Welcome to the second episode of Cover Wars! Cover Wars is a series of reviews in which the editors and visitors of Music Are Clever Worlds take a shot at reviewing the covers by popular YouTube artists. In this episode of Cover Wars the team took a shot at reviewing one of the best moving on songs of this era, "Someone Like You" by ADELE. This phenomenal song is about the feelings rushing through our veins when we see that person we thought we'll never see again. Adele's voice and lyrics takes us to that moment instantaneously. The team spent an awful lot of time sweating and trying to review the covers by artists such as Alex Goot,Boyce Avenue, Cady Groves and the Glee Cast to name a few. So what are you waiting for? Click read more and find out why the reviewers were sweating when reviewing this song!
Cover by Alex Goot, Chad Sugg & Luke Conard
MJ: Three great YouTube artists in one song! What I love most about this cover is how beautifully the voices of Alex, Chad and Luke blend together despite their obvious different vocal qualities. The instrumentation is simple but great (what can you expect from an Alex Goot cover?). That said, I wasn't really sure if this is the right song for them, especially for Alex. Alex's voice is more suited for upbeat, pop-py songs, and I find his singing a bit overpowering in parts. Good thing he has Luke and Chad to mellow out the song. Still, a great collaboration! A must-hear for Goot fans!
*sidenote* Alex Goot and Chad Sugg had worked previously on some covers in the past... if you are a fan of this cover, I highly suggest you take a listen to their collabs, because they are AMAZING! Alex and Chad sounds wonderful together!
Cover by Boyce Avenue
MJ: Adele is an amazing artist, and her vocal prowess is phenomenal and beyond her years. She cascades from note to note with such ease and skill. Thus, covering a song of hers is always an incredible task. When Boyce Avenue decided to cover this song, they set out not to upstage Adele, but instead pay tribute to her by singing the song in their own style. Understanding the limitations of his voice, lead singer Alejandro mellowed down the song and concentrated on putting out more emotion as he sings. Personally, I think it worked beautifully, as it really fitted the somberness of the lyrics. All of this is matched by Alejandro's trademark guitar and brother Daniel's amazing violin, giving the song much more depth. The highlight for me would be from 3:44 to 4:36, which sent chills down my spine.While clearly not better than the original, Boyce Avenue did a fantastic job of making the song their own (which they always do consistently in every cover), and for that, mad props to them. Not my favorite cover of them (I find some parts too low for my tastes), but an amazing one nonetheless. BA fans, definitely get this cover!
Cover by Cady Groves
T: I have been listening to this cover of the song alongside with Adele's version for a while now on repeat trying a way to criticize, but the thing is I cant possibly find a way to do so. Adele's version is untouchable but Cady's version does have some originality to it. Cady's version isnt slow tempo and just a piano ballad, its tempo has been upped from the original version and instrument wise its not just the piano!
Vocally Cady does have the ability to hit the notes that Adele hits with her powerful vocal chords. Cady's voice does have this young feeling. From all the covers I've listened so far this has to be one of the top 5 which can stand alongside the original version mainly because of Cady's voice.
If you are tired of listening Adele's version just give this a shot, a slightly uptempo version of the song and you wont be disappointed.
Mash up by the Glee Cast(Troubletones)
J: What's better than one Adele song? It's TWO Adele songs mashed into one!
Glee is amazing when it comes to mash-ups, I mean who knew that a mash-up between West Side Story's I Feel Pretty and TLC's Unpretty would make an amazing song? It made the Glee Fandom insane with all the Faberry / Achele things. But of course, Glee did it again with the songs of the sensational Adele. This is one of the most amazing mash-ups I've ever heard. I mean, come on, Fly and I Believe I Can Fly was quite predictable since they mash it up at the Sing Off. But RHI / SLY was probably the most amazing mash-up of Glee up to now.
RHI and SLY has both different tempos and feel to it that you would never expect them to come together. I've been an Adele fan since she released 19 and for me her songs are untouchable, only a few artist could cover her songs but no one comes close to the original. But I was amazingly impressed with this one. As a Gleek myself, I'm a little bit frustrated that Glee is turning into the Darren Criss / Blaine Anderson Show (Sorry, for the Darren / Blaine fans out there), but it got back up for me when they decided to create the Troubletones. Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Santana (Naya Rivera) really did a heck of a job with this one. Their powerful vocals really did stood out and they made the song their own.
Not that close to the original but an amazing mash up on their own. They made it into a different song. Big props to Adam Anders, the Glee Music Producer. So, if you haven't heard it yet, I suggest you listen to it now, or you'll probably miss a good thing in your life!
Cover by Sam Tsui
J:Sam Tsui. You may know of him in College Musical as well as he's works with the amazing Kurt Schneider.
He's works with Kurt are down right amazing. But when he released Someone Like You, my first reaction was, "Sam can hit this song..... wait, where's Kurt?" But Sam did not disappoint and did an amazing job in this song on his own. His voice is so pure that everything he sings is so relaxing and amazing. He sang this effortlessly, not as close to Adele's but good as it is. He can reach to your emotion every time he sings.
This is one of Sam Tsui's best strip down performances and I suggest that you listen to it now.
Cover by Tyler Ward & Rachael Lampa
T: Tyler's approach to this amazing song is quite jaw dropping. Its a DUET! And a light ROCK version instead of the piano ballad by Adele. But how does it feel while listening to the original version? I feel like Tyler only touches the surface when it comes to the notes(most of the time) while Rachael is the one reaching the high notes and sometimes she does. But sometimes she misses the note while sometimes she hits it. This is quite a hard song to cover both lyrically and melodically and I honestly think that its quite an approach. The approach is quite unique turning the solo version into an actual duet. In my point of hearing I think the whole new approach and duet idea is pretty good. But something to noted is Tyler is mostly singing only the chorus.
Why should you listen to this? Well 'cause its a unique and an amazing take on the amazing song!!
-Jeremi, MJ & Tharindu
*The reviews in this article are solely based on personal taste of music.
Thank you for all who submitted their reviews.
As this song is about the moving on moments, Tiffany Alvord sings about that moment of the breaking up in her cover of "Listen To Your Heart".
In the next episode of Cover Wars we will be reviewing "Call Me Maybe". Submit your reviews now!