[quote="LarryH, post:305, topic:2362"]The singer for Lake Street Dive does have a good singing voice. I do not like how she uses it. Granted, her style of pronunciation is popular among many singers today but I don’t care for it. For example how she sings the word “night.” The vowel sound in “night” is usually located in the middle of the mouth, she locates it somewhere behind her back teeth. To me it sounds terribly affected and overdone. And the way she (and many other singers today) emphasize the normally unaccented vowel sound in diphthongs (i.e. placing the emphasis on the long e sound at the end of the word “way”) sounds similarly phony. I’ll be glad when this fade in pop vocal performance passes. To me, that pronunciation style gets in the way of communicating the lyric. With her voice she should not need to resort to such vocal gimmicks to communicate the emotion of the song.
It seems to me that this is a fad that has struck predominantly female artists. I don’t get it.[/quote]
I notice some odd pronunciations. Eh, what the heck. It's all about experimenting. Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha, Mary J. Blige(the first and last from my hometown of Yonkers) also had odd phrasing, and unusual ways of saying things. Whether this girl holds up, who knows? She's pretty hot though, and that's a voice. Keep in mind, it's unaided by electronic wizardry. Recent tour had 4 shows in Boston. Not sure of the venue size, but we sold out 750 in Burlington, VT, 4 days before the show. Could've easily sold 2X the tickets but fire laws prevented it.
Funny you should mention Ella, one of my all time favorites. Listen to the comparison of Rachael Price and Ella Fitzgerald singing the same song. I'll take Ella's rendition any day. And maybe I am just used to listening to The First Lady of Song, but her pronounciations do not sound convoluted to me.
Rachael Price Sings Ella Fitzgerald - "Cheek To Cheek"
Ella Fitzgerald - Cheek To Cheek (High Quality - Remastered)
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.