For the past week I’ve been a soldier of love waging war on all the love haters of the world. When I heard the remake of “We Are the World” hit YouTube I clicked the link excepting to go into a emotional overload. By the first thirty seconds of the song I felt myself pushed off of cloud nine. Since the intro was horrific I figured it could only get better. Ummm, no. My reactions went from disappointed, to confused, to utterly disgusted. I am far from a producer but the song doesn’t flow well at all (try nodding to it or even clapping to it), the artist line up is awkard, the autotunes additions are laughable, the rap breaks, ugh… Just wrong! With such a stunning celebrity lineup and the fact that the song is 25 year old, you would think our ear drums would be flooded with musical equivalent of Chateau Lafite wine. Instead, we were treated to an off-tempo mix of Cisco and Mad Dog 20/20.
Let’s take a listen to the orginal:
That’s how you gather an all-star group of performers to sing a beatuiful song with a powerful message. The intro is serenely harmonious and makes you actually want to listen. The 2010 version includes the same lyrics, of course, but the remake’s squeaky then bellowing beginning makes me want to mute the sound and just point out the stars that showed up.
I truly applaud the efforts of the artists involved and I understand the urgency of raising money to aid Haiti; but the remake of We Are the World seems rushed and thrown together. Maybe it’ll take another 25 years to do the original song justice.
One love. 🙂