Sunday, September 30, 2007

Gary Jules

The cover version of the Tears for Fears song Mad World is singer Gary Jules' claim to fame. With a Stipe-style vocal melody, Jules  helped pull the tune out of its synth-heavy early-80s package into the realm of mellow keyboard ballads. Movie score composer Michael Andrews - who played piano on the recording - tailored Mad World  for his instrumental-dominated Donnie Darko soundtrack.

Mad World continues to be featured in television soundtracks and commercials. Jules also wrote and recorded the song Falling Awake, which could be heard during an episode of Grey's Anatomy. Below is the third verse:
You never get to choose
You live on what they sent you
And you know they’re gonna use
The things you love against you

This singer-songwriter proves his chops with clean vocal and acoustic tracks. Not only does he share his words - he shares his heart.

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mp3 @ saper.infra (mad world - donnie darko soundtrack - 2002)
mp3 @ butterteam (mad world - tears for fears - 1982)
mp3 @ obscuresound (mad world - tears for fears - 1982)
lyrics @ garyjules (falling awake)
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