Originally Posted by Anon La Ply
"Desperate melismas" is perfect. May I borrow it? :)
None of this has been helped by the Idol shows, where the singers have one song to prove that they have the chops if required, so they show them off where it's not required (or even desirable).
The trend was already there, as you say, to provide some interest in slapdash, formulaic commercial tunes but the "sensitive talented female singer with the big voice who is cute and can dance" meme has been done to death.
Bring on the edgy women, I say!
Didn't know about Bing singing faster tunes, apart from his version of Caravan that IMO sounded anaemic as compared with Duke's.
Just give me some Bonnie Raitt,Nora Jones,Diana Krall,Susan Tedeschi,and some Willson sisters AKA Ann and Nancy AKA Heart.Ann can still hit those big notes.There's some edge for ya'.