There are lots of standout tracks on Version, not the least of which is "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", a Smiths cover sung by Australian Daniel Merriweather, that has already become a big hit in the U.K. Elsewhere, Ronson takes on tunes by Coldplay (an instrumental version of "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face"), Radiohead ("Just" - done with the help of Phantom Planet), The Jam's "Pretty Green" (featuring some tasty vocals by Philly's own Santo Gold), and a couple of cameos by a couple of women whose careers have exploded of late - Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen. The guy's obviously got great taste, is well-connected and respected, and certainly knows how to get the most out of each performance. The whole album's really a sonic treat.
Written by Dan ReedCD of the Month August 2007