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Top 10 Greatest Female Vocalist That Soothes(or destroying, in a good way) Your Soul

I’m not a sexist, but I preferred male artist to my liking. I can make a list 50 of the greatest male vocalist of all time, and probably still have a bunch of them great guys laying around. There’s no doubt, that female had the highest vocal out of the two genre, but that’s it. Sometimes people just go nuts because of some chick reaching a new octave even though the singer failed to captured the soul behind the song itself(or in many case, barmy because of the breast juggling). So this is the list of my 10 greatest female vocalist in no particular order, measured by how they touch my soul by their voices, how they manage to stay in character and still producing great record from time to time without being sellout or branching to the ark of moron preferred as  marketing bullshit, and not by how high the level of octave can they reach or how crisp and clear their voices are.

Etta James 

This is the the real Queen of R&B and soul. She created a bridge between those two genre and Rock and Roll. Her voices is influenced many great artist that’s coming after her, including Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Adele, or even Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones.  Her voice is deep. And what I meant by deep is like creating a subconscious hole in your heart when you heard she’s Crying in “All I Could Do Was Cry”.

Recommended Works : All the song in AT LAST ALBUM.

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Dusty Springfield

Quentin Tarantino is the guy whose responsible for introduce me to her ultra gallant sexual magnitude of 9 scale richer earthquake voice in Pulp Fiction. Seriously, you cannot think that this is some white girl voices before you see her looks. She got the melancholy and soul vibe that usually only black female vocalist had. She invented the blue eyed soul genre by herself. Her voice is elegant and different by itself that each time I heard her voice even in a complete unknown song for me, I know that it is Dusty’s sweet campy tones. The true Diva.

Recommended Works : Son of the Preachers Man, I just don’t know what to do with myself(The white stripes covers this in a really great tribute for her), I don’t want to hear it anymore, Just one Smile, The Look of Love

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Sarah McLachlan

 

The Owner of depressing, haunting and yet stunning voice. Combined that with emotional dark ballads songs. And that’s where Sarah McLachlan spend all of her career. Except for that  easy cash-in albums, Winter Song, I don’t remember that there’s any upbeat song of Sarah. EVER. A song with ICE CREAM as the title, and the lyrics in it is about someone tell their lover that their love is better than a chocolate should be sweet and gentle right? Sarah managed to turn the song into some dark echo walking under the black sky. Effortlessly.

Recommended Works : Ice Cream, Black or White, Adia, Building A Mystery.

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  Sade ‘Adu

A major spoiler for people who already know SADE, that it is the name of a BAND. The erotic voice behind the band is belong to Sade ‘Adu, part Nigerian, part English. From that double ethnic gene flowing inside her, you can probably guess that this foxy lady voices is unique. And boy, how UNIQUE it is.  This is the modern equivalent of the raw sexual magnet that Dusty Springfield produces. Soft, mysterious, delicate and sometimes can really makes you fly to the Spanish castle magic. This is the girl that really could create ambient genre just by using her voice.

Recommended Works : Kiss of Life, Lovers Rock, Smooth Operator, Every Word, Love is stronger than a pride.

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Shirley Manson 

This hot vocalist of Garbage belong in a fictional group that I’ve created. The group member is only three. The other two members is Debbie Harry and Dolores O’ Riordan. And the group is called “HOW ALL THE FEMALE VOCALE IN A MAINSTREAM ROCK BAND SHOULD BE!!”. Forget Hayley Williams, Amy Lee, Courtney Love or any other post PMS-ing recent female vocalist that only knows how to screaming on a band. They’re sucks! God, even in a article about something else, I’ve managed to trash someone.  She maybe didn’t had a lot of technique, high octave or suave persona but Manson voice is a distinctive and forthright by itself. She is the Terminator of female vocalist. Industrial, robotic, and electrifying without losing a soul as a human and sexy woman.

Recommended Works : Stupid Girl, Only Happy When it Rains, Push it, I think I’m Paranoid.

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Lani Hall

The wife of Funk/Jazz Musician Herb Alpert is a possessor of incredibly heavy artsy infused voice. Listening to her voice is like gazing a beautiful crayon pastel painting, or in some tunes, put you in the front seat of time traveling machine on to medieval age. Probably and arguably, without her voice, even Sergio Mendez’s greatest music is not as popular as it is today.

