If you’ve only just caught up with Jedward recently because of their consistently on point political tweets, or if you’ve only just discovered them, here’s a reminder that they make damned fine music as well. Not content to just sit back and let their incredible 2019 fourth album, ‘Voice Of A Rebel’ (all 22 songs of which they wrote and produced) do the work, John has over the past few years also released a series of acoustic guitar covers, showcasing his own musical and vocal talents outside of Jedward.
John’s latest cover is a stunning performance of the 2002 Oasis classic, ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’, which originally came out on the Manchester band’s fifth studio album, ‘Heathen Chemistry’. Fans had a preview of the song last week when Jedward were interviewed by Ray D’Arcy on Irish radio station RTE1, and encouraged John to upload an “official” version, which he did on the @planetjedward Twitter account late last night.
Shot, as always with John’s covers, straight to his phone, the song is raw and unedited, with no microphone or amplification other than what his phone provided. This doesn’t detract at all from the cover, and indeed, actually adds to the overall beauty of it. Sitting on a small sofa, with a cream curtain behind him, John plays guitar while pouring his heart into his vocals.
The original release saw the vocals set to a piano-led instrumental, with Liam Gallagher on lead vocals, supported supported on BV by Noel. It also featured guitar and drums, and was generally received favourably by critics. It was accompanied by a stirring music video, which in its original form followed a young woman as she walks down Sunset Boulevard, in West Hollywood, contemplating suicide. The track debuted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and peaked at number 6 on the UK Indie Chart. It was also covered by Leona Lewis, who sang her version on the sixth season finale of X Factor – yes, the same one Jedward were on.
Which brings us back to John’s cover. As we’ve said many times before, John has a way of taking every song he covers and imbuing it with his own spirit, in effect making it his own. Of course this probably won’t sit well with Oasis purists, but we just ask, put aside your prejudices for a few minutes, close your eyes, and listen. It’s not Liam, no; but that certainly doesn’t make it bad. In John’s hands this song takes on a whole new meaning, and is especially poignant in light of the murder of Sarah Everard.
Cos all of the stars are faded away, just try not to worry, you’ll see them some day.
So take what you need and be on your way, and stop crying your heart out.
John’s voice has a slightly husky edge to it which is instantly appealing; there’s also a certain sadness that comes with his singing, but that might also be down to the choice of song. On the other hand, it may also be because he puts so much of himself and his passion into his covers. It’s just one of the reasons why Jedward should never be taken at face value. They’ve taken everything they’ve been through over their lives, especially the past 12 years in the music industry, stopped crying their hearts out, and continued on their way.
Listen to John’s cover of ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ below. Let us know what you think in the comments. You can listen to John’s other covers here.
— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) March 16, 2021
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