Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really?
Posted by: MetroGnome ()
Date: March 11, 2013 05:42AM

It's not only the song writing.
The melodic rock 'sound' itself has become too formulaic. We need some originality. We need some guitarists who haven't learned all they know from copying Guitar Magazine tabs and Youtube. Singers who aren't all trying to be exact Steve Perry or Lou Gramm clones. Producers who can capture the human touch instead of the perfectly tweaked, filtered, over-processed cut and paste producing that seems to be the benchmark for this scene these days.
Imagine if a perfectly good CD came out with great songs but an unknown Ritchie Blackmore or Mark Knopfler as the guitarist. People would probably say "it would be a great CD if only they had a decent guitar player"! People seem happy to hear slight re-arrangements of the same 10 or so songs over and over again.

Unfortunately I don't think the target audience in the main is open minded enough for anything to change. There's no appetite for pushing the boundaries too much. The parameters for what constitutes AOR/Melrock today are too narrow. Which is probably why I am listening to less and less of the bands discussed on here.
Some of my favourite melodic rock albums of the last 15 years have been the more daring ones. Harem Scarem with Overload, Toto's Falling In Between, Europe's Start From The Dark, etc.

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Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 381 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 03:18AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 254 Terry K. 03/11/2013 03:57AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 130 Chazz 03/12/2013 12:35AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 221 Terry K. 03/11/2013 03:48AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 304 Snake65 03/11/2013 12:12AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 453 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 12:33AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 329 rocknut 03/11/2013 12:48AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 245 SEAN1 03/11/2013 02:42AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 282 DCPete 03/11/2013 02:01AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 289 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 03:29AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 238 Terry K. 03/11/2013 05:30AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 248 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 05:38AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 178 Terry K. 03/11/2013 05:42AM
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Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 147 Tommy-Denander 03/12/2013 01:59AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 175 Laurent 03/11/2013 10:53PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 207 Terry K. 03/11/2013 03:44AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really?271 MetroGnome 03/11/2013 05:42AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 195 Terry K. 03/11/2013 06:00AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 221 MetroGnome 03/11/2013 07:14AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 172 Terry K. 03/11/2013 08:11AM
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