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Asaf Avidan — Your Anchor
Album: Poor Boy Lucky Man
Avg rating:
6.3

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Total ratings: 868









Released: 2010
Length: 4:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
She said baby you're my gold
I said no babe, just your banker
She said baby you're my chains
I said no hun I'm your anchor
I said baby you're my wings
She said no babe, you're a fish
I said baby you're my dream
She said no hun, just your wish

She said baby you're my river
I said no hun, I'm your drain
She said baby you're my color
I said no babe I'm your stain
I said baby you're my diamond
She said no babe, just your pick
I said baby you are magic
She said no jun, just a trick

She said baby you can see me
I said baby i just sense
She said baby you're my castle
I said no hun, I'm your fence
I said baby you're my lover
She said no hun, just your maid
I said baby i adore you
She said no babe, you're just afraid
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good song, but  the vocals....
Never heard of this gent. I'd like to hear more before I make my mind up. So far, quite likeable.
Fingernails on blackboard.
Bumping this up to 8. Digging this tonight.
Comments:
”You’re too different!”
Oh, sorry.
”You’re not different enough!”
Sure, sorry. 

*sigh*
 westslope wrote:
The artist Asaf Avidan is not trying to sound like Janis Joplin.  Come on folks .....

I like it.  Makes me stop and listen.   More Asaf Avidan please.  
 
Agreed.  This material fits the rotation really well, I think.
The artist Asaf Avidan is not trying to sound like Janis Joplin.  Come on folks .....

I like it.  Makes me stop and listen.   More Asaf Avidan please.  
 paul_0353 wrote:
Horrible!  Whatever it is, it doesn't qualify for music.  Spare us all!!
 
..."us"?
Horrible!  Whatever it is, it doesn't qualify for music.  Spare us all!!
Asaf Avidan is a woman?  She looks like a man to me.  

Yes, 3 words into the song and I was thinking of Janis too.  Otherwise, the song does not sound at all like it was inspired by Janis.
 gillicious wrote:
That voice just triggered a headache. I had to turn RP off. 
 

I would consider that a compliment to any artist, well, almost...
 dyharenas wrote:
It's good stuff. One is caught between this being an affected voice or the real thing, but I guess if you can fake a voice that well it kind of morphs into the real thing.
 
Check out Colter Wall (if you haven't already).  Listen first, then find a picture or video of the dude.  The incongruity between the man and the voice is so striking that it gives the impression that the voice must be an affect, but even repeated listening (without watching) doesn't rankle, so... does it matter?
Love the artist. Check out this version, it`s a hundred times better in my opinion.
 Baby_M wrote:
If you are not Janis Joplin, and don't have a voice anywhere near Janis Joplin's, you should not try this hard to sound like Janis Joplin.  The result is not a "sound" or a "style," its an imperfectly-executed algorithm, and it shows.
 
He's not trying to sound like Janis Joplin; you're trying to classify who he sounds like and you've decided to shoehorn him into an imperfect Janis Joplin impersonation. Asaf has, to American ears, a unique singing style that is probably not out of place in more traditional music circles. His song Her Lies (see link below), right before the end, has a vocal section that is obviously powerful & skillful, but may be quite off-putting for those that are unused to that way of singing.

Asaf could probably put a hell of a twist on a Janis tune, but I think he would take the wise route and avoid imitation.
It's good stuff. One is caught between this being an affected voice or the real thing, but I guess if you can fake a voice that well it kind of morphs into the real thing.
 Laptopdog wrote:
Can't tell if the singer is a man, a woman, or a cat with its tail stuck in a door.

 
Well, I'm voting for the cat but I happen to know that the singer is a male.
If you are not Janis Joplin, and don't have a voice anywhere near Janis Joplin's, you should not try this hard to sound like Janis Joplin.  The result is not a "sound" or a "style," its an imperfectly-executed algorithm, and it shows.
 dyharenas wrote:

The voice is precisely what makes this stand out in my opinion.

 


It has the feel of someone coming down from a bad crack high...
 Laptopdog wrote:
Can't tell if the singer is a man, a woman, or a cat with its tail stuck in a door.

 
The voice is precisely what makes this stand out in my opinion.
 
THAT was funny.
Laptopdog wrote:
Can't tell if the singer is a man, a woman, or a cat with its tail stuck in a door.

 


Can't tell if the singer is a man, a woman, or a cat with its tail stuck in a door.
His song Her Lies (music starts at 1:31) is very passionate. I get why people don't like his voice (the end of that song would probably be painful for those that don't), but I think it is powerful & full of emotion. That said, I would love to hear this by someone with a more traditional singing style, if only to have the naysayers appreciate his music a bit more.
Such a great voice!  Reminds me so much of Janice Joplin.  Need more of this artist!!! Love it.
sounds quite a bit like a dull cover of Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi - Two Against One ft. Jack White
I'm liking it.
She's sounds like Britanny Howard after a hard night of smoking and drinking
Wow, 3 years since the last play.  I dig this tune.  I happen to like HIS voice.
Nothing new about slings and arrows for unusual and original artists. Carry on Asaf!
 EbbeSand wrote:
The music is OK, but the Voice is really horrible! 
 
