Single Review: AURORA – Half The World Away

AURORA Half The World Away

AURORA scores a hit with Oasis cover
Every year, the John Lewis Christmas commercial is serious business in the UK.The department stores company records a short film with music by a contemporary, mostly upcoming artist. In recent years, the trend started that they ask an artist to record a cover of a famous song in an acoustic and warm version, that fits the atmosphere of the Christmas holidays. This year it is AURORA’s turn. The Norwegian singer-songwriter, who made some waves on the internet this year with her single ‘Running With The Wolves’, made ‘Half The World Away’ by Oasis her own and that sounds rather sweet!

The pop artist, who stands out with her doll like appearance, crystal clear vocals and cute accent, follows the tradition of the past few John Lewis commercial covers. She transforms the laidback track with rocky vocals into a cute tune that of course matches perfectly with the story in the short film about a girl who sees an old man on the moon through her telescope. Just like every track used in the Christmas commercials in the past few years, AURORA’s cover is doing well on iTunes, currently in the top 5 in the UK and her home country Norway. Of course the song is getting some criticism as well, mainly by fans of the original, but if you ask me she did the original justice with a version that doesn’t take away the soul of the original, but is just a different interpretation.

If you want to know more about AURORA, you can check out the interview A Bit of Pop Music did with her in September or a review of her show in Amsterdam.

You can watch the commercial here:

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