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#1 of 125 Dave Poehlman

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Posted April 16 2002 - 04:08 AM

I just realized I prefer to listen to female vocalists rather than male. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Posted Image

I enjoy Bjork, Frente, Shannon Curfman (sp?), Cibo Matto and other bands with female lead singers.

I think it's because I feel that the singer is singing to me rather than expressing something I am feeling. And I guess I prefer women singing to me over guys.

Not that I don't listen to guy singers.. I enjoy my Paolo Conte, Jimmy Buffet, John Hiatt, Buddy Guy...

It's just when I am putting together a compilation to listen to in the car... I tend to put more female singers than male on there.

Does anyone else do this?

#2 of 125 Evan S

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Posted April 16 2002 - 04:27 AM

I much prefer female singers to male ones. I think in my collection, I have very few disks by male solo artists (Sting, Billy Joel, Elton John, Eric Clapton come to mind, but these are the "biggies").

On the other hand, I have almost the complete collections by Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Shelby Lynne, Diana Krall, etc.

I think the female voice is more soothing, and I have yet to find an audio system that doesn't sound better when playing a female vocalist.

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Posted April 16 2002 - 04:54 AM

I went through a whole phase a few years ago where I was getting anything I could get my hands on that had female singers. Here are some of the gems from that period.

- The Cranberries
- Bjork
- The Sundays
- The Darling Buds(second album Erotica, not first)
- Liz Phair

There are more but they elude me at the moment. When I remember them I'll update this list.

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Posted April 16 2002 - 05:18 AM

Yes, i prefer women rockers mroe than their counterparts.

my list:

Liz Phair
Karen Carpenter
live on release
Jann Arden
Alanis M.
Garbage
Scratching Post
etc etc etc

I'm currently still in the middle of this 'Shakira' craze.
I just can't get enough of her! Can't wait for her new unplugged DVD to come out!

I never really realized that i had a preference for women artists until my friend comlained why almost all my songs in my computer are by women artists.

#5 of 125 Adam Lenhardt

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Posted April 16 2002 - 05:19 AM

Strange. I listen to almost entirely male singers.

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Posted April 16 2002 - 05:30 AM

I find myself doing that more on metal discs. The problem I have had is that all the male metal singers begin to sound all the same. So, I've gotten into bands like:

Nightwish
The Gathering
After Forever
Within Temptation
Lacuna Coil

and on and on...

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#7 of 125 Jimmy Nugent

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Posted April 16 2002 - 06:16 AM

Kate Bush,
Natalie Merchant,
Toni Childs,
Tanita Tikaram,
Karen Peris of Innocence Mission,
Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl,
Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins,
Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees,
Tori Amos,
Bjork,
Sarah Mclachlan,
Sheryl Crow,
Sade,
Sinead O'Connor,
Shiela Chandra,
Cibo Matto,
Alanis Morissette,
Annie Lennox
and last but not least... prince

Yes- I believe I do prefer female vocalists.

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#8 of 125 Lee Scoggins

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Posted April 16 2002 - 08:59 AM

Dave,

For a great folk singer, try Rebecca Pidgeon: The Raven or The Four Marys on Chesky Records. Great performances, great sound.

I also like the new quasi-Jazz styling of Norah Jones on Blue Note. Beautiful voice.

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#9 of 125 Matt Heebner

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Posted April 16 2002 - 09:46 AM

I also seem to always have more female vocalists in my CD player than anything else. I also seem more "drawn" to female singers as well. For example, I was checking out new speakers the other day, and heard the salesguy put on Patricia Barber's Companion...and I instantly liked what I was hearing. So much in fact I bought the CD.
After work during the week, I'll sit on the couch with a beer and listen to all of Natalie Merchant CD's, and even some Sarah Mclachlan too.
Even different genre's do not affect my "attraction" to the female voice. DirecTv had a Music In High Places series on some time ago with LeAnn Rhimes (sp?) and I absolutly loved her singing in that even though I am not a country fan.
My friends always say that I am a sucker for the female voice. It sure seems that I prefer a woman singing to a man.

