Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

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Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby krazykate » Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:38 pm UTC

Josh Groban and David Cook both impressed me with their voices, even though the music wasn't really the style I like. Who are some bands/artists that have similar voices but different style of music? It seems that most lead singers are tenors. Who are some Baritones?
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Re: Powerful Vocals?

Postby apricity » Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:40 pm UTC

Rock voices really aren't good sometimes, but there are some I like a lot: Brand New, Say Anything, Something Corporate/Jack's Mannequin (the lead singer for both is Andrew McMahon), the Decemberists, Death Cab, Staind. Having said that, I think the only one on that list with really powerful vocals is Max Bemis from Say Anything. The rest are just pretty.
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Re: Powerful Vocals?

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:35 am UTC

I'm not a fan of the band, but Ed Kowalczyk of Live has a really good voice.

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Re: Powerful Vocals?

Postby Aleril » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:01 am UTC

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Re: Powerful Vocals?

Postby Brawls » Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:22 pm UTC

I'm surprised nobody mention Maynard James Keenan yet. Layne Staley is another powerful vocalist. Ian Kenny is another fun vocalist to listen to. There are plenty more, but these are the few vocalists that come to mind at the moment.
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Re: Powerful Vocals?

Postby Wednesday » Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:50 pm UTC

Ooohh, how about the Kings of Leon?

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Postby Rhombulus » Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:44 pm UTC

Rocky Votolato, formerly of Waxwing, has some seriously good pipes.
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thom yorke of radiohead. gives me the shivers a lot of the time.

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Postby kaniman2 » Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:29 pm UTC

James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, especially their 3rd, 5th, and 8th albums, and not so much their 2nd, 4th, and 7th albums.

When you say "powerful vocals" though, given the examples David Cook and Josh Groban, I think you mean vocalists who sing baritone or lower. Rock bands generally have vocalists who sing tenor or higher.
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Re: Powerful Vocals?

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Very surprised nobody has mentioned Florence (with backup from the Machine).
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Re: Powerful Vocals?

Postby krazykate » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:50 pm UTC

kaniman2 wrote:James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, especially their 3rd, 5th, and 8th albums, and not so much their 2nd, 4th, and 7th albums.

When you say "powerful vocals" though, given the examples David Cook and Josh Groban, I think you mean vocalists who sing baritone or lower. Rock bands generally have vocalists who sing tenor or higher.


you know what? that's exactly it. *edits first post*

Even though I hate his music, I've always liked the voice of the guy from Nickelback. Is he baritone too?

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Re: Powerful Vocals?

Postby shieldforyoureyes » Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:52 pm UTC



The only Nick Cave performance I've ever heard that's impressed me is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmuGAP8iCuM

Bowie's brilliant though. And that reminds me... Jean Millington did some backup vocals for Bowie, and her band was great:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33UnXwgWJ8E

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby kaniman2 » Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:21 am UTC

krazykate wrote:
kaniman2 wrote:James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, especially their 3rd, 5th, and 8th albums, and not so much their 2nd, 4th, and 7th albums.

When you say "powerful vocals" though, given the examples David Cook and Josh Groban, I think you mean vocalists who sing baritone or lower. Rock bands generally have vocalists who sing tenor or higher.


you know what? that's exactly it. *edits first post*

Even though I hate his music, I've always liked the voice of the guy from Nickelback. Is he baritone too?

Try Matt Berninger from The National.

On that guy (EDIT: from Nickelback), I think most post-grunge bands have baritone-ish vocalists.
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Postby Marbas » Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:27 am UTC

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby Brawls » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:51 am UTC

Eddie Vedder is another name that should be added here.
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Re: Powerful Vocals?

Postby krazykate » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:14 pm UTC



I checked out this and some other David Bowie songs. He's definitely not tenor, but he's really mellow.

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby SirMustapha » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:36 pm UTC

Regarding bass or baritone vocalists, two names that spring to mind: Stephen Merritt, of the Magnetic Fields, and Ian Curtis, of Joy Division.

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby Wednesday » Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:56 pm UTC

Whatshisface of Pain of Salvation. Closer to metal than altrock, but still extremely good.

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby tin » Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:06 pm UTC

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby cypherspace » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:00 pm UTC

I say Clutch in so many of these threads, but still - Neil Fallon of Clutch.
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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby Dream » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:17 pm UTC

Tom Waits belongs in every discussion of male vocalists, when he wants to.
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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby el_loco_avs » Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:16 pm UTC

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby screech » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:19 am UTC

Scott Walker. Although he's probably highish it's a damn deep voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ-NPo-s9IE


Also, I suffer from the problem of not being able to sing most rock on the radio, being a bass-baritone. :(
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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby superdounutman14 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:46 am UTC

Chris Cornell is more or less a baritone, even though he sings like a tenor, as well as Bruce Springsteen.

I'd say The National has some powerful bass vocals, although their singer turns it way down in the studio (check out some live videos on youtube if you can find any...I couldn't)
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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:16 am UTC

J. R. Richards, of Dishwalla.

Jimmy Gnecco, of Ours (he tends towards the melodramatic if that's what you are into).

In addition to some mentioned already, specifically Jeff Buckley (who would go at the top of my list), Mark Lanegan, and Maynard James Keenan.

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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby MildCore » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:33 am UTC

Brawls wrote:Eddie Vedder is another name that should be added here.


Yes. I think Eddie Vedder is exactly what you're looking for. He's the first one that comes to my mind, anyway, when someone's talking baritone vocals. Not to mention Pearl Jam rules.
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Re: Powerful Vocals? (Basses and Baritones)

Postby Coin » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:05 am UTC

Bryn Terfel (baritone). Few can hold a candle to him.
He's probably the best there is today.

Someone in a similar style is Peter Mattei, but he's not as famous yet and not as skilled. He's got time to develop further though.
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