Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mid-week Special: Glen Hansard covers Justin, Britney

Back in '03 Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were two extremely popular recording artists in mainstream music. Now, only one of them is still actually active in the music industry. Britney premiered a new track recently called "Gimme More," which was basically her first actual new release in years. Some people have been giving it decent reviews, but it's such a lame song. It blends a terrible call and answer chorus with what sounds like a reject Hyphy rap beat, and it's beyond me how anyone would actually think this is worthy of a comeback. Meanwhile, JT has had monster success with FutureSex/LoveSounds, which is an album I don't particularly like, but can at least respect, unlike almost anything Britney ever released...

Which brings us to today's covers. In Ireland, the radio station Today FM has Irish artists perform covers live on the air. Over the course of a few appearances, Glen Hansard (frontman for the Frames) performed a song by each of the two pop stars. Both of them are pretty straight ahead serious performances of the songs, so the strength of Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" is much more evident. Let's face it, as much as you can hate Justin Timberlake, that song was just phenomenal. Hansard covers "Everytime" by Britney, and since it's not one of the much overplayed, overproduced, and overrated hits in her career, it actually sounds pretty good. Give them a listen, they're a pretty interesting duo of covers.

Glen Hansard - Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake Cover)
Glen Hansard - Everytime (Britney Spears Cover)

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