Tuesday, May 29, 2012

29 May 2012 - t.A.T.u. - How Soon Is Now

I've written about the biggest pop act to come out of Russia in the past.  Before, I wrote about them as a guilty pleasure.  Now, I argue that this song, from the very same album, is not at all a guilty pleasure, but a solid cover of a Smiths classic that might even add to the original's force.

Musically, the oscillating guitar sound originated by Johnny Marr is preserved in this cover. These women add a new emotional dimension to the song that Morrissey lacked in his original rendition.  And, to my knowledge, it is the only English language song they never translated - let's not forget that English isn't their first language here.  They perform this beautifully.

They even do it well live.  These ladies are huge stars in their home country! I am very glad that they chose to highlight a song that's been called "The Stairway to Heaven of the 80's" as a single. Enjoy this performance.

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