SINGLE REVIEW: Last Christmas by Emme Lentino

Originally from Oregon, Emme Lentino has spent time in Seattle, New York, and California before deciding to settle in New Zealand. The multi-talented singer-songwriter has just released the follow-up to her last single Some Other Girl, which received extensive airplay across the board. The new release is an astonishingly vibrant re-imagining of George Michael’s festive classic Last Christmas. Emme’s version is a powerful interpretation, maintaining the song’s melodic beauty and strength while imbuing it with a magnified and impassioned supercharged quality; Emme’s expressive and commanding vocal. Last Christmas is an impressive and laudable testament to this multi-faceted singer-songwriter, musician, film producer and actor’s notable, burgeoning career. Emme is no stranger to excelling in various artistic mediums, over the years Emme’s tracks have been featured in several daytime television shows including ABC’s One Life to Live and All My Children and she has also performed in a successful off-Broadway production as well as collaborating with DJ/producer Vasili Gavre, writing, recording and performing a song that was included in the Victoria’s Secret national BIOFIT campaign. Emme’s song catalogue has attracted airplay worldwide in all continents with her voice earning her early comparisons to Norah Jones, Natalie Merchant and Gwen Stefani. Emme’s Last Christmas takes the iconic track in a surprising direction, one that is part country, part pop, and sprinkled with a dash of rock; all the while retaining the heart and soul of this well-loved track, it’s normally slight melancholic tones exchanged for a more energetic transposition. Utilising a live band, and incorporating sounds, colours, and textures that transfuse the song with a sustained good-time edge, the production is full without relying on a complete overhaul, with the verses a good example of this, with their sparseness and a subtle nod to the original. Last Christmas is an extraordinary and faithful rendition of an extraordinary song.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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