Recycle It!: Shanice Puts The Brakes On Lady GaGa's "Alejandro"

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Was sorely disappointed with a capital "D" at Lady GaGa's La Isla Bonita/Express Yourself tribute video for "Alejandro". Guess I expected too much, but alas this audio vision makes up for it. Songbird Shanice has been doing the YouTube "singing at home in front of camera" game for some time, executing covers ranging from Michael Jackson's "She's Out Of My Life" to Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" on her YouTube page, and it seems that by now she should probably consider lassoing all those tracks up and releasing a proper album of covers tracks, because let's face fact, the woman can SANG. Shatter glass, blow fish out of the water...SANG. She's been sangin' since her teen years back in the late 80's and early 90's, when she scored a hit in 1991 with, "I Love Your Smile" and she continues to do so (which I'm glad of).

Here she takes "Alejandro" to church on this video take and really brings it on the vocals, transforming the song into sort of a lullaby. I think she enjoyed singing and rolling the "r's" in the name "Alejandro", because she gets into it a lot in one bit, but hell, the song is fun to sing no matter what tempo. Sure Shanice slows the roll of the song, but this is the tempo the song should have been if latched onto that winter misery march of a video La GaGa was projecting. Most might not care for this take due the original being all spicy, but you have to sit and give a hand to Shanice for attempting to take a song and make it sound completely different.

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