Which British Pop Acts Should Be Classicalized Next?
September will, in the UK at least, see the issue of Songs Without Words, a collection of pop-rock hits that have been “classicalized.” David Bowie, Sting, Coldplay–all your middlebrow favorites, given the ultimate middlebrow treatment. This is nothing new, of course; Christopher O’Riley has tenderly massaged the Radiohead catalog two times, and done the same for other artists’ work as well. Still, a few big British names have been tragically overlooked in this “let’s show everyone that this stuff is legitimate” sweepstakes, so we’d like to see which ones we should lobby Classic FM and UCJ Music for on the next edition of this comp.
The “Genius” of Celine Dion [Guardian]