What I’m saying is this- it’s good to know through experience what your ears don’t like. It helps us develop great ears for the metal that we do like and appreciate it even more, even if just in hindsight. And it’s for this reason that I wish to challenge everyone, before putting out your informal or formal review on anything you think is mainstream to take a few minutes to really listen to a song.
Listen to each instrument and lyrics. Note when there is a significant change in the feeling of a song.
If the band is someone you know and love- is there a message that they are sending in the song by presenting a mainstream style song? Better yet, do you think there is a good reason why they would, in a sense recycle some of their older content into a newer song (which even the old dead guys like Mozart did)?
I say art in music is about figuring out through listening what the intention of a song is. And if you can honestly keep these questions in mind while listening you have at least made an artful decision to love or hate a mainstream song. And that, in and of itself, my wonderful audience, is necessary as well.
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