Revitalizing a Grammy-winning classic is obviously risky–it can serve as an incredible tribute or an appalling reminder of how quality recording artists have declined over the years. Avant represented the former with his take on Christopher Cross’ “Sailing,” the final cut on his 2008 self-titled Capitol Records album.
Initially, after hearing the charming cover, I assumed it was a remake of a hidden gem from Michael Jackson; the velvety smooth vocals and serene visual created by the classical strings and soft guitar were quintessential attributes for MJ’s more romantic songs. However, it was yet another R&B veteran showcasing musical expertise popular contemporary artists wish they embodied.
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