Fifth Harmony's "Uptown Funk" Cover Is Cool, But It's Not Exactly a Fresh Take on the Hit Song — LISTEN
Get pumped, Harmonizers! On Wednesday, Jan. 7, Fifth Harmony will release their cover of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" (with a little help from pop artist Jasmine V, Vine star Mahogany Lox, and Youtube singer Jacob Whitesides). Why "Uptown Funk," you ask? Well, it's a fun and funky track, and I'm sure that the women of 5H were really excited to have the chance to put their own unique spin on it. Well, that was probably their intention, anyway — something may have gone wrong when it came time to hit the studio.
Members of the group have been sharing snippets of their cover on Instagram lately, and if I'm being completely honest, it just sounds like "Uptown Funk" as sung by Fifth Harmony. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but as far as I can tell, they haven't changed or re-imagined the song much. Huh. That's a bummer. This was a great opportunity for 5H to really show off their creativity — but it seems as though they kind of dropped the ball. (For comparison, listen to this recent Taylor Swift cover/mash-up by Louisa Wendorff and Devin Dawson. That's what an interesting and innovative cover sounds like.)
Still, if you enjoy hearing the five super-talented ladies of Fifth Harmony sing their hearts out (and I do), the cover will likely be a nice little pre-album treat. The band's full-length debut, Reflection , is due out on Jan. 27 (that's only three weeks away!). Meanwhile, their current single, the Meghan Trainor–penned "Sledgehammer," is gradually climbing the charts. (If you haven't heard it yet, you need to change that ASAP! It's awesome.)
Check out a couple of the "Uptown Funk" cover snippets below so you can judge for yourself. The full set can be heard on Fifth Harmony's Instagram page.