Fred wrote:I also find the similarities to Sarah (and Tori) superficial. Where are Vienna's deeper affinities? What other popular artists are similarly devoted to compositional and in-studio technical perfection and/or similarly have major influences from jazz, classical, and other musical streams outside the rock/blues/country/r&b mainstream? Offhand, I think of Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega, Joe Jackson, and Steely Dan; there are others. Discuss.
I know quite a few smaller artists who are exploring different aspects of music, whether its a particular genre, or trying something new - similar to Vienna, but I detest trying to draw too many parallels. I don't care if my musicians fit in neat, tidy little boxes or not. I guess I always take them at face value. I heard a musician one time talk about writing songs based on an artist, like a U2 song, or a Bob Marley song, or whatever, and immediately, I was thinking "write your own damn songs." I guess that's why I'm not a huge American Idol fan - I prefer the real thing, not some studio molded cookie-cutter with no original material.
I think I ended up way off topic, but maybe it's just a round-about way to say I think of Vienna as Vienna, and I don't really compare her to others. She's not Sarah or Tori or Liberace for that matter. She's Vienna, and she's charting her own path, which I think is great.