Saturday, January 26, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Beyonce

Range: F#2 - G#5 - F6 (D7)
Longest Note: 14 seconds
Vocal Type: Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano (4 Octaves)
Vocal Rating: Star
Recommended Listenings: I Care, Halo, Dangerously in Love

Vocal acrobat, being able to sing long and complex melismas and vocal runs effortlessly, and in key. Excellent trills that are achieved with no breaks. Her breath control allows her to dance while singing without sounding tired. Her grunts are growls are achieved without damaging technique. A great staccato singer.

She can hold notes for extended periods with or without vibrato, and without wavering in pitch. The vibrato is well controlled, and gives the 3rd lung illusion. Excellent dynamic control, perfect crescendos that don't get loud too fast or too slow.

Able to flip through each register effortlessly, and maintains agility to every note. Her lower notes are slightly smokey, and extend well into the 2nd octave. Her belts are well supported and mixable, and maintains a bright and powerful ring up to Eb5. The head voice is thick and operatic.

Upper belts can be perceived as shouting, and can also sound shrill without vibrato in early years. The voice loses some clarity in lower notes in live settings, while Beyoncé has become reliant on growling her upper belts recently. Her lack of unique tone leads some to brand her as "boring," though this characteristic is subjective.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Live Review: Beyoncé - Star Spangled Banner

Another great American talent, would be the one and only Beyoncé Knowles. The woman with the world class vibrato came back to solidfy her 2004 rendition of the national anthem at the Superbowl. This version was similar to the latter in most every way, most notably in the changed ending.

Live Review: Kelly Clarkson - My Country Tis of Thee

So we all know Kelly is one of America's greatest vocalists, so it's no surprise that she was selected to sing at Obama's 2nd Inauguration. Yet again it's no surprise that Kelly murdered, brought back to life and murdered again "My Country Tis of Thee."

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Track By Track Review: Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss

Carly Rae Jepsen, AKA 2012's "it" girl, dropped her debut American album in Mid-September. The album has been modestly successful so far, peaking at No.6 in the US and garnering 170,00 sales there.