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In a new interview with The Guardian Chris Martin pays Rihanna a high compliment, comparing her to Frank Sinatra.

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“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation,” he said. “She can turn anything into gold with that voice.”

“Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very hard to annoy anybody. It’s like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste,” he continues. “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.”

As for his own vocal tone, Martin compares himself to another icon: Bob Dylan. “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.”

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