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What it is that makes some singers' voices magically change your emotional state?

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Following a brief spell as a stringer at NME in the mid-1980s, Nick Coleman was Music Editor of Time Out for seven years, then Arts and Features Editor at the Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He has also written on music for The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, New Statesman, Intelligent Life, GQ and The Wire. He is the author of The Train in the Night, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Wellcome Book Prize.


Voices isn't just illuminating and thought-provoking and clever; it is exciting. -- Roddy Doyle
A brilliant book about singing... I have been talking to Nick Coleman about music, in person and in my head, for forty years now. [With Voices] you have the opportunity to hear what I have heard. I hope you take it -- Nick Hornby * The Believer *
A deeply personal hymn, aria, sea shanty and saloon bar serenade... Voices is not merely an elegantly written study of a parade of fabled artists, but a long, heartfelt song of gratitude. It's well worth hearing. -- Graeme Thomson * The Mail on Sunday *
Unusual and affecting... An elegant, controlled writer whose curiosity is as engaging as his whooping passion. -- Jane Graham * Big Issue *
Exhilarating... Coleman hears better and more clearly with half an ear than the rest of us do in a lifetime with two. -- Alexandra Coghlan * Spectator *
Not just a gallery of pen portraits of [Nick Coleman's] favourite singers but an impassioned examination of why certain voices 'speak' to us... Like the best music criticism of yore, [Voices] tangentially covers the history of popular music... He's enjoyably sniffy about Jagger; insightful on Joni... but mostly Voices believes in magic. -- Chris Roberts * Classic Rock *
A brilliant read. -- James McNair * National *
A fantastic writer. -- Lois Wilson * Mojo *
[Voices] will have you delving into your music collection with fresh thanks and renewed appreciation. -- Duncan Fletcher * Shindig! *
Fans of all genres can dip in for thoughts on nearly everyone in the rock canon. -- Helen Brown, **Books of the Year** * Daily Telegraph *

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