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Spoken word in songs

Discussion in 'Symphony X (Unofficial)' started by Postulate, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Postulate

    Postulate Have a nice day! :)

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    Hey,

    I was wondering if anyone knew of any good songs with well-performed spoken word sections in them. Not with talking going on as a background effect (which seems to be a hip thing to do these days), but where the words are actually the current focus of the music.

    Something like,

    Chroma Key - Human Love
    Geoff Mann - Ooze
    Twelfth Night - Creepshow
    Marillion - Bitter Suite

    Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!
     
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    Seventh Wonder's Mercy Fall's album has some stuff like that on it, but it seems a little odd.

    The only other thing that comes to mind is Rhapsody, and I generally don't care too much for their stuff.

    I realize this probably wasn't much help, but good luck.
     
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    donkyle, good call with Rhapsody. I was going to mention them myself. Specifically the
    Dark Secret EP, with Christopher Lee doing the spoken word sections. Great british accent.
    Also, a Dream Theater song, Space Dye Vest is very good. Maybe because Kevin Moore wrote it.
    Hence the Chroma Key, who I really like, especially Dead Air For Radios. Another good one is
    Rime Of The Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden.
     
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    Wander 10+2=6

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    Ulver - Stone Angels from the new Ulver album. A recitation of a rather lenthy poem by Keith Waldrop. Then there's plenty of all sorts of concept albums too with narrative spoken-word sections, if you're interested in that sort of thing.

    Why exactly are you looking for these examples, may I ask?
     
  5. Isaac_de_Moorea

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    I don´t like Chroma Key, But I like the most DT with Kevin Moore than DT itself... Space Dye Vest is just awesome :)

    "After" of Riverside is maybe the only song that I can think right now about "spoken words" ... but it maybe won´t be what you´re looking for...

    Let me think and search a little more...
     
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    Postulate Have a nice day! :)

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    Oh, yeah, I'll have to re-listen to Mercy Falls. The spoken parts probably have to do with the concept mostly, right?

    As for Rhapsody, I agree - the whole pocketbook fantasy thing doesn't grab me.

    Yeah, I had thought about Dream Theater - there's a very brief spoken word section in Voices too (not sure who performs it). I like the delivery but the words are a bit cheesy. "Do you know that reality is immaterial?" *dramatic pause* "This is not reality." Eh heh.

    I think I might be allergic to Iron Maiden. A shame, but oh well!

    Great, I'll check it out, thanks. I remember once listening to Ulver - their marriage of heaven and hell album - and they mispronounced "Book of Job," as if it were like the English word "job," which made me chuckle. No one's perfect, of course, but it does kind of ruin a dramatic moment. Do the research, folks.

    It's just something that is starting to interest me. I think spoken word has a certain presence to it that you can't get with singing and I'd like it if more music incorporated it. It forces the vocalist to focus more on what phonetic sounds they choose for their delivery rather than just the meaning of words, which I think is a rare talent. Basically I think a lot of prog music is a good forum for unpretentious poetry, but unfortunately you rarely see it happen. I'm attracted to the directness of it.

    I'm familiar with it. I like the whispering, but not so much the "waa my life sucks" angle. I mean, come on, folks! There's more to "emotions" than these annoying cliches!

    Thanks for all the recommendations, guys.

    I wish there was an upload of Geoff Mann's Ooze on Youtube. It's spellbinding.

    Also, another good one is Robert Wyatt's Little Red Robin Hood Hit the Road. There's this bizarre psychedelic nursery-rhyme at the end. Pretty great.
     
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    Devin Townsend's Ziltoid the Omniscient has narration. Fantastic album really!

    Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle, their (or 'his'?) best album by far, has spoken word. Kinda cheesy, but it fits the concept and therefore works well.

    Lastly...

     
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    Ulver, solefald, cynthesis , transatlantic, tangent...

    You don't want to listen to crap like dt
     
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    Yes, that is correct.
     
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    Tom Waits seems pretty good - like if Lou Reed wasn't a hack? I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about.

    A couple others...

    Pendragon - For Your Journey
    Believe - This Bread Is Mine

    Kenneth: I don't understand how you can hate DT and like Transatlantic. They share a lot (including flaws) IMO.
     
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    ... Pain of Salvation does it from time to time :D *runs away*
     
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    Uli Roth - Lilac

     
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    I'm guessing Postulate isn't a fan?
     
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    Hahaha, him, and a few others. Postulate DID post a song by PoS that he said he likes, and expectedly, it's one of their songs with spoken words in it :headbang:
     
  18. Postulate

    Postulate Have a nice day! :)

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    Trying to expand a bit. Just not...very much.

    Solefald is growing on me, I think - I don't know why I never listened to them before.
     
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    Transatlantic doesn't have awful, ripped off riffs from bands nor does it contain gratuitous circus keyboard solos, nor 20 minute guitar solos.

    Does it have traditionally "prog" elements like odd times, long instrumental sections of meedly weedly stuff? Okay, sure. But they at least manage to keep those in check and match up with the melodies and themes of the song. I would be happy to hear a 4th Transatlantic album, though their first two are untouchably good. DT? I'd be happy not to hear any more, which has basically been my approach to them since ToT.
     
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    ^ pretty much this.
     

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