Sia Amps Up the Drama of A Mamas and the Papas Classic
  • TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

The Mamas & the Papas were pretty close to being a holy text in the Saas household. I never held in them in quite the same estimation as my dad or sister, but "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" by Mama Cass is my jam, and of course, I love "California Dreamin'." One of the pop stars of the moment, Sia, tackled a cover of the song for The Rock's latest big-budget blockbuster, San Andreas, and...I'm not crazy about it. It has moments where the cover becomes grand enough that it feels like an event, but it's too rare in the song, and let's face it. "California Dreamin'" is such an established classic in the American canon that it would take something really groundbreaking to make a cover worthwhile. And I'm not sure that Sia gets there.

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