Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Singles: "She's Always a Woman"

There's something about the tone and execution of this cover of a Billy Joel classic that continues to impress me. Joel wrote the song about his then-wife Elizabeth, who took over as his manager and was able to put his business affairs in order, so his version has an appropriate sentimentality to it. Naturally when you find a woman so amazing as to inspire you to write a song like this, you divorce her in 8-10 years; I wonder if she gets any publishing money for this song in her divorce settlement.

Fyfe Dangerfield eschews sentimentality for a breezy-but-soulful delivery that makes this less of a cover and more a remake. It's more style than substance, but that's completely appropriate--he didn't write the song, and it's highly likely that he's never even met Elizabeth Weber, so this totally works as far as I'm concerned. Too little would be detached, too much would be sappy, but he's found something that works.
"She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies"


Song: "She's Always a Woman"
Artist: Fyfe Dangerfield

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