Coldplay front man Chris Martin has compared Rihanna’s voice to “a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.”
During a recent interview with The Guardian, the 39-year-old had some bizarre praise for the 28-year-old Barbadian singer.
“She can turn anything into gold with that voice,” he said. “Here’s the thing: if you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone… Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very hard to annoy anybody. It’s like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.”
“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation,” he told the newspaper. “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 Tomatoes 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.”
Coldplay and Rihanna collaborated on the British rock band’s 2012 single “Princess of China”.