The Modernist wrote:The Slider wrote:
Some of these idiots think Syd is a better singer than Dave, too.
Oh John don't be such a classic rock bore. Of course he's better. Syd's vocals are distinctive and suit his songs wonderfully, Gilmour is perfectly capable but his vocals have no character at all.
You have your blinkers on, you silly billy
It's pretty much exactly the other way around. Syd's vocals are weak, adenoidal and very often sound like Ray Davies, as I remarked to myself just yesterday while listening to the Early Years set. Rick Wright is by far the best singer on the first album. Syd's better than Waters but that's the best you can say for him.
I agree wholly that his voice suits his songs well, because he rarely - at this point at any rate - wrote stuff that didn't sit comfortably within his range. And he was very sensible to give Matilda Mother to Rick to sing as he'd never have managed it and we'd have ended up with something like If It's In You.
I like Syd, but he's the third best singer in the band. ~
The fact that people can't tell his voice from from Nick fucking Mason's (cf Scream Thy Last Scream, which often gets credited to Syd) says all you need to know.
Not, of course that any of this negates anyone's preference of him being their *favourite* singer.
He's just not objectively the *best*