Tuesday, January 8, 2013

8 January 2013 - Alex Clare - When Doves Cry

I wasn't sure if this was really the Prince song when I first heard it. About 2/3 of the way through, the keyboard rift that is the signature of the original finally makes an appearance.

Alex Clare - he of the Internet Explorer commercial - does an interesting take on a classic song.  In my opinion, it's not quite as maudlin as the original, but more aching.  More interestingly, Alex Clare adds something that the original did not have - a bass line. Prince used no bass in the original.  Alex Clare clearly uses some sort of bass, either real or synthesized, in this version.  It's unexpected when you hear it - especially since its absence is so noteworthy and distinctive in the original.

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