Vocal Preferences

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Just a small topic for thought today: I've had this conversation before with my brother and I think about it every now & then. While he doesn't limit himself strictly, he does find that he listens to music with female-lead (or feminine) vocals more often that male/masculine, and I myself tend to listen to the opposite. And while I also don't limit myself either (I enjoy quite a few female lead/group vocals) I can just tell I enjoy a more masculine singing voice in general.

So, my question to you is, do you think you have a preference within your taste in music as far as vocals go, or do you think your interests are fairly wide-spread? Maybe you haven't even thought about it before, or it isn't a big factor into your taste in music? Does it help you when you're in search of new music to listen to? Lemme know your thoughts~
 

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Interesting indeed!

I suppose when I was younger it affected what I listened to less, seeing as we still depended a fair bit on TV and radio to pick out our songs for us. Now, with YouTube and Apple Music pretty much in charge of that for me, I definitely listen to a smaller pool of sounds, and with the recommendations based on that maybe my tastes have become a little boxed in of late. I certainly seldom listen to new music, unless if it's from an artist I really like, so there's that too.

I do seem to steer more towards female vocals. Of course, like yourself and your brother, whether or not I enjoy the song isn't dependent on whether or not the vocalist is a man or a woman. If it's good, it's good!
 

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This is a really interesting thread.

After giving it some thought, I don’t think I do have a preference. Sometimes some of the music I listen to has both a male and a female singer and I honestly don’t think I have a subconscious preference. I like a variety in life anyway so the mix is always good for me.

To pick an example of a band which uses a more or less 50/50 split between male and female vocals, I’ll bring up Dead Can Dance. I love Lisa Gerard’s singing and Brendan Perry’s singing in different but equal ways. They both bring something different to the band which really helps to define that band’s unique sound.

For example Rakim. Both sing different parts, which blend together by the end. The two vocal styles complement each other very well.


( YouTube seems to have removed the live footage. I guess understandably for copyright reasons, but it was good to see while it was on there. :sad2: It might not be the best example of what I mean anyway )
 

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I do have a preference, I remember even talking to Adam (Paddy McGee ) about this in the Discord a while back as well.

The majority of music I listen to are male lead singers, I really just can't stand female singers most of the time. It has to be something I'm really into for me to appreciate it properly, much easier with male vocals for me.

Not really sure if there's a reason for it other than I find male voices just "easier" on the ears and more pleasant to listen to. :lew:
 
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