At long last, Beyoncé and Andre 3000′s cover of “Back To Black” is finally here. On Friday night, producer Mark Ronson premiered the track on East Village Radio which explains why the audio is riddled with annoying tags from the station. After hearing Amy Winehouse’s dad diss the cover (but appreciating the royalty money), I was curious to check it out for myself.
Based on first listen, I find myself torn. Winehouse’s original version was a seductive throwback, but Bey’s cover is far darker and a touch gloomy, especially on the former Outkast member’s part. As much as I like Andre, I would’ve preferred Mrs. Carter solo on this. During her parts it’s a completely different vibe from Andre’s angry somewhat drug-induced sounding interpretation. She serves up her signature slinkiness flavor. Overall though, the feel falls in line with the mood of Baz Luhrmann’s flick and the rest of the soundtrack. Check it out below.
What do you think of the cover? Is Amy Winehouse rolling in her grave? Which track is your favorite so far from The Great Gatsby soundtrack? Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” is mine. Sound off below.