Recommended Works : The Fool on the Hill, Mas Que Nada(original Version), Scarborough Fair, One Note Samba

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Nina Simone

IMO, Nina Simone is the greatest Jazz female vocalist(with Fitzgerald and Holiday very closely second). This is the definite voice when I think of Jazz. Full of improvisation, harmonic beautiful doo woop style and soul train.  Even though her biggest hits(I Love You Forgy) its not her original songs, but its acceptable, because Jazz’s singer is always being associated with covers and rendition. Her voice is slightly aggressive, emotive, and powerful medium to translate Jazz complicated means to people who listened it.

Recommended Work : I Loves You Forgy, I Put a Spell On You, Sinnerman, All the tracks in Forbidden Fruit Albums.

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Sophie Ellis Bextor

Although her works in her early band, theaudience, is good, her solo career is really what defining Sophie Ellis Bextor means. The Empress of Dance, Trance and electronic. For the genre which  usually doesn’t need any vocal to produce a great record, Sophie Ellis Bextor is a major force on her own. Her strong, princess-esque, extraordinary elegant as her looks voice is the one that soaring Vocal Trance. Perfecting one of the most popular genre in the clubs around the world.

 Recommended Works : Groove Jet, The First, Second, and Fourth Album. All of her works with Armin Van Burren.

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Anggun

As the only Asian in this list, Anggun, Arguably is one of the greatest female singer the biggest continent of this planet ever produce. Her voice is multi layered, exotic, and full of surprise. Her range is complicated and so goddamn wide. Even though ballad genre is cramming  her international career all over the place, Anggun is good in singing an upbeat groovy song too. There’s a lot of her works that’s being transformed into some formed of dance music, and her voices is, as expected, mashing really well. She is one of the reason why I’m so proud being an Indonesian.

Recommended Works : Still Reminds Me, Bayang-Bayang Ilusi, Summer In Paris, Open Your Heart, Want you to Want Me.

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Annie Lennox

 

State of the Art Blue eyed Soul. The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive. That’s Annie Lennox. Enough Said. The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever was. Her music is reaching my essence deeper than any artist ever do(except Marvin Gaye)

Recommended Works : Why, Waiting in Vain, Wonderful, No More I Love You, Precious.


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The Top 5 Incredibly Popular(yet boring and moronic) Movies in The Last 10 Years

I love movie and the industry behind it. Even after all those last crappy couples of years(especially almost everything that Hollywood produces and touches), the arena is still inspired me to write,  even though sometimes, its not always for the good thing.  Take this entry for example. This is the 5 incredibly popular movie(or franchise/series) that manages to mislead billions of audience into buying the tickets full of stupidness and idiotic flicks. I’m not even going to count the home video sales. Probably once again, this is the reason why people’s(majority) taste is going downhill, and never bounces back. Because public is already getting their throat shoves by all this crap in the bucket, and personified their minds that all of the movies below is the MASTERPIECE of Hollywood. I know I know, its just entertainment dude, don’t get any higher expectations except some useless time to eat popcorn before you watch all these movies, but frankly even my lowest expectation didn’t get any stumpy than all of this shit. Come on, I don’t need any Shawnshank Redemption. What I need is a fun guilty pleasure, but what I found is a moronic tale.

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Transformer Franchise

Who said that Michael Bay can’t be dumber after ruining Pearl Harbor? Although its not fair to judge this Michael Bay’s work of art because I’ve yet to watched the third one, which people already think the best out of the three. The problem is, I don’t care about the third one, I will never watched the third one. Why? Probably because I’m ignorant and arrogant SOB or probably I’m just sick and tired watching  all those robots/humans with cardboard personality fucking each other up, or probably because the first two is sucks so hard its making my ass ache just thinking that I’m going to watch the third one. I’m saying too many probably in this blog.

The Bad, The stupid, and  The Boring :

  • Michael Bay is anything but subtle. Explosion explosion and explosion just to make the plot moving forward. This guy almost literally make my eyes bleed. Too noisy.
  • Robot fighting or action bombastic scene is always good no matter how moronic it is, but the cut in this all Transformer is too fast to be enjoyable. Sometimes its so hard to really identified whatever it is on screen. Is it Optimus Prime dick? or is it Megatron’s ass? But they’re managed to perfectly shows Devastator balls. What is up with that?
  • The plot. Its always over explained and trying so hard to be COMPLICATED and came out becoming a huge pile of stupid crap. Oh, and this is the best one, there’s a side-plot involving one of the DECEPTICON getting a hard on over Megan Fox character. Even Shia Le Bouf, the main star of this movie is saying he doesn’t understand the plot. Geez. I still don’t get it what people actually like in this franchise.
  • The logic. I can go on and on, but I’m gonna give one perfect example. Seriously all the Decepticon is invicible to bullet(except probably missile or any armor piercing heavy weapon), but what the fuck is all human doing by always firing their tiny guns on all those robots? Oh, and to make it more brilliant, the DECEPTICON is hiding from them too. Fucking stupid.

