post #126 of 231
7/9/08 at 5:49pm
As do I!
Zodiac, don't take my neg on your Elvis comment personally. I love Elvis but he has no place in this discussion, really.
It's pretty easy, actually.
You'll find that the further down the scale of popularity you go, the more complex - ie. difficult to reproduce - the music becomes. Because technically complex music usually isn't radio-friendly. What's radio-friendly is catchy hooks, easy lyrics, and a dreamy frontman singing about love. Popular music is necessarily simpler because it's easier to remember and requires less of a commitment out of its listener.
I guess I'm saying that it really isn't. Either a song is more complex and more well-produced than another song, or it isn't.
I didn't always think this way - I thought that Iron Maiden kicked Dream Theater's ass. But once I started listening to rock with a couple guys that actually played in bands, they opened my eyes to the technical side of things. Now I listen to Dream Theater or Mars Volta or even Muse and Primus and just go "Holy shit..." when I hear a sick solo. But it requires a lot of patience, because a song that's technically strong isn't always an easy song to rock out to if you catch it on the radio.
The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones
Erasure vs Pet Shop Boys
Led Zeppelin vs Pink Floyd
Britney vs Xtina
OMD vs ABC
Timbaland vs The Neptunes
Nirvana vs Pearl Jam
Stone Temple Pilots vs Soundgarden
Hootie and the Blowfish vs Dave Matthew Band
Charlie Sheen vs Emilio Estevez
Jim Beam vs Jack Daniels
Paper vs Plastic
Me myself would slap anybody who said Flo Rida or Soulja Boy was a better rapper than Biggie Smalls or Tupac, but the reality of music, just like fashion and beauty, is that it's completely subjective. There is no right or wrong answer, only a general consensus.
|“I only knew that the Beatles were the most exciting thing in the universe. It wasn’t always an easy view to live with. First you had to fight the Stones fans, which was tricky because they fought dirty and had their knuckles nearer the ground.”|
ross - it cuts both ways. For example, someone musically trained will have very specific criteria upon which they judge good music. But taste comes into it too. I happen to hate bob dylan but that's because the timbre of his voice annoys the crap out of me. I love muslimgauze even though his music is not really "good" (it's atonal, sometimes grating, repetitive, etc)