Friday, 27 May 2011

[Vocal Profile] Florence Welch


Vocal Type: Mezzo-soprano
Vocal Range: 3 Octaves 1 note D3-E6
Whistle Register: No
Longest Note:24 Seconds (see end of final video below)
Vocal Strengths: Emotive voice that can go from warm cooing whispers to solid and defined in a heartbeat [How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful]. Florence Welch is capable of singing complex vocal runs, through the registers, and hold notes for periods of time without wavering in pitch or tone [Pearls and Noizies]. Ultimately, she is in possession of a strong individual vocal styling that has been called "soulful" "bluesy" and "powerful".

At its lowest, the voice is breathy and dark [Take Care]. However, the voice finds strength and volume as it climbs into the warm and comfortable midrange. As well as capable of excellent dynamics, the timbre of the voice is changeable, being able to be pitched anywhere from feminine, sweet and airy [Long And Lost]to androgynous, steely and dense [Which Witch]. As in all parts of the range, Florence is able to apply her speedy vibrato to dramatic effect [Spectrum].

The chest voice is elastic and never hoarse, with a characteristic free abandonment. The lower half of the belting range is full and thick [Only If For The Night], but as it rises it loses weight, taking on a slightly metallic colouring. It has a clean and incisive ring that carries right to its top, never sounding pushed or strained. The clarity and brightness of the voice helps it to rise above any surrounding instrumentation [Aretha Franklin Tribute].

Beautiful and versatile head voice that can be soft and light [Dog Days Are Over] or warm, rounded and of medium weight [Delilah]. The higher it becomes the more incisive and brighter it becomes [Example].

Vocal Weaknesses: Top chest notes,especially in a live setting, can sometimes sound uncontrolled due to the expressive nature of her performance style. The lowest notes are also weak when compared to the rest of the range.




Thoughts?


142 comments:

  1. flo has a wider range, look at this f.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GPb7AvoFWU

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  2. I don't think this is true, her voice is too powerful to sit at a mere 2 octaves.

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  3. She's an Alto, not a contralto?
    Who wrote this?

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  4. Contralto is right :)

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  5. the video you linked has a higher note by its end so i think her vocal range is larger than your description?

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  6. In Flo's newest single 'Shake It Out' her vocals are incredible! I can't wait to listen to Ceremonials now it's released.

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  7. Thanks I added that top note! :D

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  8. An alto is a choral term, I'm using vocal fachs on this site.

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  9. You should listen to the other new songs from her new album, they are amazing, and I think that she has enlarged her vocal range, at least on belts :)

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  10. flo hits a G#5 in head voice and Bb6 as an exclamation in the 53rd grammy's :D

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  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5uMLI094SQ
    look at this

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  12. I have a new vocal range video for her here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5uMLI094SQ

    Her range is D3 - F#5 - A6 

    TheTomimomi455 :)

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  13. She is definitely a mezzo soprano. Her low register isn't so strong like should be in contralto voice.

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  14. Why does the video see she a 3 octave range and your review says 2?

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  15. DD! Can you tell me where you found the C6 note!? (:

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  16. acho que ela é uma mezzo-contralto .. ou contralto colatura !! ela possui whistle register siim !! principalmente ao vivo ;; e acho que ela possui mais de 3oitavas, da pra perceber !!

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  17. I can't remember, it was a song from before she was famous.

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  18. The second video used notes some squeals and noises, which pushed the range higher. I don't usually use notes that aren't sung.

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  19. I think she is a very underrated vocalist. Her dynamic control of her voice i think is really what sets her above all the other contemporaries around her. I've never seen someone with as powerful a belt as hers and her lung capacity is incredible. When she performed at the V festival, she was belting and jumping and the quality hardly faltered. Now not a lot of artists can do that. A phenomenal songwriter, whose music i could listen to all day.

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  20. I think she at least reaches 3 octaves!

    Here's her live vocal range: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZw4ljUK5F4

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  21. I'd have to say she's an Alto.

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  22. I found her longest note (I think)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSYNgU0axKg&feature=related

    @2

    Her voice is amazing.

