Wednesday, 22 November 2017

When the Rasp is Right! Kelly Clarskson @ AMAs 2017



Post by: Diva Devotee
Kelly Clarkson has got raspy as hell lately, but I love It.

Why the love for her edge, and not Ms. Aguilera's? Quite simply, Christina sounds strained AF, losing volume, fullness and support when attacking her notes. All poor choices that could end up with the voice cracking. It makes watching her sing live anxiety inducing. And i have enough reasons to be anxious without Xtina adding to them.

Pink Slays Erryone @ 2017 American Music Awards


Post by: Diva Devotee
Pink is awesome.

Long time fan, almost everything the Diva has released has got a hand waving in the air 'yaaaaas!'. However, Beautiful Trauma's lead single, What About Us, surprisingly failed to land with me. Empowering lyrics, rousing vocals and a building production, it should have been a win, hyping me up for the new album. The opposite in fact happened- I could not care less about the upcoming era.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Christina Aguilera Has An Ugly Tone. There, I said it.



Post by: Diva Devotee
Can we finally admit that Christina Aguilera manufactured, Kermit tone is ugly? I've always known it, and I'm pretty sure I've mentioned a preference for her natural voice. However I don't think I've explicitly called it ugly before. So there you are, cards on the table.

What am I talking about, exactly? Let's use yesterday's (not the best) tribute to the glorious Whitney Houston at the American Music Awards to illustrate. The Voice I'm alluding to rears its fat head during the first verse of I Will Always Love You. Prior to that, though pitchy and not keeping time with the instrumentation*- both issues continue throughout- her voice was more naturally placed. The tone here was beautiful, lighter, youthful and sweet. It only made the off-putting sound that followed more startling. And to those who think this Kermit tone is not produced through dubious methods, note the spoken parts she interjects the medleys with. They are of a lighter timbre that is much more akin to her true voice.

Friday, 10 November 2017

JOJO - Fuller Soprano or Higher Mezzo-Soprano?


Post by: Montrez Rambo

Jojo is one of those singers that comes along and makes people turn their heads, Not only are untrained ears piqued by her vocals, but those with a vocal background also fawn over her abilities. She has a bright and coppery timbre, robust lower register, sizeable lower middle, bright and sheer upper middle and a rich upper register.

But what is her voice class though? Soprano has been tossed around as many a time as mezzo-soprano has. There's one performance that is tell-tale... Who's Loving you, Smokie Robinson tribute.

Kimbra - Everybody Knows


Post by: Montrez Rambo

Kimbra's releasing new music again! That meant I had to stop whatever I was doing and pay attention to see what was released. And Everybody Knows is interesting.

The music video is simple, Kimbra standing in a field being choked out by a California king sized top sheet for a bed... cool, she's weird like that. She looked gorgeous while doing it though. I'll have to watch the behind the scenes to get it because the meaning went completely over my head.

[MUSIC VIDEO] Jazmine Sullivan X Bryson Tiller - Insecure



Post by: Montrez Rambo

"I'm a lady not a slave... you my n*gga not my master, I'll escape"...

Jazmine Sullivan is really coming into her own with the lyrics in new collaboration Insecure. Bryson is also on the song but we're gonna politely ignore him because... yeah, we just are.

[LIVE] Niia ft. Jazmine Sullivan - Sideline


Post by: Montrez Rambo

I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for the Niia and Jazmine Sullivan to perform Sideline live (Even if it was pre-recorded).

The visuals were nice, but this wasn't as perfect as I'd hoped.

I'll talk about what I liked first: Jazmine's short wig is my favourite piece of hair in her collection. Her overall outfit was nice. Niia too looked great with her French braid. The camera work and scene changes, when they were alone in the studio, were also nice.