Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I do not hate this - Tia

That was the first thing I thought when I heard Solange re-doing Coldplay's Viva La Vida. I was all prepared to be angry at her for attempting to do one of the most perfect songs I've ever heard in my life..(Yeah, I said that.) But it's actually not that bad. I like that she put her own spin on it but didn't try to change it to the point of unrecognizable in an attempt to be "different." And can I just say I love how deliciously weird Solange is. And can you blame her? She's been in her big sister's shadow her entire life. She had to do something to stand out. And I've often wondered if her parents had put the time and energy into Solange that they put into Beyonce would Solange have been a bigger star? I mean, granted, at this point in time Beyonce is a MEGASTAR and has a better voice, but who's to say that with more nurturing (i.e. a few extra vocal lessons) and more opportunity Solange wouldn't have been just as MEGA. (I have this whole theory about nature vs. nurture in sibling upbringing. It's longwinded and I won't go into it here.)

Also, I'd like to go on record as saying that Solange's current album is INFINITELY better than Beyonce's. And I need people to stop fronting like Beyonce put out this bomb record. Sorry B, but little sis takes this round. I like Beyonce and I respect what she does. But her album is pretty much garbage. Yes, I like Single Ladies and I think the girl who wrote If I Were A Boy is a genius (and probably sitting on some serious cash thanks to Beyonce) but the rest of the album is a complete and utter snoozefest, not unlike her last album. It's just boring. But Solange's sophomore album is creative and spin worthy. It is by no means perfect,(the arraignment could use some work) but it showcases talent rather than popularity. But sadly, because she's not as marketable as her big sister, the album is unlikely to even go gold. Pity.

Anyway, here's Solange doing Viva La Vida. Thoughts?

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