Radio 1's Live Lounge, Vol. 4

Radio 1's Live Lounge, Vol. 4



With its combination of acoustic originals and intriguing cover versions, the Radio 1 Live Lounge albums have cleverly filled a gap in the market to become one of the most successful compilation series in recent years. Volume Four, which as always, consists of tracks recorded live for Jo Whiley's mid-morning show, is as eclectic as its predecessors, with acts as diverse as Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, and Kelly Clarkson all stepping into the now-famous studio. Without the comfort of multiple takes and glossy production, the Live Lounge can expose artists in a way no other compilation does, and where some can surprisingly thrive, others even more surprisingly falter. Florence and the Machine, one of the most critically acclaimed artists of 2009, caterwauls through a quite painful rendition of Beyoncé's "Halo," Lady Gaga unnecessarily turns her electro-pop juggernaut "Poker Face" into a rather ropey and overblown vaudeville-style number, while Black Eyed Peas don't seem to have entirely grasped the concept, using a pre-recorded backing track on their number one "Boom Boom Pow." However, the likes of the Saturdays and Sugababes, often derided for miming, sound near-perfect on entertaining renditions of MadCon's "Beggin," and Keane's "Spiralling." While Katy Perry (MGMT's "Electric Feel"), Kasabian (Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape"), and Newton Faulkner (Pixie Lott's "Mama Do") tackle songs completely outside their comfort zone without disgracing themselves too badly at all. The album doesn't quite deliver a Leona Lewis moment (her number one cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" was specifically recorded for the Live Lounge, although has strangely never appeared on its albums) but there are several impressive moments. Hot Chip's intelligent electronica transfers surprisingly well to a cover of Wiley's thumping grime hit "Wearing My Rolex," Little Boots turns JLS' "Beat Again" into a synth-heavy early-'80s pastiche, while Marmaduke Duke and Biffy Clyro, both of whom feature vocalist Simon Neil, pull off charming versions of hits by Ciara and Beyoncé, respectively. With its impressive caliber of artists and its entertaining track list, Volume Four is a consistently curious listen and is undoubtedly a welcome addition to the increasingly popular Live Lounge series.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
Label: Sony Uk
UPC: 0886976075729
catalogNumber: 7607572

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Elton John   Composer
Phil Thornalley   Composer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Richard Hughes   Composer
P. Klein   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Foo Fighters   Composer
Stacy Ferguson   Composer
Armand Van Helden   Composer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
James Scheffer   Composer
Gwen Stefani   Composer
Steve Mac   Composer
Simon Ratcliffe   Composer
Felix Buxton   Composer
Amanda Ghost   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer
Paul Epworth   Composer
Wayne Wilkins   Composer
Justin Timberlake   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Andrew Frampton   Composer
Caleb Followill   Composer
Nathan Followill   Composer
Jared Followill   Composer
Matthew Followill   Composer
Allen Pineda   Composer
David Guetta   Composer
Beth Ditto   Composer
Dylan Mills   Composer
Sandy Wilhelm   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer
Nathan Howdeshell   Composer
Jaime A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez   Composer
Tom Chaplin   Composer
Tim Rice-Oxley   Composer
Brandon Flowers   Composer
David Keuning   Composer
Mark Stoermer   Composer
Ronnie Vannucci   Composer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer
Blake Healy   Composer
Toby Gad   Composer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Edward Gibson   Composer
The-Dream   Composer
Rico Love   Composer
Paolo Nutini   Composer
Lily Allen   Composer
Natasha Khan   Composer
Robin Pecknold   Composer
Nicholas Peterson   Composer
Giorgio Tuinfort   Composer
M. Hauge   Composer
Calvin Harris   Composer
RedOne   Composer
Trace Cyrus   Composer
Mason Musso   Composer
Anthony Improgo   Composer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Ben Goldwasser   Composer
Andrew VanWyngarden   Composer
Lady Gaga   Composer
Jack Savidge   Composer
Peggy Farina   Composer
Robin Tadross   Composer
Hannah Blilie   Composer
Jean-Claude Sindres   Composer
G. Barlow   Composer
Scott McFarnon   Composer
BC Jean   Composer
Edward Macfarlane   Composer
Axel Willner   Composer
Thaddis Harrell   Composer
Richard Rawson   Composer
Ian Drench   Composer
Costadinos Contostavlos   Composer
Tulisa Contostavlos   Composer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
William Adams   Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer

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