Originally Posted by marone
I really do not understand this and it has begun to bother me more the past few years. I live outside of my native country and people all over the world sing English language songs with more or less a non-accent.
Abba, Psy, Tata, Celine Dion, Aqua, Right Said Fred - all have another language besides English as their first language yet when they sing they sound neutral.
Country artists do not do this and this affectation sounds fake and forced to me, an obvious attempt to separate themselves from other types of music that use the Dmaj, Cmaj, Gmaj, Emaj, Amaj, Amin, Dmin, Emin chords. IOW it's a blatant attempt to distance themselves from 'city slickers'.
I was watching the Waylon Jennings live version of Drift Away and I simply don't get it. I can sing fairly well and I just sing...a neutral accent.
When I sing in English, French or Chinese. To sing 'country' I must force myself to affect an accent. This is very fake and forced.
Someone explain this to me because as someone who has owned ten's of thousands of lp's and CD's and mp3's I simply see no reason for this affection to exist.
I overall think it is a very weird question but why not.. Two of the artist that you pointed out, ABBA and Aqua both sings with a clear Scandinavian accent. Swedish and Danish, I know, since I speak both languages and I hear/recognize their accent it very well. Please PM me if you don't believe me.. Anyhow, the reason might also be that these two particular pop bands were trying too achieve world wide fame/recognition and otherwise they would have song in their Swedish/Danish language, which they actually did at one point or another.
Maybe the US country artists just wanted to sing the way they sounded as when speaking and didn't care much about the rest of the world and they did quite well by doing so. Why should they do it any differently?
Didn't British bands like the Jam/Clash/Blur/Oasis and many others use their local British accent, certainly not neutral English, whatever that is..