CD REVIEW: Electron love Theory - u2 electronic tribute: blue sky veritgo
By Ivan Nossa - 10/07/2011 - 02:17 PM EDT
Artist: Band: Electron Love Theory
Album: u2 electronic tribute: blue sky veritgo
Sounds Like: U2
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: With or without you
Jeff Leisawitz loved U2 ever since he was a kid. He has dedicated himself to music and is now a well-known musician and producer, as well as a devoted fan of electronic music. Electronic Love Theory is the result of this passion for music, a great compilation disc developed at his studio in Los Angeles. There are fourteen of U2ís best hits, from Sunday Bloody Sunday to One and from I Still Havenít Found What Iím Looking For to With or Without You: basically, the best of the best. The album features 14 different American singers, all of them female and with different voices and personalities who each give their very personal interpretation, nearly all at an impressively high standard, to make this disc a voyage of both sounds and voices.
The sounds are electronic, chillout, romantic and introspective, taking us back to the 1980s. Electric and acoustic guitars play a part. There is a fantastic version of Bullet the Blue Sky, with a dramatic interpretation and one of the finest voices on the album. A gospel choir sings I Still Havenít Found What Iím Looking For beautifully. Vertigo starts the dance with an unusual rock atmosphere paying a fine tribute to the stunning music created by Bono. There is a free-style version of Bad with a voice that plays with the notes of this little gem. With or Without is the most beautiful cover song of the album graced with exceptional electronic sounds and a sensual voice.
It is always difficult to produce good cover songs, and an even tougher challenge to create an entire album of cover songs. There is always the risk of ending up with poor versions of the original or, when they do go well, version that leave no trace. The effect sometimes is to anger the fans. The skill lies in creating songs that respect the original but have their own soul and can be listened to without regret. Jeff has succeeded in doing this. To his credit, he has created an album that has its own style and which you can listen to without once feeling bored, while the new arrangements and the typical intangible allure of the female voice allow us to rediscover certain songs which we might otherwise have forgotten. The different voices donít affect the continuity of the album but rather recreate a varied and all-round opus. While listening, you may be struck by a particularly fine voice or personal interpretation. This is an album that is well worth the listen and will undoubtedly end up in your corner of favourite CDs if you are a true fan of U2, electronic music and, in particular, if you love music created with class, ppassion and great professionalism.
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