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Yoyo Ma
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British Accent

Post by Yoyo Ma » Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:43 pm

I have a question from an American hillbilly. I've noticed that many singers from the UK talk with a British accent but sound American when they sing. However your British accent comes through pretty strongly when you sing as well. Is this something that is done consciously or something that is just natural. Sorry if this is a goofy question.
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Re: British Accent

Post by NickSouthampton » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:51 am

I think someone said Frank is on holiday so it may be a while before he replies.

Personally I find it rather lame when British people sing with American accents. I guess I can understand it if you are doing a cover, particularly if a word doesn't rhyme if you pronounce it the British way, but if you are writing a song about you and your experience, it then seems a bit weird to perform in in a different voice. It just sounds fake.
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Re: British Accent

Post by reitzel6570 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:15 am

I know Frank has said that he hates when singers pretend to be Americans, or something along those lines. I was trying to find where I read that and instead found this article that tries to answer the question about accents disappearing when singing.

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php ... n-singing/

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Re: British Accent

Post by Watergirl » Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:10 pm

Interesting article, though I would hardly call the accent of the Abba girls American.
It bugs me when people sing in a put on accent. I'm a fan of Billy Bragg, but I don't like the American accent he puts on for some songs.
To me it's pleasing on the ear when someone's accent comes through in their singing, for example the Unthanks or Kate Rusby.
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Re: British Accent

Post by newmy » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:48 am

Watergirl wrote:Interesting article, though I would hardly call the accent of the Abba girls American.
It bugs me when people sing in a put on accent. I'm a fan of Billy Bragg, but I don't like the American accent he puts on for some songs.
To me it's pleasing on the ear when someone's accent comes through in their singing, for example the Unthanks or Kate Rusby.
Re: Billy Bragg - I've found that it's only really latterly that the American accent creeps in occasionally, as he's incorporated an Americana vibe to his music. On his records from "back in the day" he sings pretty much as he speaks, living up to his title as the Bard Of Barkin'!

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Re: British Accent

Post by frank » Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:35 am

Because of the preponderance of American singers in pop music (and indeed punk / indie / whatever), it's always tempting to slide into Americanisms, and arguably it's a softer, more easily poetic cadence in and of itself. In the MD days there are a fair few suspect vowels and consonants, haha. But since I started playing solo it's been a point of order for me to sing in the accent I talk in, as much as possible.
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