Earlier this week we heard the first snippet of one of the more highly-anticipated songs from The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Beyoncé and André 3000 covered Amy Winehouse‘s hit Back To Black, and not everyone was psyched about it. But I liked the snippet we heard on Monday, and today we have the full version! DJ/producer Mark Ronson (who also co-wrote the original song_ premiered the track on his East Village Radio mixshow. Click inside for your first full listen!
Beyoncé And André 3000, Back To Black (Amy Winehouse cover):
Personally? I really like it. When I hear a cover, or when I see an adaptaion of a book on screen, sometimes I prefer it when the new version deviates in major ways from the original. And there’s no denying that this version deviates greatly from Amy‘s Back To Black. I also like that when I hear it, it makes perfect sense alongside what we’ve seen of Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby– it’s got a dark and frightening quality (especially André’s verse) even as it invokes this sense of romance and nostalgia. There’s also this feeling of a building up to something (something beautiful, something tragic), which is much of what Gatsby‘s about.
So yeah, me likey! But I was also never a die-hard Amy Winehouse fan (many of whom appear to be in a rage over this version, according to the comments on Just Jared) What do y’all think?