That's why I gave it a 2 instead of a 1. 
Almost thought it was PJ Harvey
 gillicious wrote:
That voice just triggered a headache. I had to turn RP off. 

 
{#Yes}
LOVE HER VOICE - LOTS!
Your Anchor is dragging me down. 
The music is OK, but the Voice is really horrible! 
I really like this, haven't figured out why yet. It just comes together.
 xtalman wrote:

Hearing a bit of Jack White vocally.

 



 
That's it. You nailed it.
 socalhol wrote:

Hehehe — yes I thought this sounded like Nelly Furtado!  I like it — just surprised to find out it is a male singer.



 
Makes me feel even queasier while listening to this...What the hell am I listening to? 
That voice just triggered a headache. I had to turn RP off. 
Nails on a chalkboard.
 fredriley wrote:
Clue: a group of financial suits is often known as a 'wunch', as in 'a wunch of bankers'.
 
I'd prefer to call them a bunch of wankers, but that's just me as a bitter American who blames a large part of current global recession on greedy bankers screwing people to line their own pockets.
Loving the guitar
Stunningly good. A shock on the vocal gender progenitor, but still stunningly good.

Hearing a bit of Jack White vocally.

 




Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
That poor, poor cat.
indeed!  totally diggin the bass lines {#Cowboy}

 Stratocaster wrote:
Some great bass licks in this song!
 


 WayUpNorth wrote:
squirrel pipes

Brilliant.


8 for first listen...
Janis lives.
Like it more each time I hear it.  Bumped it to an 8.
"banker", "anchor" - that just calls out for another rhyming word... :o)

Clue: a group of financial suits is often known as a 'wunch', as in 'a wunch of bankers'.

As for the song, this guy's voice just gives me earache after a while :(

 shutter wrote:
No.
 
What a great comment.
We can all read anything we want into it,


No.
Bumped it from 8 to 9. (S)he is awesome. :-D
Still really liking this one - in fact, the whole CD is great. . . 
 FooledAgain wrote:
I've added this song to my open-mic repertoire, adjusted to my baritone-tenor, slowed down, with a modified ending, and harmonica breaks. It's a crowd-pleaser.
 
"i'm just say'in"....classic

I've added this song to my open-mic repertoire, adjusted to my baritone-tenor, slowed down, with a modified ending, and harmonica breaks. It's a crowd-pleaser.
Some great bass licks in this song!
nice homemade video of this song, with lyrics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XZLlZ9vbfI
 run4more wrote:
There are a few artists for whom I just can't reconcile the voice with their true gender—Tracy Chapman always did that to me with 'Give Me One Reason' back when it first came out (in an opposite case scenario of course). {#Lol} Doesn't affect my enjoyment of the music. Just saying... I guess I will always hear a woman singing first when this plays.  Goosebumps when I hear this with the lyrics though.
 
Hehehe — yes I thought this sounded like Nelly Furtado!  I like it — just surprised to find out it is a male singer.


Bet Asaf can do killer covers of Jack White.

Wow. very good. immediate 8.
There are a few artists for whom I just can't reconcile the voice with their true gender—Tracy Chapman always did that to me with 'Give Me One Reason' back when it first came out (in an opposite case scenario of course). {#Lol} Doesn't affect my enjoyment of the music. Just saying... I guess I will always hear a woman singing first when this plays.  Goosebumps when I hear this with the lyrics though.

Lyrics (from his website):

She said baby you're my gold -
I said no babe, I'm your banker
She said baby you're my chains -
I said no babe I'm your anchor
I said baby you're my wings -
she said no babe, you're a fish
I said baby you're my dream -
she said no hun, I'm your wish

She said baby you're my river -
I said no babe, I'm your drain
She said baby you're my color -
I said no babe I'm your stain
I said baby you're my diamond -
she said no babe, I'm just your pick
I said baby you are magic -
she said no hun, just a trick

She said baby you can see me -
I said baby I just sense
She said baby you're my castle -
I said no hun, I'm your fence
I said baby you're my lover
she said no hun just your maid
I said baby I adore you -

she said no babe you're just afraid.



Interesting.  In a good way, I think.

 
 Paul_Skybreakers wrote:
it's a thin line between love and hate.
Haven't decided about this one yet.......
 