Transformer's Balls. Even the quick cut still could catch it.

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The Fast and the Furious Franchise

Vin Diesel. I still memorize the thing he does to show how bad ass he can be if he want to. Coming out from the powerful indie sci-fi movie Pitch Black, Diesel with his overly macho voice starring in a new franchise about street racing. As time goes by, the franchise isn’t about racing anymore which I didn’t give a fuck at the first place. Its transformed into some kind of heist parody movie that annoyingly shows up every 2-3 years. The only thing that all first four series shares is that it absolutely sucks.

The Bad, The stupid, and  The Boring :

  • That pretty boy Paul Walker. This guy can’t act. Just watched all of his movie. He’s basically playing the same version of him only with different clothes. The only good thing about him is that this guy is completely sucks it makes me laugh every time his face showing up in the silver screen. Well, laughing is better than sleeping right? Read the next point.
  • The plot is so typical, predictable, and unimaginative. The protagonist always win and run like a chicken after the heist or whatever it is, ALWAYS. The fourth sequel really makes me fall asleep.
  • The soundtrack and the bitches. My god, this is the worst point. That stupid pretentious fake R&B/Hip Hop fusion wannabe combined with ass, ass, and asses everywhere. EVERY FUCKING MOVIE. Cheap.
  • This is the franchise that responsible to fucking up Diesel Career into some plain typical actor. I know, Vin Diesel is already a very limited actor. So does Schwazenegger. But look at the Governor resume. Predator, Commando, Red Dawn, Terminator, True Lies. All the manly badass macho-poncho stuff(Even arnold got some lass shit in his filmography too). Diesel even succeed changed the killer look persona of Riddick to Dom pointless Moreno. I do like Vin Diesel. that’s probably the only reason I watched this franchise(Beside the Rock in the fifth Entry)

Where the hell our Careers go man?

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Alice in Wonderland

Seriously, for the last Decade, Tim Burton is way overrated. I don’t know why, but a lot of people seems highly think about Burton’s Movie. Yea, he made a big deal out of Batman 20 years ago, and went on to create one of the greatest old tales Adaptation ever in Sleepy Hollow. But ever since Limp Bizkit starting to trashed our ear in an album with a shitty name, almost all of his movie is a joke or just becoming some kind of tampon to shows us  that visualization is the only good thing he can do. And Alice in Wonderland is the huge culmination of all the shit that he created.

  The Bad, The stupid, and  The Boring :

  • Too generic, trying so hard to become some crossover between artsy and pansy and coming out as a transvestite dumb movie.  I mean, what the hell is that with that battle at the end of movie? This is Alice in Wonderland, not Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnishit. Epic battle isn’t always good you dummy.
  • Johnny Depp. This guy is a sellout now. The Great Johnny Deep in Ninth Gate, Sleepy Hollow, Chocolat, or Don Juan De Marco is gone, sinking in a pile of dollars that filling up his bank account. His Mad hatter version is annoying to watch. The name is MAD hatter. Not Jackass Hatter
  • The great thing about the original Alice in Wonderland is the emotion. This version, I don’t feel any connection at all with the stories and the character. There’s no charm at all. Too Random. The only connection established when I watched it is between my brain and my ass. They switches places.
  • All the people who watched it and think its a magnificent movies. My god. Open your eyes fellas. Just because the flick had an unique and quirky setting doesn’t make it a good movie.

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The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

Another Johnny Depp movie. But this is not his fault. Jack Sparrow actually is a great character based on The Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards. What’s wrong with this movie? This is the culmination of mindless fast scene after fast scene without any compelling traits to the script that plagues the MTV Generations of franchise. Kinda like transformer, but this time, in the high sea. At least Jackass series doesn’t pretend that they’re a joke.

The Bad, The stupid, and  The Boring :

  • Its okay if the stories is stupid. Its okay if the stories is boring. At least it got stories. But what pirates of the Caribbean did to us its like with all the stand up comedian trying to do. Perform at the stage, bring something funny to say or to act, or some shit to blows up without even caring to the plot(and probably forget what the hell is going on in this movie), and eats up all the dollar from all the stupid people who watched this movie(Sadly, that’s including me. Fuck. I will pirating the last one!)
  • Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley. Enuff said. Bloom is the shitty spot in the beautiful painting called Lord of the Rings. In this franchise, he manages to deliver one of the most cardboaxes performance of all time. His chemistry with one of the most overrated actress(and flat chested) of all time is zero.
  • Heavy CGI infused. Its Jerry Bruckheimer. What can I say? But I think this franchise would be better if filming in a more old school kinda way. Sword buckling hand to hand master of commander style. But its Disney. What did I expect? Geez.
  • Whats the different between all the three entry? Nothing. They’re look exactly the same. Same old joke. Same old character. Same old shit. And people still buying it.

