On May 5th Amandine Bourgeois released her third album “Au Masculin”. In it Amandine—she who whipped out a can of crazy at Eurovision 2013—covers some of the biggest French-speaking male artists of all time. Her first single “Ma Gueule” faired rather well, and she hopes to follow this success with the release of her second single “Alors on Danse”. It’s an acoustic cover of one of this century’s biggest dance tracks by the Francophone star of the moment, Stromae.
Amandine’s chilled out cover is unrecognisable compared to Stromae’s upbeat bass original. The differences are so vast it makes it difficult to compare the two tracks. Isn’t that the key to every good cover? A Stromae fan would perhaps say the song loses a lot of its quirks (and strengths) in transition from dance to acoustic. But an Amandine fan will emphasise that the vocals improve the song a lot.
Luckily for me, I’m a fan of them both. I’d like to see Amandine release more original material in the future, but for now “Au Masculin” will keep me happy.