Goapele Doesn’t ‘Runaway’ From ‘Nothing’

Before I even begin to muse about this song's attributes, let me say this: Kanye West's "Runaway" gets on my nerves. I'm not saying I don't like Kanye because I do. On occasion. But the beginning's piano notes sound like The Shining and that creeps me out. Plus, when he performs the song, the whole MPC onstage thing is now getting old. And don't get me started on the ballerinas or the multiple gold chains like my mom used to wear in 1978. Just because King Ye says it's great doesn't mean I'm going to compliment the emperor's new clothes. Now onto Goapele who I also like. I do wish Milk & Honey was coming out soon, but there's nothing I can do about the fact that's it not here. I do think the idea of her singing the Prince-penned "Nothing Compares To You" performed famously by Sinead O'Connor is an interesting idea. In the end, however, it seems to fall flat. This is just my opinion after all. Make your own after you press play.

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7 Responses

  1. Goapele could sing sounds from a bathroom stall and I will still ride with her:-) I am digging this version although I do need to see sineads video now:-)

  2. No one, not even Prince, has done a better version than the original version by "The Family". Hard to find. Believe it or not I have it on vinyl.. I guess because St. Paul mimicked Princes demo. The music fits the song better.
    If you haven't heard that you really haven't heard the song.

  3. hoodedmonk, i HAD to find it. thanks for that tidbit. i found it on youtube and here's teh link in case anyone else cares: it's a beautiful song, no matter who sings it.

  4. having the mpc onstage is getting old? he has only performed the song what? twice? would anyone dare tell alicia keys that the piano on stage is old? what about ray charles? kanye is a producer first and a rapper second, right?
    actually helping craft/ alter the music live on stage is ab the only original thing ive seen in the rap world in a decade. ...since ll and jayz performed unplugged

  5. Thanks Marques!! This version sounds lonely and desperate.
    Aint love grand?

  6. lovely. i just found out she had a daughter (bahia oshun) in 2007 so that is why the album is taking a while to come out.