Frontman also calls Rihanna 'the Frank Sinatra of our generation'
The frontman, who duetted with Rihanna on the band’s 2011 hit ‘Princess Of China’, also described her voice as “just delicious for the ear” and “solid like a tree trunk”.
“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation,” Martin told The Guardian. “She can turn anything into gold with that voice. Here’s the thing: if you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone. Or there’s a book by Alfred Tomatis about why some people like certain people’s voices and other people hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, some people say, ‘Oh, I hate that voice’, so there’s a thing about people’s frequency responses – what they are pleased by.”
“Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very hard to annoy anybody,” he continued. “It’s like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste. When you think of Rihanna’s voice you think of this whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk, and Drake is pretty similar. But Rihanna’s voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people.”
Rihanna begins the UK leg of her ‘Anti World Tour’ tonight (June 24) with a huge show at London’s Wembley Stadium. She will then play stadium dates in Coventry, Glasgow and Manchester. Check out her full UK leg below.
Wembley Stadium (June 24)
Coventry Ricoh Arena (25)
Glasgow Hampden Park (27)
Manchester Emirates Stadium (29)
Coldplay will headline Glastonbury on the Sunday of the festival, June 26, an evening where Rihanna is between tour dates, which has sparked rumours that she could be planning to appear with the band during their set.