Is it just me?
pkeets at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 26 01:15:58 CDT 2004
More on RGLB: As I said, on comparison to currently popular rock videos, I
think the music and the production for this song are tailored to modern
conventions. A couple of folks have commented that it doesn't sound like
The Who until you hear Roger's voice. I'd like to submit the idea that
Roger hasn't especially gone along with the program. Maybe this is the
source of my problem with it.
Actually, I love the music to this song. Because of the modern conventions,
though, it's subordinate to the vocals, so you don't hear it so much. And
Roger sounds like...I'm not sure. Elvis? Anyhow, I'm not sure Roger has
been watching those lat night TV videos as much as Pete (or maybe producer
Didn't Aerosmith manage a #1 hit recently? If I'm not mistaken, it was
"What Kind of Love Are You On" and it's kind of heavily falsetto. I'm not
saying that's required, but it does seem to be fairly popular these days.
Roger's pretty baritone here and I don't think his style especially suits
the music. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm feeling there's a mismatch in it
somewhere. It's just not a smooth combination.
So, now I'm down to the point. Pete has been saying that he's not sure he
can write anything for Roger's voice any more. Roger has got a voice that
has been developed to cut through the noise The Who made for most of their
careers. It's pretty heavy, and when Roger pushes it, it's really sharp,
too. I think I made the comment that he was too penetrating at least once
at MSG when it was just the two of them with acoustic guitars and there was
nothing much to cut through. That's a problem they'll have to deal with as
they keep working together, because Roger is a VERY important part of The
Who's message and their presentation. Roger is what makes the music
belligerent and authoritative, and gives it most of the passion that carries
the Who audiences in concert.
So what's the solution? Up the music volume so that it supports Roger
voice? Maybe. Roger changes his style? Roger backs away from the mic?
Roger has had this voice since about 1969 and he's done some surprising
thing with it. I'm not sure he's still capable of the kind of delicacy that
went into "Behind Blue Eyes" or "One Life's Enough" these days, but his solo
albums contain amazing shifts in style that still sound perfectly like
Whatever, this is going to be a really interesting album.
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