James Mercer

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James Mercer

Post  SpiralStatic on Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:36 am



Voice Type: Tenor
Sung range: F♯2-E♭5

Significant high notes

E♭5 ("Kissing the Lipless")
C♯5 ("Kissing the Lipless", "Sleeping Lessons")
B4 ("Caring is Creepy", "Sleeping Lessons")
A4 ("Australia", "Spilt Needles")

Significant low notes:

D3 ("Sea Legs", "Simple Song")
C♯2 ("Sleeping Lessons")
B2 ("Sleeping Lessons")
A2 ("Those About to Come")
F♯2 ("Simple Song")

Lead singer of The Shins. Light tenor with a surprisingly strong lower range.

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*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no use figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.
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Re: James Mercer

Post  From a Mountain of Cliche on Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:28 am

Yeah his lower range is nice and strong. Some Light Tenors though have been known to have baritone like lower range colors though. As far as I am aware this is one of the things that sets a Leggiero Tenor apart from a normal Lyrical Tenor. I know a guy who is a leggiero tenor with a second passaggio at G#4 and he can sing down to D#2 without much effort and sound kind of like Nick Drake which is insane to me. Kind of weird how some light tenors have stronger lows than low tenors.

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Re: James Mercer

Post  jaytee on Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:28 am

I believe "Simple Song" includes some nice B4's

From a Mountain of Cliche wrote:Yeah his lower range is nice and strong.  Some Light Tenors though have been known to have baritone like lower range colors though.  As far as I am aware this is one of the things that sets a Leggiero Tenor apart from a normal Lyrical Tenor.  I know a guy who is a leggiero tenor with a second passaggio at G#4 and he can sing down to D#2 without much effort and sound kind of like Nick Drake which is insane to me.  Kind of weird how some light tenors have stronger lows than low tenors.

Leggero tenors generally have an expected range of C3-D5, and some are demanded to sing up to F5 in full voice. Mercer doesn't seem like that high of a tenor. I think I'm gonna note watch his stuff with Broken Bells.
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Re: James Mercer

Post  Ryugen on Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:53 am

He's not a high tenor, that's why his lows are nice. He's just really good at singing high lightly.
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