Significant Songs (88)

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For the second of today’s songs, I return once again to the stage show and film, ‘Dreamgirls.’
I have featured a song from this previously, but offer no apologies for a second, as it is a fine example of vocal talent, a powerful range, and a compelling lyric.

Beyonce Knowles is undoubtedly one of the finest female vocalists of the modern age. Whatever the genre, or style, she can sing it, and add her instantly recognisable tone too. In the late 1990s, the young Knowles came to attention as part of the massively successful all-girl group, Destinys’Child. In 2003, she released the solo album ‘Crazy In Love’ and it was immediately obvious that she was going to be a huge star. When the group split in 2005, she began one of the most successful solo careers of all time, selling millions of records, and acting too, most notably in the film of ‘Dreamgirls’, in 2006, and ‘Cadillac Records’ (2008), where she portrayed Etta James. She has risen so far above her musical roots, that she was proclaimed to be one of the most influential people in the world in 2013, and has recently also been declared to be the the most powerful female singer of 2015. She has become a ‘brand’; with her own fragrance range, clothing styles, and make-up products.

Like her or not, it is impossible to deny her talent. Her voice is just incredible, and as she has grown older, she has easily equalled or surpassed former icons, like Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey. This track, from 2007, never fails to impress me. I could listen to it every day, and I usually do.

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11 thoughts on “Significant Songs (88)

  1. I prefer the song that was sung by Mary J. Blige. I do prefer Whitney Houston’s voice, though Beyoncé certainly does sing well. Apparently, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga are friends as they’ve done at least two videos together (“Telephone” and “Video Phone”).

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  2. It’s Whitney, though, in her prime, brief though it was, who tingles my spine. I’ve always preferred her voice – and beauty – to Mariah Carey’s (marital dissension over that one) and even Beyonce. But Beyonce has the best package, and the self-control. A brand, as you say, I think your daily regime of walking with Ollie and listening to a torch song maintains a very healthy mind in a healthy body!XX

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    1. Whitney in her prime was hard to beat, but it feels like a short prime, looking back. I have a feeling that Beyonce will not allow herself to self-destruct. But she is still young, and I am often wrong…xx

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    1. Lucky you, V. I have never been much of a ‘concert man’, I always prefer the studio versions for some reason. Just a quirk. I have seen Bowie and Madonna though, along with some others, over the years.
      Cheers mate. Pete.

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        1. It was Wembley, about 1987, if I recall correctly. (You were probably at nursery, if even born?)

          Found this. It was ’87. I am somewhere off screen, to the right as you look at it.
          She looked great, but as you can hear, the vocals are not a patch on the recorded version.

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