William Shakespeare once wrote, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Recently, Shakespeare’s fellow Brit Chris Martin decided to break out his own comparison for pop superstar Rihanna. There are many ways one could describe someone like her; many endearing and evocative words come to mind when you think of her. Martin, for his part, decided to compare her to a tube of toothpaste.
While you are likely baffled at this moment, rest assured that it was very much a compliment. The Coldplay singer called Rihanna the “Frank Sinatra of our generation,” and then he got into the toothpaste thing:
“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… Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very hard to annoy anybody. It’s like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste .”
So that’s how Rihanna is like a tube of toothpaste. Seeing as how the two have worked together multiple times, you would think he’d think of something more traditionally flattering, but here we are.
And he wasn’t done. Would you like to know how she is also like a tree trunk? Sounds not very flattering, and yet:
“When you think of Rihanna’s voice you think of this whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk. 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.”
Rihanna’s voice is delicious. You know, like a tree trunk or a tube of toothpaste. Another day in the life from the wordsmith, Chris Martin.