Quote Shambolic Charm:
Here we go again! Vocal Fascism . I blame X-factor for this modern obsession with pitch perfection. Have you heard the 4 tracks of the Beatles recordings kicking around the web? the engineer should have been sacked surely...and as for Velvet underground; The Stones etc. I'm not saying Robbie Williams carries their creative clout but I have a feeling that pitch obsession is deflecting attention from other areas of the creative process.
Not at all. There's imperfect loveliness and there's bad singing.
It's not about not liking. It's out of tune in a bad way. Not the wonderful blueing of Amy Winehouse or the rumbling under singing of Lou Reed or even the stretching of Tom Jones or even JK. It's just bang out of tune! Pulling notes out of tune worked fabulously for Estelle on "American Boy" but to pull that off you need the right tone and full control of the tune; it takes a great singer to be able to achieve that OR it needs something with natural vocal charisma like Reed or even the much loathed Ian Brown.