Robin Stjernberg recently covered “Torn” — the song made famous by Natalie Imbruglia — on the SVT programme Tillsammans för Världens Barn. Robin, a runner up on the 2011 edition of Swedish Pop Idol and 14th at Eurovision 2013, has a track history of “not winning”. Could this cover version ever be anything other than second best?
Yes. It’s not even third, fourth or fifth best!
Many songs have been covered in a manner similar to this. He’s stripped it back to a very acoustic performance with just him and the piano. He tries to get to notes that should never be in any version of this song, taking away its whole essence. “Torn” is about someone who realises their emotions have been ripped apart and then thinking about what they might do to mend them. Robin sings like he is actually being torn. It’s painful and that’s not how the song was meant to be delivered – sorry Robin!
This is how it should be done:
Perhaps he would have been better doing it this way i.e. not singing at all and just miming…