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Time for a new feature on Arts Blurb that celebrates the cover version. In the past singers and bands have been criticised for releasing albums of cover material, X Factor contestants have tackled classic tunes only to be dubbed “too cabaret”, and sometimes they are just not as good as the original. But what happens when you find someone who has a talent for singing or songwriting, someone who understands production and instrumentation, and someone who will not only respect the original songs, but will be able to tackle them head on, with their own ideas and personality.
So here is the first ‘Cover Version Of The Month’ from former Fei Comodo member Robbie Sea. Robbie has gamely decided to tackle the Michael Jackson classic Billie Jean. Singing a classic is no easy task, but here Robbie makes a very good job of putting his own stamp on this track. Coming from a rock/metal background it comes as no surprise that the vocals are a bit rough round the edges, in a good way. His arrangement and the fact the video features live instrumentation adds interest for me, and I don’t mind admitting I hit the replay button.
This cover version has had over 1000 hits in a matter of days, will you add to that count? Check out the video above, or find out more about Robbie Sea, his cover versions, and original tracks using the links below.
I am aiming to make this a regular feature, so if you are a singer or band with a cracking cover version, or want to suggest someone, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @artsblurbblog