By Andrea Park
Updated June 25, 2016 at 08:56 PM EDT
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Chris Martin sure has a creative way of singing Rihanna‘s praises.

In a new interview with The Guardian, the Coldplay frontman gushed about his “Princess of China” collaborator’s universally appealing voice using some …unexpected metaphors.

“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation. She can turn anything into gold with that voice,” he said. “Rihanna’s voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people.”

Martin, 39, explained how many voices, like his or Bob Dylan’s, inspire as many haters as they do fans due to “people’s frequency responses,” but the “Work” singer’s voice has something for just about everyone – as evidenced by her eight Grammy awards.

“Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very hard to annoy anybody. It’s like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste,” he said. “When you think of Rihanna’s voice, you think of this whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk.”

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