THE FOUNDATIONS: 12
ALISON KRAUSS: 5 (inc. my vote)
Sheboyganboy VI left a comment for the first time at this blog on this battle. He said this:
I rarely get around to visiting BOTBs other than Stephen McCarthy's and Tossing It Out, but I'm glad I stopped by here this time!
Over the years of BOTB, I have occasionally read complaints by other BOTB hosts that sometimes lesser known versions of songs are not given a decent listen by the voters because the “hit" song was just too familiar. Maybe they are right. That’s what I think is happening here with “Now That I’ve Found You.”
Like others here, I heard this song over and over again in the mid-sixties. It brings back memories of laying on the beach at Del Mar and listening to my AM portable transistor radio. The Foundations do it well, but it feels about a minute too long as originally done. They built it up a little too much, Buttercup!
Allison Krause, though - I say in dramatic disagreement with some other comments here - makes it interesting. She makes it her own, and the bluegrassy fiddle solo at around 2:00 was very fun. Then her vocal stylings and harmonies that follow are just excellent. I’ve been a fan of her for years, and this take on the song just reinforces my belief. A vote for Allison.
I suggest that your readers listen again and see if it grows on them. I’ll bet it does. They have a few days to change their votes.
His comment pretty well sums up my own feelings on Alison's cover of this song. The Foundations drag out the ending of this song for what seems like a very long time. No one loves the 80s more than I do, but when I started singing karaoke I realized how lazy writers/singers were when it came to ending the song. Repeating the chorus a hundred times gets really old. Funny that I didn't notice it until I was singing it in front of an audience. And then it became crystal clear. The Foundations seem to have looked into their own magic ball, saw the 80s, and decided to use that formula on the ending of this song. Aside from that, I don't have any complaints with The Foundations and this song.
What I like about Alison's cover is that it truly is a unique cover. She put her on stamp on this song making it very different from the original.
Even though this wasn't a horse race by anyone's definition, I heartily enjoyed this match up. I hope to put together something for next time that you truly struggle with... now that is the BEST kind of Battle of The Bands.
Until next time...