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Songs / vocals that could be considered 'overwrought'

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Encouraged by a comment by micktonerdeaf in the Steven thread, what songs / vocals do you consider to be over wrought?

(of a piece of writing or a work of art) too elaborate or complicated in design or construction.
"a pseudo-Gothic church far too overwrought for such a small town"
synonyms: excessively ornate, over-ornate, over-elaborate, over-embellished, overblown, overripe, exaggerated, overdone, florid, busy, fussy, contrived, overworked, strained, laboured, baroque, rococo
"the painting is technically brilliant but overwrought"

 

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:D  I think you could put the vast majority of later era spiritualzed into this topic,  and I am actually a big fan!!  

Nice topic though!  

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22 minutes ago, -Sussudio- said:

Does Whitney Houston's cover of I Will Always Love You count? 

Great record.

 

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For me, the most amazing vocal performance of all time is Jennifer Holliday's original version of I'm Telling You I'm Not Going.  Overwrought plus.

Here she is with Jess Sanchez.  Sanchez is great, but JH overwroughts it overwroughtly,  in a very overwrought fashion. 

Brilliant.

 

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14 minutes ago, misty rain said:

Anything written by Jim Steinman. :)

 

I was going to say ... Meatloaf is very overwroughty :(

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4 minutes ago, janeymarywendy said:

I was going to say ... Meatloaf is very overwroughty :(

Yes, but in a good way!

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Anything by Mariah Carey.

That Jennifer Hudson song is awful. imho.

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17 hours ago, Promise61 said:

Great record.

 

Not a patch on Dolly

 

It does amuse me though that this is apparently very popular at weddings. It's a break-up song for flip's sake!

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52 minutes ago, Born To Walk said:

Not a patch on Dolly

 

It does amuse me though that this is apparently very popular at weddings. It's a break-up song for flip's sake!

Not a patch on Dolly, indeed. Poor Whitney just overwroughted herself throughout that song. Shouty-overwroughtedness.

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*Googles what 'overwrought' means*

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A song called "Born To Run" is "overwrought" to B-movie perfection.  So close to bombastic, but a raging beauty.

Both the lyrics and arrangement from the opening guitar riff,as amended by a semitone by Steve. 

From the urgent, pungent opening line with "sweat it out on the streets ..."

To the oh-so-dramatic pause before "1-2-3-4!".

What could be more overwrought lyrically, in the best possible way, than:  "The highway's jammed with heroes on a last power drive."

Righteous, overwrought, OTT.

However, I would say it is best to give it a listening miss for a few years sometimes, so you can enjoy it in all its overblown glory again.  Familiarity breeds ...  Too many of us overdosed aurally on it.

PS I know this thread should be about other artists, but Bruce blows most of the OW competition out of the water with this (I think).

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10 hours ago, micktonerdeaf said:

What could be more overwrought lyrically, in the best possible way, than:  "The highway's jammed with heroes on a last power drive."

Then I'm dying at the bottom of a pit in the blazing sun,
Torn and twisted at the foot of a burning bike,
And I think somebody somewhere must be tolling a bell
And the last thing I see is my heart, still beating,
Breaking out of my body and flying away
Like a bat out of hell

10 hours ago, micktonerdeaf said:

Bruce blows most of the OW competition out of the water with this (I think).

Have you heard of Jim Steinman? :)

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Yes, I tried to replace my Bat Out of Hell after the CD disappeared, but bought Bat Out of Hell 2 by accident (very similar).  Maybe it irks Bruce a little that a send-up/variation of the album BTR is one of the bestselling 10 or so albums ever.

I have to admit the lyrics are that much more OTT and absurd.  They're totally ridiculous.  So can I disqualify Steinem from over-wrought on the grounds of thematic and figurative plagiarism?

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15 hours ago, SteveJhb said:

*Googles what 'overwrought' means*

mee too

googke ??

well i would if i could spell it ...

...hang on

i cut and paste

 

 

thinking 

 

 

 

hmmm 

so by picking my definitions carefully @micktonerdeaf might acfually be righr

in a state of nervous anxiety 

that's called being a teenager ! 

exactly how BTR is surposed to sound 

 

btw as a younger person i loved Whitney's version 

but she did lead me back to Dolly 

 

 

 

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Bruce's Night shuffled to the surface on my Walkman, yesterday. Made me think of this thread and had a bit of a chortle to myself.

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On 5/14/2019 at 3:05 AM, misty rain said:

Anything written by Jim Steinman. :)

 

Yes ....And  "For Crying Out Loud" ...which i like a lot ....definitely comes to mind :lol:

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On 5/15/2019 at 5:08 PM, misty rain said:

Then I'm dying at the bottom of a pit in the blazing sun,
Torn and twisted at the foot of a burning bike,
And I think somebody somewhere must be tolling a bell
And the last thing I see is my heart, still beating,
Breaking out of my body and flying away
Like a bat out of hell

Have you heard of Jim Steinman? :)

Bat Out Of Hell .... Jungleland on Crack ..... If its an homage .... or even a rip off ... Its still pretty awesome.

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On 5/14/2019 at 3:05 AM, misty rain said:

Anything written by Jim Steinman. :)

 

 

On 5/14/2019 at 3:20 AM, janeymarywendy said:

I was going to say ... Meatloaf is very overwroughty :(

 

On 5/15/2019 at 5:00 AM, SteveJhb said:

*Googles what 'overwrought' means*

this was in the dictionary under "overwrought" ;) As an aside, Karla DeVito is lip-synching to Ellen Foley's original vocals. 1978 ... of course.

"I don't always listen to Meatloaf, but when I do ... the neighbors do too." :D 

 

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and mentioned above - but I will always put PBTDL at the top

 

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5 hours ago, JimCT said:

As an aside, Karla DeVito is lip-synching to Ellen Foley's original vocals. 1978 ... of course.

Not to mention, they show Steinman playing piano when it's actually Roy you're hearing. (Jim played in the live shows.) 

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7 hours ago, JimCT said:

 As an aside, Karla DeVito is lip-synching to Ellen Foley's original vocals. 1978 ... of course.

So lip-synching was better in 1978?

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