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  23. DD, can you please explain why she's classified as a contralto instead of a mezzo?

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  24. her vocal dynamics are incredible i would take her over adele anyday 
    adele is so overrated and florence is so underrated

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  25. The weight in her voice and dark timbre is what puts her into the contralto range. Her strength is in the middle register.

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  26. do you have a sample of her lowest note? because in that second video the lowest note I hear is E3, not D3. Unless they meant the breath she took before singing which technically doesn't count as a sung note since, well, it's not a note, lol.

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  27. I know it's a bit offtopic, but I wonder: what is/are your favourite track (or tracks) on Ceremonials?

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  28. I really like "Leave My Body" and "Never Let Me Go."

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  29. Are you talking about "Girl With One Eye?" Because that's where the first C6 was from; the second one was from "All This And Heaven Too."

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  30. A vocal negative could be her head voice live, is so thin and lacks of volume 

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  31. Bedroom Hymns, Leave My Body, Lover to Lover

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  32. The longest note i've heard her do is 17 seconds! See it in this video at the electric proms 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnzdVYvA768&feature=channel&list=UL - 2:38 - 2:55! 

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  33. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuqgT8_Kc7I&feature=channel&list=UL

    3:32 is her highest note.

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  34. The more I listen to her work the more I love her.
    Even though Ceremonials came out not too long ago I can't wait 'til her next release! I love her mid-range, it's so characterful, a nice round and powerful sound all the way to the top.

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  35. Have u seen her Aretha Franklin tribute???? Wtf she has well over 2 DAMN octaves.

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  36. I love Florence!! In comparison with her peers, I think she's drastically underrated. She's come quite a long way, vocally, since her debut (and I mean with Florrible & Misrabella), but her style and genius have never wavered.
    A NOTE TO FELLOW FLOWS: If you see this "bond007db9" jerk leaving his rude and nonsensical comments on any of her videos, ignore him and please REPORT him. The guy is a menace. Thanks.

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  37. What is displayed on this profile is one note away from being 3 octaves, and it's not the range that counts it's how you use it.

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  38. She is probably one of the best British exports at the moment in my opinion, fantastic voice, a fresh intriguing sound and she is also a lady, not a 'diva' in the negative sense...

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  39. i completely agree i think she is absolutely awesome

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  40. I see DD has voice types of at least 3 singers (Gaga, Florence, Joss Stone). What made you change you mind suddenly, Diva?

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  41. What do people think of the new single 'Spectrum' to be more precise the 'Calvin Harris' remix? I am usually the first to jump in support of a fellow Scottish artists work but I am unsure of how I feel about this, Flo's voice however never fails!!!


    http://youtu.be/SZhLrOghfTI

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  42. I love that song, addicted to it and feel this Calvin dude should be taken to the back of the shed and given a mild thrashing as a punishment for his thrashing of a great song. ;)
    I totally agree that her voice is the one thing not failing in that remix.

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  43. I agree, I only noticed the remix because Digital Spy have been raving about it like it was some kind of revolution in dance music, even some of the people commenting are saying its better than the original! I am just a little bewildered!

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  44. Phew!!! Glad to hear that bewilders you Stuey. That would be the reaction one would expect of a fan of Florence. ;)

    Though me...I am way more cynical and consequently less surprised. Especially after realizing what I just added to my original comment and generally think of most people into dance music anyway. ;D

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  45. I know right? I think its just the whole industry is flooded with generic dance music that caters to the weekend only, I could not imagine listening to all that stuff constantly!


    I agree with your statement above too, you would think that people who like her sound would match it with the general intellect of her symbolism or at least try to attune to it, being that she is a classy lady herself!

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  46. They just don't sound like contraltos to me. I'm not sure why i labelled them that in the first place. Sure, they could sing alto in a choir situation, but to call them a "contralto" doesn't seem realistic.

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  47. I'm loving "spectrum" and "never let me go" at the moment. but it is such a great album that my fav track changes from week to week.

