Re: What the hell ever happened to GREAT music?
Date: June 17, 2017 08:19PM
Not posted on here for years but interested to comment on this. IMHO music is usually only defined as such by its ability to live with you for a lengthy period of time. Being of a certain age I was lucky to be in my teens when rock was king and a lot of iconic music was released. There was still a lot of guff released then - maybe not the volume of stuff that is now - but we filter that out over time. A bit like remembering summer was always sunny and there was snow at Christmas when reality was a little different. I remember loving the first Reckless album for example. I dug it out the other day and found it unlistenable.
I subscribe to Apple Music so can listen to anything pretty much, but when I decide to listen to something, I more than often will pick something from my youth - often the same few albums. Close To The Edge, Wish You Were Here, Permanent Waves, Paranoid, Rocks, Heaven Tonight, etc. There are some more recent releases that I will go for, such as the last two Treat albums, Anything by Mastodon, Switchfoot, Rammstein, etc but I would not class them as great yet.
Also, there is little chance to be groundbreaking now as every day the same chords are recycled a few more times and music naturally becomes more samey. Unfortunately melodic rock is a major victim of this. Much of it deliberately follows a set of rules to pander to a reducing audience which is self defeating. You might as well go back and listen to the stuff they copied.
As a songwriter it is increasingly difficult to come up with material which sounds different and fresh. I find my band mates are quite prepared to tell me if something is not up to it. We don't need John Kalodner to do that.
Maybe that is why it takes us 10 years between albums