Tuesday, July 25, 2006

U2 and Mary J Blidge - One

The 'Queen of Hip Hop Soul' meets the veteran Irish stadium rockers? Yep. The latest single from Mary J Blige's 2005 album The Breakthrough is a new collaborative version of the classic 1992 U2 song. An anthem to universal brotherhood and sisterhood, the song's simple, uplifting message "One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should" should be well suited to soul, but this single lacks the passion of the original.

This is not a duet as, after Bono sings the opening verse, it's all MJB with Bono reduced to backing vocals in the choruses, a bit like the way male dancers just used to hold the ballerinas while they pirouetted. The rest of the band are also very much in the supporting cast with MJB in the starring role, her elastic vocals soaring effortlessly.

This regrettable recent trend of artists re-recording well-known songs with the original artists means they neither match the impact of the original nor are they fully reinvented like the best covers. The truth is that this is a fairly innocuous, even agreeable, record which is obviously aimed at the R&B rather than the rock market. Sure to be a big hit.
- Neil Dowden

(feat. U2)
Is it getting better Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame
You say one love, one life (one life)It's one need in the nightOne love (one love), get to share it
Leaves you darling, if you don't care for it

Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had loveAnd you want me to go without

Well it's too late, tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other
Carry each otherOne...

Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head

Well, did I ask too much, more than a lot?
You gave me nothing, now it's all I got
We're one, but we're not the same
See we, hurt each other
Then we do it again

You sayLove is a temple
Love is a higher law
Love is a temple
Love is the higher law

You ask me to enter
Well then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got When all you got is hurt

One loveOne bloodOne life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
Sisters and myBrothers

One life
But we're not the same
We get toCarry each other
Carry each other

One...One love


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