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Posted April 16 2002 - 11:13 AM

Nine posts about female vocalists and no mentions of either PJ Harvey or Joni Mitchell? Posted Image

I like a few of Debbie Harry's (Blondie) songs, too.

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#11 of 125 Martin Fontaine

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Posted April 16 2002 - 02:18 PM

Me, it's actually my first criteria for music. They have to be girls.

Alisha's Attic, Tori Amos, Melanie Doane, Natalie Imbruglis, Lene Marlin, Maren Ord, Michelle Branch, Damhnait Doyle, Tegan & Sara to name a few... ALL girls!

If I were to listen to male artists, I would most likely use the "Male To Female" effect on my SoundBlaster Live!
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Posted April 16 2002 - 02:20 PM

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab returns with Patricia Barber at the end of April. All in Super Audio.

If you like female vocals, this looks promising.

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#13 of 125 Justin Doring

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Posted April 16 2002 - 02:42 PM

I also prefer to listen to female vocalists, as I find them more soothing, but I do have a fair number of male vocalists in my collection (Sting, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Dean Martin, Ben Folds).

I'd also like to second the recommendation of Rebecca Pidgeon on the audiophile label Chesky. She writes great songs, has a beautiful and pure voice, and she's easy on the eyes too!
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#14 of 125 Marc Colella

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Posted April 16 2002 - 03:09 PM

I've been listening to alot more female singers than male lately.

I'm currently enjoying female artists such as Fiona Apple, Sarah Mclachlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monheit, Amanda Marshall, Jan Arden, and Diana Krall.

Funny that 4 of these females are Canadian.

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Posted April 16 2002 - 03:32 PM

I've been enjoying Norah Jones, Casey Chambers & Bonnie Raitt lately...
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#16 of 125 John Garcia

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Posted April 16 2002 - 03:48 PM

Quote:
Kate Bush,
Natalie Merchant,
Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl,
Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins,
Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees,
Tori Amos,
Bjork,
Sarah Mclachlan,
Sheryl Crow,
Sade,
Sinead O'Connor,
Alanis Morissette,
Annie Lennox
*

Great list *I removed the ones I was not familiar with.

I have basically everything publicly released by Sarah McLachlan, and some of her fan club stuff, singles, etc...

Most of Tori's albums. All of them are very good.

Always loved Siouxsie, EBTG and Bjork (even with the Sugarcubes)

To those I would add (some have been mentioned in other posts):

Natalie Imbruglia,
Dido,
Aimee Mann,
Diana Krall,
Blondie,
Fiona Apple,
Sundays,
Shawn Colvin,

more I'm sure...
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#17 of 125 Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

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Posted April 16 2002 - 11:50 PM

All y'all should give Sam Phillips a listen.
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#18 of 125 James RD

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Posted April 17 2002 - 12:11 AM

I'll add Alison Krauss.

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Posted April 17 2002 - 12:14 AM

Count me in for preferring female vocalists. I have a few male vocalist with distinctive voices in my CD collection, but most male vocalists just don't get me involved in the songs/music like female vocalists do. Plus females have more range and can do more with songs.
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Posted April 17 2002 - 12:56 AM

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Plus females have more range and can do more with songs.

???

You mean more high range, I assume, since I know very few female vocalists who can stretch down into a baritone.

As for "doing more with songs," I'm not quite sure what that means. Is the Y chromosome somehow an impediment to artistic expression? Many of my favorite singers and songwriters are women (Sam Phillips, Jane Kelly Williams, Cindy Morgan, Sheryl Crow, Jane Siberry, Fiona Apple), but they have no more or less intrinsic artistic value by virtue of their femaleness than my favorite male artists (Joe Jackson, Bruce Cockburn, Peter Gabriel, Rich Mullins, T-Bone Burnett, Pete Townshend) do.

It's all about the songs, y'all.

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