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Angélique Kidjo — Mysterious Ways
Album: In the Name of Love - Africa Celebrates U2
Avg rating:
5.3

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Total ratings: 420









Released: 2008
Length: 3:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Johnny take a walk
With your sister the moon
Let her pale light in
To fill up your room
You've been living underground
Eating from a can
You've been running away
From what you don't understand
Love

She's slippy
You're sliding down
She'll be there
When you hit the ground

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways

Johnny take a dive
With your sister in the rain
Let her talk about the things
You can't explain
To touch is to heal
To hurt is to steal
If you want to kiss the sky
Better learn how to kneel (on your knees boy!)

She's the wave
She turns the tide
She sees the man inside the child, yeah

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
Lift my days, light up my nights

One day you'll look back
And when you see
Where you were held
How by this love
While you could stand there
You could move on this moment
Follow this feeling

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
Ah oh oh ah huh
Move, move, move, move
She moves with it
She moves me like
Lift my days and light up my nights
Love
Comments (77)add comment
Love the French here.
Pffff, what a piece of shit !
This is MAGNIFIQUE!  Exactly what covers are supposed to be--make it your own.  Haters go elsewhere.  I'm boosting my rating just for y'all.   
Ouch! 
 q4Fry wrote:
I'm not much of a U2 fan. I'll go on record saying I like this better than the original.
 
Have to agree with you on this. U2 songs get better when someone else perform them. Maybe because introducing someone from outside the band introduces a modicum of musicianship. Not sure how to describe this with a Venn diagram. Exercise for the reader?
I'm not much of a U2 fan. I'll go on record saying I like this better than the original.
I've seen her in concert and she's terrific. Somehow, this makes me cringe, though. 
 clwguy wrote:
Nothing wrong with a good cover. This is just not a good one. 4.9 is a pretty bad rating.
 

HarrO wrote:
Another group upset by somebody covering one of their favorite songs. Doing a cover is tribute, an nod that they think the tune is special enough to do again. So open your ears folks and give covers a serious listen.

 

 Disagree.  Angelique is a high energy, African artist.  She had us all up and dancing at this summer's Ravinia Festival.  I love the fresh take on one of my favorite U2 songs.

Nothing wrong with a good cover. This is just not a good one. 4.9 is a pretty bad rating.
 

HarrO wrote:
Another group upset by somebody covering one of their favorite songs. Doing a cover is tribute, an nod that they think the tune is special enough to do again. So open your ears folks and give covers a serious listen.

 

once a decade is enough for this
Another group upset by somebody covering one of their favorite songs. Doing a cover is tribute, an nod that they think the tune is special enough to do again. So open your ears folks and give covers a serious listen.
the power that is to be original -   7.

note: the trend or option of the choice solely of these two artists, Vieux Farka Toure & Angelique Kidjo, beyond restrictive is not representative of all the largeness and value of all the enclosed work in this CD/LP.

Captain's log, stardate -314256.1686336269

We came accross this ancient fragment of Terran history

 
-Cor- wrote:
Finally a U2 song that doesn't make me throw up... {#Dance}
 
The elder Terrans were indeed full of wisdom.

Palad1, out.

Only on RP, it made us laugh!  Gets a solid 7 from this side of the pond!
Finally a U2 song that doesn't make me throw up... {#Dance}
I'm not into U2 BUT this cover is a joke.
Ok, you have to give this cover some credit... songs are generally written in a specific language so that the timing, syllables, and rhymes of the chosen words fit in with the music. The translated words actually work really well, and in those parts where there were extra syllables, the singer managed to fit them in as if they were originally in the song. I remember the first time hearing it thinking "I know the tune, but..." I for one liked it.

hcaudill wrote:

Music in other languages besides English is always a sure way to flush out the dum-dums on this site.


So that the dum-dums wont be able to decipher my comment:

Nglishea, speciallyea mericanaa nglishea, sia yba efinitionda vilea...ightra?

Still, I like this...a 7.


I really liked the opening, but it got kind of weak really fast... And then I realized what it was, and I was sad... I prefer U2.
Just because it's "world music" doesn't make it a) good or b) cultural.

This doesn't suck, but it certainly doesn't fill a musical void that needed filling.

hcaudill wrote:
Music in other languages besides English is always a sure way to flush out the dum-dums on this site.

Because if it's a non-English song, it's automatically good, and all the naysayers are close-minded, right?  You get a cookie for being so worldly.  So much more cultured than the rest of us shmucks.

I'm not at all convinced that Bono's perscriptions for Africa will really help the continent in the long run.

I want to hear Bono talk about difficult subjects like regional neo-Malthusian crises and related material.

But I do like this cover.  {#Dancingbanana}


Did this group do more than three U2 covers?  If so, Bono should sue.  This shouldn't of made it out of the living room it was made in.
I find myself almost rooting for him to be able to hit those last high notes, like  Charlie Brown and that damn football . . . missed it again. Drat.
jstrait wrote:
Wouldn't it be neato to have a whole day of RP with ZERO covers? {#Beat}

Or a day of ONLY covers! What a great idea! Thanks! {#Wink}

Wow, that purple really makes it stand out on the playlist...i didn't think it was THAT bad...
 bxd_tech wrote:
schmaltzie fake Afro hip-hop
 
Music in other languages besides English is always a sure way to flush out the dum-dums on this site.

