SCF13 Review – Lady Sings It Better

This is a guest review by Jo Tamar, a Sydney human rights lawyer who really appreciates a good laugh.


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Lady Sings It Better!

Lady Sings it Better’s show for the 9th Annual Sydney Comedy Festival was, in a word, fabulous.

To quote them, Lady Sings it Better takes songs written by men and, well, sings them better

And they really do sing it all better: they, and their band, are musically excellent. That’s reason enough to go.

But there’s more to it than that. You won’t leave one of their shows without a new appreciation of the, well, let’s just say questionable attitude towards women in many of your favourite mainstream songs.

From the obvious (for example, Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me”, Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”) to the slightly less-obvious-until-you-really-listen (The Knack’s “My Sharona”), the stalkeriffic (the Lady Sings It Better stalker medly includes The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”, Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and the old Aussie classic, Hunters & Collectors’ “Throw Your Arms Around Me”) to the blatant (AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” and Bob Marley/Inner Circle’s “Sweat (A La La La La Long)”), with a few tributes thrown in (to MJ, the booty and horses), nothing is sacred.

The set list allows the singers to demonstrate their range and their talents, especially in terms of their truly complementary voices and vocal styles. They also throw in a little dancing and acting, plus a ukelele (for Usher’s “Yeah”).

In summary: if you like a little feminist critique with your cover versions, plus a whole lot of laughs and some damn good singing, I cannot recommend Lady Sings it Better highly enough.

You can find them on facebook and twitter (@lady_sings_it).

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