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Does it depend on what their own accent IS though??
A certain singer with a pronounced Sheffield accent will do my head in whereas I'm perfectly happy to listen to an American with a pronounced southern drawl for instance. Not sure I can explain why.
Even though it's so northern it's unreal.
I tend to like the Geordie accent in song - The Wildhearts, The Futureheads, Maximo Park etc.
but the futureheads are from sunderland and paul smith of maximo park is from teesside. neither are geordies.
singers, like all musicians, will pick up techniques and styles based on what they listen to, it's just that singing is by far the most 'human' element of music and as such the one we relate to the most. nobody complains about britush guitarists playing in an american style, huh?
are wrong to think that a welsh dude singing like he's texan is weird, as an example.
But anyway, as soon as anyone starts holding notes and adding a bit of resonance to their voice starts sounding more american. It's a bastard to get rid of. Anyone with a noticeably regional accent is usually exaggerating it to some extent for it to be noticeable.
Nuff said. Brilliant.
There are a lot of Scottish bands who sing with a Scottish accent - Idlewild and Twin Atlantic spring to mind as well as the Sad
Roddy sounds American in most of their early stuff.
there's a technical reason for it, they're the same 'type' of accent or something, can't remember exactly, I fucking hate phonetics and phonology. But quite a few Scottish singers sound kinda American unless they're REALLY laying on the whole "I'M SCOTTISH" thing like Twilight Sad do.
HERE WE HERE WE HERE FUCKING GO LADS
.. and De Rosa too. I quite like the accent in Butcher Boy also. I think the songs would not have the same appeal without it. It's to do with the lilt ...
I think Northern England and Scottish accents tend to lend themselves better to singing, apart from Oasis and all this lad rock indie.
...not that i know where they're from.
What frustrates me is singing along to or covering songs by bands with singers with accents and naturally copying the accent. Just me? Probably.
put-on American accents are pretty cringeworthy imo
I've got a horrific Radio 1 version of "she is suffering" where all the T's magically turn in to D's, horribly american. And of course they're best when they/he doesn't do that. You don't get this problem with Datblygu.
on the other hand there times when I wish Billy Bragg would tone down the accent. And the socialism while we're at it.
not just when sung, in general.
It's natural to sing in an American accent.
So there's 3 solutions:
1. Just don't bother singing/do cookie monster growls instead
2. Use the American accent (you know it feels more natural anyway) despite the stick you'll get
Irish - depends.
Scott Hutchinson may be another in a long line of heart-on-sleeve Scots (Aidan Moffat, Stuart Murdoch, James Graham of Twilight Sad), but it's still the sound that makes me swoon every single time. I just like the sound.
Sons and daughters
Allo darlin' - On 'heart is a drummer' where her voice goes properly austrailian. Lovely.
"The Dubliners" are the only band I can think of....We are pretty bad at pronunciation, i'm sure dat ye will understand loike.