Tim: Celebrity Big Brother’s on at the moment, and while I typically couldn’t give a toss about that, Edele from B*Witched is in there.
Tom: Crikey, that would have been a slightly dodgy booking back in 1998 when B*Witched were a big thing.
Tim: Yes, and yet she was still one of the more notable names. I believe the standard joke doing the rounds was “you know, they really should do a celebrity version of this show”.
Anyway, it reminded me that this got put up on YouTube a few months back. Originally due for release two weeks from now, turns out it was unceremoniously released about a month earlier. Anywhere, let’s hear it.
Tom: That’s… that’s Wake Me Up.
Tim: Pretty much, yes, albeit rearranged for strings, and then chopped up and interspersed with a fairly low-key typical B*Witched track, and…well, I don’t think it works, really.
Tom: No. Not at all.
Tim: In its individual components, it’d be an interesting but unremarkable remix and a rather dull comeback track. Together, it’s sounds just plain disjointed, really, and while I appreciate that actually most Avicii tracks work exactly the same way, there’s just something about that moment, coming out of the first chorus, where it slips from jump around, strobe lights and smoke machine on the dance floor to extremely gentle strumming without even a drumbeat to keep up the momentum.
Tom: For me, it’s just the constant awareness that it’s not Wake Me Up. The same rhythm, just slightly different notes.
Tim: Yes, although admittedly the singing bit isn’t too bad – there’s a decent middle eight, and the vocal chorus is quite good. Thing is, it could have been great if they’d (a) made it flow a bit better and (b) made something original for it to flow into. Shame.