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I visited YouTube, and listened to some of the tracks in full.

What happened to her voice? And even more importantly, her hearing? The production is awful, it muffles her voice, certainly she would have been able to notice it otherwise. It's worse because these are rerecordings, not demos, at least if they were demos the lack of quality might of been more excusable.

Most of the reviews for this album, I've noticed, are misleading, because she has managed to make her music boring, and I hope to whatever deities in the sky out there that this isn't an indication for the direction of the new album she is working on now. It's not something I'd even buy used or download off a bittorrent, I am that disappointed.

Date: 2011-06-16 01:35 am (UTC)
youngsoulrebel: (Breakfast of Champions)
From: [personal profile] youngsoulrebel
What happened to her voice?

She's 52? She really doesn't sound any different from how she did on Aerial, and that was only six years ago. Even women's vocal chords thicken with age, and she really does sound pretty good. It's actually kind of an oddity that PJ Harvey can still find a trill-y soprano range at her age (as evidenced by Let England Shake), and she's considerably younger than Ms. Bush.

I'm also really intrigued by the stripped-down, often jazzy instrumentation on a lot of the stuff re-worked on Director's Cut; the only complaint I really have is that I'm unclear on the concept or intent with the songs to be re-worked in these ways — except "Flower of the Mountain [The Sensual World]", which is the way she wanted it to be from the beginning.

She's also admittedly not a perfectionist; she thrives on her mistakes, or rather "happy accidents" (she freely admits that she had no idea what the word "Babooshka" meant when she wrote the song, only later learning that in Russian, it meant "grandmother" and in North Amerikan English, is used to refer to the head scarves worn by Eastern European women, accidentally giving the song some intriguing symbolism), and is apparently happy enough with the outcome of these songs.

Re: I blame smoking more than age

Date: 2011-06-16 04:52 am (UTC)
youngsoulrebel: self-portrait 12-2010 (Default)
From: [personal profile] youngsoulrebel
I disagree, I think the strength is there, when necessary — as in "the Red Shoes".

Re: I blame smoking more than age

Date: 2011-06-16 05:02 am (UTC)
youngsoulrebel: self-portrait 12-2010 (Default)
From: [personal profile] youngsoulrebel
Also, the physical act of singing is mostly about diaphragm control. I mean, Bruce Dickenson and Freddie Mercury are/were both smokers — and both clearly have the necessary control to put awesome power behind their voices. Yeah, Innuendo wasn't some of Mercury's best vocal recordings, where serious singing power is concerned, but consider that he had full-blown AIDS when it was being recorded, and that alone explains it better than his smoking.


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