A Whiter Sound
Isn’t it odd that regardless of where in the english speaking world a singer comes from these days, the minute they start to get any commercial success, they start to sing in that odd faux-american accent? It’s one of the things that really annoys me – especially when done by boybands – as if it wasn’t irritating enough that for boys from essex would use slang they think the folks on the streets of new york are using.
Anyway, I digress – the reason for bringing up the whole accent thing, is that on the way down to London, I was suddenly reminded (player on random) of the only singer I’ve heard for a while (Rolf Harrison aside) who sings with a strong Australian accent: Missy Higgins is an australian folk singer who sings the most wonderful lovelorn ballads. Whilst critics may dismiss her as yet another Norah Jones type in a sea of piano driven songwriters, what Missy has that sets her aside for me is a real ear for a tune, as well as wonderful turn of phrase e.g. "We'll make friends with the milkman and the butcher Mr. Timms will give us discounts when he can,".
There are times in life where you just want to sit back, and give into the soppier side of yourself (without trying to find a Norah or worse yet Celine record) – for those times in your life, I recommend The Sound Of White as a good starting point.
MP3: Missy Higgins – Special Two (Expired)
MP3: Missy Higgins – Don’t Ever (Expired)
MP3: Missy Higgins – Ten Days (Expired)