Is Mandy Moore this generation's Pat Boone? The millisecond I heard Mandy Moore's version of Rihanna's "Umbrella" I thought of this scene from Dreamgirls:
You can see similar scenes like this in The Five Heartbeats, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Hairspray and countless other films. This is not to say Moore is stealing black music and making the song more popular, like Pat Boone did to Fat's Domino and Little Richard, but I find it extremely interesting how some people are reacting to this song like she turned "Umbrella" into the "Star Spangled Banner". There are rumors of Moore's version being a single.
Rihanna is not a soul singer or a mucus membrane of a singer, but there is a distinct urban and slight Caribbean vibe to the song. Plus, being that white female artists have replaced even the most non-threatening black female singers, it is slightly disturbing Moore's song is getting so much praise. Also, am I the only who was perturbed when Mandy scrunched her face and said, "I don't tend to listen to this type of music, but you just can’t deny how melodic this song is." Really, girl? Out of her five albums that bombed wasn't Mandy's biggest hit an ultra-cheesy pop tune called "Candy"?
Do you think anyone would care if Jill Scott covered Amy Winehouse's "Rehab"? If Fantasia remade Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" or if Jennifer Hudson sang Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats"?
I like the song "Umbrella" and I know it is vapid R&B ditty. However, I didn't think it could get even more plastic and easy to digest. Take a look for yourself...
Posted by Clay ::
12:00 AM ::