Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:43 am
Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:03 am
poormadpeter wrote:Revelator wrote:elvisjock wrote:But, the naked denial and despair somehow attract many of us to it.
I can't say I've ever heard any naked denial and despair in the performance. Given all the autobiographical resonance of the material, Elvis sounds completely unaffected, almost bored. Either that or he's too depressed to put any life in his singing. A disappointing match, and either Webber or Rice said as much (with good reason) and also criticized the arrangement as unimaginative.poormadpeter wrote:Presley's performance is "well acted" and, for once in these sessions, he doesn't resort to hysterical shouting as he does in Hurt and I'll Never Fall In Love Again.
If only he had. The real problem with "I'll Never Fall" is that he wasn't able to belt it as loudly as Tom Jones. And with "Hurt" you're left in no doubt that Elvis is living the song, unlike "It's Easy For You," which sounds easy for Elvis only because his vocals are of throwaway caliber.
I prefer him to sing rather than shout. I have always regarded his shouting during the last years simply a way of trying to cover up his declining abilities, and a way to try to tell us he is engaged with a lyric when actually quite the opposite is true, with Hurt being an obvious example. Many regard this as one of his autobiographical efforts and about his marriage, but if he is effectively accusing Priscilla of lying to him and cheating on him then he is being somewhat hypocritical considering what we know of his own actions during the time of his marriage! To me, It's Easy For You is considerably more convincing (and according to A life In Music the studio chatter confirms this), as opposed to the hystrionics which accompany Hurt and the like which generally has me reaching for ear plugs rather than headphones.
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