[quote=“LarryH, post:308, topic:2362”]I know I am in a minority, and I’m OK with that …but listen to one little word “to.” (around the 20 sec time mark in Ms. Price’s performance.) The way Ms. Price pronounces it the word becomes more important in the lyric than it should be, in my opinion, and her affected style draws attention to that one little word where it should not be the center of attention either in the the lyric or the melody.
One could argue that her stylistic interpretation is what sets her apart, and the unusual emphasis is part of that style, and I would have a hard time arguing against that. After all, Frank Sinatra played with phrasing a melody in a way that was unusual for his day and it is what made him great. So who am I to say doing something out of the ordinary is not acceptable. It is simply that her style sounds far too affected for my taste, and not natural. She is extremely talented and many people like what she does. Good for her. :)[/quote]
I didn’t mean to say she’s as good as Ella, nor Aretha or Mary J Blige, just that she experiments. My wife likes her yet she agrees with you, that it sounds affected. She doesn’t like it when white people do songs made famous by black people. She just thinks it sounds off, wrong, whatever. And she thinks this girl is fabulous, but like you, much prefers Ella’s version. My wife, who knows more about music than anyone I know well, in terms of knowing what works/sells, etc., got the tipoff for Lake St. Dive from a HS friend, and lifetime music industry veteran, who saw them in Nashville, at some big event. He thought they were best in show, and through Facebook, posted it. He claims he wrote Bette Midler’s speech for the Rock n Roll HOF induction of Laura Nyro back a year or two(worth watching). So, he’s pretty plugged in to what’s going on. It’ll be interesting to see how this band goes. But to be really big, they probably need to do some more hit songs of their own, or have songs written exclusively for them. I think they’ve written a couple, but haven’t checked.