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Flying Without Wings / Superstar Single
|1. Flying Without Wings|
Ruben Studdard ~ Flying Without Wings/Superstar
2003 single from American Idol winner, the tile track is backed with 'Superstar'. RCA.
Top Customer Reviews
While FWW is a good song, the recorded version lacks something that the live version had. It's not a bad song, I just feel it could have been better.
Superstar should have been left of the CD entirely. Not only is it horrible, it's boring. If I manage to listen to it more than once all the way through I can almost guarantee you that I'll be fast asleep by the end of it.
I hope to see better things out of Ruben, so far Ruben has just proved that Clay should have been the American Idol.
But I think that it is a REAL DISGRACE to the song Flying Without Wings. People living in the USA might not know that Flying Without Wings is actually a cover of Westlife, which was released in the UK back in 1999.
It was one of Westlife's greatest song and the 're-mix' and 're-melody' is a real disgrace to Westlife.
Anyone who had heard Westlife's version would undoubtly agree that the original version is much clearer, not so 'soulful' and 'heavy'. 'Flying Without Wings' is suppose to give you the feeling of light and 'flying' But Ruben totally brings you down to earth with his version.
I feel more like 'drowning' than 'flying' listening to his song.
I am not saying that he is a bad singer or anything. But if you want to do covers, please honour the original artist.
The 1 stars I give is actually for the amazing lyrics. For Ruben's voice - 0 Stars.
P.S. You can hear a snippet of Westlife's original cover in their Official Website.
After listening to these songs, I'm clueless as to why people even waste their time debating over these "artists". NEITHER CLAY NOR RUBEN ARE ARTISTS!!! THEY ARE MERELY SINGERS!! In other words, a small, techically oriented, musical dork (the real artist) who lacks the drop dead physical features and charm of our American Idol sits in a studio devising his next, mediocre hit for Ruben to sing.
Fans will listen to the songs for a month, if the songs are at the higher end of the mediocrity spectrum, maybe a year. After this period, the songs will never be remembered and it will be as if the songs were never created in the first place. AND WHY!!?!? BECAUSE THE SONGS ARE MEDIOCRE AT BEST!!
Why not make American Idol about who can create the best, most original, composition, not who has the best "voice", God knows what that means anyway (There are many different voices that sound good in different contexts, "best" is only a matter of opinion). Thousands upon thousands of people sing and thousands more are trained to sing every day, however, the ability to create timeless music is possessed by much fewer. Discovering and Idolizing those, I believe, would be a much more worthwhile endeavor.
Unlike those that listen to musical acts like Mr. Studdard and Mr. Aiken, I've actually had the pleasure of listening to music that is stirring and memorable, music that has much more depth and effectively employs a plethora of timbres in addition to or in place of the human voice. Sadly, this music will not be fed to you via the Radio, you will not find it on TRL either, you will actually have to seek it out.
Most recent customer reviews
2 great songs...thats about it. worth 5$ i guess. worth buying if you watched the american idol 2nd season.Published on Aug. 15 2004
Ruben Did Not Do This Song Justice. If You Are Going To Cover A Song You Better Do A Better Job Then The Origal. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
Method#1/Listen to him, understand him, use what he is, get him in the studio when he's at his best. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by .
Ruben is off to a great start with this single which feachures Flying without Wings and a Chilling Superstar. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Scott R. Johnson
This is almost just as good as the Luther Vandross version
I love the overweight lovers 1st song he has a smooth voice
Lyrics 10/10 Production 7/10 Overall 8.5/10
Please buy Ruben's CD it is awesome. There are a lot of haters out there who were/are not ready for a Black American Idol. Well stop hating this is 2004. Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Crystal verdun
I bought this cd thinking that Ruben would be able to sound much better with a professionaly recorded cd. It wasn't and I didn't care for it at all. Read morePublished on March 18 2004
Good preview of things to come. Check out his CD for more oringal songs. Superstar sounds too much like Luther Vandross, and Flying Without Wings is covered so much better by... Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by D. Casto
I downloaded Westlife's original version and they sound like the Backstreet Boys on CRACK at a WE ARE THE WORLD CONCERT!!! Read morePublished on March 10 2004