The Voice Recap: Eccentricity Is Now Forgotten

Occasionally, there are eras in history in which the free-wheeling eccentricity of a former age contrasts sharply with the staid, more functional formality of the modern cultural climate. Such is unfortunately the current problem with The Voice. Although the new judges, Usher and Shakira, are pleasant and even blandly witty sometimes, they do not have the genuine strangeness of a Cee Lo, or the Liza Minnelli jazz-hands of a Christina Aguliera. The show, after its revamp, is a stolid and functional music judging show, as opposed to what it was before, an oddly petty music-talking show starring a man with a parrot on his shoulder and a spunky former showgirl holding a fan. It is just a regular old show now, okay?? It’s just a show that exists in the world. Let's get started with Vulture’s first Voice recap, shall we? Read More...


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