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May 1st, 2016 03:57 PM
fufuqifuqishahah
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Pop is musically more vapid than other genres, but honestly not as much as people make it to be.

Usually the people who love rock and punk (which are not that much more musically/lyrically interesting than pop and are often worse) are those that shit on pop most, but most regular music makers have some respect for pop. The biggest strength of mainstream pop nowadays is hybridization of genres.

I think the biggest problem[s] with pop/mainstream music is honesty of the artist and duplication of sound. Many songs will have derivative vibes from current trends. Pop is often dishonest because the singer is essentially just told what to sing.

I often prefer a ridiculous party song than to a pop ballad particularly because ballads should be more connected and honest. However, you get songs from Adele and Duffy etc. which while interesting and well sung, they are adulated by a lot of people yet I cannot help but feel some degree of fakeness, more so for some than others. The challenge for pop singers is to make songs their own.
May 1st, 2016 02:38 PM
pov
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Bump. From a "been there, (kinda wish I hadn't) done that" view.
Oct 17th, 2012 04:52 AM
ziros
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

It's mostly garbage but there are exceptions
Oct 17th, 2012 04:38 AM
Dominic
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

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Originally Posted by NashaMasha View Post
Madonna "Frozen" and "You'll See" (or any other song of pre "Music" Madonna) is what i can listen today using best headphones and amplifiers i have,

At the same time "Confession on a dancefloor" is a complete garbage, forgotten in year after release, Same for "Hard Candy"

And it doesn't concern only Madonna
What was your point in relation to what I said?
Oct 17th, 2012 12:29 AM
NashaMasha
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

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Originally Posted by Dominic View Post
Anyone saying that something popular is bad will always be wrong, if it's popular it means that a lot of ppl enjoy it, if it's enjoyable, it's good. I for one definitely don't enjoy everything that's on the radio.. does it mean it's bad music? no it's just one personal opinion (taste) which is not necessarely significative in terms of what's good and what's bad, same goes for everyone else.

Madonna "Frozen" and "You'll See" (or any other song of pre "Music" Madonna) is what i can listen today using best headphones and amplifiers i have,

At the same time "Confession on a dancefloor" is a complete garbage, forgotten in year after release, Same for "Hard Candy"

And it doesn't concern only Madonna


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Why would you buy good headphones to listen to pop, thats like getting a sports car to go shopping.
it's wrong , pop music can be of high quality (or probably could)

For instance Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" , "Alejandro" demands more than i-pod + simple earphones.

But it's really hard to explain to people who never tried anything better than 20$ earphones which are sold together with i-pods
Oct 16th, 2012 10:14 PM
Dominic
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Anyone saying that something popular is bad will always be wrong, if it's popular it means that a lot of ppl enjoy it, if it's enjoyable, it's good. I for one definitely don't enjoy everything that's on the radio.. does it mean it's bad music? no it's just one personal opinion (taste) which is not necessarely significative in terms of what's good and what's bad, same goes for everyone else.
Oct 16th, 2012 10:06 PM
Northstar
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Why would you buy good headphones to listen to pop, thats like getting a sports car to go shopping.
Oct 16th, 2012 09:58 PM
NashaMasha
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck,absolutely true. It's really hard to find anything worth listening on headphones like Audio-Technica ATH-A900 or Grado SR 325. Gotye, Adel and a few more, the rest of the singers/composers are just doing business, not music
Oct 16th, 2012 09:29 PM
Shvedbarilescu
Re: Does contemporary music mostly suck?