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  48. She is without a doubt my favourite British female vocalist! The only one who I feel has an original vocal style, performance technique and a very intuitive writer. Love her!

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  49. Have you ever heard of Alison Goldfrapp and Annie Lennox? Both wonderful British acts with phenomenal voices and great lyrics.

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  50. I found a video that shows her range going up to A6.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5uMLI094SQ&feature=endscreen&NR=1

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  51. Her longest note is actually 21 seconds (from what I counted anyway) as shown in this video at 34:41 :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_o0WJzdzVQ

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  52. I'm upset that this was needed to get it to number 1 . It isn't a patch on the original.

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  53. Diva Devotee I've found Florence's longest note so far...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8hPPdxTNww&list=UU3-0MwuD1XOqh6U-uGBqQuA&index=9&feature=plcp
    At 1:30 she sustains a Bb3/B3 for 23 seconds :D

    Also, my Disqus account isn't working with your site for some odd reason :/

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  54. The song was absolutely awesome.

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  55. Diva I was wondering if you could put my video in with this profile? :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_-eKq2G8nM&feature=youtu.be

    Pretty please? :D

    Also, none of my disqus accounts will work with your site :/

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  56. *Diva Devotee

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  57. Sure thing!! Will add! I'm not sure why your disqus isn't working. Try again tmw, and if it doesn't work I'll email them.

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  58. Might be your browser causing the problem Serendipity.

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  59. I've managed to find out the problem, seems I had forgotten to verify my account by email address. Glad I got that all sorted out, now I can properly come for you and Stuey's top commenters positions ;D

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  60. Thanks so much!

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  61. I feel she will have to be edgy with her voice. Naturally she is an amazing singer with outstanding techniques and vocal styles. She made cover of Amy Winehouse's though it wasn't her style nor range she did an efficient job. I think that what's to love about her is how unexpected her voice can be. From airy and breathy yet defined to puncturing and solid in matter of seconds. She's by far the most versatile and unique performer I've seen today. I LOVE YOU FLORENCE WELCH MARRY ME

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  62. Here's the link to her cover on "Back to Back" by Amy WInehouse. Feel free to analyze and discuss!

    http://vimeo.com/36642507

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  63. Forgot to mention her clear and resonant head voice. She are perfectz <3

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  64. I'm a bit sad that there won't be any new material from Florence + The Machine until at least 2014. But I'm excited to see what will come in the future, even if it is a bit of a wait.

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  65. Yeah, that's kinda depressing but maybe we'll get lucky and they'll make a song for a movie, like "Breath of Life."

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  66. I don't think they will honestly, I think Florence may write songs during the year long hiatus but I don't think Florence + The Machine will be putting out any studio efforts.

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  67. Her live performance of Pearls and Roses has her at 34 seconds.

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  68. Florence has held a note for 34 for seconds in one of her performances of Pearls and Roses.

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  69. It's only 24 seconds long.

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  70. It's not that hard to sustain a note in the mid-range for that long :P

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  71. Welch possesses a contralto vocal range.[20]
    ^ Jones, Preston (02 May 2012). "Review: Florence and the Machine descends upon Dallas". DFW.com. Retrieved 24 July 2012.



    So what' is Florence?

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  72. Florence is a big voiced lyric mezzo soprano, she is very far from the contralto voice :P

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  73. I beg to differ. 24 seconds is something! Many people can't sustain a note more than 15 seconds or so. It takes training and serious awareness of one's body.

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  74. Agreed. I think Florence is mistyped as a contralto quite frequently because of her expressive, rich lower area. But she's definitely a mezzo-soprano to me.

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  75. Yes is a feat, seeing as most singers tap out in half that time when coming to sustaining notes. I was just kidding around a bit haha.

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  76. Florence's wikipedia data in regards to her range was changed by myself and is now stated correctly as mezzo, with reliable sourcing.

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  77. Thanks for seeing to this!

