It's amazing how a live and/or acoustic version of a song can so completely transform its fortunes. Take The Girl With The Sparkling Eyes by Icelandic turn of the millennium Fierce Panda hopefuls Bellatrix. On the one hand you've got the steady but unspectacular single version; on the other there's the inspired swing of the acoustic version (which has a cracking spoken word/barked(!) intro to boot. I wish I could pronounce the word "sparkling" like that too!).
Bellatrix - The Girl With The Sparkling Eyes (Acoustic version) mp3
Bellatrix - The Girl With The Sparkling Eyes (single version) mp3
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