Producer Says Amy's Voice Was "Fake"
Geoff Barrow, best known as producer and instrumentalist of the group Portishead, has made the mistake of criticising the late singer Amy Winehouse. In a new interview he states the opinion that most current female vocalists "have the same voice" and claims Amy's was simply an impersonation of other artists. He believes she got away with this as her troubled personal life meant people were afraid to criticise her. He says: "She had a real life with a fake voice."
Barrow controversially calls Amy "Whiney Sh*tehouse" in the interview and says that she gradually became "just a comic character of herself and how she sang." However, he did pay compliments to Bjork, P. J. Harvey and Adele, as well as Portishead frontwoman Beth Gibbons, whom he believes all sing in their real voices and don't impersonate others.
Amy's fans didn't take kindly to Geoff's remarks and accused the music producer, who has recently worked with The Horrors and fellow Bristolian Banksy, of "just trying to make headlines" using Winehouse's name. Barrow responded more diplomatically, saying: "I'm sure she was a lovely caring talented person — I didn't know her. Very sad that she passed away — but I never dug her vibe."
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