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Old 10-22-2004, 06:50 AM   #1
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Bono a bad singer?

Through reading articles and interviews with the band, im always let on that everyone considers Bono a so- so singer. Is this true?? I dont know about everyone else here, but I think he is one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time and I have never thought that his vocals on any U2 track were subpar. Am I just biased being a huge U2 fan, or does everyone here agree with me?


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I agree - definitely one of greatest vocalists - but where's Jick?
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The Best=Bono
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I'm married to someone who doesn't think his voice is that great, she's a wonderful gal otherwise and indulges me by going to U2 concerts with me when they come around. I do think his pipes aren't what they used to be as a result of the stress they've endured over the years, probably compounded by smoking.

Still, I think his voice is at least "very good" by rock standards. I was watching the Acadamy Awards a couple of years ago with my wife as they performed Hands that built america and at one point he holds a note forever. I asked my wife if she still thought he was a lousy singer, and she just kinda shrugged.

Oh well, if you want technically perfect singing and dry passionless music, maybe Josh Groban is your thing.


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Old 10-22-2004, 07:08 AM   #5
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He is definitely a great singer, very distinctive, with a lot of character and charisma in his vocals..who cares about polished technical ability.
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anyone who questions this needs to watch the making of the unforgettable fire, the part where bono is doing a vocal take for 'pride'. he sings with great passion, and that's what makes him so phenomenal. he's also got a great range, from the sultry growls to the infamous falsetto.
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i LIKE Bono's voice. It's so rough, at times law and at times high!
Lot of singer have a voice that's absolutely common, but I think Bono's got a touch of something!
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I guess it depens on what kind of voices we're talking about... I mean, of course Bono's has not the kind of voice Pavarotti or Andrea Bocelli have, but HIS voice is able to give us so many emotions!!
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Bono is actually considered (among non U2 fans also) one of the greatest singers out there. There have been many times that i've heard people mention Bono as a brilliant singer. And in these days in particular.

You think Pavarotti would work with Bono if he wasn't great? Listen to Night And Day! Listen to Vertigo! Listen to "the fat lady voice" (that many people associate with Bono).

Even teachers in singing uses Bono as an example. Choirs struggling to sing "I still haven't found ...".

Yes, Bono is considered one of the greatest!
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from the sultry growls to the infamous falsetto.



Love his voice.
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Bono killed is voice with the JT & Achtung songs (probably Zooropa too because of Stay & Lemon) because they require a lot of tricky voice technique, but I still like his voice, even if its not the same as it was, it just shows you that you don't have to be a Pop Idol to be a great singer... and once in a while he does strut his stuff, like the hands performance, or the Electrical Storm studio version

also, Pop wouldn't have been Pop unless his voice evovled the way it did post Zoo-TV
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I still don't how he nailed Vertigo. The "I can feel" part is tough to get.

Bono is an excellent singer. He has great range and shows passion when singing. Some U2 songs are not for anyone to sing except for Bono. Don't forget why he put the Vox at the end of Bono
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Hey! I like Josh Groban! He is exceptional! He is the epitomy of a great voice. Bono's sometimes I think is a little rough, hoarse, and off-key. But, at times I think it's excellent. I don't think he's the greatest singer out there, but he's very professional and he puts passion into it.
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In terms of raw voice Bono is not the greatest singer of all time, but in terms of getting the most out of his voice Bono is the best hands down. His vocals in Vertigo reach way back to 1988. Incredible, considering the mileage his voice has put on in the past 16 year.
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As a rock and roll singer, I can't think of anyone in the same class as his voice. If you want to include "adult contemporary" singers or opera singers, then it is a different story.
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Yeah, he's the best.

But what about Robert Plant, Thom Yorke... and that Dream Theater singer...?
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Thom Yorke's voice

The Dream Theater singer sounds like Geddy Lee.

Somewhere I have an mp3 of DT covering Bad.
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Now...does anyone know the trick behind doing the falsetto? I'm not a voice/singing expert or anything but isn't it quite technical to do that?

Bono's falsetto on Can't Help Falling In Love....
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The Dream Theater singer sounds like Geddy Lee.

Somewhere I have an mp3 of DT covering Bad.
yeah, he often sounds like a girl

DT cover of Bad?! Where?
(can you send it to me, or post a link?)
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Bono Vox means "good voice", doesn't it? that can't lie! and i'm not saying this just as a crazy U2 fan.
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