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Old 6th December 2007, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default The great debate

Scene: A South London pub this afternoon, over several beers.

Cast: Yours truly, two musicians, (female), A PA monitor engineer, and a recording studio tape op, (both male)

Proposition: We buy albums from male singer songwriters for the quality of their lyrics, and albums from female singer songwriters for the quality of their voice. True or false?

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Old 6th December 2007, 09:48 PM   #2
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Old 6th December 2007, 09:56 PM   #3
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Default can't entirely agree

to borrow a thought from another thread, Paul McCartney is a male singer song writer, and who buys his albums for the lyrics (or would admit to buying them at all?) I picked up his recent release "Memory almost full", based on printed review somewhere - a huge disappoinment to say the least, as was for that matter the much ballyhooed Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration.

OTOH, one of my recent favorites for both reference testing and listening pleasure is/are the under appreciated Canadian folkie group the Wailin Jenny's, and in addition to meltingly beautiful vocal solos and harmonies, the lyrics can stand alone as poetry. I've seen these gals perform live twice in a small venue (former church), and they never fail to satisfy.

http://www.thewailinjennys.com/
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Old 6th December 2007, 10:51 PM   #4
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Not generally true- I buy kd lang and Tony Rice for their voices, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen for their lyrics. (OK, Joni for her voice, too)
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We buy albums from male singer songwriters for the quality of their lyrics, and albums from female singer songwriters for the quality of their..
...album covers. Someone had to be honest.
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Someone had to be honest.
Indeed...
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Old 7th December 2007, 03:48 PM   #7
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...album covers. Someone had to be honest.

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Indeed...

IIRC, there was no female vocalist on the Blind Faith album, but with the "airplane" cover photo probably sold a few bazillion copies to pubescent teenage boys who couldn't find their dad's Playboy stash



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Old 8th December 2007, 11:17 AM   #8
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Old 31st December 2007, 09:36 PM   #9
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If we includes me, then it's the voice for male or female. I know the words to maybe three songs.

"Should old acquaintance be forgot..........." Don't know that either
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My music purchases lean disproportionately over towards female vocalists.
Some of these, significantly Mylène Farmer, sing in languages I don't comprehend.

Also, Dead Can Dance, who sing in a language no-one comprehends (she makes it up as she goes along)

So that pretty much gives the game away as far as it concerns my tastes.
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