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  78. No problem, you should check out my other frequently edited pages...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_contraltos_in_non-classical_music

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mezzo-sopranos_in_non-classical_music

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mezzo-sopranos_in_non-classical_music



    if you have any suggestions for any names ect please let me know and I will try to find reliable source data and add them to the lists and personal profiles ;)

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  79. Okay, will do absolutely. Lalah Hathaway is a definite contralto for sure if you want to add her (sources will back this), Katy Perry is a mezzo not contralto as people say IMHO, and I'm still not sure why Leona is viewed as a mezzo (her voice shines in the head register, low notes are very iffy, and her voice is not weighty but steely IMHO, but these are quibbles. And Gaga is a mezzo, not contralto. That's all I can think of right this minute.

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  80. Sweet, I will note them down and trawl the net to see if I can get some info. Some might be hard to change such as Leona as she is catergorised by pretty solid sources. But Gaga and Perry however are not. Lalah is someone I totally forgot about lol again I will try to do some hunting there if poss :) thanks for the heads up dude! :)

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  81. No problem. Beloved Wiki editors deserve some kudos!

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  86. I've completely fallen in love with her, she's amazing!

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  90. I'd just like to ask. Does anyone know which notes she hits at these times of this video?

    1:09 and 4:04

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AllYPIBbhw

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  91. Both are very powerful F5s, especially the second.

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  94. Her voice has a dark mystical power. I think of her as a mythic Celtic high priestess

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  95. I love this woman to death. She's the perfect example of a true DIVA, has a natural talent, unique styling in terms of music, singing, fashion and has enough humility to work hard, making her heaven sent instrument sound even better, with incredible results.

    Her midrange has this church bell richness and power, then falls into crystal clear belts, that can maintain thickness or, what I enjoy more, brighten the tone in soulful yodel-like wailing (e.g. D5s in Strangeness and Charm) and then... there is the head voice, which reminds me of Kate Bush, cause whether it's full and piercing or whispery, carries the unusual, true songbird sound. And on top of all this, there's an amazing, tremendous vibrato, hich has been missing on charts since Miss Whitney Houston (ok, Bey has an amazing one too, but she approaches it in less noticeable way) and tasteful use of dynamics and melisma, connected to the song, instead of desire to show off.

    Now let's look at the diversity: variety of tones - from cool, slightly androgynous midrange of No Light to warm and soft ones in numerous acoustic gigs, then come the gospel/R&B inspired harmonies - very traditional in Leave My Body or the exact opposite in Spectrum and Rabbit Heart. To me, she combines the theatricality of Annie Lennox, raw passion and anger of Fiona Apple, with sheer joy of soul/gospel singers in a way that isn't taught and artificial, but convincing, just as much in gloomy Breaking Down, gothic Heavy in Your Arms, as it is in her empowering Shake it Out, Heartlines or great cover of You've Got The Love.

    After this little love letter to Flo and her Machine I feel licensed to write about some negatives I would add to this profile, just to be fair.

    1. Notes below F3 in live setting lack resonance and tend to sound tired and pushed, unlike the rest of her voice or are waaay too breathy (to the extreme fail - "low C" in Halo cover).
    2. Needs more control of her mix, especially for songs like Rabbit Heart and Spectrum, instead of lowering the whole chorus.
    3. She appears to srtuggle with pronunciation in head voice, due to those problematic vowels :P but also belting , e.g. "wEEE (are shining)" from Spectrum - she switches to HV.

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  96. LOL A FFF Flowery Florence Fan.
    Well done dude(dudette?), All your love and passion for Florence very well put to words.
    Wish I had that abilty. :-)

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  97. I love her voice. As someone said below her voice has this powerful mystic feel. It sounds ancient, medieval in a way. Which completely suits her music.

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  98. i would say she is clear dramatic mezzo tough, she posseses all atributes of one.

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  99. She has plenty of clarity and a very nimble vibrato but not quite the metallic tone.

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  100. ? i think she really has metallic tone in her voice, check out that long note in no light no light on brit awards, her voice is also quite cold.

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  101. I don't hear the metal, or the bight assosciated with the metal. Considering her tessitura, I'd more so say a dramatic soprano than lyric mezzo if she was any type of dramatic BTW.

