Wax Audio – Justify a Whole Lotta Love. The song doesn’t remain the same, eh readers?
Madonna takes on John, John-Paul, Jimmy and Robert. Though there’s not much of the Bonham beat in this track.
With an opening snarl from Percy, the track quickly builds up a rhythm that keeps going throughout the song. Jimmy’s riff makes an appearance, tautly captured in little bursts. before returning to more words from the Led Zep frontman as he struts the stage with his stuff like a preening cockerel. The Justify my Love synths play as consistently through the track as the rhythm and are pretty much the only reminder that it’s not just a Led Zep song put to the visuals from a Madonna video.
That is until the elapse of a full 2 minutes when we first hear from Madge -as if she’s expecting foreplay before she performs. Languorously, lasciviously and completely in control, she sings four lines of her chorus, before letting Plant off the lease for a lot of vocal acrobatics accompanied by the grumbling rubble of Page’s guitar.
Every now and then Madonna steps up to the mike to remind us she’s still there, but the strength of her role in this mash up seems to be the absence of her singing. As if she’S rationing out her presence – a little bit of Ciccone goes a long way to drive the English boys wild, but wild in a way she wants it – marshalled by the taut and volume limited rhythm of the track to give great traction towards the track’s climax.
I think it is a great pairing. Whole Lotta Love is a real cliche that I have heard too many times in the same order. This track takes some of the amazing vocals and instrumental playing and freshens them up in a new setting. As for Justify My Love, Led Zep jab a big cable of fizzing electrons deep into its nether regions and reanimate its decaying husk.
Mashups – a way to reinvigorate the listening pleasures of a jaded palette dried out by too much half listening to the same old rock.