Now that malibran
has got me thinking about it, I'm considering male singers whose voices I really like. I must admit I have a bit of a problem distinguish between their actual voices and their british accents, since a lot of my favorites have them, but overall I think some of my favorites, just for pop & rock, would be...
Some people do not appreciate it, but his voice was pretty good, esp. for a Southern truckdriver, he he. Not operatic or anything (although he tried that to a lot of success on things like "It's Now Or Never") but a lot more than just a little rockabilly voice like some of his contemporaries.
Now Roy was a comtemporary of Elvis whose voice is kind of in a class by itself. He did this quavering thing on purpose a lot of the time and couple it with these sobby operatic climaxes that made you go "Whoah, a second ago he sounded like some Southern guy with a guitar, now he's this super-angsty man wailing..." I really like him in "It's Over" and "In Dreams." (Note/caveat: I *hate* the song "Pretty Woman." It's up there with "Chantilly Lace" as a song that is just too frickin' sexist for me to deal with.)
Some people can't tell the difference between Simon and Garfunkel but I can and I'd have to say Garfunkel may not have done the songs, but his voice is pretty. I have to admire a guy who sings higher than I do, just so sweet and tender, it's one of those "Wow, how does a guy get off singing like that?" I think Martin Gore probably admires him in some way.
I like Bowie on a lot of fronts, but one of them is that to me, his voice is very versatile, which of course is necessary but just in general cool. I think probably it's not a great voice or anything but the versatility of it, especialy the lightness versus the deep voice he does sometimes, appeals to me. It's very gender bending to me.
Queen was the first band I ever really knew about, as it was my sister's fav band in the late 70s, and I just always was wowed by his voice. I want to say it's "piercing" only it's not very high it's just very hard, sort of penetrating like a laser. God, and I love the dramatics of things like "Under Pressure" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."
This is the guy from Einstuenzende Neubaten (and other German industrial endeavors). His voice is crazzzy. It's probably the only voice I like this is actually UGLY but hell, it is definitely unique. Of course, I still wish to hell I understood everything
he's saying (I don't) but even without that, his delivery is just f'in awesome.
David Gahan (and some sound-alikes)
Even if it's just the mic (as malibran
and I have been discussing on his LJ) David Gahan (Depeche Mode's frontman, FYI) has a great voice that goes from whispering to fierce nhahaha bitterness to soaring ballad stuff and except for a few spots where his voice was suffering from heroine or whatever ("Songs of Faith and Devotion LIVE"), it's really, really nice. I like his phrasing a lot -- probably that makes a lot of it, the way he expresses things, making the words have more meaning. Re soundalikes, I mean the singers from Cause & Effect and Red Flag -- they are pretty similar and I enjoy them as well.
At this point I'm getting a little tired of thinking about each and every voice. There are a bunch of singers from the 80s (and beyond) that I like a lot but I don't know if their voices are really so great. Like Morrissey... what IS that? I love it but it he has that throat warbling thing like Enrique, so I don't know. Other singers voices are more for their mood, like Robert Smith despairing (or in some moments cheery) or whatever.
Got to go to lunch now anyway.
P.S. I know you're asking, what about Ja Rule? LOL.
P.P.S. No, I'm certainly not no voice expert, this is bare laymen's eval.