So I’ve watch this Charli XCX cover of the Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” several times, and I still can’t decide if I love it or hate it. Here’s been my process while watching it:
1. I am 100% down with the concept of indie artists (particularly female indie artists) covering 90s/2000s boy band tracks.
1A. I would love Solange to do a cover of U + Me = Us.
2. “Hopefully you recognize it.” – Hopefully I recognize it, Charli? I lived this song.
2A. How many people in the store recognized the song immediately and didn’t want to cop to it?
But the actual cover itself leaves me a little flat. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it nearly as much as I thought I would/should. Maybe it’s a bit too close to the original? Maybe I listened to too much Top 40 radio in 1999? Maybe I’m just mad that I’m going to have “I Want It That Way” in my head for the rest of the day?
Take a listen and let me know what you think. (And if your comment is that Backstreet Boys sucks, I agree. N Sync was much better).
Watch for: Charli realizing how ridiculous(ly fun) this cover is at 2:43.
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