Jam It Or Slam It?: Maysa (Again)

A few weeks ago, I previewed Maysa’s cover of Pat Benatar’s “Love Is A Battlefield.” This time around, I’ll post another cover version of a classic song: Natalie Cole’s “Inseparable.”

Response for Maysa’s remake of Benatar’s song was positive, so I’ll be interested to see what reaction readers give to her version of one of Cole’s first solo hits. This song is very dear to my heart, but I know Maysa usually doesn’t mess with a cover and leave it worse for wear. Her upcoming album, titled Love Is A Battlefield, is due to be released this upcoming Friday, and will be her third album featuring covers of other artists’ songs. I’ve already pre-ordered the album and can’t wait to see what she does with the songs she’s chosen.

As for “Inseperable,” I like it. I like it a lot. Is it better than Cole’s? Uhh….not to me. What I revere about Natalie’s version is that it gets the job done simply. In just under two and a half minutes, she says what needs to be said, and is gone almost as soon as she arrives. When a song leaves an impression on you that quickly and the impression stays long after the song is over, to me that is an impressive feat. Maysa takes her time and almost doubles the running time of the original, allowing for an additional instrumental section, and a repeat of the bridge and the final verse. But, it’s Maysa, so it can’t be all bad—I just don’t like it quite as much as the original.

So for me, it’s a Jam It—solidly, if not quite as enthusiastically as I would normally for Maysa. But what do you think about it? Would you Jam It or Slam It?

Just for reference, here is Cole’s version (with Spanish subtitles):

15 Replies to “Jam It Or Slam It?: Maysa (Again)”

    1. I’ll be interested to see the reaction to the new album. Like I mentioned, it’s her third album that will have nothing but covers on it. Fans liked the first two, but I wonder if you can go to the well too often. Then again, if the songs are good enough and well-performed, this will do just as well as the previous ones.

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  1. Well I think you’ll know which one I will vote for.I say definitely jam Maysa. Although Natalie’s version is great, I think Maysa is in a league of her own the way she was when she did the Classic songs album. I also love the smooth jazz sound of her version. I’ve placed my order, looking forward to its release!

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