Today's pop music is riddled with over produced vocals, manipulated to sound almost perfect. Former David Bowie producer Tony Visconti is aware of this and thinks it's a shame, but he also recently called out Adele, who is likely one of the greatest voices of our time according to many, saying her chops might very well be just like the rest of the industry, "manipulated".
“You turn the radio on and it’s fluff, you are listening to 90% computerized voices,” said the producer, now 72-year-old, speaking with Daily Star. “We know Adele has a great voice but it’s even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated. We don’t know.”
He's right, we really don't know how much of her voice has been manipulated. Although, she has given some very stunning performances that lead us to think she has natural talent. Adele's range is impeccable and her voice is filled with soul, which is why many tend to gravitate to her sound.
Visconti's main argument is not focusing on Adele at all, but rather pop music in general. “There’s a sound to pop now that is so perfect it’s boring," he goes on to say, "because everything is fixed.”
Watch Adele's performance below and judge for yourself if her voice is manipulated.
In the interview with Daily Mail, the former Bowie producer was discussing a new show called Guitar Star, aiming to find the next Jimi Hendrix or even David Bowie.
“No-one can mistake me for Simon Cowell. Today is the worst time ever in the music industry, but Guitar Star is a step in the right direction.”
Look for the show to air on Sky Arts, June 14th.
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