Sunday, March 22, 2009

Covered: Timo Räisänen


Timo Räisänen's cover album '...And Then There Was Timo' must be one of the oddest of its kind in recent memory. The selections are literally all over the place. Rarely can you find covers of AC/DC, Dolly Parton, Sonny & Cher, Josh Groban, Whitney, Mariah, and the obligatory Radiohead all in one tracklist. His approach is tongue-in-cheek, and a bit 'Let's throw all at the walls and see what sticks', but there are some gems here. His surprising cover of Sugababes' "About You Now" is certainly a highlight. I didn't know that song did well in Sweden, or did it? Certainly miles better than this disasterous, Americanized monstrosity of a cover for the tweens (click at your own risk!).
However, the most unexpected one goes to his cover of New Radicals and their only hit 'You Get What You Give'. Seriously, that song is so much fun to sing along to! How come no one had covered it before? Take note, musicians. Timo delivered a faithful version that I found very enjoyable.
Timo is currently on the roster of very cool Swede label Razzia - the home of Hello Saferide, Maia Hirasawa, & Firefox AK. Sample a few below.


Timo Raisanen - About You Now (Sugababes Cover)
Timo Raisanen - You Get What You Give (New Radicals Cover)
Timo Raisanen - Creep (Radiohead Cover)


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