Thursday, April 20, 2006

Butterfly Boucher - I Can't Make Me Love You  

You've probably had more than enough of singer-songwriters by now, but ignore the warning lights flashing in your mind as I mention those fatal words for a few minutes so I can introduce you to Butterfly Boucher, a singer-songwriter who'd make singers like Katie Melua and Jack Johnson pack up their guitars and stools and head for home if they ever met. You might remember this single from when it was released in the UK in 2003, and those of you who've seen Shrek 2 will undoubtedly recognise her version of Changes by David Bowie, sung as a duet with the space oddity himself. She also released an album called Flutterby in 2003, which I found at a bargainous price in a certain London second hand CD shop, and fell immediately in love with. There are no synthesisers and I doubt Butterfly has ever met Max Martin, but her songs have the mix of insightful and witty lyrics and attention-demanding melodies that every guitar act aims for a very few obtain. Butterfly travelled around America and Australia as a child, but now either lives here in England or in America, depending on whether you believe Wikipedia or MySpace. Whether you like this song or not, I instruct you to go here and watch the video, because it will either make you love it even more or if you didn't catch its brilliance on first listen it will almost certainly change your mind.

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