OK, last night was the second time I deliberately listened to the performances without looking at the screen on the first run-through. I’ve usually done it after *watching *once; I find it helpful in imagining the radio-play quality of the contestants.
Also, I haven’t generally been snarky about this, but today I am. Maybe I’m familiar enough with this bunch now, or maybe it has something to do with planning out how I was going to vote & then for stupid (unrelated) reasons not even getting online. (Oh, well. As I’ve said before, it’s not my decision; it should be the band’s.) Mostly, it’s that the night started really strong, & then just slid slowly in quality for the first six performances.
Suzie did really well. Another case of taking a bo-oring REM arrangement & replacing it with something that rocks. This would turn out to be one of my two favorites tonight.
MiG sounded different from his usual Euro-pixie self. Like a real rock guy. Like a man, if you will. I didn’t know he could do that. Wow. Later, when I saw what he was wearing, it just ruined the whole effect for me. I don’t know how Paul Rodgers was dressin’ when he was in Free, so maybe that little glam ensemble was somehow appropriate. But for me, it was like, wow, he can sing blues-rock in a cool voice–but then he has to show us all what a cute little cupcake he is. Bah! Away with you, pixie-boy.
JD did well. Did he drop a line at the beginning? Anyway, he sounded good. His voice on this song reminded me of Bowie somehow. Or Billy Idol, maybe, a little. Not Seal, oddly enough.
Jessica’s voice was a little rough. A bit more forceful & blues-rock chick than Cobain. It was OK. Not great, but OK.
I think one thing that may hurt her chances most was last week, when Dave said, " I want to see more of Jessica," & she said, “That was it.” She doesn’t pretend to have hidden depths (which is to say, she probably is more complex than she realizes). But she does sing INXS songs really well. I’d rather not stick her in the bottom 3 this week, 'cos she’s proven that already.
Jordis had a nice tone to her voice. But she really did not sing that song well. I think she started to high in her range, then tried to kick way up on the end of, “…ease my worried mi-ind,” & had no strength behind it. Jordis has done so well so far on the strength of her distinctive tone & working really hard. I’m not sure she can sustain it.
Brandon, OTOH, didn’t screw up his vocals. He just decided to be more honky-tonk than ever. I was going to throw a few votes this way in the interest of getting people in the bottom 3 that hadn’t already been, but this just lost me.
Marty sang in a standard modern-rock guy crap voice. OK for that, but ick ick ick. Send him back to the Lovehammers already.
Deanna’s performance sounded good–because of the backing band. It’s just that gorgeous a song. Her singing, though, was just sort of musical. I do rank her a little higher because at the a cappella bit, she showed she can really sing. Then again, it just now occurs to me, why didn’t she?
Ty blew me away. Something about his vocals here reminded me of Phil Collins (in a good way). Best of the night.
If I had voted, I would have voted for Ty, Suzie, & Jessica. My personal bottom 3 this week were Brandon, Marty, & Jordis. MiG & Marty are making me a little ill.
The band have shown by their previous choices that they don’t just want a good singer, but will toss a good technical singer in favor of what they consider a strong stage presence that can emote–act?–on stage. Also, they like the real spazzes like Marty. At this point, I’d be happy to let them pick a spaz, so Ty & Suzie can form their own duo-led band that I’d like better. Tuzie and Sy!
After watching the show, I flipped over to the local PBS station. Apparently it’s pledge time. They were running (not for the first time this week) a Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band concert. Just amazing. Those guys make INXS sound like few kids kicking a tin can around. Somehow, I’m not so worried about the INXS show anymore. More like, “who cares?”