Archive for February, 2011

Christina’s Oversouling of the National Anthem

February 22, 2011

John Eskow wrote a spot-on piece for the Huffington Post on Christina Aguilera’s singing style. It’s entitled Christina Aguilera and the Hideous Cult of Oversouling. And Christina isn’t the only culprit. Here’s just one paragraph:

“This is the same grotesque style — 17 different notes for every vocal syllable — that has so dominated the pop and R&B charts for years. Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston are relatively minor offenders, but singers like Aguilera — who admittedly possesses a great instrument — just don’t seem to know when to stop, turning each song into an Olympic sport as they drain it of its implicit soul, as if running through the entire scale on every single word was somehow a token of sincerity.”

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