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Mark Ronson - Versions

2007-08-30 18:21
Airbrushed R&B big band arrangements of Radiohead's “Just” and the Jam's “Pretty Green” pretty much lick the decals off of James Brown and John Barry with their slap ‘n tickle soundtrack of bland brass and banal big band beat. Okay so giving The Smiths’ “Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Heard This Song Before” an extreme UB40 style makeover is thinking out of the Beck box.

But come on – turning an easy target like Britney Spears’ “Toxic” into a cod-Carry On sexploitation soundtrack is a postmodern move too far. Ronson might have conceptualised Versions to be a master class in the art of post-cool covers. It isn’t. It’s refurbished muzak.

- Miles Keylock

Hipster British producer Mark Ronson hires Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Kasabian to help him give hits by Radiohead, The Smiths, The Jam and Britney Spears funky big band makeovers. Yes, you heard right. Big band. Only problem is, Ronson isn’t Beck.

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kev 2007-08-31 08:54 AM
don't read NME anymore I bought this based on NME review. Boy was I disappointed. The reviewer is right, Beck is better.

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