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BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, Vol. 5

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Album: BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, Vol. 5
# Song Title   Time
1)    Pass Out - Plan B
2)    Wonderful Life - Kylie Minogue
3)    Frisky - Tinie Tempah
4)    Teenage Dream - Example
5)    Cave, The - Mumford & Sons
6)    Man Who Can't Be Moved/Breakeven, The - N-Dubz
7)    Ego - The Saturdays
8)    When Love Takes Over - Pixie Lott
9)    Billionaire - Professor Green
10)    All the Lovers - Scissor Sisters
11)    Acapella - Kelis
12)    Sweet Dreams - The Big Pink
13)    New York - Paloma Faith
14)    Starstrukk - Marina and the Diamonds
15)    Hollywood - Kids in Glass Houses
16)    Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
17)    In For The Kill - Miike Snow
18)    Starry Eyed - You Me at Six
19)    Dynamite - McFly
1)    My Hero - Dave Grohl
2)    Little Lion Man - Taio Cruz
3)    She Said - Jason Derulo
4)    Billionaire - Travie McCoy
5)    Many of Horror - Biffy Clyro
6)    Bang Bang Bang - Mark Ronson
7)    Telephone - Roll Deep
8)    Guns and Horses - 3OH!3
9)    Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
10)    Better Than Love - Hurts
11)    Underdog - Kelly Rowland
12)    Drummer Boy - Alesha Dixon
13)    Fallin' - Jordin Sparks
14)    Dancing On My Own - Robyn
15)    I'm Not Alone - Chipmunk
16)    I Gotta Feeling - Jay Sean
17)    Kickstarts - Tinchy Stryder
18)    Alejandro - All Time Low
19)    Don't Stop Believin' [Glee Cast Version] - Scouting for Girls
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Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Author: Fearne Cotton.
  • The presenter may have changed but the winning format stays the same. BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Vol. 5 is the first installment from the hugely successful series to feature performances largely recorded on the mid-morning show hosted by DJ Fearne Cotton, who replaced the long-running Jo Whiley at the end of 2009. Like its previous chart-topping releases, the 38-song track list includes live renditions of both original songs and covers of contemporary chart hits, recorded at the BBC Radio 1 and Maida Vale studios in London. While some artists opt to perform straightforward versions of both their own songs (Paloma Faith's "New York," Mark Ronson's "Bang Bang Bang") and other acts (N-Dubz' "The Script Medley," Jason Derlo's cover of Plan B's "She Said"), the majority use the opportunity to experiment, which is often where the most excitement and intrigue occur. Marina & the Diamonds turn 3OH!3's wolf-whistling "Starstrukk" into a gorgeous piano-based torch song, Scissor Sisters reworks Kylie Minogue's glittery dance anthem "All the Lovers" into an authentic country hoedown, while Miike Snow adds an ambient ethereal feel to La Roux's nu-synth hit "In for the Kill." But as usual, the standout moments are provided by the artists who embrace the album's concept wholeheartedly. Taio Cruz transforms Mumford & Sons' folk-led "Little Lion Man" into an electro-pop stomper, Kelly Rowland turns Kasabian's pounding "Underdog" into a soulful acoustic ballad, while Example provides a rather unexpectedly tender rendition of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." Not all the performances are as successful. Jay Sean's stripped-down rendition of Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" only exposes the original's shortcomings, while Roll Deep's grime interpretation of "Telephone" sucks all the fun out of the Lady Gaga/Beyonce number one. But with its one-take recording process and varied array of artists, it's almost a given that several skippable tracks will appear. Thanks to some unlikely risk-takers and stunning live performances, the Radio 1's Live Lounge's fifth volume ensures the brand still remains an interesting and unmissable listen. ~ Jon O'Brien
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