Cover vs. Original

Torn


I was surprised to learn a long time after enjoying the Natalie Imbruglia version of this song that it was a cover originally written and performed by girl-fronted band Ednaswap a few years earlier. It made me think its kind of sad when an artist gets a ton of success off of another lesser-known bands material, but if the sound of the cover is better than really, thats all she wrote.

- Ferreson, Pasadena, United States, 27.04.2007


Natalie Imbruglia
1998

vs.

Ednaswap
1995

CD-Cover: Natalie Imbruglia - Left of the Middle 60.1 % 39.9 % CD-Cover: Ednaswap - Wacko Magneto
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Natalie Imbruglia 519 Votes Ednaswap

Comments about Torn:

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I love Natalie, and not just because of Torn. I think it's a shame she's only known for this one song, when she has 4 great (IMO) albums. With that being said, Ednaswap's version is amazing. I heard the acoustic verson on YouTube, and I was blown away. I like their version better.
- Kate, Lacey, United States, 27.01.2011
Sorry Jens, Lis Sorensen's version was released first but the song was written by Ednaswap members and their producer, Phil Thornalley, who also produced Sorensen's album.
- Doug, Houston, United States, 17.11.2010
I stumbled across the Ednaswap totally acoustic version of "Torn" and was blown away. I think the original version is so much more real and powerful than Natalie's "pop" version. Sadly, not many people have heard the original to compare.

To me, the song IS a very gut-wrenching, sad song that Natalie's version totally disregards. The acoustic version matches the intent of the lyrics with the emotional pain and angst of the singer. Natalie's version feels like a slap in the face to me; how can someone sing about lying naked and bleeding in pain like she's happy about it? (upbeat tempo and all..)

I've been complaining about this for awhile; glad I finally got to record my gripe!
- Kristin, Tucson, United States, 18.08.2010
The acoustic version by Ednaswap is amazing. Search "Annetenna (Ednaswap) - Torn (Acoustic)" on youtube.
- Abe, Los Angeles, United States, 31.01.2010
Sorry guys, you're comparring two coverversions. The original is danish and written by Lis Sorensen and published in 1993. :-)
- jens, hojsted, Denmark, 13.12.2009
The song from Natalie is so beautiful and makes you feel something that you don't feel with the other versions, something is missing in the other versions, I think, The other groups or singers do not put all their heart on it, Natalie sing with all of her heart, sorry for repeat the message, just a little correction :)
- Mondrunner, Cartago, Other, 19.11.2009
The song from Natalie is so beautiful and makes you feel something that you don't feel with the other versions, something is missing in the other versions, I think, The other groups or singers do not put all thier heart on it, Natalie sing with all of her heart
- Dennis, Cartago, Other, 19.11.2009
Natalie Imbruglia turns the dark, raw and inaccessible Torn into a catchy pop song. I think that people who claim there is no emotion in this are wrong - Imbruglia's lonely-girl vocals really makes this track a wonderful experience to listen to!
- Rick, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 12.04.2009
An italian punk-rock band called "The New Story" has performed a cover of this song on their album "Untold Stories". Listen to it! IMHO it's awesome!
- New Story fan :), Venice, Italy, 08.09.2008
I think natalie's cover of Torn is great! better than the original...
- Shani, R'dam, Netherlands, 03.04.2008
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