The list author says: "I really love quirky lyrics and atypical vocals but have had difficulty finding artists with this style since there is no real name for it. Some are considered pop, others folk or anti-folk, some alt-rock, and others bluegrass. My personal favorite is a phrase a reporter once used to describe Lily Allen's music, likening it to "candy with razorblades." Whatever term you prefer, if you're ready to branch out from the usual offbeat female artists (Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple), here are some of my favorites. They're sarcastic, they're sincere, they're upbeat, they're dark, and they'll always elicit a reaction.
Warning: Many of these singers use profanity in their music."
"I wish more people knew about Kate Nash. She and Lily Allen have many similarities with their upbeat melodies and sharp lyrics. Check out "Foundations," "Pumpkin Soup," or "Merry Happy" and you'll know immediately if you like her."
"I came across Perry just as she was starting to climb the charts and loved her. This album isn't quite on par with Lily Allen and Kate Nash, but her voice is great and the lyrics can be both humorous and serious."
"More people need to know about Jesca Hoop. Tom Waits said that her music was "like going swimming in a lake at night." I'd say it's a cross between that and walking through the woods at sunset. I prefer the acoustic versions of some of her songs, which are available on her MySpace, but the album versions are just as good."
"Kate's out of Australia, so ignore the import CDs and check out her MP3 page. She's got a very interesting range. I was introduced to her through the song "Are You [expletive] Kidding Me," which is a tribute to reuniting with exes over Facebook."
"I'd been eyeing Neko Case's album for months before I finally bought it. Very unique sound. It has an echo quality to it, so it feels like you're in a wide open space when you hear it. There's a sad feeling to her voice, too, though, so it's not for everyone."
"Alison Breitman's music is virtually unknown, which is a shame because it's very good. If you like coffee house music, old folk, or just piano paired with drums, check her out. She's like a softer version of Sara Barelleis. My favorite song, "You and I," is unfortunately not available for purchase because she hasn't put out a follow-up album yet."
"Florence is AMAZING. If you only look at one album on this list, look at this one. A powerful voice combined with great lyrics has led to a lot of buzz about her debut. Just don't watch her videos first. I almost passed her up because I was too distracted by the video's style."
"This woman deserves so much more attention than she receives. Saw her live also and she is amazing. The album doesn't showcase her singing quite as well but is still a very good listen. It's pop but with strong emotion behind it."
"Natalia sings only in Spanish but she's entertaining whether you speak the language or not. She has a very '90s pop sound to her and some people call her the Mexican Lily Allen. Check out "Busca un Problema," "El Pato," or "Ella Es Bonita.""
"I saw Emily Loizeau on YouTube and have found that it's nearly impossible to get any of her music in the states. She's from France but sings in both English and French. With or without a translation, you can feel the sting in her lyrics. Her sound is a lot like walking on the beach on a gray morning. Check out "Jalouse.""
"You've probably heard of Feist, but you might be like I was when I first heard "1234" - not too impressed. If that's the case, try listening to the rest of the album or "Mushaboom" from her previous album. I went from detesting her to playing this album non-stop for weeks after hearing only two songs."
"I know you've heard of Regina Spektor, but if you weren't such a big fan of "Begin to Hope," check out her new album. I tend to just put "Dance Anthem of the '80s" and "Eet" on loop because the songs are so infectious."
"Of course, no list of quirky singers would be complete without Joanna Newsom. With her harp and other tinkling instruments, nasally and child-like vocals, and sharp and strange lyrics, Joanna's music is not for everyone. I enjoy her work because of the brazen but innocent quality her voice has."