There are plenty of voices in popular music that could sing the phone book and still make you want to listen, can get you hot ‘n bothered, or chilled out like an iceberg. Those voices barely need backup by a band, an instrument or even the reflection of an echo. They are, by all accounts, brilliant all on their own.
These are not those people.
And yet, the artists and groups below have found a way of making eccentricities, vocal tics, and in some cases plain old inability work for them and their song. Here now are a batch of perfect songs performed by some imperfect voices, yet their pairing is complete in just about every way.
- Prince Performs Killer Show With Help From Janelle Monáe, Cyndi Lauper (rollingstone.com)
- Cyndi Lauper named one of the Heroes Among Us by People magazine for being a voice of acceptance (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Music Review: Procol Harum – Something Magic (blogcritics.org)