Originally Posted by Pointguard
I like Smokey better. Universal and timeless is, at least, equivalent to deep, while being more impressive. They will play Smokey in a hundred years from now. His phrasing and hook is great. He falls in plain love and has a lot of healing in his music. While I give Curtis respect, he is moreso mental than he is poetic, and music, by nature, will always sway you more than convince you. And Smoke could pull you in with a woman, a man, a man group or a woman group singing the poetics. He saw the layers and value of the voice with music. People who don't understand English sing Smokey because his melodic flow is beyond the language. He was really complete.
Smoke is my man too, but give me a Smokey love ballad and I can give you a Curtis one.
You telling me these ain't timeless?
The Staple Singers: Let's Do It Again
Aretha Franklin: Something He Can Feel