Sister Cristina Scuccia is the Italian nun who won Italy’s version of a televised talent show, The Voice of Italy. She is about to release an album, and a recording that has been preleased is Madonna’s classic song, “Like A Virgin.”
You can find the original to compare on youtube, but here is Sister Cristina’s version.
Fantastic version. I never cared for the original, but Sister Cristina took an airhead song (sorry to those that really adore the original) and gave it real substance. And I'm not just talking about the added religious context. The arrangement itself, slowing it down and getting rid of that childish backbeat, gives it musical substance. The change to mostly acoustic instruments, including a churchy piano, from the artificial and electric instruments in the original version, radically alters the song. That really adds to the context change and removes the airhead quality of the original.
God bless her.