How Important Are Vocals To You?

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    Dec 10, 2014 6:15 AM GMT
    I appreciate the hell out of great vocalists. And i can appreciate the effort and years of training. But i much prefer vocals that are more on the rough side. I love and appreciate jazz and Opera type vocalists.

    But my bread & butter is punk and blues. I love the aggression and raw sound the men's voices give off. They sound like they look icon_lol.gif and whenever i was in a punk/metal/jazz band in high school. I played bass and i also sang. I always said ''I want my vocals to sound as ugly as i look''

    Are vocals important when you listen to your music? are you turned off from people who sound average or below average? what if they good lyrics though? but were shitty singers. I guess Bob Dylan is a good example of that icon_cool.gif
  • Deri245

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    Dec 10, 2014 4:50 PM GMT
    I love vocals and lyrics more than the music I sing and write as a hobby im no Micheal jackson haha I have stuff @ soundcloud.com/dcommodore & reverbnation.com/derrickcommodore
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    Dec 10, 2014 7:18 PM GMT
    It boils down to technical expertise for me. You can tell if someone is a student of their instrument (whether it be voice or piano or guitar etc.) I would rather hear someone sing (or play) who perfects their instrument but isn't as naturally gifted than to hear someone who has natural talent but has taken no initiative to perfect their talent.
    As to the mention of Bob Dylan....it's one thing to be a great lyricist...and another one to be a great singer. One doesn't make the other.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 10, 2014 8:51 PM GMT
    I like both vocal (including choral) and instrumental music, and the combination of the two. I especially like opera.
  • Kairr

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    Dec 10, 2014 11:10 PM GMT
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  • stratavos

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    Dec 11, 2014 12:10 AM GMT
    unless it's an instrumental piece, vocals matter to me.
  • tj85016

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    Dec 11, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    I love good harmony bands like The Eagles, Alice in Chains, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Def Leopard, even Zeppelin
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    Dec 11, 2014 1:10 AM GMT
    It's kind of important. Lol, seems like I always like *Girly, high-pitched male singers or boy bands. LOL Latest examples Adam levine, 1-D and Justin Timberlake. BUt if he's cute and can dance, I could care less if he can sing. icon_redface.gificon_eek.gificon_lol.gif
  • Trevor_B

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    Dec 11, 2014 1:59 AM GMT
    Definitely on the bandwagon that prefers vocals. My favorite to sing and listen to are super tight harmonies. Kind of makes you melt a little. icon_razz.gif
  • BloodFlame

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    Dec 11, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    Vocals can be a really big deal to me. It depends on the style of music I'm listening to. Like for example. I'm pretty wide arranged with male singers. When it comes to rock, as long as they don't have that "whiny" kind of voice you hear in a lot of mainstream, modern bands today, I don't mind. The only whiny voice I don't mind is Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. But other than him, it's very hard for me to get into that kind of style of singing.

    When it comes to female fronted rock, I generally only like either hard, aggressive, and gritty vocals (Die So Fluid, L7, Hole, PJ Harvey, etc.) or sensual/sultry/seductive voices (Garbage, Elysian Fields, Helium, etc.). I usually avoid the pop-type voices like say, Paramore. I used to like them when I was in middle school but the effect wore off when I found other bands. However, I couldn't help but notice that a lot of newer mainstream female bands started emulating the same alternative pop voice Hayley Williams of Paramore had. So it's pretty hard for me to get into newer female fronted bands.

    Rock aside, I love jazz/swing type voices from both sides. Postmodern Jukebox, a modern vintage revival band is one of the best discoveries I've come across recently. They do swing/jazz covers on mainstream songs and in my opinion, do them a lot more justice since I can't stand the usual top 40 music being played on the radio.

    I also like opera singing too.

    Pop, it varies but I'm more a fan of older pop from the 90s to early 2000s.

    The only thing that turns me off from a pop musician is if they suck singing live. It kind of kills the mood for me if that makes sense.
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    Dec 11, 2014 5:35 AM GMT
    Although we can love the sound of a particular instrument the human voice has a greater effect on us when it comes to emotional and idiomatic expression. And that's not because of the words. A good example is the aria (Cantilena) of the Bachiana no. 5 which has no words whatsoever. I risk to say that the lyrics are not that important. Have you never listened to a song sung in a language you don't know but still were thrilled by it? Music is language itself and communicates just as fine as spoken languages.

    I don't think that the way someone sounds when singing has to match their personality. In fact, a lot of extreme metal vocalists are the sweetest persons. I see it like they are actors/actresses.

    That's why I like good opera singers so much. Like there's no possible way to not get goosebumps when listening to Callas. She totally mastered the technique and musicality. Genius.
  • secondstartot...

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    Dec 11, 2014 9:54 AM GMT
    Vocals/voice is everything to me ! - I love the rich androgynous sounds of an Alto - I keep going back to these two vocalists

    Hilary Summers

    This is a recording of a live performance of "If" from "The Diary of Anne Frank". music by Michael Nyman



    and the most heartbreaking voice of all Antony Hegarty who has written plenty original songs ... however in this cover of Beyonce's Crazy in Love ...the power of Antony's voice is simply profound

  • verskinky4u

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    Dec 11, 2014 9:52 PM GMT
    Very since I am a vocalist.
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    Dec 12, 2014 7:21 AM GMT
    The vocals that impress me the most are the ones who can sing either acapella or unplugged. I find it extremely annoying listening to vocals that hide behind a synthesizer. There's too much of that crap playing on the radio!