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Change – Daniel Merriweather >Review

June 12, 2009

One of my favourite songs from 2007 was Stop Me by Mark Ronson, featuring Australian born Daniel Merriweather. Now, he’s gone solo and Change is his first offering.

This is another song to add to the soul revival that’s on the airwaves but it’s a good one. With the marks of his mentor all over it – smooth, solid bass and drums and old-school horns – Change is a blend of all that I like in a track: fun to listen to, quality vocals (he sounds a little like Terrence Trent D’Arby), interesting instrumentation (I love the piano line), good to sing along to and semi-meaningful lyrics.

Daniel is singing about how it’s foolish to think that the world will change. Problems with violence, the environment, one’s own apathy all get a mention as endless factors in our lives. Daniel doesn’t leave us in despair but sees the solution as to ‘start asking who’s in charge’. That’s an interesting question to pose. I guess if we seem helpless to change the world we need to look to who’s running it. Wouldn’t it be great if we had hope that there might be change in the world? Wouldn’t it be great if something had been done to turn our problems around? Wouldn’t it be great if even ourselves were changed from the inside so that we can live in accord with a better world? Maybe we should ask the One in charge?

NB – For the original clip see here.

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