12. Diane Birch – What is Love? (Haddaway)
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American songstress Diane Birch does a fine rendition of Haddaway’s 1992 smash hit What is Love?, so fine in fact, that the song is almost unrecognisable to the original arrangement. She slows it down and pares it back to the basic tenets of the lyrics themselves, and uses keyboard accompaniment sparingly. You have to skip ahead to 0:18 seconds in the video below to get to the beginning of the song. Birch’s debut album Bible Belt is amazing. Its part gospel, part soul, part folksy, part country and her voice is so melodic. You can check out her YouTube channel here.
This particular recording was done for Billboard and includes an interview with the singer at the end of the video. Birch tells us in the interview that she chose this song as it’s ‘a good example of how a song that is a in completely different vein can just sort of translate into something that is just a completely different song’. She tells us: ‘It’s a really beautiful song and I don’t think people would generally think of it in that way’. She discusses the lyrics, ‘What is love? Baby don’t hurt me’ and says it is about ‘classic torment, the torment of love’ and that she ‘can relate to that feeling, that emotion’. Billboard also refer to Trinidadian-German dance aficionado Haddaway as being a ‘dance music enigma’, which I’m sure to many, Billboard most of all it would seem, he remains to this day.
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