(Un)Covered: Alejandro

Lady Gaga vs All Time Low By | May 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Writers: Stefani Germanotta, Nadir Khayat
Original Release Date: April 20, 2010

Once upon a time, Lady Gaga was all over the radio, releasing single after single. While some of her well known hits like “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” were played incessantly, one of her more underrated (but still well known) songs was the sexy “Alejandro”.

Heavily influenced by bands like ABBA and Ace of Base, “Alejandro”, for all its serious content (saying farewell to former flames), is fun. The eighties-inspired synths are simple yet addictive, providing a solid base on which Gaga plaintively belts out her chorus. The only weird thing is the way she affects a Spanish accent, but since Madonna has been faking an English accent for years, pretending to be “exotic” is nothing new in the pop world.

I’ve never been much of a Gaga fan, but for some reason, All Time Low’s cover constantly gets stuck in my head, no matter how long it’s been since the last time I listened to it. Gone are the beats and vocal tricks that made Gaga’s original stand out; here, we’re treated to a stripped down acoustic version that gives Alex Gaskarth a chance to let his vocals really shine. A steady tambourine and background vocals (probably from Zack Merrick) are the only accessories and they give the song a much more mellow vibe, turning it into something closer to a ballad.