The Best You Never Heard: Madonna, Mariah, Leona Lewis & Metro City

Published: Wednesday 11th Nov 2009 by Sam
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It’s back! After being rested on the bench for almost a year, our much-loved Best You Never Heard feature returns this week. For new(er) That Grape Juice readers, The Best You Never Heard is a once weekly feature which showcases great songs which aren’t known (as much as they should be) to the masses. This week’s edition features little known gems by Madonna, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and R&B quartet Metro City.

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Madonna – Dance 2night (ft. Justin Timberlake)

Lifted from Madonna’s 2008 effort ‘Hard Candy’, ‘Dance 2night’ is a lush throwback to her Madegesty’s 80’s heydey. The Justin Timberlake produced (and featured) cut boasts a thumping bassline over a funky Electro-Pop groove. Why this wasn’t a single in some capacity really baffles me, as it’s hand-down the album’s best song next to ‘4 Minutes’.

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Mariah Carey – For The Record

Though Mariah Carey’s 2008 LP ‘E=MC2’ was argued by many to be a let-down (myself included), it’d be unfair to deny that it features a song or two which can be deemed some of her best work. Indeed, the Brian M Cox produced ‘For The Record’ not only serves as the album’s biggest highlight, it stands as one of my favourite Mariah cuts ever.  A ballad with that ‘knock’, ‘Record’ easily completes the trinity of recent Mimi classic ballads (‘We Belong Together’, ‘Don’t Forget About Us’). From the lyrical content which makes you ‘feel’ what she’s singing, to her outstanding vocal delivery (I’m almost certain this was recorded during the ‘Emancipation’ era), this is – to it bluntly – the business. I’d certainly welcome more tracks in the vein of this for future Mariah releases.

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Leona Lewis – Take A Bow

Singing sensation Leona Lewis has taken the world by storm since hitting the scene back in 2006. While I feel some of her released material has been a bit hit and miss, when the East-Londoner knocks it out of the park she knocks it all the way out! This is perhaps best evidenced on ‘Take A Bow’, which featured on her debut LP ‘Spirit’. An edgier ballad than we’re used to hearing from Ms. Lewis, this one exudes a real epic aura, which is bolstered by her progressively soaring vocals. Awesome track.

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Metro City – Be Without You (Mary J Blige Cover)

Male R&B quartet Metro City, who I’m sure this is the first time you’re hearing of, delivered this stunning rendition of Mary J Blige’s ‘Be Without You’ in 2007. For the life of me, I cannot even remember how I stumbled upon this one, yet for a hot minute I played this more than the original. Unlike your typical cover version, this studio-recorded take on the song features tweaked lyrics, as well great (new) harmonies and arrangements. A winner.

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  1. TheFink November 11, 2009

    I agree with Mariah’s Carey “For The Record” I believe it should have been served as the 2nd single from the record, It reminds of “Don’t Forget About Us”. It’s one of best ballads this decade along with H.A.T.E.U.

  2. Kay-T November 11, 2009

    OMG I’m so glad you brought this one back Sam.

    For The Record is a tune!!!!!!

  3. parisian girl November 11, 2009

    dance 2night was my jam!!

  4. Ps November 11, 2009

    mariahs last album wasnt bad at all, just bad single choices, i think touch my body and bye bye where gud single choice, but then migrate ft tpain should have followed as 3rd single, i swear the album would have been double platinum.

  5. GeeMan November 11, 2009

    I love FTR to this day, just like Migrate difinate bangers among others.

  6. amar November 11, 2009

    so glad you brought this back, i kept thinking when you were going to bring it back
    please keep posting this
    i loved when you posted tweet-taxi now like 1 of my all time fav slow jams

  7. Diosa November 11, 2009

    Sam!!! You’ve made me sooo happy for sharing these songs that very few people heard!! So many songs that have been wasted!! Love all those songs and of course I carry with me on my Ipod all of those.

  8. KL November 11, 2009

    I love Dance 2night, especially the musical part near the end, and the “more, more, more” reminds me of the song More from her I’m Breathless album. Great dance song!

  9. Chry5ta1 November 12, 2009

    needed this segment to be resurrected! Thanx!

  10. candice November 12, 2009

    i saw metro city on keyshia cole the way it is. i think she wanted to sign them and they were on her 1st album featured on the song “superstar”

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