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Richard Ashcroft for me
Marie "Queenie" Lyons and Sharon Jones are up there too.
It was the first answer that sprang to mind.
every single vocal in his range is the best thing ever
(Anthony And The Johnsons)
this is a positive thread
yeah it's obviously this.
...particularly on Technique
I was listening to Power Corruption and Lies this morning as it happens. I kept thinking on the first song (I forget its name), he kind of struggles to hit the higher notes, I kept imagining him doing that as an X factor audition and Simon Cowell laughing at him for some reason.
If he sticks to the 8 or so notes he can hit he's fine
Yet despite that sneering whine, the Pumpkins produced some amazingingly listenable albums...
Chan Marshall has lovely fractured vocals.
Tom Waits is the most memorable for me.
Oh, and Trish Keenan, for best for of vocals to musical style (may she RIP).
not sure what you mean by fractured, though. smokey, doleful, warm, definitely.
Nick Cave's has a sort of guttural beauty
Just IMAGINE your favourite singer being him from Elbow or him from New Order.
but Guy Garvey's voice is absolutely massive. Music to make men cry. And the thread wasn't 'favourite singer', just 'best voice', which is slightly different.
I wouldn't say it's my 'favourite' or anything, but I would not begrudge anyone who did.
ju now he tort me u dont need to be some big ra ra beyonce figure 2 have a gr8 singin voice or beat dos big bois down in big ol lundun tahn. his voice is pure + true and dat what matter. WU LYF FOR EVER
and when he gets going. fucking hell.
Its vocal performances in situations like this that I think are his best.
but it's ok, cause he's jeff buckley and we're not
what a voice
is that the bass is SO FUCKING HIGH IN THE MIX
I know him, and he does.
On the other, Hamilton from The Walkmen, especially live
Proper "louder than the crowd" moment both times I have seen them do The Rat.
and I love hearing her rap too
But David Gedge has a pretty horrible voice, really.
THE great whiskey soaked Rock 'n' Roll voice.
they're all good
Leonard Cohen - especially when older
John Lennon - especially in the early Beatles stuff. Money, Twist and Shout etc.
of the people of the opposite gender, Peggy Lee, Dusty Springfield.
and that's Matt Bellamy. His music's shite, but the lad can belt it out when he needs to and also do quiet and touching.
Greatest live album ever
James Graham (The Twilight Sad)
From The Unforgettable Fire to Passengers.
is the correct answer here.
Morrissey, when he's not going OTT on the warbling
Him from Cut Copy
I'm not trolling here guys.
Also a fan of:
(M) Evan Dando, Ryan Adams, Lanegan
(F) Ane Brun, Kim Deal, her from Beach House
but I do like this performance. Not quite up there with the Jeff Buckley one I posted above, but whoever did the sound, especially the vocals, at this TV show was a talented chap / chapette.
...but his singing-STYLE is even more mindblowing. There's a subtle distinction - some fairly mediocre singers have wonderful styles (Andy Partridge of XTC for example) and some wonderful ones are boring as fuck (every single non-terrible X Factor contestant ever)
Came here to post Peter Hammill. Although, Van der Graaf Generator do appear to be my default answer to any thread.
NAKED! BUT - CLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTHED IN THE OOOOOOOVEEEEEERVIIIIEEEEEWWWWWWWWW
favourite singing voice in the alto soprano and above range
Chris Cohen - Deerhoof, The Curtains, Cryptacize
yeah, Robert Pollard. just thinking about him howling makes me smile.
see also Paul Westerberg.
completely different but both preety preety spectacular
WHAT A VOICE. One of those voices that just make you melt when you hear it, especially on the Blind album.
Dustin Kensrue from Thrice can pretty much scream, shout, croon sweetly, holler, yelp, belt out and whistle, sometimes all in the same song.
