As season 23 blind picks continue Tuesday night sound, we saw not one, but two covers of the Bee Gees, a creative reinterpretation of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic, and a stellar transformation of a young man who was being compared — favorably, we need to add ? —To the great Brandi Carlyle. If you read on, we’ll dissect all of their performances.
Kate Cosentino (Team Neals), “I Say a Little Prayer” – Grade: B+ | The eccentric Nashville native strips Dionne Warwick of golden oldies in ‘Joker Couture’ after describing her musical style as ‘dad jokes on jazz guitar’ all All the way down, her clear, bell-like voice is front and center, captivating everyone within earshot. Except for Blake, that’s all. Oddly enough, while Kate’s take on the classic is creative and appealing, it does make me wonder what she’ll do with material that doesn’t allow her to mold into her unique sound.
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Chloe Abbott (Chance), “How Deep Is Your Love?” — Grade: C- | The 2024 Olympic hopeful (in track and field) sang the Bee Gees hit with the lightness of morning mist. But she sounds harsh to me (or maybe I just don’t care about her tone?). As cute and poised as a single-chair turn, I can’t imagine her making it through a fight.She just doesn’t sound like she has the vocal firepower or range to run a marathon sound.
Marcos Covos (Team Kelly), “You’re Only You” — Grade: B |
The 30-year-old Texan was initially rejected by his family when they learned he was gay, but appears to have won Kelly over simply by singing Selena’s songs. (The coaches are very fond of Spanish numbers!) But the two-chair rotation is more useful in its presentation than its language. It’s really spiritual and full of emotion, and Marcos does a terrific job extending his long notes to make sure the group has time to notice how good he is and lean forward accordingly.
Tiana Goss (Team Niall), “Emotion” – Grade: B- | After the failure of the wheelchair on season 22, the 29-year-old returned with her triumphant smile intact — and a rendition of the Bee Gees-created “Emotion,” which inspired Neil’s wheelchair. It’s interesting to hear her voice after Chloe, isn’t it, because it sort of forces us to compare their performances on very similar numbers. Without a doubt, I prefer Tiana, her voice is infinitely sweeter and seems to be in better control.
Mary Kate Connor (Team Black), “Star” – Grade: A- |
Before her audition, the 17-year-old worried that being nervous would keep her from doing her best. But my lord, this is not her best, how well does the ordinary double chair turn? Her singing voice is beautiful, pure and high-pitched. Kelly even compared Mary-Kate to a young Brandi Carlisle. Odds are she only attracted two and not all four coaches; she impressed me a lot. Or, well, listen!
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