There's a revelation - with an interesting groove and no Bono, a U2 song didn't send me to sleep.
 SpamNRice wrote:
Always tough to judge a cover by it's book...? If I can remove the fact that I know it's U2 — and it's so uniquely arranged that I can — this is kinda cool.
 
Completely agree. At the start I was really digging the African feel, then I realized it was a cover of Mysterious Ways and thought "oh cool" and then I noticed that it was on a CD celebrating U2 and I got a bad taste in my mouth. But I think in the end I can definitely enjoy this
Wouldn't it be neato to have a whole day of RP with ZERO covers?  {#Beat}
Nice voice, fun interpretation.  {#Yes}
Anybody know for sure what language this is? 
The original is barely passable... but this?? This is revolting!  {#Puke}
lol.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Reminds me of a friend of mine who was in the business of handing out government money for community development in Alaska. 

 
You must hate Alaska


{#Roflol} 

Do not ever play this song again... please.... pretty please.


 tenacious_v wrote:
why on earth is Africa celebrating U2???

 
joking?  I can certainly understand the "St. Bono" jokes etc.  But he (and the band as well) really does spend a lot of time pushing and raising money for solutions to some of Africa's problems.  Of course, any project like this is going to make us wonder about motivation and where funds are going etc, but I don't think it's surprising that Africa and U2 be on the same album.

DoctorHooey wrote:
No, it's definitely not allright


Yes it is!
{#Angel}

This is as good as the original which makes it a 6 or a 7.
 tenacious_v wrote:
why on earth is Africa celebrating U2???

 
Probably because many of Bono's charitable and political efforts have been focused on Africa.  
I don't think so.........
No, it's definitely not allright
Always tough to judge a cover by it's book...? If I can remove the fact that I know it's U2 -- and it's so uniquely arranged that I can -- this is kinda cool.
I hope this is a joke.
Nice, but U2, African??
tenacious_v wrote:
why on earth is Africa celebrating U2???
Abba was taken.
great!
Not too shabby. Not earthshattering, but okay.
I love Angelique...and U2 is such a boring band, so she gives it nice flavour.
That's not bad!
So schizophrenic. It starts out rockin', then all of a sudden it sounds like she wants us all to join hands 'round the campfire and sing.
thewiseking wrote:
no, just don't understand why the chorus needs to be sung in English
It was pretty hot except for that, yeah.
Curious little number...has a beat, even white boy can dance to it. Yeehaw! :bounce:
bxd_tech wrote:
pffffffft! blaaaaah! Just play the original, not some schmaltzie fake Afro hip-hop version.
I'll take this over St Bono's original every day of the week, as it's a definite improvement on it. Assez bien. 5 from the Nottingham jury. "Afro" sure, but "hip-hop"?
This is brutal after Leonard Cohen.
This cover makes erichb a very unhappy boy. Me no likee.
thewiseking wrote:
no, just don't understand why the chorus needs to be sung in English. perhaps that is done as a pander or a dumbdown towards an audience of those like you.
Or they just liked the way it sounded.
Cambot wrote:
You must hate Africa.
no, just don't understand why the chorus needs to be sung in English. perhaps that is done as a pander or a dumbdown towards an audience of those like you.
Cambot wrote:
You must hate Africa.
Reminds me of a friend of mine who was in the business of handing out government money for community development in Alaska. This was many years ago. The community/tribe in question asked for money for meat to feed their sled dogs and ammunition for their rifles: they made their living by hunting and that's the kind of support the community needed. My friend painstakingly explained that these kinds of funds could be used only for schools, public works projects, road improvements and the like, but meat and bullets were clearly off the table. There was a long silence before the chief spoke, "Racist." Y'know, Cambot, I think the comment was about the song...
bxd_tech wrote:
pffffffft! blaaaaah! Just play the original, not some schmaltzie fake Afro hip-hop version.
This is a thank you and tribute CD.
pffffffft! blaaaaah! Just play the original, not some schmaltzie fake Afro hip-hop version.
As if the original version was not bad enough!
There are elements to it that really work...but as a whole :no:
Kinda catchy
Love the ending, where the beat steps up a notch or two. Really brings out the African vibe.
Hip shaking :dancingbanana:
why on earth is Africa celebrating U2???
Oooh. Most Excellent indeed. I din't even like this when U2 did it but this is very cool.
hmmm, I think I like it! :bananajam:
This makes me happy.
Pretty good cover.
thewiseking wrote:
lame
You must hate Africa.
infinity wrote:
Fun :)
I was going to write the same thing. Agreed.
lame
Fun :)
Cool cover. I like it.
Fascinating! What is the language this is sung in? I love when a cover takes and adds a totally different spin on the original. Incidentally, I find it cool to be the first person to comment upon and rate this song.