Aretha Franklin and Billie coming in next
I like Robert smiths voice although i doint think that its particularly good.
i also like morriseys.
elvis presley and nat king cole had fantastic voices.
but for sheer emotion and expression i can equate with david bowie and bob marley (although I dont think they are the most beautiful) all the men fall behind the women though
best male voice for emotional power is ian curtis
Layne Stayley, Maynard james keenan, Mark Lanegan, Martin Orton (Jesus Deluxe), Evi Vine, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peter Gabriel, Steve Tyler, Ian Gillan, Robert Plant, Neil Fallon (Clutch), Ann Wilson (Heart), Lenny Wolf (Kingdom Come), Matt Forder (Domino State), Beth Rettig (Blindness), Toni Halliday, Liz Fraser, Beth Gibbons, Eddie Vedder, Liela Moss (Duke Spirit), Pete Morely (Model Morning), Mark Hollis
if there's a better vocal performance than undenied, I've not heard it.
or Scott Walker
Is Reckoner. Just an astoundingly good performance in every way
Rufus Wainwright, Annie Clark and Julian Casablancas sing just about anything.
In close seconds
James Dean Bradfield obviously GENOOOOOOOIIIIIN
and Steven Malkmus.
I kid, the actual answer is Sharon Van Etten, especially sans band
Abra Moore from Austin, Texas is wonderful as well, like an emotionally scarred tori amos with a bit of rickie lee jones thrown in.
Simon and Garfunkel were wonderful, was listening to the Sound o f Silence album and was a bit blown away by it
And I can't decide between Al Green and Mavin Gaye and Ritchie Havens!
than hear Rod croon again.
one of my favourite female voices for sure, clear as a bell but kinda gritty in all the right ways
& not one mention of Sandy Denny?!?!?!?!??!
The most horrible voice in all the world
....no Jimmy Cliff!
This song in particular... and he did it just as well on jools not many years back
Gotta be Sizzla or Pluto Shervington.
just for Cyprus Avenue, the bit where he sings 'rainbow ribbons in her hair' is the most beautiful and cathartic and tragic thing ever recorded.
Also Vashti Bunyan because she sounds like a hug.
working class person in the world
His voice on Knock Knock and A River is like velvet, now it's matured into a rich baritone.
All the great soul and blues singers - Curtis Mayfield, Otis, Marvin, Aretha, Tina.
I put that record on and the rest of the world drifts out of view.
Mans: Robert Smith, Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke, Sufjan Stevens, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, Sam Beam, Hayden and Tom of Wild Beasts, Neil Young & Graham Nash
Womans: Joanna Newsom, Liz Fraser, Beth Gibbons, Bjork, Leslie Feist, Amy Milian, Neko Case, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Laura Nyro, Chan Marshall, Shara Worden.
who most definitely deserve a mention and are yet to get one
Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert
Bowie - Sweet Thing off Diamond Dogs is a personal favourite, but his backing vocals on Satellite of Love are fucking sublime
Gruff Rhys - Beacon in the Darkness off Candylion. Effortlessly beautiful...
Joni Mitchell - Blue & Ladies of Canyon. Nuff said...
Minnie Riperton - Reasons off Perfect Angel. Fuck off Mariah...
Nick Drake - Time of No Reply off the Fruit Tree collection, or actually anything. A true one off..
Jello Biafra - We Got a Bigger Problem Now off In God We Trust Inc. Angry young man, and it sounds better for it.
Cate le Bon - Shoeing the Bones off Me Oh My. Beautiful, beautiful stuff .
Flo & Eddie - Billy the Mountain off Just Another Band from LA (Zappa/Mothers). Also consider The Turtles 'Happy Together', fuck the freeview ad, it's a great song with great voices.
Every Beatle apart from Ringo (I know, I know.. He tried but...) - Where to begin?
Dave Gilmour/Rick Wright - Echoes off Meddle. A great pairing, they shit on Roger Waters time and time again.
any girl that can switch from operatics to pig screams at the flick of a switch and nail both gets my vote.
after that, Jeff Buckley and Michael Stipe.
its roscoe holcomb
barely opens his mouth and a couple angels and devils fall out
The monday morning routine always so much more tolerable with Minnie echoing round the flat
Ben E King, Otis Redding, that kinda thing. They don't make em like that any more sadly.
boring twerp who would ironically listen to jimmy buffet to prove you're cool
is the correct answer.