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New Music: Ciara - "Paint It, Black" [Full Audio / Review]

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Ciara has recorded a cover of The Rolling Stones’ 1996 songPaint It, Black” (included on the album “Aftermath”). What for? For the soundtrack of upcoming supernatural fantasy movie “The Last Witch Hunter”, starring Vin Diesel, that opens in theaters on October 23rd.

The full song premiered today (Oct. 8) on VEVO and can be streamed below – not going to lie, I’m a bit worried about the result of this cover…let’s listen…

First, the good: what a beast production (I bet Mick Jagger and Co. never expected to hear their song sound like this). So powerful, dramatic and mesmerizing. Ciara’s vocals are perfection, and this was a really good opportunity to keep showing off how much she’s improved in this department. She has mad control of her “instrument” now.

Now, the bad: The song, Ciara’s cover that is, goes a bit nowhere for me. Not really sure I will want to give this a second listen but I’m pretty sure Ciara’s “Paint It, Black” rendition will sound epic in the scene the director of “The Last Witch Hunter” decided to feature it in.

On her cover, Ciara recently said the following in an interview:

Is "Paint It Black" a song that you've wanted to cover for a while now?
No, to be honest with you, it was actually a surprise for me when I got the call from Universal Publishing and Lionsgate. When they asked me to do this, I was like, "Absolutely. This would be an honor." I had never thought to cover this song. It was never on my radar to cover it, but when the opportunity came along, I was very thrilled, because I love what the producer Adrianne Gonzales did. The direction that she went in was actually a sound I've always wanted to play with, and it just didn't get any better than being able to cover a Rolling Stones song. I feel like it pushes the edge and the limit for me, in reference to what people probably expect from me. So this was so many cool things in one. It was a huge honor, and then creatively I just got to really have some fun that I don't usually do in my music.

Hit or Miss?

By on October 8, 2015
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