No one thinks Britney Spears is a five octave diva, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that she doesn’t sound like Mariah Carey without studio wizardry masking her vocal shortcomings. She doesn’t sound that great even after her voice has been processed. She never has. So the fact that Spears sounds less than great on recently leaked version of her song “Alien,” off her last album Britney Jean, shouldn’t be a big deal. But apparently it was —big enough that the song’s producer, William Orbit, felt the need to defend her on his Facebook page:
Dearest Music Lovers,
I have heard that Britney vocal link that everybody’s been discussing. It has been impossible not to as there have been many comments directing my attention to it. [I won’t re-posting it here]. I’d like to affirm that ANY singer when first at the mic at the start of a long session can make a multitude of vocalisations in order to get warmed up.
Warming up is essential if you’re a pro, as it is with a runner doing stretches, and it takes a while to do properly. I’ve heard all manner of sounds emitted during warmups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.
A generous singer will put something down the mic to help the engineer get their systems warmed up and at the right level, maybe whilst having a cup of herb tea and checking through lyrics before the session really kicks off. It’s not expected to be a ‘take’.
I think that 99% of you reading this will totally understand.
Whomever put this on the internet must have done so in a spirit of unkindness, but it can in no way detract from the fact that Britney is and always will be beyond Stellar! She is magnificent! And that’s that.
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