Surprisingly pleasant remake

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 July, 2008, 12:00am

Most people are familiar with the original Beatles songs and their various remakes, but this choral rearrangement proves to be a pleasant and refreshing surprise.

The Kennedy Choir, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a group of immensely talented vocalists who love to sing.

Avid Beatles fan take note: if you don't expect the typical guitar/ soulful male voice combo, you won't be disappointed.

The lead vocals are soothing, with a child-like innocence. The perfect harmonies of the choral arrangements give the songs an ethereal quality.

The accompaniment to Yesterday creates a sadder atmosphere than the original, while With a Little Help from my Friends reminds us of the purity of childhood friendships. Hey Jude's message of accepting what life brings resonates especially well with the angelic voices.

With more solemn songs such as Michelle, the Kennedy Choir falls slightly short, as the airy vocals don't suit the passion of the song. And Eleanor Rigby loses its perceptive lamentation of the human condition.

The Kennedy Choir has produced a true work of art - musical classics with a dainty, childlike touch. Choral Beatles may not be a typical remake, but it's a welcome break from the hip-hop-ridden offerings on the charts.