I know that an individual artist has occasionally got a thread to herself or himself on this forum, but I'm surprised that a more encompassing thread, as envisaged with this one, hasn't appeared before now, so here goes.
Who are some of your favourite female singers? Agnetha and Frida, naturally; but of course they have been, and will be, discussed in the ABBA sections of the forum. But who else do you like? I''m thinking more of singers in the broad spectrum of pop/popular music, of any era, but I'll leave it up to you as to whether you want to go further afield as well.
What a beautiful voice Karen Carpenter had. I find this song, and the character of the melody, so poignantly apt for her life that ended too soon. Yet despite how sad it makes me feel, I still want to listen to it.
I've always admired the "big" voices such as Celine Dion or Whitney Houston or maybe Ann Wilson, even though the latter is not in the same league. I know there is a strong opposition against this kind of singing among the members of this forum but I just cannot agree that Whitney should have left the original version of I Will Always Love You alone. Her cover is the best thing that could have happened to this song in my opinion…
On the other hand I love many of the more subtle voices such as Olivia Newton-John or, indeed, Karen Carpenter.
And then there are those who can combine both and not surprisingly I have to mention Marie Fredriksson here again. I guess all of you know the famous Roxette power ballads, no need to highlight them. However, I would take the opportunity to draw attention to two of her lesser known performances, which, however, belong to her very best I think.
The first is one of the most tender singing she ever did - the cover of Evert Taube's Så Skimrande Var Aldrig Havet:
The second is again a cover, this time Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved A Man:
Then there is a great number of Czech female artists I would name in this thread but I guess there would not be much interest...
Oh, and I should not forget Sissel Kyrkjebö - one of the most beautiful voices ever.
By the way, I've noticed that Helen Sjöholm is not much popular here either, but I think she's one of the best Swedish singers. It's not necessary to introduce her work with Benny, I guess but have somebody noticed she recorded a whole album of Billy Joel covers? Her rendition of She's Always A Woman is a pure heaven to listen to:
I have SO many! Where to begin? I guess my all-time favourite singer would have to be Agnetha. I'd be lying if I said otherwise. The purity of her voice. So utterly feminine and beguiling. Even her speaking voice has the sweetest sound. Truly beautiful. To my ears, anyhow. I could say the same of Frida. These two are my joint top.
Then there's Kate Bush. Oh, I have no words. I fell in love with her and her voice from the beginning. 'A Coral Room'. Oh.My.God. It kills me. I could wax lyrical all night.
A few more:
Karen Carpenter. Eva Cassidy. Judie Tzuke. Grace Jones. Stevie Nicks. Björk. Sinead O'Connor. Harriet Wheeler. Julianne Regan (All About Eve). Sarah Cracknell. Annie Lennox
Last Edit: Mar 8, 2020 21:09:01 GMT by josef: Typos
I really liked the two featuring Helen Sjöholm. I actually chose the Billy Joel original of She's Always A Woman in the 'Favourite Tracks' thread, and her version is great. And I found her duet with Anna Stadling of Bridge Over Troubled Water very enjoyable, too.
Just a sidenote, brought to my mind by that duet and by Josef's comments about Agnetha and Frida's voices: How wonderful it would have been had Frida and Agnetha, sometime after ABBA, decided to do an album together. Sadly, for whatever reasons, (the main one, perhaps, being fear of "ABBA Reforming" pressure), that didn't happen. But because they and their singing are the biggest reasons why I love ABBA, such an album from the two of them would have attracted me at least as much as any new album from ABBA.
The whole album of Helen's covers of Billy Joel songs is great. I've picked up this one because the original belongs to my favourites too.
As for the Agnetha-Frida album, I think I've read somewhere that they really considered such a project but ultimately never realised it for the very reason you mentioned - too much ABBA-related pressure and anticipation. It is a great pity it never happened. I can imagine a collection of carefully selected cover versions and maybe a track or two especially written for them. They could have included some of the duets from Björn and Benny's musicals. I Know Him So Well is quite obvious but I would love to hear them on Ett Herrans Underverk too.