Vocalists are rated on their Technical Skill based on their prime ability by the following criteria. Plant vs. Lambert
Technique: Breath Support, Consistency throughout registers, Endurance, Diction
Control: Register Switching, Runs, Register Blending, Pitch, Vibrato, Volume Control
Power & Range: Projection, Resonance, Use of Range, Sustain
Versatility: Technical Versatility, Tonal Versatility, Stylistic Versatility
Breath Support: Lambert
(this is not even close)
Consistency throughout Registers: Both of their head voices are much better than their chest voices. Plants is much more resonant though. I'll give this to Plant
by a narrow margin.
Endurance: This remains to be seen for Lambert, but Plant's voice crapped out after only 4 years or so, which is a huge indicator that his technique was unhealthy/was poor. I'll call this a tie
just to be fair, but I would be shocked if Lambert's voice suffered the same fate as Plant's.
is significantly better at maintaining his diction throughout all kinds of difficult phrases. Plant's diction loses its accuracy significantly, especially at high volume. Rock n' Roll is a good example of this.
Register Switching: Lambert
consistently attempts much more difficult switches than Plant ever did, and with much better accuracy.
Runs: This is about as big a landslide as you can have. Plant rarely ever did any
runs while Lambert
's, while they tend to be repetitive, require a ton of skill and he uses them quite often.
Register Blending: Both of them are great at blending, though Lambert much more so at softer volumes. Still, Plant
's head voice always has sounded much more full/connected to me, so he should get this one.
, fairly easily. He is a much more consistent live performer when it comes to ability to stay on pitch.
has impeccable control of his vibrato. This was certainly not one of Plant's strong suits. For the most part, he was a straight-toned singer, and when he did utilize some vibrato is was uncontrolled, e.g., Whole Lotta Love's final cry of, "You need it... Loooooooove
Volume Control: Plant was fantastic at using dynamics, stylistically speaking. That's one of the reasons that Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You is so high (is it number one now?) on the Vocal Performances list. In terms of precise control
of volume, though, Lambert
takes this criterion as well. Tracks of My Tears from American Idol is a good example.
Use of Range: Plant
Technical Versatility: Lambert
Tonal Versatility: Tie
Stylistic Versatility: Plant
So, Herb, Lambert pretty much destroys Plant when it comes to technique and control, which are really the essences of what it means to be a "skilled" singer. Power goes to Plant, clearly, and versatility I would call a tie, though it could be argued that Plant should take tonal versatility.
Let me point out that Plant is one of my all-time favorite singers. Probably in my Top 5. I like him a whole lot more than Adam Lambert. But when it comes to being a skilled vocalist with impeccable technique, Adam Lambert is very, very
tough to beat.
I'll also point out that nobody here hates you. It's just that we have invested nearly a decade of our time into many of these lists; researching, comparing, contrasting, discussing, arguing, etc. So when somebody comes in out of nowhere and says, "What a bunch of bullshit! Band X should be #1" it is insulting and frankly just pisses everyone off. We've had to deal with it time and time again over the past years and most everyone here has very little patience for that kind of attitude. As I said before, think of this as a place to learn and discuss. You are going to get nowhere (not to mention learn nothing) if you come in here declaring all of your personal opinions superior to our work.
Rock N Herbs wrote:
RollingStone could probably make a better list than this. AND I FUCKING HATE ROLLINGSTONE.
Now that's funny.