Hii. Since you know so much about music I wanted to ask you something. Maybe you have already written about this but I was thinking about Harry's voice. I'm basically tone deaf but I feel like Harry's voice is so much better? Or like different? In some of the songs live his voice sounds so deeper ( I don't know if that's good or not but I love it). Do you hear a difference? Like I know he still strains too much and those things but I feel overall his voice souns different and better.
This is just my opinion, but I don’t think there are that many people who are actually tone deaf. Some people are much more sensitive to differences in sound, that’s true, but almost everyone can be taught to have good relative pitch. So, have heart! If you have likes and dislikes in music, your appreciation is already valid. And you can take sight-singing classes to improve pitch if you want to.
Someone posted that Harry’s voice sounds different on every song in his album, and I agree.
He uses a different style of singing for each song. His voice has a chameleon quality. Some people on Twitter thought SOTT was sung by Adele? (I’m sure Harry loved that comparison!) I think the fact that the songs were recorded in different studios has some effect; sound can vary depending on studio configuration and microphone placement.
But what I’m talking about isn’t the change in ambient acoustics as much as Harry’s adapting his vocal anatomy to produce different sounds. You know how the lyrics can read one way, but when he sings them, they mean something else altogether? This is the ability to act out a role, the way that musical actors act when they sing, conveying context and emotional complexity in the words.
For example, the words in Sweet Creature or Two Ghosts are all simple declarations. “When I run out of road, you bring me home.” None of these words are adjectives. Yet there’s no mistaking the love in his voice (I mean the connotation of love– even if it’s not literal, there’s an emotional honesty).
Or the words, “I’m having your baby/ it’s none of your business” in Kiwi. Out of context, the words are puzzling. Harry sings this with a furious energy. The sardonic anger is hard to miss.
I have written about Harry’s voice a few times before. Here are links, if you’re interested.