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Review: Punk Goes Pop 6 – Various Artists.

Punk_Goes_Pop_Vol._6Another year, another Fearless Records, ‘Punk Goes..’ record, which generally have some really good covers, personal favourites are Go Radio’s version of Rolling In The Deep, The Maine and Adam Lazzara’s version of ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and Tonight Alive’s version of ‘Little Lion Man’ and now we have ‘Punk Goes Pop 6’ which features a range of bands including We Came As Romans to Knuckle Puck.

Upon A Burning Body’s version of Turn Down For What improves the beat of the song, his vocals totally bring a new edge to the track, that I really can’t explain but it is a good reimagining of the song, with this is being succeeded by Tyler Carter’s version of Ain’t It Fun by Paramore which really works to his vocal range, but with no real imagination to the the beat, which lacks the catchiness of the original version of the song.

August Burns Red’s version of ‘Wrecking Ball’ is not even recognisable as the original except when you get to the chorus and you finally hear the lyrics with a real original take on the song which has a heavy drum beat throughout and a real attitude towards it, you kinda forget that it was a pop song in the first place, except the words seem weird coming from the lips of the vocalist. We Came As Romans version of ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ makes me wish it was their song, the riff going on throughout the song, and the vocals from lead singer Pavone’s vocals really working far better than he may even like.

Set It Off’s choice of song, ‘Problem’ by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea, is kind of perfect for them and really they have changed it to suit them and made it their own, this is also the case for Crown The Empire’s version of ‘Burn’ by Ellie Goulding originally, and the drop in the chorus created by Crown The Empire really does make the song work to their own style – and this continues with Drunk In Love by Oceans Ate Alaska, the screaming adds something to the song.

Royals by Youth In Revolt is really good and the guitars throughout the song making the song instrumental does sound awesome, and Knuckle Puck made a really bad but popular song sound better than the original, some might say that’s not difficult, but ‘Chocolate’ by The 1975 is so much more likeable on this album. Happy by Palisades, the recording is cool and stylish with a great beat and making it sound original, making it their own.

There’s some great versions here, that really stand out, ‘Problem’ by Set It Off, Chocolate by Knuckle Puck and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ by We Came As Romans are my highlights, some bands make this record seem like a chore, some have taken their songs and run with it, and you can really tell on these tracks.

You can find a stream here.

8/10.

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