Yea, I'm with you or not with you, I haven't decided yet.{#Lol}
it's a thin line between love and hate.
Haven't decided about this one yet.......
Wow!
                               ?
Ok Bill... you got me.  I usually complain about the dudes that sing like chicks, but I kinda like this one.  
this sounded like the singer was using the facilities (loo) during the recording... {#Whisper}

Whole lotta SOUL!


nope...nice song just hate the voice.
Great song!
His voice is really annoying to my ears.


I'll dance to this...

 
To reiterate:  Asaf Avidan is a HE, not a SHE.  'Cept, I can't think of a male vocalist to which to compare his voice - he really does sound like Janis... {#Undecided}
 jdw1959 wrote:

Love it....gotta hear more from her

 
Make that "from him" :)
Yes!!!
GOOD!
Scott says: "sounds like a combination of Melanie and Patti Smith." I say "Yeah, what is this?" (We can't hear it well cuz it's playing at coffeeshop.
 jdw1959 wrote:

Love it....gotta hear more from her


 
Asaf is kinda hot, too. Not crazy about the haircut, but the rest...yeah.

wow, love this sound. Breaking passionate tremulous shouting voice, mellow, laid back vibe, is she chanelling Janis Joplin perhaps?
Reminded me of Sinead O'Connor for some reason. Anyway, I liked it.
Goddamnit I love this. Thanks Bill for yet another fine introduction. Radio Paradise powers my life.
Yet another welcome intro to more interesting stuff by our gracious hosts. Thanks RP

Love it....gotta hear more from her


 vandal wrote:
So freaking cool - I love this whole CD. . . 
 


I have got to get this CD...  this is really unique and interesting music...



squirrel pipes
So freaking cool - I love this whole CD. . . 
...this hurts my ears.
Not fond of this.
I'm not a huge Janis fan, but I really like this for some reason.  The voice fits somehow, like the rough edge over the smooth melody adds a tonal quaility that rescues this song from being almost boring.  However, the music sounds like it is never really supposed to be the star of the song, but instead just support for the vocals.




excellent...


waaooo !!! Asaf Avidan in radio paradise ... 

you are the best people!

thank you all !  

Natan from Tel Aviv - Israel 
 
outstanding, more please

 a_genuine_find wrote:

 
As someone who hates cats...  this is freaking funny.

I really like the lyrics.
This is so much like Janis Joplin! 
 FlatCat wrote:
Weasels rip my vocal cords.
 
They've been at his already, right enough. The Mojos are fine, I'm not sure about Asaf. 4 from the Nottingham jury.


I am so digging this guy. Blew my mind to find out he's a guy who, when he speaks, has a regular sounding guy voice but when he sings he sounds like an old black woman. Very hip!




This is very good...

 
Weasels rip my vocal cords.
dudes belting out the passion....gotta love this drippy sensual passion...wish I could sing like this. without restraints.

wow, thanks RP, for turning me on to this. you rock.
quit playing the jack white record at 45! :P
 kobkob wrote:
its a he not her
 
Yeeeessshhhh!!!!  Scary!  The song, too!



very cool...  I like it...


Unusual.....who are they?
Damn this is great.
Never heard of this dude before but I'm totally digging him!

Go to YTube and check out another wonderful song, "Her Lies"  @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA5uKbzTh18

Where does that voice come from?!!!

Thanks, RP, for exposing me to another great performer...
 black321 wrote:
Good effort, but I'll pass.
 

Same here, especially at 7:43am. {#Headache}
i have a mad crush.. thanx RP for playing out of the box tunes to open our ears to.. new music desten for the ipod.. much love!!

 kobkob wrote:
the lost son of janice joplin and robert plant

nice 2 here another israely here
 
About what I was thinking... {#High-five}
I thought this was Stevie Nicks at first.
OK, I don't normally bother rating stuff, unless it's something new that grabs me by the ears and yells, 'Listen up! This is sh*t you've never heard before!'.

This is one of those occasions.... Definite 9, and thanks Bill, for introducing me to this crazy voice...

(Wow! Now I'm stuck in the YouTube black hole tracking his other stuff... Thanks a lot, Bill.... :)


awesome vocal performance. . . 
Good effort, but I'll pass.
Well, I would have made the same mistake as others here, thinking this was a woman's voice.  And it does sound like Janis, which makes it very difficult for me to get past the gender and the vocal. Not rating this.  And hoping I don't hear it again anytime soon, because it'll just send me back into that Möbius Strip of Janis/male... {#Stupid}
 tputkey wrote:
The instruments sound so nice. But the singer's voice is grating. Too bad.
 
I have to say that this song is growing on me. I like the guitar so much. Perhaps I'll check out the rest of Asaf's music to see if it's just as "interesting."
the lost son of janice joplin and robert plant

nice 2 here another israely here
 coyotexxx2 wrote:
Not what I expected when Bill introduced this.  Wow.  A hint of Janis in her voice. 
 
According to Wikipedia, he's a man.

Interesting sound.