Song of the Week – God Only Knows

The 'impossible orchestra'
The ‘impossible orchestra’

God Only Knows – BBC Music remake with various artists

I was a happy girl today when a friend sent me the link to the BBC’s recording of the Beach Boys hit God Only Knows. They’ve enlisted an all-star cast to perform the song and it’s accompanied with a beautiful performance from an 8o-piece orchestra. They’re calling it the ‘impossible orchestra’ but it’s anything but impossible, it’s magical.

This song is a legendary tune. The Beach Boys version has always been a real favourite of mine. I’ve always had an amazing emotional connection to it. As it played under Hugh Grant’s voiceover during the first scene of Love Actually I was certain it was the most magical film-soundtrack choice I’d ever heard.

Like any cover, it’s always risky to take on such a famous song, but with such an incredible selection of artists to perform it I don’t think it was possible for them to muck it up. This version of God Only Knows is easily one of the best compilations I’ve ever heard. Count yourself lucky it hasn’t come out sounding like one of those awful performances we see when all the X-Factor or Idol finalists sing together on tele. Instead it’s been put together wonderfully. It’s polished, the vocals are all impressive and follow on from each other well, the backing orchestra is unreal and the video that accompanies it on YouTube is creative genius.

My favourite cameos out of the 27 “ridiculously talented musicians from a wide range of genres” who sing in the song are:

Chris Martin – He can do no wrong in my eyes, his voice shines through and made me wish there was more from him in the song.

Lorde – Wohoo, this Kiwi can do no wrong! She sings with such sultry passion I love it.

Brian Wilson – The original writer of the song…need I say more? Of course he sings it best.

One Direction – I know it’s not traditional of a music blogger to say this, but I love these boys, how could you not!

Paloma Faith – This pop sheila is a rising star, she’s got a powerhouse voice I just can’t get enough of at the moment.

Check out the song and video here, it’ll make your day.


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Philippa Ormrod

Facebook: Twitter: @pipormy Instagram: @pipormy I'm in my happy place when listening to music, at a gig or investigating the latest new artists. I've decided it's time for me to stop pestering my friends and family every time I want to rant or rave about the latest goings on in the music world so here I am. I hope you'll enjoy my Pip Squeaks.

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