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Friday, April 08, 2016

CD Review: Daria - Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs by the Beatles.

Daria (vcl) - See image for personnel and track list.
(Review by Lance).
Am I the only person who prefers many of the Beatles' songs when they're performed by someone else? I gave Kenny Ball's version of When I'm 64 the nod over the original and I like Daria's version even more than that although the gender reversal implied by the lyric does feel strange to an old chauvinist like me!
When I get older losing my hair, or You can knit a sweater sitting by the fire or Doing the garden, digging the weeds etc... I personally wouldn't want to be married to a 64-year-old bald woman who was doing the garden whilst I was knitting a sweater! That aside, this is as good a jazzy/Latin interpretation of the Fab Fours' songbook as I've heard in a long while. Daria manages to retain the mood of the originals whilst, at the same time, injecting her own personality into the mix.
She's Going Home, inspired by She's Leaving Home is confusing - is she going home to mother or back home to husband? Whichever way, it hits an emotional spot.
Daria is a sensitive singer and she nails the content 100%. We all know and, no doubt liked Ella's version of Can't Buy Me Love but, at the end of the day, most of us recognised it as an attempt to connect to another generation. This version is different. It treats the song as one that is as meaningful as many of the GASbook classics.
And Daria does this throughout. It may not persuade you to ditch your Beatle albums but it should certainly persuade you to make space next to them and, perhaps, when you're 64, who knows which one you'll listen to?
Samples.
Lance.

1 comment :

Richard Waddington said...

I've never really understood why people on a Jazz site would have Beatles albums ( except Revolver and solely for TNK ). Similarly, many think you should listen to Bob Dylan songs by other people but, Hendrix version of Watchtower - one of the best records either of them ever made - notwithstanding, I don't really know why anybody thinks you need to listen to Bob Dylan songs at all. Some half, maybe 3/4 decent albums, but he's almost as over-rated as John Lemon.

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