statements about the highly evocative nature of the voice in song open many papers in the area of music research. Music theorists seek more robust analytical approaches to the voice, music psychologists aim to understand the human experience of the voice, semiologists and multimodalists explore the ways in which the voice caries meaning, and linguists investigate how the voice is used to enact language (both spoken and sung). This is to name just a few fields investigating voice in song. Within this ever-growing body of literature, approaches that offer a comprehensive framework for vocal analysis in song are few. A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice (2020) by Victoria Malawey aims to do this by “providing a systematic approach for discussing the wide-ranging and often ineffable aspects of vocal delivery in popular music recordings” (2).

There are many challenges that any such approach needs to...

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