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Originally Posted by The Swiss Miss View Post
This is an argument music critic Simon Reynolds puts forward in his book "Retromania."* Neither this decade (so far), nor the one before it produced a brand new music genre. Reynolds' claim is that, starting with the 2000s, popular music stopped evolving. He says that, unlike past decades (eg. '50s rock and roll, '60s psychedelic rock, '70s post-punk, '80s indie rock and college rock, '90s rave, etc.), the 2000s produced no new music genres. There's no innovation in pop music, there's just a return to past trends. In the early 2000s, you had a return to garage rock (The Hives, the Vines, The Strokes, The White Stripes, etc.). Then you had a return to post-punk (The National, Interpol), which slowly morphed into new wave (The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, French Films, Future Islands), which was probably the key popular genre in the 2000s. This cycle was reminiscent of how in the mid-'60s you had garage rock, in the late '70s you had post-punk, which eventually morphed into '80s new wave and dominated the '80s. There was also a return to folk somewhere in-between (The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart). Then, in the early 2010s, you had a return to space rock in the vein of ELO or Ziggy Stardust (Smiths Westerns, The Antlers). PJ Harvey also recorded a dream pop/space rock album. You also had a return to dream pop (Beach House, St. Vincent) and blues (Jack White). I'd say all of these acts are pop acts compared to experimental acts like, say, Ariel Pink, Laurie Anderson or Annette Peacock. So yes, pop music these days lacks innovation. Sure, not a new concept. But I'd say there still is variety within pop music, which is more important for me. It's just more difficult to dig out good pop music because you don't have a unifying concept like "radio", "vinyl" or "CD" anymore. The Internet made pop music more dispersed.

* A great read, and it has a great cover. I also recommend his book on post-punk.
Excellent very informed post. Rather suprised that you would then make the sweeping statements you did about punk rock as punk rock came in many different varieties with many different approaches and attitudes. To suggest it is all sped up rockabilly strikes me as a very simplistic statement from someone who judging from the post I am quoting actually appears to have a pretty good grasp on musical developement over the last 60 or so years. Within the wide umbrella of what could be defined as punk rock there was plenty of innovation although much of it could probably fall into the subdivision of post punk.
Oct 15th, 2012 12:02 AM
Northstar
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

^I think Gaga actually makes quite good pop compared to others. Theres quite a lot of thought going in there and she is undoubtedly talented. People dont like her image so they bash the music.
Oct 14th, 2012 11:39 AM
August
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

I'd say music played on mainstream radios is like this:

15%: Can't listen.
20%: Don't want to listen.
35%: Comes in to one ear, comes out from another.
10%: OK stuff, yet wouldn't listen it unless it came from radio.
10%: I like it, yet it's not too good.
10%: Great stuff.

And I'd say mainstream pop has gotten worse. And I think the reason is that current mainstream music is made to get attention. Deliberately irritating song (like all Lady Gaga's production) gets much attention, and music channels brainwash people to thik it's really good and worth buying. And add to that that no matter how bad a song you have, all you need is to look like a porn star and all wankers are your fans. And then your music is played even more on MTV, and also others start to think it's good music.

A great example on how pop music now needs to be spectacular rather than good is Black Eyed Peas. I really love their earlier production, yet their last two albums have sounded like another group. They're now only mainstream disco pop, music I don't like to hear. Obviously that has made them more popular, more people notice their songs and buy albums. It seems they didn't have the attitude they have in this song:



"All they want is boom, boom boom, boom..." Well, the first single from the E.N.D. was Boom Boom Pow.
Oct 14th, 2012 09:28 AM
Lord Choc Ice
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

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Originally Posted by saint2 View Post
Mainstream pop ? I'd say its better than 10-15 years ago. Sure, no match for 70s and 80s, but comparing to 90s/early 00s boysband/girlsband/Britney Spears crap, it sounds better. However, what makes me sad, and what really matters to me, is condition of rock. There are no true rockers anymore. Rock is not cool anymore, rock won't get you laid, so there are no great rock bands anymore...
True. The state of rock's popularity also depresses me. But then, it's kind of up to the listener to make it relevant again. I have no doubt that there are many who wish rock would be played more but don't say anything to radio stations, and so nothing changes and electropop continues to dominate.

