I guess while we're on the subject of Sonic vocal music, does anyone else really not like the version of "It Doesn't Matter"
from SA 1
? Admittedly, I'd heard the version from the sequel
before the original, but even if I hadn't, there's just something about the original that rubs me the wrong way. Namely...
- The rhythm, melody, and lyrics don't mesh together well. Point A: "Well I don't show off, don't criiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiticize!" Why was it necessary to elongate that word so much? To fill space? Write more lyrics to fill space, you lazy bastard! Alternatively, make it so that that particular part is more compact, shorter. Aside from that one line, the rest of the lyrics in the verses don't seem to flow in a way that sounds natural, or, dare I say it, any better than a mediocre amateur. I wrote some* songs that flow better when I was fourteen. Even the speed of the song seems kind of off. The elongated verses just seem to take forever, to the point where Sonic himself would just get bored and leave by the time the chorus comes in. Ironically, the chorus is arguably the only part that really works in this respect, with a nice, triumphant melody that doesn't try to take its time too much, but the words are still accented upon oddly in order to force them in there.
- That damn singer. He sounds like a poor man's Steven Tyler, audibly straining to hit those high notes and screams. I don't know if it was the choice of the producer of the music (assumedly Jun Senuoe, but I could be wrong) or something that the singer just affected on his own for God knows what reason, but it just sounds really bad, and whoever's decision it was really needed to think harder about it.
- Just about the only way the song really works is as an instrumental, in all honesty. The instrumental version of the song that plays over certain scenes in Sonic's story were really breathtaking to hear and made me wonder how they came up with such a catchy melody but then had to crap all over it with lyrics that are forced in like a 100 piece puzzle in which 98 of the pieces don't fit and the two that are missing obscure the direct focus of the picture.
Now, SA 2
's version of the song, on the other hand, first starts out with another amazingly catchy melody, but it's a melody in which the lyrics do not seem like they were just haphazardly jammed into there. I'd be willing to say that they probably wrote the new version of the song around the lyrics, trying to find a way to make them work without sounding really awkward and embarrassingly amateur, and I'd say they succeeded in that respect. Granted, some of the lyrics are still pretty suspect ("'Cause I only have a steadfast heart of gold"? Is that even supposed
to make sense?), but those lyrics are much easier to accept in a setting where they aren't forced in your face due to how out of place they sound. The lyrics are heroic, triumphant, and carefree all at once, perfectly suited to Sonic's character, and the melody is suitably heroic and celebratory as well, and even the speed of the music (as it is more or less a standard pop punk song) gives you a picture of Sonic just running through the land with a sly smirk on his face, just daring you to keep up. To put it even more into perspective, the original version is four and a half minutes long
, whereas this version is only about 2:45.
Really, everything seems to come together perfectly for this version, while the original version ends up sounding like a badly composed mess.
Best of all, the singer of this version doesn't sound like he's gonna keel over from a lack of oxygen and contract a throat infection at any second!
SIDE NOTE: I realize that Tony Harnell was the singer of both versions. My point still stands about his vocals.
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edited 12th Feb '13 11:32:19 PM by 0dd1