The singer and the voice from…

Glasvegas. So whats with the voice then

I like an accent as much as the next man. I mean one of favourite singers of all time, Karin Bergquist (from Over the Rhine) has an accent which has become more pronounced and obvious as she has changed from the formally trained sound of the bands early style to a more laid back natural sound.

I like foreign bands – The guys from Alphabeat sing with a definate scandinavian accent, The Scorpions, I’m From Barcelona, (who’s new album is very good!), Lykke Li, Hello Saferide and Emile Simon. I don’t mind singers with an accent. I think it can add to a tune and add innately to the musical content of the song.

So perhaps it is just the Scottish thing i don’t like then. But I like singers/bands from scotland, Roddy Woomble from Idlewild, Eddie Reader, Ricky Ross in Deacon Blue, Justin Currie in Del Amitri, Fish in Marillion, and on the broader side of things, (accent wise) I really like Aidan Moffat in Arab Strap, and the Proclaimers in the Proclaimers. (I even like Alistair MacDonald and Hamish Imlach)

But singing accent of the guy from Glasvegas. I can’t get behind that. In particular in the fantastic song ‘It’s my Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry’. I get the sentiment of the song, the feel of the song, the lyrics of the song, but when he sings the immortal line,

“Liar, Liar, Liar, Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.”

in the broadest Glasgow accent you have event heard since  well Alistair MacDonald or Hamish Imlach, I have two main reactions.

the first is to laugh out loud and stop listening to song.
the second is to stop the music and move on.

sorry glasvegas.
But I can’t get behind that