Plenty of recording artists desire crossover success, but few are audacious enough to try what Ester Dean‘s undertaken on her latest promo cut: to take a beloved record of a very different era and genre and translate it into her own musical idiom. The Interscope recording artist’s version of I Can’t Make You Love Me could hardly be more different from country singer Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 rendition. Whereas the original was a sparse, slightly syrupy piano-driven ballad, Dean’s re-imagining is a full-bore dancefloor scorcher, with the singer belting the record’s heart-wrenching lyrics over an explosive, four-on-the-floor beat by DJ Mamia. Was the transformation a success? As always, Booth readers get to lay down the final verdict. Those feeling it, of course, can keep it locked to our pages for all the latest from the rising pop starlet.
Written by richard on Oct 18, 2012
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