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On Sarah McLachlan's "Fumbling Toawards Ecstacy" CD, there is a hidden version of "Possession" at the end of the song, "Fumbling Towards Ecstacy" where there is only Sarah's singing and a soft piano in the background. I think it's really cool and a good way to see how good the singer's pipes are. Amy Lee of Evanescence has a similar thing going on with "My Immortal," though there it is just more of an acoustic version of the electric song.

I am looking for more songs like these where a group/artist redoes a popular "electric" song in either unplugged fashion, or more bare bones. Any suggestions? I'm particularly interested in haunting or sultry female vocals. Thanks!
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I don't know of much "unplugged" stuff but as far as female vocals go, heres what I like:

Blonde Redhead
Portishead
Bjork
Deerhoof
Metric
post #3 of 161
Thread Starter 
I've never heard of Deerhoof or Metric. I'll check them out. Thanks.
post #4 of 161
Check out Poe
post #5 of 161
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Originally Posted by kpp80202 View Post
I've never heard of Deerhoof
That should be some interesting sultry female vocals for you.

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I can't think of many cover bands with great female lead singers. But as far as pared down Americana music where the female voice really shines, you might want to try Neko Case "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood".

Try "Hold On Hold On" on Myspace...

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...endID=79803584

her voice is god like.
post #6 of 161
I like these female vocalists too.

-Hooverphonic (especially the sit down and listen to album, which is soooo intense) Last FM
post #7 of 161
Thread Starter 
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That should be some interesting sultry female vocals for you.
I can't wait...
post #8 of 161
Madeleine Peyroux
Carla Bruni (Quelqu'un M'a dit)
Eliane Elias (Dreamer)
Nellie McKay
K.D. Lang
Tori Amos
Diana Krall

post #9 of 161
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Nellie McKay
x2 on this one. she's awesome.
post #10 of 161
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Originally Posted by kpp80202 View Post
Any suggestions? I'm particularly interested in haunting or sultry female vocals. Thanks!
Haunting:
Sister M. Keyrouz (sacred chant)
Nico (of Velvet Undergound fame -- her solo album from the 60's, but also a recent release of a live acoustic set from 1972 with Lou Reed and JOhn Cale)

Sultry:
[late] Billie Holliday

Haunting & Sultry:
Grace Slick (with the Great Society [pre JA band] and early JA albums)
Karen Dalton (folk)
post #11 of 161
Perhaps:

Celtic Woman
The Corrs
Billy Miles
Celine Dion
post #12 of 161
Nothing says sultry female vocals to me like Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields. She has a very distinct hushed and breathy delivery. She can also be heard doing vocals on "Cruel Sunlight" on Tweaker's 2 A.M. Wakeup Call.
post #13 of 161
Just some of my favorite bands with female artists in general:

Natalie Merchant/10,000 Maniacs
Hope Sandoval/Mazzy Star
Sinead O'Connor
Cowboy Junkies
Cranberries
Sundays
post #14 of 161
Thread Starter 
Looks like this is working--I really like several of the suggested artists (Natalie Merchant, Sinead, Tori Amos, etc.), but many are new. I appreciate the suggestions--keep 'em coming!
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