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DBZ
02-13-2010, 10:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glny4jSciVI

Thoughts?

Hardly seems fair to critique given the impetus behind this, but nevertheless, comparisons to the original are unavoidable.

Honestly, I wasn't particularly moved by this version...at all, really. Maybe it's because the original left such an indelible mark on pop culture, that anything would pale in comparison.

But regardless, it came off feeling like a giant PR stunt. It seemed like every actor and musician was in this, and of course all the big names each get their "moment" in the spotlight, replete with heavy autotune backing them up.

What say you?

MOIJTO
02-13-2010, 02:00 PM
It sucked!

And once again a bunch of no headed rockheads will run out and buy this crap.

Karina1974
02-13-2010, 03:02 PM
Typical in that it follows the general rule of original vs. remake patterns:

Sorry... nice try, but it was already done right the first time around.

shah
02-13-2010, 04:23 PM
the aim is really noble, but listening to Enrique, wailing Wyclef, or autotuned Lil Wayne and Akon was a bit too much...I hope it will raise a lot of funds for the earthquake victims, but the final result does not really live up to expectations (btw, the same happened imho to Band Aid 20 whose "Do They Know It's Christmas" couldn't really be compared to the original version from 1984...)

PDilemma
02-13-2010, 05:29 PM
I found it painful. Celine over-singing (like always), all the rapping thrown in so those people could have their moment in the spotlight and a lot of untalented annoying poppets like Jonases and Miley Cyrus...ouch.

orbitz
02-13-2010, 06:19 PM
It sucked!

And once again a bunch of no headed rockheads will run out and buy this crap.


If the proceeds go to charity then why the hate?

pilgrimsoul
02-13-2010, 06:51 PM
Steaming pile of caca. Seriously, indescribably BAD. I understand now why Beyonce decided not to take part...only wish Barbara Streisand had declined as well. What an embarrassment!

duane
02-13-2010, 07:35 PM
Thoughts? :respec:

NOT!

Anita18
02-13-2010, 08:41 PM
the aim is really noble, but listening to Enrique, wailing Wyclef, or autotuned Lil Wayne and Akon was a bit too much...I hope it will raise a lot of funds for the earthquake victims, but the final result does not really live up to expectations (btw, the same happened imho to Band Aid 20 whose "Do They Know It's Christmas" couldn't really be compared to the original version from 1984...)
And what was with the echo effect on everybody? Jennifer Hudson needs no more help with reverberation! It sounded SO cheap!

MOIJTO
02-13-2010, 10:35 PM
If the proceeds go to charity then why the hate?

After they pay who, what and where?

DBZ
02-13-2010, 11:22 PM
the aim is really noble, but listening to Enrique, wailing Wyclef, or autotuned Lil Wayne and Akon was a bit too much...

Oh, god...Enrique and Wyclef. :yikes:

Soon as I heard Enrique's vibrato I flashbacked to that awful, melodramatic music vid he did with Jennifer Love Hewitt. Can that guy ever sing without sounding like he's trying to seduce you? Haiti doesn't need your "sexy" voice, Enrique.

And Wyclef...wow...I'm not too familiar with his music, but does he normally sing this way? His sheep "honking" was so distracting it was comical.

Also, did anyone spot Vince Vaughn in the crowd? Was he this version's Dan Aykroyd, or something? I kept thinking, "WTF is he doing there?"

silverstars
02-14-2010, 12:14 AM
I think that the fact that it's going to charity is great...

...but I absolutely hated it. The lead singer from the Pussycat Dolls?! Miley Cyrus?! ENRIQUE?! I think that they would have been better off re-releasing the original as some sort of special charity package or something.

Sometimes I wonder why they pick who they do for these charity albums. I think that it's such a great idea to do it, but a lot of times it seems like they pick out the most talentless people possible or just go for the big names over actual talent (although they got Barbra to do this...I wonder how they managed that?). I remember they did something like this with John Lennon's songs a few years ago and my friend bought it for me as a gift. I liked that the money was going to charity, but the second I put the CD in and heard Avril Lavigne signing "Imagine," I just couldn't deal with it....

Carmen Ovsiannikov
02-14-2010, 01:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glny4jSciVI

Thoughts?

Hardly seems fair to critique given the impetus behind this, but nevertheless, comparisons to the original are unavoidable.

Honestly, I wasn't particularly moved by this version...at all, really. Maybe it's because the original left such an indelible mark on pop culture, that anything would pale in comparison.

But regardless, it came off feeling like a giant PR stunt. It seemed like every actor and musician was in this, and of course all the big names each get their "moment" in the spotlight, replete with heavy autotune backing them up.

What say you?

Okay, I don't feel quite so badly now. I was thinking the same thing, that the new version doesn't compare to the original and IMO certain singers in particular almost seemed to be trying to upstage the others. ITA about it coming off as a PR opportunity for those involved.

I do tell myself that at the end of the day no matter why the new "We are the World" was done or how the singers handled their parts the important thing is the money being raised for the relief efforts in Haiti.

nubka
02-14-2010, 01:52 AM
I thought it was AWFUL... :scream: :scream: :scream:

The original is waaaaaaaaaaay better!

Angelskates
02-14-2010, 02:06 AM
They should have done a special artistic CD cover on the original CD; more people would buy that I think.