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Thread started 11/14/20 1:45pm

hollywood0024

What do you think about Madonna as a singer?

Your thoughts on her voice?
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Reply #1 posted 11/14/20 2:52pm

datdude

not annoying, nothing to write home about either. she's done quite well with it. mediocre

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Reply #2 posted 11/14/20 9:55pm

TrivialPursuit

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Some albums have showcased whatever voice she has better than others. I think she sounded good on Erotica and Like A Prayer, but still juvenile at times on Like A Virgin. Madonna sounded youthful, trying, just putting it out there.

Erotica used rougher takes of her vocals, which worked against the more street vibe mix on the record. Lotta grit, purposeful lack of refinement.

I think her voice improved going into Bedtime Stories but still reminded me of Erotica. She had a great vocal coach for EVITA, and that certainly worked for her on Ray of Light. She soars on the title track, "Candy Perfume Girl," "Little Star," and "Drowned World." I think she sounds great on Confessions on a Dance Floor too. Strong album, good vocals.

I think she got a little comfortable after ROL and I'm not sure she continued any coaching or help with Music and beyond. She also loves to manipulate her voice on record (she's stated as much), and does it a lot on albums like MDNA, Rebel Heart or Madame X.

I hated her voice and the whole record of American Life. I dismiss it overall in her discography.

She is who she is. Frankly, I think Miley Cyrus's voice is worse. (Just as a comparison to someone newer.) I can't stand the tone or her inflections. It irks me to hear her speak, much less sing. Can she carry a tune? Probably. But Madonna, not even coming from a music family, pulls off her songs better than Cyrus.

As a singer, she's slightly above mediocre. She's improved over the years. Her tone has changed a bit, her approach to vocals are totally different. I'm sure she uses some autotune. Many do so she's not unique in that. It takes out a lot of vibrato and other uniqueness in people's singing. But with folks like Madonna, you aren't buying that album the way you are a Celine Dion, Basia, or Linda Eder album. You're buying it because she's Madonna with (mostly) good producers.

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Reply #3 posted 11/14/20 10:38pm

alphastreet

I find her voice comforting and familiar cause of being a lifelong fan
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Reply #4 posted 11/15/20 12:26am

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American Life was, by far, his best album since Like A Prayer.
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Reply #5 posted 11/15/20 4:22am

Dalia11

She is not an Opera Singer! Haters, haters, hatets!

In my opinion, she is a great singer! I have been a fan since 1987!
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Reply #6 posted 11/15/20 5:26am

BlueShakooo

I'm not a fan, but always liked and appreciated her.
When you hear her voice you immediately recognize her, which is good.
She's not the greatest singer, but the songs she sang always fitted perfectly with her abilities, it always sounded good IMO.
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Reply #7 posted 11/15/20 9:44am

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What she lacks in technical skills she more than makes up for with raw emotion. Up until that last few years, where she's become too reliant on autotune, her voice was filled with personality and depth. Give me Madonna's voice over a Whitney or Mariah any day.

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Reply #8 posted 11/15/20 11:42am

JoeBala

I think her best vocals were on Sooner or Later. She’s an acceptable singer. I dig her earlier music not the newer stuff as much.
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Reply #9 posted 11/15/20 12:37pm

alphastreet

I’m currently listening to borderline and feel no one else could have done it like how she sang it, though Jody watley did a great cover years later
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Reply #10 posted 11/15/20 1:19pm

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alphastreet said:

I find her voice comforting and familiar cause of being a lifelong fan

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Reply #11 posted 11/16/20 12:19am

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As a singer she is ordinary, passable. Now remember this is setting the bar at professional singer, superstar level. Comparing her to the creme de la creme I think she is able to record and perform to an acceptable level but she is not remarkable.

She has a pleasant tone to her voice in ballads. This is showcased in songs such as "Crazy For You" "This used to be my Playground" "Live to Tell" , "Take a Bow" Her voice my have improved technically when she performed songs from "Evita" for instance but I think the aforementioned songs capture the pretty and distinctive quality of her voice. You can tell it is her and enjoy her singing those songs.

Recently I saw a video on youtube of "The Like a Virgin tour" I enjoyed her songs even though technically some of the songs may have been sung with weak or limited vocals. The short answer is song choice is King and the she nailed those songs and carried the energy and fun in the vocals that made them smash hits. I think of songs like "Get into the Groove" "Lucky Star" "Borderline" "Holiday" and later on songs like "Cherish" Do I enjoy these songs, YES. Would I want these songs redone by an opera singer or a soul diva to improve them, NO. The songs work and it is the performance and charisma of the performance rather than dazzling with technical ability.

She is able to perform a range of songs, "Secret" , "Erotica" "Human Nature" "Papa Don't Preach" "Deeper and Deeper" "Like a Prayer" "Bad Girl" "Human Nature" "La Isla Bonita" with style charm, sex appeal, some vocals are song/spoke, some songs tell a story. She can perform songs.

