At Your Best (You Are Love)

  今天不知道哪根筋不對,死要把Aaliyah的"At Your Best(You Are Love)"這張單曲翻出來,到也不是那麼想聽這首歌,只是突然想到Aaliyah罷了。90年代發跡的女歌手中,筆者最愛的就是她,而"At Your Best(You Are Love)"這張單曲則是第一張入手的Aaliyah單曲。

 

  "At Your Best(You Are Love)"收錄在Aaliyah的首張專輯"Age Ain't Nothing But A Number"中,是此專輯的第二主打,排行名次雖略遜首支單曲"Back And Forth"一籌,但Billboard Hot 100、No.6和Hot R&B、No.2的成績,依舊表現搶眼。

 

  "At Your Best(You Are Love)"是首重唱單曲, 原唱是活躍於六、七零年代的黑人團體The Isley Brothers,收錄於1976年的"Harvest For The World"專輯中,當年這首歌並無單曲形式發行,所以沒有排行成績,但卻是一首非常受歡迎radio hit,而Aaliyah版讓這首單曲首度有排行紀錄,算是一首相當成功的重唱單曲。記得當時MV強打的是當紅炸子雞R. Kelly製作及混音的remix版本,並且R. Kelly本人也在remix版中獻聲,而捨純抒情路線以中慢版R&B為主的作法,果然一舉奏效,除了讓Aaliyah在添一首勁曲外,也更確立她在歌壇以黑人街頭音樂為主軸的定位。

 

  這首重唱單曲的成功,除了直接在反映在排行成績上外,更難得的是大家對於Aaliyah在歌藝上的肯定,柔美清亮的音色,順暢圓潤的轉音技巧,先天的優勢就已經令人折服了,再加上她詮釋歌曲時超齡的演出,真的很難讓想像這是由一位年僅十五歲的女孩口中唱出的歌,如果以台灣學制來算的話,十五歲的年齡,還只是一個乳臭味乾的高一生而已,她能備受矚目不是沒有理由的。

 


 

歌曲試聽:

At Your Best(You Are Love)

 

 

At Your Best(You Are Love)- Gangstar Child Remix feat. R. Kelly

 

 

At Your Best(You Are Love)- Stepper's Ball Remix

 

Words & Music by Isley Brothers & Chris Jasper

Lyrics:

ACAPELLA:
Let me know, let me know
Ah - ha, let me know, let me know
Let me know

Verse 1:
When I feel what I feel
Sometimes it's hard to tell you so
You may not be in the mood to learn what you think you know

There are times when I find
You want to keep yourself from me
When I don't have the strength; I'm just a mirror of what I seem

Chorus:
But at your best you are love
You're a positive motivating force within my life
Should you ever feel the need to wonder why
Let me know, let me know. . .

Verse 2:
When you feel what you feel
Oh, how hard for me to understand
So many things have taken place before this love affair began
But if you feel, oh, like I feel
Confusion can give way to doubt
For there are times when I fall short of what I say
What I say I'm all about, all about

Chorus:
But at your best you are love
You're a positive motivating force within my life
Should you ever feel the need to wonder why
Let me know, let me know. . .

Bridge:
Tell me what it is (Tell me what it is)
Make believe, no need to make believe
Look beyond your world (Look beyond your world)
Try and find another place for me
Cause. . .

Chorus
Ah, ah, ah - ha
See at your best baby


 


註:

1. 文章圖片為Aaliyah單曲"At Your Best(You Are Love)美版單曲封面。

2. 所有影片轉貼自http://www.youtube.com

 

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