Thursday, October 13, 2011

Unchained Melodies

Well, isn't she the cutest. Swedish berry/indie popstar Lykke Li has had an undeniably good year - a stellar second album with a slew of underground airwave hits, and now a sweet melancholy take on what of the most romantic songs of all time.

Of course, Lykke's cover of The Righteous Brothers' classic "Unchained Melody" is very much the token way of this scraggly porcelain doll - with her undecorated tiny vocals and plain annunciation of the song's message echoing throughout the studio. But, with just the little pixie, her candy-coated vocals and the simple strums of an acoustic guitar carrying across Triple J's radio studio - it's quite adorable.

Some might rejoice that she's re-worked the Motown favourite, which may have lost cool points after being the feature soundtrack song in 1990's Ghost, into something haunting and contemporary. But in general, this song, is perfect. It's a universal favourite, and probably the better portion of the world - parents, friends, pets, everyone - holds a special place for it in their heart. It really is everything anyone could want in a love song and more - so I suppose it's in everyone's best interest to have a version out there to cater to each and all of us. Here is the newest take, and some others from the past to convince you of this tune's timelessness. Which one do you like the most? And no, I didn't list the Leann Rimes version...


Unchained Melody - U2 (a powerful take on the classic, from a B-side)

Unchained Melody - Willie Nelson (Willie makes me melt.)

Unchained Melody - Elvis Presley (performed at Elvis' last concert)

And then the original...perfect.

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