(Song Review) Godwin cover by CLAY

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If a song is good, it’s usually sensible to leave it ALONE! Don’t touch it. Leave it as it is. If you’re doing a cover for a song and it’s super popular, it’s usually sensible to keep to the original play style of the song, don’t you dare try to mix it up or change a couple of things… NO!

However, if a band feels confident they can do better and they are up for the challenge, then they should take their chance. It’s a damn hard road to ride on  but Jimi Hendrix took that road and he turned Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower to his song! So much so Bob Dylan said the song (which he created) was probably created by Jimi Hendrix. Hell, Bob even plays the song the way Jimi played it.

Such things don’t happen often, it, is, mega, rare.

It’s happened now though. CLAY seems to have made a song originally sang by Korede Bello hers. For a lot of people, in Nigeria. The song had to grow on them. I know a couple of folks who hated the original when it first aired. Now they dance to it. You can’t dance (typical Nigerian tumba way) to this cover by CLAY. You can waltz to it. I can waltz so advantage there to me.

The song has a decent and generous mix of what I assume is a violin, which kicks in as the song starts. Piano too, so that helps, especially when played along with the violin. I should probably get a violin. As usual, the real star of the song is CLAY’s voice. I feel she can sing rubbish now and the song will be good, why? Probably cos of her vocal power, advantage her. I’d like to challenge her to sing rubbish one day and see if it’s actually good, my money is on good…. Also, I have a theory to try out there, so, I will make this happen, some day.

CLAY clearly knows where her strengths lie. And she’s starting to apply her strengths at the right places and songs too. I’m still waiting to hear her on a Metal song. It isn’t her forte, I know but I will not be shocked if she switches teams one day. I’ll be the guy with the grim/smug face at her concert.


The song generally plays straight to the mind but the very last moment set me off track, two words:

“coldflames beats”

Beats? Like… Fruityloops beats or something else Fruityloops related. Now, this is my take:

  1. CLAY needs a band, a real band.
  2. If she was asked to do that by said Coldflames then this said Coldflames should know you don’t do that in a rock song.

Which begs the question, “is this here a rock song?”

Going back to the first take, CLAY needs to have her very own band, if you need evidence on why I’m saying this then you should look up her singing alongside ParkingLotGrass. Wont say much about that aside it’s amaz-balls!

Production of Rock music IS extremely different from producing regular songs (Nigerian songs in this here context), it’s LIVE! You record each instrument separately and you mix them together. It is hard work, most especially if you’re recording any Metal song. With all that distortion and feedback bouncing every which way…

This is a lovely song and in my opinion a better song than the original. However, it begs the question, based on that last line on the song if this is a rock song or something else. Rock fans know their stuff and they have trained ears, they will ask questions like I would.

Final Verdict:


BTW, if you’ve not heard the song, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Heard on to our song page and give it a listen and download it too.


Temet nosce. Author of the book: The Complication, Grim. http://bit.ly/1uijUll Speed/Thrash Metal enthusiast. Guitarist. #CFC. Sub-serial AudioInferno podcaster. Habitual fire starter, local troublemaker, I'm BATMAN (nana, nana, nana, nana, nana, nana, nana, nana, BATMAN!!!!!!!!)

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