"I'm very happy that I have the chance to earn the respect of new fans with both my lyrics and my voice. A friend of mine told me he had to educate his coworker whom he overheard complimenting Avicii's voice. He leaned over and said, 'That's not actually Avicii singing, that's Aloe Blacc.'" - Aloe Blacc, co-writer and vocalist on “Wake Me Up” in an interview with Rolling Stone
You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of Aloe Blacc, even if you’ve heard “Wake Me Up” hundreds of times, and even if you know it’s (supposedly) by Avicii. I had literally never heard of Aloe Blacc until a couple weeks ago (and only then because his song is featured in a commercial for Beats by Dre), all whilst “Wake Me Up” became one of the biggest songs of 2013. It was a huge surprise to me to learn that Avicii doesn’t actually sing on that track. Or any track…
First things first: who is Avicii? Well, in real life he’s a 24 year old Swedish DJ whose real name is Tim Bergling. He has been nominated for a couple Grammys.
But does Avicii sing? I listened to his album today (“True”) and it’s like a compilation of all kinds of voices, but none of the songs have another artist credited. And no, Avicii does not sing. He collaborates, helps write some of the songs, “mixes” them, produces them. But he does not sing.
I’m confused about why the songs don’t list the artist as, for example, “Avicii, featuring Aloe Blacc.” I searched and could not find why that is. All I could find are numerous articles with Aloe Blacc assuring everyone that he doesn’t mind not being credited on “Wake Me Up.” Okayyy…
I was excited to add two new songs to my 2014 Favorites playlist since listening to “True.” The first one is called “Hey Brother” and it’s on Spotify’s Top 100 list right now, so look for that to be the next Avicii single (on which he doesn’t sing). To me the vocalist sounds a bit like Kenny Rogers, but in a good way (actually bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski).
The song that literally gave me chills the first time I heard it is called “Addicted To You,” and it reminds me a bit of the first time I heard Amy Winehouse sing. There is no doubt Avicii has some serious talent in putting a song together. I just wish he would give credit to the vocals, as well.
Here are the songs on “True” and the individuals behind the vocals (I pieced this together the best I could- doesn't seem like I should have to be hunting through random articles on the internet to figure it out!):
- “Wake Me Up” – Aloe Blacc
- “You Make Me” – Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare
- “Hey Brother” – Dan Tyminski
- “Addicted to You” – Audra Mae
- “Dear Boy” – Karen Marie Orsted
- “Liar Liar” – Aloe Blacc, Blondfire
- “Shame on Me” – Audra Mae, Sterling Fox
- “Lay Me Down” – Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers
- “Hope There’s Someone” – Linnea Henriksson
- “Heart Upon My Sleeve” - no vocals
- “Canyons” – Audra Mae
- “All You Need is Love” - no vocals
Here is the video for "Hey Brother":
And here is the just released video for my favorite song on the album, "Addicted to You":
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