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Jimmy Somerville

Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:07 pm

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Singer for Bronski Beat and The Communards

Voice Type: High Tenor
Vocal Range: F♯2-B♭5

Significant High Notes:
B♭5 - "Don't Leave Me This Way"
G♯5 - "Don't Leave Me This Way"
G5 - "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Why?"
F♯5 - "Why?"
F5 - "Smalltown Boy"
E5 - "I Fee Love",  "People Are Strange"
E♭5 - "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Smalltown Boy", "Why?"
D5 - "I Feel Love"
C5 - "Don't Leave Me This Way", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Smalltown Boy"
B4 - "Don't Leave Me This Way", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Smalltown Boy"
A4 - "I Feel Love"

Significant Low Notes:
A3 - "Never Can Say Goodbye"
G3 - "Why?"
F♯3 - "Don't Leave Me This Way"
F3 - "Don't Leave Me This Way"
F♯2 - "People Are Strange"

It's a small start in the lows section, as his lows are very scarce and not always that impressive, but his highs are easy as anything. Sounds like he just speaks in the upper 4th octave. Very light and feminine voice, and a very nice one, in my opinion. Ironically, in the duet "Don't Leave Me This Way" that he sings with female singer Sarah Jane Morris, he sings the higher parts and she sings the lower parts. Check it out:

Yeah, he's a bad dancer... But he's an excellent singer.


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Re: Jimmy Somerville

Post  Celice on Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:36 pm

I have a particuar liking for duets where the male sings the higher part and the female the lower. I don't recall Jimmy ever going anywhere near a low note. His speaking voice is actually rather unremarkable. I love this clip:
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Re: Jimmy Somerville

Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:13 am

That is brilliant. Clap 
But yeah, I think most of the "low" notes by Jimmy are just upper 3rd and lower 4th octave notes, rofl. Maybe there is a song where he dips to like D3 or something, but I'm not expecting that to happen, considering how much more comfortable he sounds in the 5th octave.
Still, fantastic voice regardless.
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Re: Jimmy Somerville

Post  Monocus on Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:20 am



Bottoms at brief F♯2s I think. Has some more sustained notes, too. Unexpectedly solid lows from him (and a killer E5 too).
That not so serious improvisation after the actual song (starts at 3:25) bottoms at E2 even...
So he does have some lows after all.
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Re: Jimmy Somerville

Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Sun Nov 30, 2014 2:23 pm

affraid
Nice throat sung E2s at the end, lol. But an overall excellent performance by Jimmy, and those highs were pretty legit too. Sounded almost Matt Bellamy-like. TMI
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