Joni Amos: Norah Jones vs. Nellie McKay vs. Regina Spektor

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Early-2000s piano gals. Apologies to Sarah Slean and other runner-ups.

Poll Results

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Norah Jones 9
Nellie McKay 9
Regina Spektor 7


Eazy, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:37 (eleven years ago) link

Slean vs. Casey Dienel vs. Azita in underground runoff.

Eazy, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:40 (eleven years ago) link

nellie by miles

tipsy mothra, Friday, 21 November 2008 03:02 (eleven years ago) link

^

I know, right?, Friday, 21 November 2008 03:03 (eleven years ago) link

Vanessa Carlton didn't qualify?

Mordy, Friday, 21 November 2008 03:03 (eleven years ago) link

she was a thousand miles away

I know, right?, Friday, 21 November 2008 03:11 (eleven years ago) link

Different poll: Vanessa Carlton vs. Alicia Keys.

Eazy, Friday, 21 November 2008 17:28 (eleven years ago) link

Nellie's the only one I've listened to.

o. nate, Friday, 21 November 2008 17:34 (eleven years ago) link

Regina a better songwriter than either of these by an unimaginable margin.

J0hn D., Friday, 21 November 2008 17:40 (eleven years ago) link

^^^ this

Law-Thug for Chiquita Bananas (Pancakes Hackman), Friday, 21 November 2008 17:43 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 1 December 2008 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

Regina. Nellie is obnoxious and Norah, harmless and pretty-sounding as she is, doesn't stick in my ear.

No HOOS need a steen whoppin (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 1 December 2008 01:02 (eleven years ago) link

michelle branch!!

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Monday, 1 December 2008 01:04 (eleven years ago) link

spektor has great songs tho no doubt

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Monday, 1 December 2008 01:05 (eleven years ago) link

i wish i liked spektor more but i found most of her first album kind of grating, and never investigated any others. you can't really get away with being so indebted to tori amos if you don't alight on your own form of genius.

nellie mckay's debut was great!

lex pretend, Monday, 1 December 2008 01:12 (eleven years ago) link

Jones is the cutest and the richest, and seems like the only one it would be pleasant to be around. But if we have to listen to their music, I'll take Spektor. With a side vote for Emm Gryner (but not so much recently).

Vornado, Monday, 1 December 2008 03:02 (eleven years ago) link

what i've heard of regina spektor is insanely obnoxious, the epitome of cloying.

though i could imagine the same thing being said about nellie mckay, she just seems more self-aware about it or something.

norah jones is completely ignorable, evidenced by the fact that i can't remember what she sounds like at all.

so, nellie it is.

vergangenheitsbewaeltigung (later arpeggiator), Monday, 1 December 2008 03:43 (eleven years ago) link

nellie has retreated to the cabaret/musical theatre world where she belongs so she is very ignorable now

velko, Monday, 1 December 2008 03:49 (eleven years ago) link

nellie has retreated to the cabaret/musical theatre world

is that where she's from? that makes sense.

No HOOS need a steen whoppin (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 1 December 2008 03:51 (eleven years ago) link

LOOK AT HOW CHEEKY AND CLEVER I AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM

No HOOS need a steen whoppin (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 1 December 2008 03:51 (eleven years ago) link

I wrote it a while ago in her own thread, but Nellie McKay's Obligatory Villagers out-Yses Ys in its crazy ambition, opacity, and orchestration.

I don't like Soviet Kitsch much, but is a song I could listen to every day, and have in my head a lot.

I like the comparison that Sasha Frere-Jones made between Norah Jones and Sade, how they both are secretly all about sexy.

In all three cases, except for "On The Radio" and "Fidelity", I've liked the solo-piano versions of their songs (live or radio sessions) more than the arranged recordings.

"On The Radio":

"The Dog Song":

"Feeling The Same Way":

Eazy, Monday, 1 December 2008 23:09 (eleven years ago) link

er...don't like Soviet Kitsch, but "On The Radio" is a song I could listen to daily.

Eazy, Monday, 1 December 2008 23:10 (eleven years ago) link

Nothing of Spektor's has really penetrated my brainspace beyond one song -- "That Time" -- that I think is about the greatest thing ever; I'm not sure how much difference it makes that she's playing guitar on that one, not piano.

nabisco, Monday, 1 December 2008 23:53 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

Thoroughly into the cover by Chip Taylor (who wrote "Wild Thing"). I've got lots of thoughts about this song relating to the high stakes of leaving the U.S.S.R. in 1989 but the main thing is the new cover brings out new colors of the lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTNWpTEWtp0

... (Eazy), Thursday, 27 February 2020 07:29 (four months ago) link


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