ANASTACIA – It’s A Man’s World (2012)
Soul / R&B American singer ANASTACIA is highly successful in Europe and Asia, but has had only minor success in her native United States.
Her fifth album is a collection of rock male artists covers entitled “It’s A Man’s World”.
This recording is obviously an intent from Anastacia’s management to expand her career to other audiences, and why not, reach the American charts. She owns a powerful soulful voice, with a wide range and very educated.
I applaud when a quite popular artist from other genre goes to record rock ‘n roll songs, because it opens new doors to people usually away from the sound of a good electric guitar. And this can bring potential ‘converted’ listeners to Rock music.
There has been many attempts in the industry to do this move with pop entertainers. Let’s take as example Britney Spears covering Joan Jett’s classic ‘I Love Rock ‘N Roll’. Sure, it was full of synthesized guitars an plastic beats, but the result was, at least, sexy.
Sadly, “It’s A Man’s World” fails most the time. Only U2’s “One” (which it isn’t the most rocking song in the world if you ask) is decent, the rest, specially Aerosmith’s “Dream On” are a mess.
One of my favorite producers is involved here; Glen Ballard (Jack Wagner, Toto, Aerosmith, Van Halen) but he and particularly the musical arrangers deliver lifeless versions of these classics.
I don’t know if this is ‘a man’s world’, but surely it isn’t a rocking world for Anastacia.
Check it if you are curious.
01 – Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)
02 – Best Of You (Foo Fighters)
03 – Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns ‘N Roses)
04 – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
05 – One (U2)
06 – Back In Black (AC-DC)
07 – Dream On (Aerosmith)
08 – Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon)
09 – You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
10 – Wonderwall (Oasis)
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