Fairytale of New York - Single
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The Pogues version is better
I love Stars and have been a big fan of theirs for years. So, of course, when I saw they had a remix of this song I automatically bought it with only a quick listen of the preview. Knowing what Stars have done in the past, I thought they would bring some new creative twist to this classic song. But alas, they did not. I enjoy the vocals and the melody-but I would still rather listen to The Pogues version. The older version has got more edge and is a more interesting listen.
Doesn't Compare to the Original
This song is practically a note-for-note rendition of the original. What sets a good cover song apart is when the artist changes it up to suit their own style. Otherwise it's pretty much just karaoke- new voice on top of the same song.
If you have never heard the original by The Pogues, do yourself a favor and check that out first. Way more emotional and energetic than this.
This version is for Stars fans only.
Lacks that special something
Stars doing a cover of one of the best songs the Pogues ever wrote? Sign me up! Unfortunately, it's pretty lifeless. The cover's almost note for note for the original without the original production value. Chris Seligman can't summon the down on his luck alcoholic character nearly as well as Shane McGowan, and without that, the song falls apart. Unfortunately, they try too hard to be the Pogues instead of Stars.
Formed: 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years Active: '00s, '10s
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