    Listen to this song. This woman is a perfect example of a dramatic mezzo. She has huge voice, metallic color and a very strong bight. Listen to her "I" vowels and her glassandos to get a in depth look at her bight. IMHO, she has the strongest bight I've heard.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DA5TEEub8o

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  102. oh i love anastacia, one of my most favourite singers from youth :) tough i think she isn't dramatic mezzo :) well its quite possible Flo could be soprano too, as even her speaking voice is very light , also her high belts are part of voice that is most comfortable, her low notes dont have natural tone to me, so i also think now she is dramatic soprano :/ who knows :D

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  103. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zixflls232M She killed it here.

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  104. Okay, I really tried but I seriously cannot stand that rapper. A shame the percentage wasn't the other way around. More Florence and a whole lot less of the dude.
    And now I have to go and listen to some Anouk and Postman to get that dude out of my ears and memory...quick!!!

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  105. He's alright. I don't mind him though. I like the beat though.


    I think they're might be a back track on the last chorus though. Or some weird echo effect. I'm not sure. Still love it though.

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  106. Well, maybe it's just my ears but that guy's voice really grated on me.

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  107. Each to his own though. :)

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  108. Absolutely! I hope I didn't give any other impression? I was of course totally speaking about my taste and mine alone. :-)

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  109. Oh no you didn't. Just pointing out that we have different perspectives. Which is perfectly fine.

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  110. I realized after my typing that my "Oh no you didn't" sounded sassy when no sassiness was intended. LOL.

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  111. LOL I just took it literal. As a direct response to my direct question.

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  112. It's been a long time since I was in choir, but I find it odd that there isn't an article devoted to Altos. Is Alto simply a designation for the part in a choral work between Soprano and Tenor rather than a type of vocal range? Nobody actually identifies as an Alto? Gosh, I'm confused... I'm sure there's a better place for asking, but can anyone shed some light on this for me, please?

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  113. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_contraltos_in_non-classical_music

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  114. what is the type of technique she's using ? and how does she have that vibrato in her voice as if she's an electronic !!!!!!! btw she rocks !!!!

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  116. Personally, her performance when she did "Divas Live" was HORRIBLE - she does NOT have the weight to her voice to cover Annie Lennox! And compared to the rest of the vocalists that night, she was so out of her league.

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  117. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUM5ZGcuE1A At around 1:20 she hits a C6# then goes up to about a D6#/E6.

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  118. Really? I loved that cover.

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  119. I love 'Cosmic Love' 'Hardest of Hearts' & 'Never Let Me Go'

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  120. She doesn't really work well below D3 which you can see in her cover of halo

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  121. Top Ten Florence + The Machine songs
    1. What the Water Gave Me
    2. Over the Love
    3. Addicted to Love
    4. Shake it Out
    5. No Light, No Light
    6. Heavy in Your Arms
    7. Seven Devils
    8. You've Got the Love
    9. Cosmic Love
    10. Dog Days Are Over

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  122. Samuel Hinchliffe12 April 2014 at 18:07

    " I've never seen someone with as powerful a belt as hers and her lung capacity is incredible"

    Try Floor Jansen.

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  123. Some people overrate her actually. My ex claimed that she is better than Babs. Yeah, right, in what universe?

    But Flo is really good, not the best, but very good. ) There are plenty of more powerful belters though

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  124. HauntinglyHollow25 May 2014 at 00:30

    Totally agree with the weakness, she has a great voice, but sometimes her belts live sound uncontrolled, she should use less vibrato. But this the only negative thing i can find on her voice, she has such a good voice !

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  125. Illuminescence7 June 2014 at 01:34

    Personally, her new song in The Great Gatsby has proved that she's a mezzo. I think people just categorized her as a contralto because of the lack of the area of her range she showed in Over The Love.

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  126. Florence has such an incredible voice! Please update her profile!
    - The range is wide, she hit easily F6 or F#6
    - She has moooooore positives
    Please update!

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  127. Please update this profile! She has more positives!

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