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The Twilight Franchise 

This is the mother of it all. Nothing is more stupid, moron, pointless, crappy, idiotic and yet HUGE popular than this SAGA. This is the saga that reinvent the “PLEASE KILL ME BEFORE THE MOVIE ADDS ANOTHER MINUTES TO MY LIFE” Genre. This is the greatest con that Hollywood ever do to me.

  The Bad, The stupid, and  The Boring :

  • Werewolves and Vampires rivalry. No matter how bad the script is, no matter what kind of B movies is, we can always expect a good fight scene out of it from vampire and giant bully in a fur. But in twilight, the werewolves and vampires becoming some pussy shameless coward character that usually exist in Beverly hills 90210 series. There’s not even a single decent fighting scene in it! The werewolves and vampires too busy mirroring, playing baseball, standing in the rain and jerking to them selves.
  • Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. For all the moron who thinks that I got the dark envy side of me taking control for hating a good looking actor, let me tell you something. My favorite actor is John Cussack, Thomas Jane, and Nathan Fillion. Are they an ugly looking person? Now, the Popularity of this Pattinson is  massive. It proof something. That you can sell anything in this world as long as you got pretty face in the cover. You want to sell a hamburger taste like a chicken shit? Put Robert Pattison face on it. People will buy it. For a movie that put a heavy emphasis to the relationship between the two main star, the chemistry between these two clowns is below zero. I don’t feel it. Why the fuck that vampire fall in love to that loser flat chested annoying nerd is beyond me.
  • Everything about the movie is godly awful. The script. The music is predictable. The costume design is like watching some backyard redneck people without styles. Even fans of this franchise is incredibly lame. Every single time that damn Pattinson showing his glow in the sunshine skin in the screen, everybody’s screaming. Gosh.
  • ME. Why the fuck am I doing watching these franchise? Well, I got tricked into it by a girl every time the movie came out.

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Schwarzenegger Greatest One Liner – Part I

If there’s an Oscar for the most bad-ass meaningless one liner in a movie, Arnold probably already bring a dozen with him. Nobody in this planet can uttering memorable words and stick it in your ass like this guy. Not even the king of smart mouth John McClane himself. Watching his movie is like waiting a new version of Oxford Dictionary in Baddassery.  You just know that Arnold will say some words that will inspiring you, every president in all country and the rest of the world. NASA probably make his words in Total Recall as a pathway or wisdom to Mars.

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 “Stick Around”, from PREDATOR

 Thanks to the dude in some random Tumbler for this awesome GIF.  Arnold is walking slowly looking for some thugs to kill when this nameless asshole sneak up behind him. Instead of blowing his ass with an M16 he’s dragging around, he’s throwing a big fucking knife thru the chest, and saying the words that I could only say after knifing some bastard in Call of Duty(I’m pathetic, I know). Ultimate MOFO.

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 “Fuck You Asshole”, From THE TERMINATOR

A lot of people doesn’t really remember it, but i think this is the first badass words from Arnold one liner greatest streak. So, when the Terminator stay in a cheap hotel room(I don’t know why), some random cleaner guy knocking his door and asking is there a dead cat in the room. The Terminator is choosing an answer(showing up in the screen like some high school exam paper) Fuck You Asshole out of nowhere. The funniest thing is, he’s saying it with a very funny thick Austrian accent combine with cold persona of The Terminator. Hilariously stupid!

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 “Get to the Choppah!”, From PREDATOR

Some weakling in AVP:Requiem trying to mimic this old testament liner and coming out as a big stupid pun. Nobody should ever attempted to saying this line beside the Governah himself. In Predator, when the Hispanic without a bra hottie trying to take a gun and shoot the predator, Arnold is kicking the gun and shoot at the predator itself. Why? Because nobody, I meant NOBODY should ever get a spotlight and bad ass moment other than the big guy. The Predator off course dodge it like a million bucks, and shoot Arnold with the plasma caster. Arnold feeling burnt and wasted, famously screaming the words to the girl to take a hike and let him bleed the motherfucker predator himself.

