1. Marcus says

    Yes, changing the pronouns makes the gender indistinct, but moving from third to second person makes it more personal. He’s speaking to someone, not about someone. I think it’s beautiful.

  2. don't a tell la says

    How can this be a cover when it WAS NOT written by WH. Just like her version, it’s an interpretation of a song composed by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam.

  3. Marc says

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    I am curious, since he is openly gay, why he changed the pronoun to “you” instead of “he,” but it still works. (If he would have changed it to “she” I would have been a bit saddened, but thankfully he didn’t). At any rate, he is one of my new favorite vocalists. I hope his fame continues to rise. What a breath of fresh air.

  4. Grammy Man says

    I like the idea of taking apart an old, known song like that and sticthing it back together with a new sound.

    Not a fan of his voice though. It’s a little heavy on the pinched/choked throat sound, like a perpetual karaoke affectation. Also, based on a sparse sampling of his sounds, he also tends toward the overwrought. He’s young. Maybe he’ll develop.

  5. david says

    @marc why do you even have t think of it? keeping the gender pronouns mutual keeps the music open to be enjoyed by everyone not just one small subculture. 99% of the world does not want to listen t men sing about men, ya know

    everyone slamming him is a probably a lana del rey fan.

  6. Trollista says

    “I swear, if the Towleroad website had a smell, it would smell like sour-ass troll milk. I’m done coming here.”

    Will that be Tall, Grande or Venti? To-go, I’m guessing.

  7. bicurious says

    My own personal tastes tend more toward art rather than schlock, but I recognize that that isn’t the case with everyone and can see how this rendition might appeal to some people.

  8. CJ says

    What a bunch or rude asses that post on here. My only beef is with the pronoun change and not because he is shying away from it being about a man – but because it ruins the rhyme scheme of the whole chorus which is based on the E sound.

    he me every heartbeat we meet these things
    he me speak bittersweet weak

  9. bandanajack says

    i think he could have done a great version of this song, but this version isn’t it. taking an upbeat party song and turning it into a dirge isn’t an interpretation, its just a bad overreach. i agree with the poster who cited it for being self indulgent etc. i’m getting used to his vocal affectations, and find they work on some songs, but boy, was this ever not one of them.

  10. woodroad34 says

    with his voice, it could have been a perfect and sweet song of yearning….however, it turned into something whiny and unbearable to listen to.

  11. Brian W. says

    I loved this rendition. It doesn’t take anything away from the original.

    It was beautiful and I’m excited to see him in concert in the fall.

  12. Mark says

    this is actually a pretty beautiful interpretation though it helps to NOT watch the video. scroll down, go read something else or just have this playing in the background. and come to think of it, this would be a great song to make out or have passionate sex to – ahem!

    yeah its a bit breathy in spots, but i bet if Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars or someone else sang it the same exact way, they’d be getting praise. this gay singer has talent, lest we have to put up with the screeching of Adam Lambert.

  13. Dback says

    Love, love, love his hot-butterscotch voice; however, Houston had a habit of overdoing melisma in her songs (probably due to her gospel background), and this trend has infected too many mainstream pop singers (see: “American Idol”–or don’t). He keeps it to a minimum here, but on some of his other performances he’s definitely got the “I’ll throw in five notes instead of just the one” syndrome, something I’m sure he’ll outgrow as he becomes more and more relaxed and confident in his talent.

  14. Robert says

    Fabulous. Had no idea the song was so sad. And it’s easily one of my fave Whitney songs ever.

    But it’s becoming abundantly clear that Sam has a very pathetic, very creepy perception of love. A recurrent theme is that he’s “in love” with guys that either don’t know or don’t care. This is exactly the kind of guy I filter out on a daily basis on dating sites.

  15. SpaceCadet says

    Beautiful rendition of this song with a beautiful song. I like how Sam took an upbeat dance song and turned it into a heartfelt emotional ballad.

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