An interesting take on a classic song, done in a style no one would have thought it to be played in.
Confession time kids, I am in love with an Italian Goddess that isn't Mags! Shock horror right? No, the angel I'm sharing my affection with is Cristina Scabbia, the front woman of Lacuna Coil. It has nothing to do with her looks (though she is stunning), it's her voice.
Scabbia has a voice that can turn an average song into something so much better, like today's feature, Lacuna Coil's version of R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion'.
Now, I'm not having a go at the original, it's a timeless classic that will live on until the planet dies.
No I'm having a bit of a dig at the cover, don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed Lacuna Coil's Gothic Rock ever since I discovered them back in 2003, and this version is pretty standard fare for them, even if it is a little toned down. But as I've already mentioned above, it's Cristina Scabbia's vocals that save the day and turn this track around.
Lacuna Coil's 'Losing My Religion' starts off quite tame, with just some keyboards and Scabbia singing the opening lyrics, and you feel that maybe the Milano band had made a mistake in choosing this song, or even how to perform it. But once the whole band joins in the track begins to take shape, don't think full blown Goth Rock, more a "lighter" version in a way.
At this point you're enjoying it, the guitars are rocking out, the bass and drumming are all working well, but feels like it's missing something. It's not until Andrea Ferro sings the chorus and Scabbia comes back for the next verse does everything feel right and in place.
'Losing My Religion' featured on Lacuna Coil's 2012 album Dark Adrenaline and somehow I only discovered this tune last year while doing research for this series, but I'm glad I did.
While it's not the greatest cover of all time, let's be honest, it's pretty far from that title, and it's not even Lacuna Coil's best song, 'Heaven's A Lie' has this beat easy.
I'm glad to have heard it because it is still an interesting take on a classic song, done in a style no one would have thought it to be played in, and of course, it's another chance to hear the heavenly voice of Cristina Scabbia: an all round win in my books.
Written by Dan.
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