Chris Martin has some nice things to say about Rihanna.
It may sound a bit strange, considering their different sexes and genres, but a great explanation was offered by Martin when discussing with The Guardian for an extensive interview.
“She can turn anything into gold with that voice,” he said. “Here’s the thing: if you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone. Or there is a book by Alfred Tomatis about why some people like certain people’s voices and other folks hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, many people say, ‘Oh, I despise that voice’, so there is a thing about people’s frequency responses — what they are pleased by. Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very difficult to annoy anybody.”
Martin went on to compare Rihanna’s voice to a “magnificently squeezed tube of toothpaste,” which is a bit of an odd analogy but one we can all surely relate to on some level.
“When you think of Rihanna’s voice you think of this entire, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk, and Drake is fairly similar,” he went on. “But Rihanna’s voice is simply delightful for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasant to most people.”