When Jacquie Lee auditioned for The Voice with Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” most people recognized her undeniable vocal ability. After the show, Lee covered a Cyndi Lauperclassic called “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Her emotional take on the upbeat song proves just how flexible she is as an artist.
At first, Lee tends to be just another belter from The Voice. However, Christina Aguilera’s guidance helped in making her a versatile singer who can sing just about anything – from “Clarity” to “I Put a Spell on You,” and from “Angel” to “Who’s Loving You Now.” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a testament to the amount of potential Lee has. She was able to embellish upon a classic without sounding too desperate to be on par with the original. She managed to put her own spin to it, without losing the youthful spirit of her voice.
Vocally, everybody knows Lee can sing. However, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” shows that she has already grown much from her stint on The Voice. In the track, Lee delivered a solid vocal performance with the right amount of control. It is a good thing, because with every bit of control she executes comes the right amount of emotion the new version of the song requires.
The contemporary version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a fairly decent tribute to the classic that made several young people exercise their youthful spunk. As an artist, Lee shows that she is able to transform a classic into her own. She did not need to be too frantic; all she needs is to show how her artistry can transcend intergenerational boundaries in music.
Though the exuberance of the original is missing in the revival, Lee justified through her rendition that the youth today is different from those of previous generations. However, the longing for freedom is still felt in Lee’s version. The angst in the original is not lost in the modern twist of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
Essentially, the song became popular for many generations because it shows how the youth’s angst can burn bridges of differences. Back in The Voice, CeeLo Green already predicted that Lee is most definitely the future of music – a culmination of the best of the past and of the present.