Saturday 26 November 2011

Florence And The Machine Cover Drake and Rihanna's "Take Care"

Did you ever imagine that Florence Welch would be a Drake fan? I'm not sure I did- not that I'd given it much thought, I must admit- but she vocalised her like of the Canadian star not only directly, calling him one of her favourite artists- along with Rihanna- but also musically, by choosing to cover the title track of his new album Take Care.

Take Care is a dark and atmospheric duet between Drake and Rihanna that musically is based heavily on the Jamie XX remix of a Gil Scott-Heron track I'll take care of you. The Drake remake is also produced by Jamie XX but features some additional production by Noah Shebib. It's a pretty good song, but nonetheless, one I wouldn't have expected Florence And The Machine to cover. But perhaps that was the point.

Florence- to borrow an X-Factor staple cliché- totally made Take Care her own with her rendition. There was a bit of vocal difficulty during the Rihanna contralto notes at the start but that was a minor blip, as Florence tackled Drake's part with confidence and apparent ease. Surprisingly, Florence didn't shy away from the songs faster tempo and instead adapted her voice to match that of the delivery of Drake's rap/talk/singing- I don't know quite what to call it- expertly!

It was bold cover choice by Florence and the Machine that frankly paid off. It's sure to win her/them some deserved brownie points, new fans and attention in some different musical circles.

On a side note, I've got tickets to see Florence and the Machine next year!! * SQUEAL*

Florence and The Machine:

Drake and Rihanna:

Jamie XX and Gil Scott-Heron:

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