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Old 15th May 2009, 06:25 AM   #1
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I bought a CD a couple days ago that changed my life a bit. Portishead- Roseland NYC. Its a live album recorded in 1997 I believe. Iv'e enjoyed their music for quite some time now. If you haven't checked them out then I would suggest doing so. The album "Dummy" in particular is wonderful, and her voice is absolutely addicting.

There was a song called "Roads" on Dummy that I was particularly fond of. I was exited when I saw that the live album had that track. I popped the CD in my home rig, and listened to it till track 9. All of it was very good, but "Roads" was just at a completely different level. I have never heard a female artist put so much emotion and soul into a song, and I am not embarrassed to say that it made me emotional just listening to it. Loreena Mckennitt comes very close to this level as well.

So now I am on the hunt for similar albums, live or otherwise, with this quality. Where the artist (preferably female, I am a sucker for them) puts everything into a song or album.

Anyone experience this before? Please share your thoughts!

I bought a CD a couple days ago that changed my life a bit. Portishead- Roseland NYC. Its a live album recorded in 1997 I believe. Iv'e enjoyed their music for quite some time now. If you haven't checked them out then I would suggest doing so. The album "Dummy" in particular is wonderful, and her voice is absolutely addicting.

There was a song called "Roads" on Dummy that I was particularly fond of. I was exited when I saw that the live album had that track. I popped the CD in my home rig, and listened to it till track 9. All of it was very good, but "Roads" was just at a completely different level. I have never heard a female artist put so much emotion and soul into a song, and I am not embarrassed to say that it made me emotional just listening to it.

So now I am on the hunt for similar albums, live or otherwise, with this quality. Where the artist (preferably female, I am a sucker for them) puts everything into a song or album.

Anyone experience this before? Please share your thoughts!

Heres a short list of what I have that gives me a similar experience:

Nirvana: Unplugged
Loreena Mckennitt: Nights at the Alhambra
Madeline Peyroux: Careless Love
Norah Jones: All studio albums
Diana Krall: All studio albums
Zero 7/Sia: Various albums
Feist: The Reminder
Katie Melua: Piece by Piece
Radiohead: OK computer, In Rainbows, Hail to the Thief, etc
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Old 15th May 2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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Jacques Brel does it for me - beaucoup emotion in every song. Giving it his all. Nuts.

But not female. And if you don't understand French then it probably won't do it for you.

I remember a guy on the street in Leningrad. Short, stocky guy with a buzz cut, acoustic guitar and huge voice just belting them out. Didn't need much Russian to catch the emotion and angst in that - crickey! Like a Russian prize fighter version of Brel - taken up a notch. Wish I'd had a mic.

As for a different sort of emotion, how about Julie London? Sultry and sexy, if that's your thing.
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Good post
I saw you liked Sia she's so good
... so that reminded of this mix I made called "DIVAS - The In Between Mix" see attached for song list enjoy

Thin Line Between Love and Hate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwlCO99BMM8
Somewhere in Between [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF2ithLV-ww

Annie Lennox - Cold (live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_38yKCmY-m8
I Go to Sleep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5Urd2U-3aE
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I am familiar with some of the performers in your list and know what you mean.

If you want to hear something impossibly beautiful, try Renee Fleming singing (pleading!) O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi and Un bel di from Madame Butterfly. Both are by Puccini. You could probably check them out from your local library.

In a Brazilian vein, try Astrud Gilberto singing Corcovado.
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I've been listening to all of Cat Power recordings ( Chan Marshall) esp her earlier things lately ( minimal lo-fi recording ) and is really raw emotional stuff in the vein of Kurt Cobain's unplugged with a voice similar to Fiest. Check out her album called "The Greatest" for more mainstream songs and production.

This performance from French TV is so sublime and makes the small hairs stand up when she shouts out the chorus at 1:50 and again at 3:30. I can't seem watch it too many times.
Cat Power - Nude as the news (live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqTIxgpF3RE


Sidebar> IMO I really think the Studio came up with/invented Feist to take over after Cat Power proved to be so unreliable (due to self medicating and other sabotaging behaviors) shortly after her first success with "Cross Bones Style". Can notice the similarities esp in the video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU291yKCbBE
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Old 16th May 2009, 01:11 AM   #6
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I am pretty much open to any genre and male or female. I only said female because it seems their music seems to have this quality at a much higher occurrence than men. Most guys are to afraid of looking like softies these days

Only Cat Power song I heard was on the Juno soundtrack called "Sea of Love" I absolutely adored it, thats exactly what I am talking about. infinia, can you point me in the right direction as far as which album to purchase first?

Thank you for the suggestions earplay and panomaniac, I really appreciate it.

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Mostly the album called "The Greatest" (FYI it's NOT a greatest hits collection) is IMO is most accessible and considered her best by the critics. I think I have all of them except one or two.
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Ways to find good music
A really good way as was mentioned before can be sourced from films like "Juno" to "Garden State".
Another way is start with a singer or group that you like and then do your own research by reading reviews or interviews to what...
1) other artists songs they may cover
2) other artists they cite as influences
3) other artists whom they have toured with
4) others on the same record label
5) past groups they may have come from previously

Then use google search on amazon or even blogs and other music sites for actual mp3s to sample for your tastes/likings.

Take an example
Zero7 remixed a song called "Up with People" from a obscure group called Lambchop and then Sia Fuller a singer who had toured with Zero7 in the past also performed the song on her own.
Up With People (Zero 7 Remix 2000)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3aIckdYZ4Y
Sia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84s2gkwDA_s

Lampchop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5MbsPqYhXs
Then I found another cool group called Calexico used a muscian from Lambchop to record and tour with. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zr8xcutLs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22lWrq1-XEE
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I bought a CD a couple days ago that changed my life a bit. Portishead- Roseland NYC.
Funny,because when I read the thread title,that's exactly what popped into my head.

Nirvana Unplugged is an awesome album,Ditto on anything Radiohead has recorded.
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