Monday, April 20, 2015

Single Review: Freddie Atlas - Wicked Game

Artist: Freddie Atlas
Single: Wicked Game
Reviewer: Andrea Guy

Flash back to 1990. One of the most overplayed videos on Mtv was a song by Chris Isaak called “Wicked Game.” The video was black and white and featured the stunning and scantily clad, Helena Christensen. Flash forward twenty five years and Freddie Atlas is delivering his version of this iconic tune to the masses.

This song epitomizes romance. It is hard to imagine anyone covering it, but Freddie Atlas has, and he has in fact made it better.  This song is one that you either love or hate, depending on how many times you heard it on the radio, and how well you liked Isaak’s Roy Orbison styled vocals. Atlas tones the warbling down quite a bit and really lets the piano steal the show.

The piano brings a new level of sensuality to this song, as well as adding to the atmosphere. It takes away the slightly countrified tone of the original,

Atlas’ voice is guaranteed to make the listener weak in the knees. His vocals can soar and whisper, all while making most women wish he was singing this song to them.

When it comes to covers sometimes you want to change it up and other times you want to follow the original format of the song, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that. Most covers of this song haven’t tried to make any changes to the arrangement, and Freddie hasn’t either. So what you’re getting here is another voice singing a fabulous song the way it was meant to be sung, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Freddie sings “Wicked Game” so well, that you might forget any of the versions that came before it, including Isaak’s original.

If you are looking for a song to get your special someone in the mood or if you want to make a romantic mix cd, this song should make the cut.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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