Keala Settle, Kesha & Missy Elliott – This Is Me

“This… is not an improvement”

Tim: So here’s a fun thing: since The Greatest Showman is so brilliant, and the soundtrack is still an amazing album, they’ve done a new version of it, getting big name artists to do their own versions of the songs, and called it The Greatest Showman: Reimagined. Some of them sound basically identical; some are considerably less good; there’s also this. (You may want to reacquaint yourself with the original first.)

Tom: I remember describing the original as “so polished you could slip on it and crack your head”. And this… is not an improvement, I don’t think?

Tim: Me neither. It took me by surprise when I was just listening to the album, as I’m sure you’d expect, and to be honest I really don’t know how well it works. I certainly get what they were going for, but is it just me, or does the rapping hang around for too long? The second part works a little bit better, because halfway through you’ve got some backing vocals coming in halfway through, but I can’t help feeling this might be a little bit improved with that first part only lasting half as long.

Tom: Possibly, but if you’re going to get actual Missy Elliott in to be on the track, you want to get your money’s worth.

Tim: Fair, but at least chop it in two, and put the second half after the first chorus – as it is, coming right at the beginning after a very short intro and with no indicator when it might stop, it just seems to drag a bit, before the meat of the song comes along. Just me?

Tom: Not just you.

5 thoughts on “Keala Settle, Kesha & Missy Elliott – This Is Me”

  1. Guys y’all put the wrong song in the post… this is Come Alive, featuring completely different artists.

    Come Alive is a decent song though! Sounds kinda like the love child of Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling and Bruno Mars’ Treasure.

    Pointless story: due to some accident of history (I don’t remember what it was, I thought it was maybe the 100th anniversary of one of the shows but looking it up the dates are completely off) I got a free lifetime-valid ticket* to the Ringling Bros./Barnum and Bailey circus when I was born. However, due to there never really being a point when it worked out to use the ticket, I never went… and then they shuttered last year and that’s all she wrote.

    If the name eventually gets resurrected with some new company I wonder if they’ll still honor it…

    *not a lifetime ticket that would let me in to all shows for my entire life, but a one-time use ticket valid to any single show over the course of my life, in case that was unclear

      1. also, while I’ve got you here: as long as y’all are doing soundtrack stuff, why not have a go at Zu Asche, Zu Staub from the TV series Babylon Berlin? Some background:

        – The song was used diegetically as a cabaret performance in the show (which is a mystery set in interwar Berlin) but was still pushed as like, an Actual Single Release, so it’s got a rather odd blend of modern and nearly-a-century-old style going on
        – [mild spoiler for early plot points] The performer is the… reverse drag? persona of one of the show’s main villains
        – This was pretty much the first ever foray into true big-budget TV drama by a German channel, and it’s really good. If the song piques your/readers’ interest, it’s available dubbed and subbed in English (or in the original German) on Netflix
        – Given that one of the running themes of this blog seems to be “Tom likes boobs, like really a lot” I’m looking forward to seeing how he reacts to the video

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