Accents in Music
Ever noticed how some singers who have a strong accent when they talk have almost no accent when they sing? This is something Manly Man and I got to talking about for about an hour and a half on VDay while driving in the car. I think it came up because we were listening to the new Lily Allen, she sounds exactly as she talks.
I think the best example of a singer with an accent who does not sound at all like that when they sing is Elton John. He has a English accent, a fairly strong one, but he sounds almost southern when he sings. Listen to this song in particular. I looked it up (how I :heart: google sometimes) and he was asked this in an interview. He said that when he was young he listened to American musicians and that is where he developed his style.
I then thought about The Beatles. Manly Man immediately pointed out that George has an accent when he sings but as we listened to a couple songs (he had to point out to me who was singing when) that John and Paul mostly sounded American but had some words that sounded British. I also read that supposidly their accents sound more American in the earlier years, which doesn’t really make sense but whatever.
Now it seems that it’s the “in” thing to have a heavy foreign accent when you sing, like Keane or Coldplay. Is this something you’ve noticed and do you have any thoughts on this?