Sunday, May 26, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Lana Del Rey

Vocal Range: B2 - F5 - E6 (G6)
Voice Type: Dugazon (3 octaves 2 notes and a semi-tone)
Vocal Rating: B-List
Recommended Listenings: Born To Die, Video Games

Positives: Lana has adopted a unique style of phrasing, combined with her unique vocal type, that makes her voice instantly recognizable. Her voice compliments her darker musical styling, but can also adopt a much happier style (Compare Born To Die to Off To the Races).

Her low notes are her most identifiable feature, developing an impressive lower register. The notes are full of weight, are dark, and carry a slight smoky wisp to them. 

Her midrange brightens and it ascends, gaining a youthful timbre, compared to her dark lower register. She rarely uses her upper chest voice (B4-E5), instead she opts for her head voice. The head voice is incredibly light, and is usually achieved with an airy texture, though they can be solidified. Overall her voice starts off very dark at the bottom, before becoming remarkably bright at the top.

Negatives:Though her phrasing is unique, it can percieved as 'hollow' or 'icy.' Her live performances have drawn heavy criticism for being unpolished in terms of phrasing and intonation. Del Rey also tends to slide into and out of her phrases, creating fluctuations in intonation. Lower notes are also occasionally forced.

B2-D6 (Eb6)

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