Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mica Paris 'One'

Chart Peak: 29
Mica is one of Britain's top female vocalist with hits such as 'My One Temptation', 'Like Dreamers Do' and 'Where Is The Love'... Her stunning interpretation of U2's 'One' is due for release on 27th March '95.
A funny thing about 'One' is that the original U2 version never made it to a Now album (chronologically it would have gone on Now 21, and there are other U2 songs on the albums either side) but it's appeared as a cover version twice: here and as part of the Lighthouse Family's medley on Now 50. They didn't go for the hat trick and feature the Mary J Blige version though, fortunately. It's also a curiosity that of all the hits Mica Paris had, this gets to be her only appearance in the series, especially as with hindsight it's not the track she'll be remembered for.

This cover, produced by Oakenfold and Osborne (aka the Perfecto Allstarz) was her first single for new label Cooltempo but ended up a one-off with no album emerging until 1998, and then this track wasn't even on it. Presumably the single's poor performance led to to a major stylistic rethink, or maybe they just wanted to wait until Britpop was out of the way. There is something decidedly 1991 about this track - obviously 'One' was originally released that year (as an album track; it didn't come out on single until 1992) and the production and arrangement are redolent of 'Unfinished Sympathy'. Unfortunately this makes the whole thing seem a little forced, lacking the easy style of her best work.

Available on: The Best Love... Ever ! Vol. 2

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