Watch Taio Cruz Perform a Cover of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’
Cruz channels his fellow Brit Adele in the minimalist cover tune in two ways: He sounds genuinely heartbroken (though perhaps not as much as the record-breaking ginger herself), and his voice is the star of the show. His YouTube version is simply him and a keyboard — no beats, no background singers and no Ludacris cameos.
It’s almost astonishing how much Cruz can accomplish with just his falsetto and a piano, because most of his singles are so bombastic that you forget — or never really stop dancing enough to realize — that he can actually sing remarkably well.
Keeping with the minimalist theme, Cruz’s ‘Someone Like You’ video features no intro, outro or dialogue. It’s just a man and a piano, and really, that’s all it needs to be. While Cruz claims his upcoming record — which just got pushed back to 2012 — will be the dance tracks that we’re all used to, it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a surprise like this. Broadening his musical horizons will in turn broaden his fan base. Check out his video below to become a believer.