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Chris Martin Lovingly Compares Rihanna's Voice to a 'Beautifully Squeezed Tube of Toothpaste'

by Jennifer Drysdale 2:59 PM PDT, June 25, 2016
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Well, this is one interesting way to explain Rihanna's talent!

In a recent sit-down interview with the U.K. newspaper, The Guardian, Chris Martin opened up about varied topics like Brexit and his Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance earlier this year with his band, Coldplay, but the most intriguing part of the interview were definitely his comments on Rihanna. Namely because he likened the "Work" singer's voice to a "beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste."

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Yes, really.

The metaphor is an intriguing one, and Martin kind of explains it.

"She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation. She can turn anything into gold with that voice," he said of Rihanna. "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 this thing about people's frequency responses -- what they are pleased by."

"Rihanna has a thick one, so it's very hard to annoy anybody," the father-of-two continued. "It's like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste."

But… what does that mean? "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," the 39-year-old British singer further clarified for the reporter.

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Ah, totally got it now.

Martin and Rihanna collaborated together on Coldplay's 2011 hit, "Princess of China," and he's clearly a RiRi fan. Back in 2012, he ranked Rihanna's attractiveness on a global scale for ET Canada. Find out where the Barbadian beauty placed in the video below.

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