Today’s Music Monday video is a vocal coach, Rebecca Vocal Athlete, reacting on YouTube to the “Why Louis Tomlinson Slays” video by FreddieIsMyQueen. She watches the video and adds her own thoughts on what she’s hearing of Louis’ voice.
She likes Louis’ tone and says it has a “rock edge sound to it”. She says his voice has a raspier quality and that he does “cries” a lot (I think that’s what she said - she gives an example at 3:35). She liked when he sang Valerie because he was in his natural voice. She said he has a “clean” sound.
She said he has a high-pitched sound, “quite light” on Use Somebody. She said the “breathy onset” of Louis’ part in Moments adds to the emotive part of the performance. She said he had a bit more power in Don’t Forget Where You Belong. She commented on the fuller sound on Over Again. She commented on how he went from chest voice to middle with smooth connection, which is really hard to do without any cracking or strain. She said many guys have a hard time doing that. She said there was a lot of breath technique used and good breath control.
She commented on how smooth he sounded on Something Great and on the “yodel” in Fool’s Gold. She again commented on his rasp in I Want To Write You A Song. She liked that he was using so much of his range. She didn’t think it was the biggest of the ranges but there was quality. She said, “He’s consistent, isn’t he?” She also said, “He’s very good looking. That I can testify.”
On Love You Goodbye, she said if she was working with him she would have had him open his mouth a bit more and a bit more jaw thrust to open it up more. Really clean, really precise on Just Hold On. She said he’s got a rocky edge and she liked a more acoustic fill and she liked hearing the raspy tone. She think he shines when he’s bringing up and belting. She commented on the very different voices he has. She felt he was more comfortable in his lower range. She prefers the lower warm richness of the lower tones.