Published Apr 11, 2007One of pop musics hottest producers, Mark Ronson, has chosen to unveil his new album, Version. Surprise, surprise, its devoted entirely to giving a Motown or Stax makeover to a bunch of songs that really neednt be touched. This crack at Britneys "Toxic, is, despite many flaws, actually one of the albums better moments, largely because of ODBs disorderly conduct. Unlike the other sinful reconstructions of classics by the Smiths, Radiohead and the Charlatans (all of which can be heard through this link), the late ODB seems like the perfect guest for a song by the worlds most famous skinhead. Ronson zig zags through the track, treating it with his grandiose, trademark production skills (overpowering horns, 30-year-old funk riffs), while throwing in a predictable beat that were all too familiar with thanks to Amy Winehouses Back to Black. Yes, her album was special, and this one, not so much, considering its purely a vanity project by someone cashing in on his 15 minutes. However, this is prime rib for people that buy records at their supermarkets, and with Allen, Winehouse and Robbie Williams among others lending their support, you know this well sell like hotcakes.
Mark Ronson featuring Ol Dirty Bastard and Tiggers "Toxic