I’ve spent the better part of my morning listening to both versions with one question on my mind; who did it better?
Days ago Sean Tizzle (Google him if you don’t know who that is) caused an uproar on Nigerian Twitter when he called Adele’s original version of the song weak in comparison to Omawumi’s Reggae cover. Amidst the hilarious tweets that opposed and sometimes supported that view, the obvious question of who did it better was not really addressed.
After all the excitement, it all comes back to one thing; Preference. Each version has its unique attributes. The original’s progression from subtle to very powerful vocal expressions, is what stops you dead in your tracks. The simple arrangement of instruments only added to its appeal. .
For Omawumi’s cover let’s face it; if you had been told a reggae version could sound that good, would you believe? No right? Exactly! Only an Omawunmi would effortlessly pull that off. Talk about Creativity. In my opinion, never before has a Cover been able to match an Original, while maintaining its innovativeness. So is there any one version of Hello that’s better than the other? No. Each is amazing in its own right.
That’s My take.