Thursday, December 20, 2012

Top 10 Best Pop Songs of 2012

These are the best pop SINGLES of 2012. Album only cuts weren't considered, I might make a post for those guys only. And the winners are:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Vocal Range and Profile: Katy Perry

Range: D3 - A5 - G#6 (C#7)
Vocal Type: Light-Lyric Soprano (3 octaves 3 notes and a semi-tone)
Vocal Rating: C-
Recommended Listenings: Thinking of You, Who Am I Living For, Teenage Dream

Instantly recognizable voice, that carries a slight rasp and airiness in the mid-range. Dark low notes that have become better supported over time, reaching D3s. Solid, fairly resonant belts that can be placed in or out of the throat for emotional leverage (see Roar). A warm falsetto that Perry has no issues staying in for extended periods of time is the highlight of the voice.

Impeccable tendency to become pitchy or off key. The voice can especially in live settings, become nasal. Her live vocals are usually off key on Televised performances, which could suggest nerves, for her touring vocals are significantly better, especially in the belting department. Most belts lack vibrato. Melismas sound unpolished and go off key. Her vocals can also be perceived as "icy."



Vocal Range and Profile: Sara Bareilles

Range: C3 - G5 - E6
Longest Note: 15 seconds
Vocal Type: Lyric Mezzo-Soprano (3 octaves, 2 notes)
Vocal Rating: A
Recommended Listenings: Gravity, Lie To Me, Brave

Positives: Very well supported and placed low notes, which have a smokey texture. Though she has forced at the extremes (C#3 in Cassiopeia) and weaker than the rest of the range, this area is still dark and pleasant. 

Her midrange is placed very well, being clean, supported and rasp-less. This area is where she displays melismatic control, and broadway-esque brightness.

Her belts are sturdy with the pitch rarely wavering, and shows Bareilles's control. Though her mid-belts (G4-C5) are chesty and where she finds her "ring," she employs a heady mix above F5, removing any force.

Bareilles is able to transition from belt to head voice with ease, with this area being flawlessly connected to her chest voice(see Gravity). Her head voice is warm, full and feminine. Her falsetto (Bright Lights and Cityscapes), is airy and light.

Sara can sing legato lines beautifully and with ease. Exceptional vibrato which can be applied from the top of the range to the very bottom. Her melismatic control is major plus, and she does not overuse the technique. Her delivery and phrasing is versatile, and always considerate to the nature of the music (The Waitress). Solid dynamic control as well.

The voice at some points can become nasal or shrill. Belts at D5 and above become coarser and thinner, staccato passages also pose a problem.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Track By Track Review: Kesha - Warrior

Kesha's second studio album was released December 4th. It's the follow up to her #1 album, Animal, and it's successive EP, Cannibal.