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Joseph, Better You Than Me (Album Version) [feat. Elton John]

December 16, 2008 | Format: MP3

$1.29
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Label: Island Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Duration: 4:51 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001NDR0TC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,550 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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By Westley VINE VOICE on January 3, 2009
For the last several years, The Killers have released a Christmas single to benefit charity, starting with the excellent "A Great Big Sled" (2006) and continuing with "Don't Shoot Me Santa" (2007). This year's offering is "Joseph, Better You than Me;" proceeds from sales will go to Bono's Global Fund. The Killers paired up with Elton John and Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, who also co-wrote the song. The lyrics chronicle the changes to Joseph of Nazareth after the birth of Jesus. The beginning with Brandon Flowers is quite beautiful; his falsetto really raises the quality of the material and makes the song sound Christmas-y. There's also an interesting guitar break that features drumming evocative of "The Little Drummer Boy."

I'm a huge fan of Pet Shop Boys, so I love Neil Tennant's otherworldy vocals here, although they may not appeal to some. The song also builds majestically - it almost reminds me of a Queen track at times. Elton's vocals are very nice, but they don't blend well with the song. He sounds like he's singing something from the Lion King soundtrack, whereas the song is more electropop in tone. For me, "Joseph" would have been a much stronger single as a duet between The Killers and Neil Tennant (PSB have remixed material for The Killers before). However, it's hard to fault this worthy charity song, which is likely to appeal to fans of The Killers and Pet Shop Boys. Finally, although the song was meant for the holiday season, it can hold up to play year round.
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Joseph, Better You Than Me is a sweeping epic of a song. It starts out as a near ballad and builds into a powerful chorus before ending on a humble solo vocal. While the track itself musically is strong and Brandon begins with a tuned clarity to his voice, one of the first real stand out moments comes with Elton's lines. Elton sounds great at this stage of his career and there is a strength to his vocals that has not been so clearly evident for a decade. It's an impassioned delivery that lifts the song and starts to give it a strong spiritual feel. Neil Tennant's vocals are fantastic and are certainly as distinctive as ever. While not a technical singer, like Brandon or Elton, Neil's delivery adds class and sophistication to the song. Like gold embellishments on a work of art. Overall this track is certainly worth the price of the single and a great song you will enjoy listening to time and again. Let's all hope we might someday have the Killers partner with Morrissey or David Gahan.
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By Ben on November 8, 2010
Flowers, Elton, and Tennant at their very best, in my humble opinion. The powerful lyrics, gradual build of the dynamics, and overall spirit of this piece will make it an instant favorite amongst those who are fans of the epic-feeling, lyric-driven rock ballad.
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This is one of the best new Chirstmas songs that has been released in years. The talent on display is phenomenal!
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I didn't know a thing about this track before downloading it, only that it was by The Killers, whose music I enjoy. After just one listen, I'm convinced someone--The Killers--are taking themselves just a tad--no actually WAY--too seriously.

This is like some sort of bad Christmas music parody. Roll out the big names, get big and bombastic, write a song that's completely without memorable melody or humability, and let 'er rip. What a train wreck.

Eh, at least I only paid a buck for it.
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