Suedehead – NATG
Released by Gas Records
Why release a new version of a classic Morrissey, when you already know everyone will compere your interpretation with a renowned song?
Well, sometimes great songwriters aren’t always the best interpreters of their own work, and also if it’s a good song it needs others to give it a chance to shine from a different musical angle.
Anyway, this newly released version from NATG gives the song an added passionate edge, with a more laid back feel, different musical arrangement and a more emotional approach.
From the first few chords, with moving piano harmony, and an interesting rhythmic pulse, which forever drives the song forward, leads us into a great version of ‘Suedehead’.
The vocal line is a delight to both the ears and heart, as the voice gets under your skin, in a good way, as we head on an emotional roller coaster ride through first part of this track. After a short pause in proceedings, string lines appear, adding to the mix, and taking us in a different direction, providing a more expressive, and passionate backdrop to the song, which gives the singer the opportunity to carry her line to a more emotional depth of beauty. Adding a cello solo, one of my favourite instruments, as a counterpoint to the voice, is a really nice touch and really works here, particularly as the rest of the strings and piano continue to move around, and support the voice. The final refrains produce a real heartrending, passionate plea from the singer, which leaves you at the end of the track, well, slightly breathless. A nice version of a great song, and after listening to this a few times, you’ve almost forgotten the original, which says a lot. This is a great recording, and one which I hope will take NATG on a successful course and introduce her to a much wider audience.