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):