Daniel Merriweather feat. Wale - Change (Allido)

Chris Miller | Saturday, 17 January 2009

Daniel Merriweather feat. Wale - Change (Allido)
Australian singer Daniel Merriweather first came to mainstream prominence on Ronson’s 'Version', taking the role of Morrissey on the Smiths' classic, 'Stop Me'. This time it seems he’s retracing steps taken by the likes of 2Pac and Marvin Gaye, though he’s not after equal rights.

The track’s foundations are built on old-school big band production, with a mesmerising piano beat weaving in and out. It sounds like a Ronson tune in terms of the classic scavenger's trademark retro vibe. Lyrically, it seems Merriweather is somewhat disappointed about the money-obsessed nature of modern society, though far from having a Marxist-like reform solution up his sleeve, he sings:

"Ain’t nothing gonna change / If nobody’s gonna wake up / and start asking who’s in charge."

The song also features rapper and label-mate Wale who makes a strong appearance with some smooth delivery.

The sceptic may label this 'Poor man's Motown/Blues', but as is often the case with “tipped” artists, the results aren’t quite as mind-blowing as perhaps the PR says on its tin. Still, for what it is, it’s a decent enough pop song which has as much chance of topping the charts as Australia have of winning The Ashes.

Rating: 3/5