First the confession.
For whatever reason we’ve really gotten into American Idol this season. We casually watched the first few episodes, a few favorites emerged, and now we’re hooked. Please forgive me.
Now for my post.
Last night I was really excited by David Cook’s performance of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” I was most impressed with the arrangement – he took a song we’ve all heard a billion times since 1982 and pretty much reinvented it. More than his singing, I was impressed with his creativity in reimagining a classic hit. I must have missed the part where he gave credit to Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) for the arrangement.
Now I don’t feel it was nearly as impressive as it amounted to little more than a solid vocal performance. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great performance. But the the reason I felt it was the best performance of the night was because of the arrangement. Take that out of the equation and I’m a bit less inspired.
Anyway, for what it’s worth I’ve linked Cook’s performance above. And here’s Cornell doing his version, which appears on his most recent album Carry On.
(And yes, I have an Idol favorite.)