Thursday, April 4, 2013

4 April 2013 - Olivia Ong - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) & Lovefool

I know what a lot of people thought when they saw this.  Who the hell is Olivia Ong?  I'm here to answer your questions.

Olivia Ong is a superstar in her native Singapore and surrounding countries.  As is not atypical of Asian artists, she sings largely in English, and she does a lot of covers.  Here she is covering a Hall & Oates classic, live in Korea.  She's got a big voice and keeps up with the song as well as anyone I've heard doing it.

What is a little atypical is her love of the bossanova style.  Her first album, 2005's A Girl Meets Bossanova - highly recommended - is, as the title suggests, full of the style.  The soul she exhibited in the cover above is really an extension of this love. The cover below - The Cardigans' biggest hit - works brilliantly in pure bossanova.  Enjoy and comment!

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