Most rock bands can still sell albums OK at least, if only because they know their fanbases will come through for them .
Oct 14th, 2012 09:05 AM
Rocketta
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

I only want to talk about the notion that 'classical' anything is somehow more artistic as well as requireing more talant than the 'popular' arts.... I remember seeing the world's prima ballerina on Oprah one day... don't remember anything about the show except for the fact that at the end they were playing music and there were other artists there. The music contained a syncopated beat and that prima ballerina couldn't find the beat if I had went up there and clapped her hands for her.

Another example I'll show you is from So You Think You Can Dance



Why couldn't this dancer who dances to more complex music in a much more complex/talented area ballet could barely perform the more simplistic hip hop routine.

The question is can you learn to have rhythm like you can learn to stand on point? Yet there are snobs out there (some in this thread I'm sure) who probably would think a ballet dancer as being the more talented artist.

There is no way to compare who has more talent or which music requires more talent. Yes today because of big business they have removed 'talent' from the popular music format but that does not mean that in the past 'popular' artist weren't as talented as anyone else. Just because a musical piece isn't as complex or more simple than something else doesn't make it lesser as a matter of fact making something simple yet profound is quite difficult.

That's like comparing Haiku poetry to sonnets.... It should never be done.

Anyway, mainstream music sucks today because it's just about making money and money ONLY. At least back in the day people could sing, or play instruments well, or do all of that and write.

I'm sorry but saying there's no difference between Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince than lets say aw hell I can't even think of someone even worth mentioning in the same paragraph .....

I'm only talking about new artists though there are still some talented people making music that get played on the radio.... He's crazy and nasty but one thing he can do is write a song and that's R. Kelly.

BTW, I like Adele but other than Rolling in the Deep, and Chasing Payments.... her music makes me want to snooze a little ... she needs better material to highlight her voice.

So to answer the question mainstream music played on the radio has gone in the crapper. Hell if nothing else we have lost diversity in artist. The radio use to play a lot of artists now they rotate the same ten to 15 songs over and over to you are about to puke. Which is why I guess I listen to the oldies stations. Speaking of which there were not nearly as many oldie stations in the past as there are now. Hopefully, the internet and streaming music will help diversify the amount of artists one gets to hear on the radio but who knows.
Oct 14th, 2012 01:30 AM
So Disrespectful
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

I want to reply to this thread somewhat out of context because I'd like to define pop.

I never think of 'pop' as a dirty word or an abbreviation of the word popular. Sure it started out that way, but basically what it's become is a framework or a blueprint for most contemporary music. We have subgenres of pop like indie-pop for instance, which would be a complete oxymoron if we accepted the most basic definition of pop (pop = popular). Otherwise, what would you call the Kate Alexa's of the world (other than crap)?

What I like about the indie scene so much is that like most people, I love that pop framework/blueprint I mentioned earlier. To me, it just makes sense and feels completely natural for music to be consumed in that way by the listener. But on the topic of 'indie': the best artists I find are the ones who know how to push the boundaries of that framework (without overstepping them) and create something interesting enough to stand out from mainstream pop music which is, for the most part, oversimplified and lacking those subtle touches/moments that make music so exciting for me; burying big hooks in atmosphere and guitars is admirable when it's so easy to put everything front and centre.

I am a music snob in that I find most mainstream music uninteresting and uninspiring. The charts are full of brash, overtly-sexual, simplistic songs that are based on gimmickery and the reputation of their artists before craft and innovation. I have nothing against this kind of music and I do keep up with the charts, it's just that everything is so far above the surface that there's no need for repeat listens. I'll go clubbing to chart music anyday, but if I can know a song completely inside-out after 2 or 3 listens, then I probably don't need to buy the album.
Oct 13th, 2012 11:20 PM
saint2
Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Mainstream pop ? I'd say its better than 10-15 years ago. Sure, no match for 70s and 80s, but comparing to 90s/early 00s boysband/girlsband/Britney Spears crap, it sounds better. However, what makes me sad, and what really matters to me, is condition of rock. There are no true rockers anymore. Rock is not cool anymore, rock won't get you laid, so there are no great rock bands anymore...
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