Yes, I always wanted Melanie to branch out and try more uptempo tunes on "The X Factor"...but now that she's gone the full-on '90s clubby/remixy route, I'm not really feeling it.
Have a listen here:
Sure, this song would be fabulous if it were a C+C Music Factory/Crystal Waters mashup being performed on Downtown Julie Brown's "Club MTV" back in 1990. (Wubba wubba wubba!) Or maybe if it were being lip-synched by "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestants. But for an "X Factor" contestant? Um, I'm not so sure. It just sounds a little dated, and it seems like an especially odd first outing for Melanie considering that the one thing about her that originally earned America's R-E-S-P-E-C-T (and America's votes)--her great singing voice-- is a bit buried in this technotronic mix. It's also weird that her first single would be a cover song, as opposed to an original written just for her.
But hey, maybe Melanie's fans will think "Respect" is retro in a cool way (the '90s are coming back, or so I hear). And maybe the song will grow on me after I see Melanie perform it in her big Pepsi Super Bowl commercial airing this Sunday. Here's a teaser of that ad, which also stars Elton John and the '90s-tastic Flavor Flav (and looks like it's supposed to take place in the 1490s, I think):
What do you think of Melanie's new song? Is this the right direction for her? Or is this just another bad business decision on Simon Cowell's part?
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