and took up a double a-side when "3AM" deserved to be released by itself. (Especially since it turned out to be their last single ever). James sounds extremely nasal on this, but otherwsie I prefer this version because you can hear more of the melody.

Sugababes / Run for Cover - This is from Sugababes version 1 (the one with Siobhan Donaghy), and is striking. The vocal harmonies are so amazing.

Sugababes / Red Dress - A double dose of the babes, this one featuring the current lineup. It proves that the song itself can stand on its own even without the Xenomania production.

Liberty X / Thinking It Over - The original version had a garage sound; very popular in the UK at the turn of the millennium, but which could sound a bit dated now. This version is acoustic guitar based and works very well. (Ignore the file name; iTunes had it mislabeled when I bought it. I changed the id3 tags to be accurate).

Emma Bunton / We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight - This song was an undeserved flop single off her debut solo album (though the only other form i've ever heard this is in an Almighty remix). Stronger than expected vocals, and pretty catchy.

Ryan Cabrera / On the Way Down - Good pop rock from 2004, from Joe Simpson's male protege. (He dated Ashlee for awhile, after meeting her on the set of the video to this song.)

Pink / Trouble - She basically made this a completely different song from its original version. By the way, I highly recommend going to see her live, either opening for Justin or on her own.

Avril Lavigne / Nobody's Home - Her new album is coming up soon, with pop-punk tracks that sound even more immature than her first CD (except for more cursing!). Probably because slower, more 'mature' tracks like this flopped. But this is a great song regardless.

Stacie Orrico / Stuck - Her new (and mostly boring) album Beautiful Awakening was pulled back from U.S. release, although some stray copies were found in stores. She's left the failing Virgin Records out of her own volition. I fear we won't get any more mainstream pop gems like this anymore. It takes the guitar part of the original into the forefront but still stays upbeat.

Mandy Moore / I Wanna Be With You - Back when she was pure pop. I still like her, but now she's all trying to be "legitimate" and working with indie artists for her new album coming out this year. Which is cool, but this might be one of my favorite soundtrack singles ever. More songs like this need to come out. Breezy and light and sweet.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor / Live It Up - Another person with a new album out this year. This acoustic version was a bonus track of her first album. I like the acoustic drums and percussion.

The Pipettes / Judy - The song doesn't lose any early '60s girl group era boppiness in this form. It's very amusing.

Delta Goodrem / Lost Without You - Featuring just her and her piano.

M2M / Don't Say You Love Me - The first Pokemon soundtrack was full of great pop, believe it or not. This was the single from it, featuring Marit Larsen and Marion Raven, with their own guitars.




Oh look, they're covering Louise on American Idol right now. Just kidding, I know her version is a cover too.

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