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    What is your opinion on the vocal capabilities of the majority of rock groups? IMO, because they are not properly trained much more than half the time, they use their vocal chords improperly and are pitchy and just poor vocalists.

    What they do have going for them is that they often sing with a lot of heart and passion, and while I love soul in music, I prefer when it's combined with good technique.

    This is one big reason amongst others that I have been slowly moving away from rock and more into classical.

    There are certainly still some rock songs I like, but the only artist I still follow is Rufus Wainwright, which I've said in many threads.

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    As long as they sing with passion and get the music across well, I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    As long as they sing with passion and get the music across well, I like it.
    They do do that, certainly! Most of them, at least.

    Can we all agree Freddie Mercury is the best singer in rock music, technically speaking?

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    I've also always felt Michael Jackson sang more from his heart than with technique which is odd for a pop star. I never found his voice to be on the same level, technically, as other pop stars.

    But boy did he have energy and passion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    As long as they sing with passion and get the music across well, I like it.
    But there are some vocalists I really can't stand: Michael Stipe, the guy from Radiohead, from the Flaming Lips, from the Buzzcocks, from Neutral Milk Hotel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    But there are some vocalists I really can't stand: Michael Stipe, the guy from Radiohead, from the Flaming Lips, from the Buzzcocks, from Neutral Milk Hotel
    Wayne Coin of the Flaming Lips is truly horrid. Thom Yorke of Radiohead is hit or miss, when he is on, I really love it, but this isn't the majority of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I've also always felt Michael Jackson sang more from his heart than with technique which is odd for a pop star. I never found his voice to be on the same level, technically, as other pop stars.

    But boy did he have energy and passion.
    Michael Jackson had a unique voice. I love his singing. I don't like Freddie Mercury at all, but it may be the material rather than he singing.
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    Personally there is a lot of Opera I don't like hearing, which has a lot of show off moments especially by Puccini. Plus I hate O Sole Mio, which they play the Pavarotti version on the radio often. I find the music with a lot of show off moments to be really vulgar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Michael Jackson had a unique voice. I love his singing. I don't like Freddie Mercury at all, but it may be the material rather than he singing.
    I'm not a Queen fan either, but I do acknowledge the man can sing like no other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Personally there is a lot of Opera I don't like hearing, which has a lot of show off moments especially by Puccini. Plus I hate O Sole Mio, which they play the Pavarotti version on the radio often. I find the music with a lot of show off moments to be really vulgar.
    That's kind of why I am not really huge into Rachmaninoff or Liszt.

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    Lennon knew his voice was awful, even. He was right not to like it, haha!

    I do kind of mean that, though, but certainly he wasn't hurting financially.

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    If we started to list the rock singers with less-than-perfect, or outright "bad" voices, we would be listing a huge number, a huge percentage, of the most loved, admired, revered names in the genre. Rock is not about technically great or smooth or polished voices. Neither is The Blues. Neither is cante flamenco. Sometimes you get singers with great voices, but the material and their delivery of that material must carry the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    If we started to list the rock singers with less-than-perfect, or outright "bad" voices, we would be listing a huge number, a huge percentage, of the most loved, admired, revered names in the genre. Rock is not about technically great or smooth or polished voices. Neither is The Blues. Neither is cante flamenco. Sometimes you get singers with great voices, but the material and their delivery of that material must carry the weight.
    I get it, I just don't like it.

    I think Paul Mcartney is great singer, though.

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    Traditionally, Rock music is anarchic (or some variation of), so most of its vocalists are going to sound un-polished, gritty, and so forth. Raw emotion, "living" the music is what one tends to be listening to in this regard, not technical polish. Of course, there are several subgenres of Rock that arent in the anarchic mold, far from it. Over time, Rock has assimilated and included pretty much all/most other genres of music.
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    The rock singers that sing well in your opinion (Freddy Mercury and Paul McCartney) seem to be the singers I least like in rock.

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