The above is looking back why I gave her the vocals the edge over Janet Jackson in the Cyndi, Madonna, Janet, Paula Abdul question.

Madonna could perform distinctive vocals that sold the song. Is she a Diva, a virtuoso, know but she does what is needed to make hits. Something that is lost on some singers who are otherworldly talents but just can't get the right songs.


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Reply #12 posted 11/16/20 3:18am

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Her voice is adequate. It was at its peak around the time period of Evita to Ray of Light, due to vocal training and Madonna generally pushing herself in terms of creativity and maturity. Later, to my perception, she has regressed, though I still enjoy some material from all of her more recent albums.

As stated above, it's a familiar voice I've heard throughout my life, so I have a certain response to it. Vocally, she seems to be in the worst shape of her career considering her Eurovision performance (the original raw live broadcast, not her later over-dub) and heavy reliance on auto-tune, even for live appearances.
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Reply #13 posted 11/16/20 5:44am

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Ordinary. My favorite Madonna song was Physical Attraction which got a lot a airplay on the R&B stations back in the day. I guess she sounds ok for what she does. I think Britney Spears and Janet Jackson are similiar as far as vocal capabilities/lack of vocal capabilities but I feel they sound better than Madonna.
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Reply #14 posted 11/16/20 7:28am

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Singing doesn't matter in pop.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #15 posted 11/16/20 12:08pm

hollywood0024

daingermouz2020 said:

Ordinary. My favorite Madonna song was Physical Attraction which got a lot a airplay on the R&B stations back in the day. I guess she sounds ok for what she does. I think Britney Spears and Janet Jackson are similiar as far as vocal capabilities/lack of vocal capabilities but I feel they sound better than Madonna.

Who do you think are the best female vocalists?
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Reply #16 posted 11/16/20 3:59pm

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hollywood0024 said:

daingermouz2020 said:

Ordinary. My favorite Madonna song was Physical Attraction which got a lot a airplay on the R&B stations back in the day. I guess she sounds ok for what she does. I think Britney Spears and Janet Jackson are similiar as far as vocal capabilities/lack of vocal capabilities but I feel they sound better than Madonna.

Who do you think are the best female vocalists?


There are so many. I'd say Whitney and Aretha would be
Would be great female singers.
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Reply #17 posted 11/16/20 4:50pm

hollywood0024

daingermouz2020 said:

hollywood0024 said:


Who do you think are the best female vocalists?


There are so many. I'd say Whitney and Aretha would be
Would be great female singers.

Who do you think are worse female vocalists than Madonna?
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Reply #18 posted 11/16/20 7:22pm

alphastreet

hollywood0024 said:

daingermouz2020 said:



There are so many. I'd say Whitney and Aretha would be
Would be great female singers.

Who do you think are worse female vocalists than Madonna?


Britney and Miley Cyrus
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Reply #19 posted 11/16/20 7:43pm

looby

Honestly, I don't.

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Reply #20 posted 11/16/20 9:24pm

wilmer

Comparatively, she doesn't come up to the knees of any the vocal savages we all know, but she manages to make her voice work for her by choosing songs that don't call for belting out. Erotica is a case in point. I love the songs in that album. Regardless of her shortcomings as a vocalist, I'd rather listen to her than Whitney. Matter of taste I guess.
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Reply #21 posted 11/16/20 9:57pm

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I was listening to Something To Remember and Bedtime Stories tonight while quilting.

I realized that she's actually really good on a ballad. Something To Remember is full of them. Listening to the remix of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," or "One More Chance," "Live To Tell," "Take A Bow," and "Crazy For You." Those are really solid works.

"You'll See" was a sequel video for "Take A Bow," and proved to be what I think is one of her bed songs. That, and "One More Chance" were written by David Foster. "Take A Bow" also served, later, as an audition for EVITA, since the film was still over a year away. Madonna was vying for the role in 1994, with that long infamous letter to Alan Parker.

So that set of ballads, I think, show she had potential for more, and eventually reached a new level (although not Mariah territory) of ability with her voice.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #22 posted 11/16/20 10:03pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

I was listening to Something To Remember and Bedtime Stories tonight while quilting.

I realized that she's actually really good on a ballad. Something To Remember is full of them. Listening to the remix of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," or "One More Chance," "Live To Tell," "Take A Bow," and "Crazy For You." Those are really solid works.

"You'll See" was a sequel video for "Take A Bow," and proved to be what I think is one of her bed songs. That, and "One More Chance" were written by David Foster. "Take A Bow" also served, later, as an audition for EVITA, since the film was still over a year away. Madonna was vying for the role in 1994, with that long infamous letter to Alan Parker.

So that set of ballads, I think, show she had potential for more, and eventually reached a new level (although not Mariah territory) of ability with her voice.



Something to Remember contains my favorite collection of her songs. I don't skip a single song on that one. It puts me in a zone.
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