It’s not odd in and of itself that Post Malone decided to cover Hootie and the Blowfish’s smash hit “I Only Wanna Be With You.” It is odd, however, that his rendition was part of a Pokémon virtual concert. So, in celebration of 25 years of the iconic video game, we get to see an animated version of our beloved tattooed rapper traversing the wild, wonderful Pokémon World. There’s a lot going on in the music video, which — unfortunately — only emphasizes how lackluster the song is.
It’s not that Post Malone can’t do covers. Remember his epic livestreamed concert of Nirvana tributes back in April 2020? The one that raised more than $500,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts? He’s a versatile beast who can rap, sing and even advertise Doritos better than pretty much anyone. He’s having a moment right now, and he deserves every bit of his fame. When it comes to Post Malone’s cover of “I Only Wanna Be With You,” though, he has a rare misstep. It’s not that his version is terrible, it’s just that it’s not that memorable. And when you consider all of the legwork involved in transforming his song and likeness into such a vivid video — complete with the Charizard and Lugia Pokémon as supporting characters, mind you — it’s more disappointing that the end result isn’t an all-out banger.
What makes the original version by Hootie and the Blowfish so endearing, in large part, is its vocals. Darius Rucker’s singing style is slight twang mixed with passionate yearning and, spoiler alert, it absolutely works. On the flip side, Post Malone’s approach feels mostly one-note and emotionless. He doesn’t have fun. He doesn’t take chances. He doesn’t really do much of anything. One would argue that if you’re going to completely go there, the moment to do that would be a Pokémon music video. Playing it safe just doesn’t suit Post Malone well at all.
It’s a shame because he’s so talented and loveable. You can’t help but smile when you see his animated self floating in a bubble and escaping death-by-fire because it’s Post Malone — and we all LOVE Post Malone. Sadly, the music really doesn’t live up to what we’re seeing. In fact, it’s not until there are about 10 seconds left that he starts vocalizing and letting loose. It gets fun right when it’s about to end. It’s a mega bummer.
Nevertheless, it’s always good to hear him try something new. While Post Malone’s cover of “I Only Wanna Be With You” might not be his best one to date, it still shows that he’s wildly passionate about music and down to try anything — and what’s not to love about that? Check out Post Malone’s video for “I Only Wanna Be With You” above and his other work on his official YouTube channel.
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