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30 April, 2006

Same old

Last night, I saw a TV advert for some pop-rock band's second album.  I wasn't paying especial attention, so didn't catch the precise wording, but one quote from a music magazine could be paraphrased as "sounds like the hits you've known for years".

Isn't that something to very reluctantly admit, when pushed by a hostile critic, rather than a remark to use as a selling-point? Do people want music that sounds like the music they already know and own?

Of course they do, and it's one of my biggest criticisms of mass-market music. It's not even the fault of major labels or marketing campaigns; it seems people really do want safe, unchallenging music which offers comfort rather than anything approaching stimulation.


Not just music. What about the so called 'Extruded Fantasy Product' novels cranked out by the likes of Robert Jordan and David Eddings. Or the Dan Brown's search-and-replace novels?

Posted by Tim Hall at April 30, 2006 10:54 AM
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