14 Songs, 46 Minutes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
153 Ratings
153 Ratings
L8R4U ,

An Aquired Taste

If you're not into jazz (ie Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Eta James) you won't appreciate what Mark Ronson has done here. He's injected each song with jazz from decades past. Think Paul Anka but not so expected and less kitchy. The cover songs are for the most part from pop culture icons in music, but Ronson brings that old jazz flavor sound to each. If you like the Amy Winehouse sound on her album then you'll like this album. This is what I would consider a non-distracting album. Meaning you can play it as background music at a cocktail party, while cleaning around the house, working at the office or driving someone to the airport. It's not fast enough to work out to, but it's just enough to tap your foot too. I would reccommend it on the sole fact that everyone should expand their music collection. This album will/should have you searching iTunes for songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Eta James, Cole Porter, Nina Simone, Fats Domino, Peggy Lee, and all the great jazz vocals. Njoy!

MegFos ,

Covering the Bases - And the Brass!

Mark Ronson has had success producing breakout artists such as Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse and developing artists for his own label (such as the rapper Ryhmefest) - not to mention a great career as a DJ. The horns-heavy Version (Ronson's 2nd album) has already had some major success in the UK - the single "Stop Me" (a cover that brilliantly blends The Smiths and The Supremes) has been a hit for quite some time. Blending hip-hop, soul, jazz and the kitchen sink, Ronson worked with a diverse group of artists to update some classics and give some contemporary tunes and new spin. I've been listening to this album for awhile and fall in love with it more and more! I'm a fan of cover albums in general and love when an artist (or DJ or producer or whatever you would like to call him) can make someone else's track their own - while retaining the original integrity of the track, of course. Ronson and Lily Allen's cover of the Kaiser Chief's "Oh My God" is one of my favorites and is poppier than the original but is almost imcomprable as it might as well be a completely different song. Other incredible change is the cover of Radiohead's "Just", which features the lead singer of "the OC theme song band", Phantom Planet - it's the track that initially drew me to listen to the rest of the album and is still one of my favorites to play on repeat. And I know I can't help but love the twisted and stirred cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" that is mixed in with Ol' Dirty Bastard - it's one of many songs on the album that make me envision Ronson the DJ, mixing the tracks on some turntables and getting the crowd moving. I've also come to adore the completely transformed cover of Ryan Adams' "Amy" which brings out the song's inner pop and makes it shine that the brass horns that accompany Kenna's voice. Clearly, I believe this is a great album with diverse influences that I hope does as well in the US as it has across the pond!

Jamers ,

This Version Rocks!

The mega-hot producer behind Amy Winehouse's breakthrough "Back to Black" and Lily Allen's debut is back again, this time, with an album of covers. Combining retro motown-cool with a modern hip-hop twist, tracks like "Stop Me," "Oh My God" and the super-funky version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" are instant classics, while the Amy Winehouse featured "Valarie" is probably the stand out track here. From the sound of this collection, this guy is just getting started and he's here to stay!

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