Saturday, 15 December 2012

Gabrielle Aplin - The Power Of Love


Born in 1992 (now I feel very old!), Gabrielle Aplin scored her first British No.1 this week her haunting cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's The Power Of Love, a song that originally topped the charts way back in December 1984. She has the John Lewis TV Advert (with it's snowmen theme) to thank for the media attention, and the song also features on her debut studio album English Rain - a very apt title for what is set to be one of the wettest years on record!

Gabrielle has a pure, smooth voice and gives the ballad a very different feel to the original. However, I just wish the lyrics had been left intact as there are a few lines that I really miss. Apparently, Frankie's lead singer, Holly Johnson, has given his approval to this version - he released his own solo version back in 1999.

But there is no doubt that we have a real talent here. Miss Aplin not only sings cover versions, but also writes her own material and plays the guitar, piano and drums. Whether she manages to duplicate the success of this cover with her follow-up single, Please Don't Say You Love Me, in 2013 remains to be seen, but it would be a shame to see the girl fade into oblivion so soon.

You'll find the original 80s version of The Power Of Love this song on my website simplyeighties.com, along with many more videos from the great decade.

Also, as proof that Holly Johnson can really belt this song out himself, check out this live version from 1987 on this blog.




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