The Most Unexpected Cover Song of the Year is by Singer Ryan Adamés

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RYAN ADAMES, “As Long As You Love Me”

I say that Ryan’s version of “As Long As You Love Me” is the most unexpected cover song of the year for a number of reasons.  I mean, how many versions of this Justin Bieber song have you already heard?  Most of them just want to copy his style and don’t attempt to make the song their own.  Puerto Rican native Ryan Adamés is known mainly in dance circles and is a rising star thanks to his unique collaboration with Parralox on their cover of “Silent Morning” (which resides within my current Top 5 on my chart).  So to hear him tackle this song is out of the ordinary, more so because it doesn’t have a peppy dance beat to it.  Next, it is stripped down to next to nothing.  It shows what a great, pure voice Ryan has in an acoustic setting.  The guitar work has a sexy Spanish flavour to it too.  Lastly, Ryan transforms the song.  It is recognizable as a Bieber cover for sure, after the first few bars, but would you really expect it to turn out so well?  I was floored the first time I heard “As Long As You Love Me” and my daughter wanted to know who he was immediately.  It draws you in and cozies right up next to you, so yes you can expect to feel warm and fuzzy afterwards.  

And Ryan’s video – he directed it – has a loose but simple plot to it that lets us into the studio and choreo warmups in-between until you almost forget about it.  Then, that ending… so much was first said about the ending of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”, and then even more was said about Steve Grand’s “All American Boy” video these past few weeks that I think those that connected with the latter will adore this one.  Huge props to Ryan and his team – this is one of the songs of summer ’13 for me 🙂

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