Typically, once a week or whereabouts, brentmusicreviews.com devotes a post to other musicians – established, burgeoning, or amateurs – covering a current pop hit. Up until this point, the songs represented have all been by guys. Another notable fact is that they have all been songs that yours truly – the one and only Brent Faulkner – considered one of his jams of the moment. This week’s pick is different – it’s an artist and a song that yours truly is a bit skeptical of.
There’s some good in Selena Gomez’s new single “Good For You,” but there’s also much that could have made this even better. How do I know? Well, there are six covers here with commentary (and some brilliant bonus tracks), and in my opinion, they trump the original for various reasons. Listening to these covers actually gave me a greater appreciation for the song itself, even if it is still flawed. Before diving into these fantastic covers, here’s the original, in all it’s, umm, “glory”…
1) Alex Aiono
Video title: Good For You by Selena Gomez | Cover by Alex Aiono (July 6, 2015)
Let’s just keep it 100 – I prefer this one to the original… Aiono offers more expressiveness with his pipes, and that expressiveness really amps up the seductiveness of the song. ‘Course Aiono’s own steamy music video doesn’t hurt either.
2) Sofia Karlberg
Video title: Selena Gomez – Good For You cover (June 25, 2015)
Hmm, yet another cover that just might definitely trumps the original. Karlberg has the pop chops going on by all means – the vocal inflections, etc. She maintains the cool poise that Gomez’s original has, but she has just enough variations within her vocal tone to add some more personality to this simple song.
3) Andie Case
Video title: Selena Gomez – Good For You (Andie Case Cover) (July 1, 2015)
What a rich vocal tone! Love, love, love Case’s vocal tone and the fact that she’s cool in her composure, but still delivers an expressive, moving performance. Yes, another one better than the original. Yep, particularly when Case goes rogue and changes up the melody. Oh and give the band some love!
4) Lainie Deetsch official (Lainie Deetsch)
Video title: Selena Gomez – Good For You Cover (July 1, 2015)
To quote Randy Jackson – “We got a hot one tonight!” To quote Randy Jackson once more, “She’s in it to win it!” To quote Brent Faulkner for the fourth consecutive time, “I prefer this one to the original.” How awesome is Lainie Deetsch? – Well to quote most college kids, she’s “pretty [censored] awesome.”
5) Bri Heart
Video title: Selena Gomez – Good For You (Cover) (July 1, 2015)
Bri, you betta sang girl! Yaaaasss! Besides being another “original eclipser” (HA!) you’ve got to love the fact that this version is a piano ballad rather than the electro-urban version. My personal favorite part is the bridge – love the heart wrenching emotion!
6) LauraZocca (Laura Zocca)
Video title: Good For You – Selena Gomez Cover by Laura Zocca
Why is this particular cover stunning? The focus is on Zocca’s amazing instrument – her voice. Is she subtle? Yes, but again there’s expressiveness and a lofty musical performance IQ working here. I don’t need to say for the sixth time this is better than the original do I? Nope – didn’t think so.
HOLD UP! – Here are some more fine-feathered covers of “Good For You!” And two of them by dudes!
- Brandon Evans, Selena Gomez – Good For You feat. A$AP Rocky – (COVER Music Video) – Brandon Evans (June 22, 2015)
- Craig Yopp, Selena Gomez – Good For You (COVER Music Video) (June 26, 2015)
- AlyciaMarieMusic (Alycia Marie), SelenaGomez – Good For You feat. A$AP Rocky (Cover) | Alycia Marie (June 24, 2015)