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 “Tonight, Hell Freezes Over!”, from BATMAN AND ROBIN

Yea, this nipple

Even in a movie where they’re showing Batman is ice skating with Robin while his nipple is erecting, Arnold still can deliver us some hot damn words out of nowhere as iconic(And Moronic) as his character in this movie.  Schwarzenegger is mad because of some random chick tripping on her way and freezing? How lame is that? Schumacher is always the guy to blame.

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“Hasta La Vista, Baby”, From Terminator 2

Seriously, who in this god green earth who actually never saying this word after watching Terminator 2? Its like putting Gloria Estefan in a steroid muscle name Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Every movie with Cameron and Schwarzenegger in it is a gigantic epic proportion of one liner quote laying out of nowhere.

To be Continued

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Experienced the Jimi Hendrix Electric of Bold as Love

Jimi Hendrix is always going to be my number one favorite Guitarist of all time. This is the guy who responsible for creating the greatest guitar anthem of all time.  Hendrix and his electric guitar is like Rambo with guns. They can’t be separated and godly compliment each other. Some of the greatest guitarist after him probably outdoing his technical skill(like Eddie Van Halen) but nobody terraforming Rock like he did.  His work influenced and shaping the rock music Industry. Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Funk Rock, Acid Rock, you name all the genre in the Rock bucket, there’s nothing that this guy didn’t touch and put a little spin from himself and at the same time managed to convinced the whole world, that this is Rock at its Best! He’s goddamn right. He even do a heavy influenced with Rock Jazz track sometimes. Trying to explained his songs in words is like trying to translate something that was coming from a higher place from us mortal beings. Just open your ears wide, absorb the riff, feel the breath of life that he’s induced, the madness of his solo, and the psychedelic effect after that.

Its inevitably that I will posting something about this perfectionist Rock god someday or somewhere. Heck, even the name of this Blog is taken from one of his song, The Wind Cries Mary. So this is the 10 of his greatest work IMO, in particular order.

10. The Wind Cries Mary 

I really dig the Curtis Mayfield influenced in this track. It somehow feels like a semi Soul-Rock combustion. Some people consider Castle made of Sand is better, but i pick Wind Cries Mary. Why? Castle Made of Sand is too pretty for me.

9. Crosstown Traffic

Hendrix is cross referencing sexual arousal with traffic jam in the Lyrics. But the most powerful part is the solo. Its like groping your girlfriend in the red light. Nice.

8.  Purple Haze

The intro is so psychedelic to my ear sometimes I forget that this is only a song. My head always started to shaky and bouncy whenever or wherever this track is playing. The campy comedy that Hendrix put is funny too. Kinda make you guessing which lyric he’s gonna sing. Kiss the guy beside him? Kiss the guy upstairs in heaven? or Kiss the Sky?

7.  Hey Joe

This is an upgrade version of the Wind Cries Mary.

6. Spanish Castle Magic

 How to travel to Spanish Castle Magic? Using a Dragonfly. If you know what he meant, weed is the savior. Damn, I love this song. its like a Hardcore version of Carlos Santana’s Black Magic Woman.

5. Third Stone from the Sun

This Acid Rock-Jazz Instrumental song is immortal. I never felt that its a song that was made over 30 years ago. I’m a huge jazz guitarist fans. Lee Ritenour, Charlie Byrd, John Pizarelli, you name it. But for me, this track is the greatest instrumental guitar jazz track of all time, even though its really not a jazz tunes. Listened to the weird alien voice, its interesting.

4.  Izabella

Izabella is a hot-track-rod funk rock song. The rock guitar riff is crazily modified to be included in a funk song. But like usual, Hendrix goes in rampantly madness when his solo came up. Hot damn!

3. All Along the Watchtower

What can I say? Even Bob Dylan himself is saying this is Jimi Hendrix’s Track. Playing this song after Hendrix died weirdly like playing some kind of Tribute for him. The solo part is haunting.

2. Come On (Let the Good Time Roll)

I think a lot of artist is sampling this track whether they realized it or not.  from the Southern Rock, Jazz, or even Disco. This is one of the proof why Hendrix is a humble genius.

1. Voodoo Child(A Slight Return)

Masterpiece. From the Bad ass Intro, the mountain chop, the craziest/manliest/marvelous/elegant solo, until the end, this is the song that defined mankind greatest achievement in Rock music History. Enough Said. Just listen and enjoy. A lot of people says that Jesus will come back and save the world.  I believe that Jimi will come back and blow to the smithereens all those stupid kids/guys in puberty with eyeliner who pretend playing rock and redeem us by rockin’ his song again.

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