Just felt like putting up a fun poll for everyone. Two amazing singers both with an obvious relation to Blind Melon, but both with two very different styles. This isn't really for who you think would fit BM better, just who you like.
Post by melonhead1784 on Feb 16, 2010 0:14:19 GMT -5
Travisty's solo work is amazing and definitely speaks to me in a high level. His contribution to BM was something that I will cherish forever and i will continue to listen to For My Friends as well as follow both BM and Travis during the remainder of their careers!
Post by foreverlights on Feb 16, 2010 6:58:17 GMT -5
Shinn hands down... don't get me wrong, Travis is talented and all, but his voice does my head in... there's a naturalness to Shinn's voice, much like Shannon's, that is soothing and melodic, without the strain that Travis has... there is also something natural about Shinn's phrasing and control when he sings, when compared to Travis who is up, down, up, down, all over the place... which is why i much prefer Unified Theory and other Shinn projects (Everything is Energy, etc.) to anything Travis did with Blind Melon, or solo... i respect Travis as an artist and respect why he is great for people who like his voice, but i don't enjoy it, but that's just me...
Blind Melon "make me feel good when things behind the smiles ain't okay"
Post by ~ M A T T ~ on Feb 16, 2010 8:03:05 GMT -5
I am grateful that Travis came along. I dig some of his solo stuff and the For My Friends record but, I'm going to have to go with Chris Shinn on this one. In my opinion, he's the better singer, hands down.
Post by allthatineeded on Feb 16, 2010 8:42:25 GMT -5
I love both of them but I have to say Travis. I based my choice I who I find myself listening to more but that could be due to the sheer volume of work Travis has produced vs. Shinn. I think Shinn is a great singer with a pleasant voice but Travis is a better songwriter. Travis MUST quit smoking, you can really hear the toll it's taken on his voice between the early recordings and more recent ones. I think Travis was a better choice for BM, his voice and attitude suited the songs better but I would kill to hear Shinn's take on BM tunes. I know recordings exist with BM and Shinn, dying to hear them. I'd also tip my hat to Travis for giving us new tunes more frequently, Shinn just gives us little tastes and lots of promises, of course BM has put nothing new out for quite awhile. You'd think they could throw us a bone every now and then, loyalty deserves reward.
i'm on the same boat as a few of you here... i think travis is a more talented songwriter. i really like what i've heard so far from Rain Fur Rent (assuming he wrote that stuff). Shinn's solo stuff from what i've heard isn't very standout aside from the vocals. But he's got the most unique voice i've heard. Very soothing and melodical, but he can really get aggressive too. Every time i listen to the song ' not dead ' from UT's first album... that's just beautiful stuff.
The initial post said this was for fun and as soon as I read that I knew it had the chance to become ugly. So before I post my opinion, I think I am going to bite my tongue, rethink my thoughts and then post my opinion on who I like...and why...without ripping the other guy.
It really depends on my mood. I enjoy them both, but I find them hard to compare. Travis is definately more raw sounding. Shinn is so melodic and dreamy. I like they way Travis turns a phrase, but I find alot of his sound (atleast what is up on his myspace right now) very similar from song to song. Shinn's body of work "sounds like him" without the songs sounding similar. So, I think Shinn is the better singer in terms of control and melody. That could also be due to how much longer he has been doing this then Travis. If Travis had the right band and quit smoking (totally agree about the voice change due to smoking), he could be major. He is extreamly talented. Man, all this talk of Shinn makes me yearn for another UT album!
Sounds like someone has a man crush , just kidding. Yes, Shinn is polished if you are into that sort of thing, never having to work in life and having unlimited resources might have helped him with that. To say Travis just "plays music" is an understatement and not really fair, obviously you have an extreme bias, but it is just your opinion. If you like Shinn, cool, no need to bash Travis for that, personal taste figures so much into this anyway.
I also would have to give Travis a notch up for his musicianship, he is a hell of a guitar player.
Someone mentioned T's songs sounding the same, I think that has more to do with his limited recording process, again Shinn had a LOT more resources for his recording.
Post by ~ M A T T ~ on Feb 16, 2010 16:37:59 GMT -5
Not sure how the option got switched.. But, I'll be moving this thread to the Travis section of the board. Only staff are allowed to creat threads in this section. Don't know how this one slipped through..
jennywest: It's beento long since anyone has written as beautifully as Shannon. I wish and try to find stars among galaxy's that I could write even kind of like him. It's only been lately since addiction has completely taken over, have I even looked at a pen.
Oct 31, 2016 23:37:36 GMT -5
gratefulandmelon: i can't believe it has took me this long to think of coming to this site, it's long over dew, maybe because the thought of shannon not being with us anymore still bugs me, & loosing my best friend a couple days ago made me think of him.
Nov 20, 2016 21:50:07 GMT -5
gratefulandmelon: me & shannon used to hang around some of the same people & places when i lived in lafayette all them years ago, so when he got blind melon going i was hooked, but when he left us behind i took it pretty hard & it still bugs me.
Nov 20, 2016 21:54:55 GMT -5
~ M A T T ~: Welcome to the Forum!
Nov 21, 2016 7:47:14 GMT -5
gratefulandmelon: hope everyone keeps spreading blind melon around so they're never forgotten!!! peace everybody!!! (~);-}
Dec 3, 2016 7:53:24 GMT -5
happydoug: Any updates on 2018 tour??Please!!!
Nov 3, 2017 19:48:46 GMT -5
~ M A T T ~: If any dates are accounced, I will be sure to let everyone know.
Nov 3, 2017 21:00:17 GMT -5
emilahp: Hi it has taken me awhile to visit here, I'm a huge fan of the band and Shannon, I was greatly affected by his death, it shook me to my core. I still think of him, the band and the super incredible music. Shannon at Woodstock was such an incredible frontma
Nov 5, 2017 17:37:58 GMT -5
emilahp: I'm looking forward to the movie by Danny, please include as much reel as you can. If it's four hrs I'd love it. Put lots of the shows, music. I'm so excited it's coming to fruition.
Nov 5, 2017 17:44:06 GMT -5
melonwheels: ....in need of new BM tunes!
Jan 31, 2018 14:26:45 GMT -5
melonwheels: looks like a couple of shows booked for May
Feb 3, 2018 13:39:24 GMT -5
jlee93: Right on! Now i hope they announce something a little closer to Atlanta. If not ill make the drive!
Feb 4, 2018 1:51:04 GMT -5
melonwheels: I live in Missouri......and surprisingly there are "melon heads" in this area ....of all ages. If they get close to me there will be 10 of my family members going on a road trip.
Feb 4, 2018 15:41:15 GMT -5
tayhoon26: I'm in Jersey, looks like they're doing one right near me. I'm beyond excited. Can't even express.
Feb 20, 2018 10:37:31 GMT -5
kurt: The State Theatre in Falls Church VA.....capacity 850...May 04....can't wait
Mar 16, 2018 12:18:13 GMT -5