Mark Ronson - Version Album Review

Review of Version Album by Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson Version Album


Album Review

Cover versions tend to come in three types- the good (Cake- I Will Survive), the awful (Boyzone, Westlife), and the unintentionally hilarious (Shaun Ryder and Russell Watson’s version of ‘Barcelona’- no really, it does exist).

To release almost an entire album of them is then a very brave step. Luckily for Mark Ronson, it seems to have been a good decision. The only bad vibes I heard about ‘Version’ have come from die-hard Smiths fans fuming at Ronson’s nerve at covering ‘Stop Me…’, but actually listening to the track, he has taken a classic ‘indie’ song and turned it into a mournful and haunting epic in the style of Massive Attack, and it works.

Elsewhere we have similar reworkings of Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs and Radiohead tracks which use deceptively simple horn arrangements to mimic guitar riffs and feedback and then fuse them to drumbeats to make them dancefloor friendly. Due to the crossover nature of the arrangements, they should be equally friendly to dancefloors in indie, r&b, jazz and hiphop clubnights.

Using current darlings such as Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse as guest vocalists can only give this release a wider appeal, Winehouse in particular making ‘Valerie’ sound as if The Zutons wrote it for her. However it is on ‘Toxic’ that the magic happens, where Ronson has taken the polished, throwaway chart track and slowed it down, stripped it and let the melody really breathe, with Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s contribution enhancing the loose hiphop feel.

Interspersed amongst the covers are three lovely short instrumentals of Ronson’s own composition just to show he can write as well as tinker, but the last full track is a cover of Kasabian’s LSF which is good enough to eat.

It’s not all perfect- the Maximo Park track seems to be a perfunctory run-through and is a bit flat, and the arrangement of the Jam track doesn’t really sit quite right- but overall it’s a very welcome respite from scruffy boys and rinky-dinky guitars.

And lastly for the grumpy Moz fans- take comfort in the fact that old Stephen Patrick will be getting some royalties from it...



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Just saw this epic Mark Ronson Video! He's sickkk livee!

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