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I think it was Yglesias, a while back, who said he had a thing for women's voice when it came to indie rock. I'm the same way. No idea why. It's not like I don't love Jerry Butler, Otis Redding, Luther Vandross, or Al Green. But my indie rock tastes definitely lean toward the feminine. I almost like Radiohead in spite of Thom Yorke's voice. Same with the Flaming Lips stuff I like.  like both singers from TVOTR, and there's a dude who sometimes sings with Okkerville River who has a truly beautiful baritone


And it isn't a matter of great "singing" in the Aretha Franklin sense, but more like a cool sound in the hip-hop sense. Biz can't sing for isht, but everyone loves hearing him wail "Just A Friend." Less absurd and comical, I never thought about whether Bob Marley had pipes. Nor Michael Rose. But the dirtiness, the way he growls over, say, "Chill Out" was pleasurable to me.

Anyway, this is Metric, for those who don't know. It's more an evening song than a "start your day" song. But it's cool nonetheless--and the lyrics were clearly written for me. For those who like it, I recommend, Grow Up and Blow Away.


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