Katie Melua has been mentioned probably more than once on here. ;-)
Edited by Br777 - 1/13/12 at 7:54pm
Cool! Thanks for sharing! I've never heard of Crooked Still before.
If you like this, and you haven't listened to Heather Masse's "Bird Song" album - you should, for I would call it the exactly same style.
Thanks, and I agree! If you go back a view posts in this thread, you'll see that posted (although not by me).
It so happens that because of the posts in this thread, I ordered 3 CDs last week, which I've been listening to all weekend on my J3:
* Heather Masse - 'Birdsong' (nice album but I find I actually prefer her live performances of the same songs, on Youtube! - really like her live performance of 'Hollywood' on YouTube, too)
* The Wailin' Jennys - '40 Days' (again, a nice album, worth the purchase price)
* Ruth Moody - 'The Garden' (Oh, wow, what a lovely album! SOOO laid-back, melodic, mellow. It's on repeat on my J3! Nothing spectacular or spectacularly original but simply a very pleasant, enjoyable album)
All 3 of the above albums are well-engineered and well-recorded.
Anyone who likes this kind of music should also check out Natalie Merchant's Tigerlily and Indigo Girls' '4.5' and 'Become You'.
Laurie Anderson is a genius and all, but I'd classify her more as a storyteller than a classic singer. Anyway...
A word of warning: Do not start going through this thread when it's getting kinda late.
(Don't ask how I know. You can thank me later.)
Let's see whether we can't contribute a few more names here.
It seems Johnette Napolitano wasn't exactly a household name earlier in this thread. Shame because she's a great rock vocalist with quite some pipes, which she lends to Concrete Blonde songs like this one:
Not bad at all considering this was 17 years on from when the song was recorded.
Staying in the realm of rock music but going back a bit further, those of you over the pond have probably not heard of Inga Rumpf and her soulful bluesy voice.
Speaking of things that are soulful, methinks the soul department is a little under-represented so far (which would be completely undeserved). So what about...
No wonder she was an inspiration to Kate Bush.
Or what about Chaka Khan?
Another fine voice from the other side of the pond:
This list probably is extremely incomplete even by the standards of extremely incomplete lists. Feel free to fill in the gaps.
Back in ol' Europe, let's head to bella Italia with singer Alice, who became known with pop songs such as
Per Elisa (1981) (which, in fact, is a reprise of Beethoven's Für Elise)
...though I generally prefer her later output with high-profile international contributors, such as 1989's Il sole nella pioggia, where this is from:
And finally, back to the UK for a bit of an oddball...
Sometimes described as a "toned down version of Diamanda Galás", she doesn't have the most ordinary voice but quite the range nonetheless. Her output ranges from experimental and cryptic to pop with biting political undertones, with all kinds of influences. A template for many modern-day indie artists.