Katrina Parker Performs Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight, Tonight’ on ‘The Voice’
Another episode of a singing reality show, another cool song reinterpreted. On tonight’s (April 9) episode of NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ Katrina Parker took the latest step in her quest for stardom with a performance of the Smashing Pumpkins‘ hit, ‘Tonight, Tonight.’
Although Parker’s overall performance wasn’t bad, except for a few blown notes at the beginning and end, she didn’t seem to grasp the darkness within the song, which was the emotional centerpiece of the Pumpkins’ 1995 double-album ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.’
Instead, she sang it as if it were an adult contemporary ballad, concentrating more on walking down the stairs and hitting her mark than exploring the content of the lyrics. At times she appeared to be overwhelmed by the song. It didn’t help that the arrangement lacked the drama of the original, even with the appearance of a string section.
Her coach, Adam Levine, naturally praised her performance, but she did not win over the other judges. Cee Lo Green said that the song, “should not ever be a show tune. It should remain cathartic.” Christina Aguilera, was a little more encouraging, but still wanted to see her “rock out more.” Whether or not Parker lasts beyond this week will be determined on tomorrow’s show.
Watch Katrina Parker Perform ‘Tonight, Tonight’ by Smashing Pumpkins on ‘The Voice’