One acoustic “No Church in the Wild” cover was a fun radio-station novelty, by an artist (Rita Ora) who had plenty to prove and plenty of rights to the song. Two acoustic covers of “No Church in the Wild”? Interesting. (And considering that vocalist Frank Ocean had some news to report, likely to continue.)
This time the vocalist’s Misha B, a contestant on the British X Factor whose debut single is actually pretty good; this time the venue’s MAX’s Weekend Sessions. The acoustic backing’s still as pointless as it was the first time around–this would’ve been a million times better over the original track–but Misha’s singing redeems it (as it should, considering she placed in a competition for the stuff.)
Then there’s the part where she raps–well, half-raps and half-toasts, but just for simplicity’s sake, let’s call it rapping. It starts out as a response to Kanye’s sunglasses and Advil (“Now what’s really real? / Drunk and mindless nights in killer heels”), gets referential (“I dare you to look into the mirror like Weezy,” a line that’s possibly better than Wayne’s entire track) then gets genuinely uplifting. Nice surprises all, and definitely more than the minimum effort needed. We still can’t quite get on board with acoustic covers of this song–seriously, 88-Keys’ production is the best part of it–but if we must have them, they can least be this inspired.
(Cautionary note, though: Turn down your volume at 3:10 or so if you’re on headphones.)
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