I’ve seen … lots of support bands this year. They all perform excellently. The songwriting is uniformly exceptional. The frontmen have real charisma. But when you hear one song, then a second, you realise if you heard a third song, in a different context, you’d have a hard time saying whose it was. Any number of people could have written them.Read the whole thing. Perhaps we should, in addition to voice or style, call it distinction, that odd quality of someone sounding precisely like himself and no one else. It’s possibly one of the most difficult things to do when writing – and one of the delightful things to read.
On the other hand, every headline act I’ve seen writes songs that couldn’t have been written by anyone else. Within a bar (a note, even -- just the tuning of their guitars is often enough; or if you prefer your music older and more German, think “Tristan chord”) you know exactly whose music you’re listening to.
And that, in a nutshell, is voice.
(Picture: CC 2008 by susieq3c)