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Leona Lewis Vs Snow Patrol, Run

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Uploaded on Feb 1, 2009

Let's have it out! Duet style comparison between Leona Lewis' cover of Run, and the Snow Patrol original.

I know people don't read this crap here in the description box, but I'm going to spiel anyway, because the professionals have some interesting opinions on this particular issue.

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody told Scottish newspaper, The Daily Record: "She obviously studied the song and thought long and hard about how to interpret it. She's stripped it to its bare core. I think she sounds absolutely phenomenal. I'm not a big fan of shows like The X-Factor, but when talent like this comes along, I can't slate it. She's going to be around in 20 years. She's the next Whitney. She takes my breath away." He told Music Radar, "That's what you want a song to do ... Different interpretations and meanings. Songs aren't monolithic, at least the good ones aren't. What Leona Lewis has done has touched hearts."

The Sentinel described Leona's version as, "So much better" than Snow Patrol's. They said, "It's powerful, painful and the choir behind it takes it to another level."

Radio presenter James Daniels said, "Leona just takes it to a whole new level, which is a phrase I hate to use but it's true".

Snow patrol wrote the song Run, and it featured on their third album Final Straw. They released it as a single in 2004 and it reached number 5 in the charts, bringing them their first mainstream success.

The song has also been covered by Tre Lux (2006) and Three Graces (2008)

To be brutally honest, Leona's version has sold like spare parts in a leper colony. Download sales alone have been enough to boost it high in charts worldwide before the CD was even released.

The way I see it, Snow Patrol take artistic credit and full kudos for creating the song. Their version is gritty and full of the darker shades of emotion, quite suited to the male vocal.

Leona's version is more like a power ballad in format - the mood is captured early, emotion creeps in with the clarity, tone, and earnestness of her voice, slowly leading to the big climax, the money notes and almost pure emotion. Incredible.

Having put the two together like this, I'm quite surprised at the result. It's more like a duet than a comparison. Both versions have strengths.

I'm sure there are Snow Patrol and Leona Lewis fanboys giving their opinions all over the place, but the comparison really puts both versions in a great light. Personally, I prefer Leona's version, but I know that my brother prefers Snow Patrol's. It's just one of those things...

Note on format:

Even though this is obviously fair use of the clips involved, YouTube wouldn't let me use the crescendo from the Leona vid. Sorry about that, but I think it works very well with the addition of some live performance.

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