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Teardrop by Newton Faulkner

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Reviewed on 20th December 2007.



By Newton Faulkner

Sticking close to the original version by Massive Attack, this cover of the 1998 hit has Faulkner performing impressive percussive moves. It is a very common cover though, with Elbow, Incubus and more recently Jose Gonzalez giving it their attempts. Gonzalez shows more soul and his vocal talents are above those of Faulkner, who sounds like a medieval knight on this track. The added vocals halfway through the track give it some atmosphere, but personally the cover would have to be special to beat the Massive Attack haunting vocals and the unique video of the lip-synching baby.

As a live performance this no doubt goes down a treat, but at just three minutes long it is nothing spectacular on CD, unless you have witnessed it live. I like his style, but as many of us Leeds-dwelling folk know, people like Jon Gomm can perform this way and have been doing for a long time, so this unfortunately does not stand out. I believe Faulkner has better tracks then this to release as a single, and this is better left for the first live DVD, though it's a good effort.



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