Version - Mark Ronson
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  • Summary: The second artist album from the acclaimed DJ and producer (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen) is filled with covers, as Ronson takes on works by artists as diverse as Radiohead, The Smiths, Britney Spears, Coldplay and Ryan Adams. Both Winehouse and Allen guest, along with Robbie Williams, PhantomThe second artist album from the acclaimed DJ and producer (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen) is filled with covers, as Ronson takes on works by artists as diverse as Radiohead, The Smiths, Britney Spears, Coldplay and Ryan Adams. Both Winehouse and Allen guest, along with Robbie Williams, Phantom Planet and Kasabian. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Most of the time... Ronson's big-band arrangements play like smart glosses on the albums he made with Winehouse and Allen, with waggish horn lines and supple guitar-bass-drums interplay throughout.
  2. 80
    A stylishly sweaty summer party. [Jul 2007, p.102]
  3. Ronson just went off and created one of the most enjoyable records of the year. [Summer 2007, p.84]
  4. At 14 tracks Versions is too long... At its best, though, it's a blast. [May 2007, p.124]
  5. His choices are faultless and his sense of fun is very apparent.
  6. 60
    A coffee table record. [Jun 2007, p.114]
  7. Version is proof that you can’t just slap a bunch of horns and old-time R&B beats on rock songs and turn them into soul songs.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. johnnyb.
    Jul 11, 2007
    10
    EXCELLENT! This album will absolutely make Mark Ronson a huge star in America. The album was well done and recorded beautifully.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jun 11, 2007
    9
    A catchy collection of upbeat horn-heavy tunes, ideal for cruising with the top down and the volume turned way up.
  3. MichaelB
    Jun 15, 2007
    9
    An incredibly fresh reworking of some already appealing songs. Just when you have convinced yourself you will be listening to a jazz An incredibly fresh reworking of some already appealing songs. Just when you have convinced yourself you will be listening to a jazz influenced retelling of some pop hits he starts delivering fiery hip hop covers of alternative rock. No wait, it's all funky now! Expand
  4. SimonJ
    Jun 18, 2007
    8
    Its good to see a different take of some great songs
  5. MycroftW.
    Jul 7, 2007
    8
    Do not take too seriously, but worth it alone for the Daptones playing a Coldplay song. And yes Robbie Williams does do a really terrible Do not take too seriously, but worth it alone for the Daptones playing a Coldplay song. And yes Robbie Williams does do a really terrible version of The Only One I Know Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2013
    7
    Version has a handful of very clever interpretations with Amy Winehouse's appearance being the standout highlight of the record. Valerie notVersion has a handful of very clever interpretations with Amy Winehouse's appearance being the standout highlight of the record. Valerie not only launched this record but strangely enough, its probably the song Winehouse is most famous for as well. On the plus side the record is bursting with variety and style and its obvious that the artist is a produced by trade. On the other side, while there are no real bad moments on the record, there are just too many tracks that are simply inoffensive and unmoving. The first few listens are the best after which you will just want to listen to the originals of all of these tracks. Expand
  7. elmo.
    Aug 12, 2007
    3
    Version starts off feeling fresh with the horn reworking of coldplays "god put a smile upon your face" but from there the album slowly tails Version starts off feeling fresh with the horn reworking of coldplays "god put a smile upon your face" but from there the album slowly tails off in quality and you become increasingly aware that the songs he has chosen were best left alone.the high point is the bombastic version of valiere sung by amy winehouse. The low point of the album is the offensive version of radioheads "just". Expand

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