In many arts and works the criticism is an important part of feedback. People need to know what others like on their work so they can keep it, and what they don’t like, so they can change it.
But somehow, the music seems to be absent from that. It’s presented as a matter of personal taste, criticism is unwelcomed, author’s inspiration is holy, and so on. Recently, I have discovered that many of my favorite musicians have published their albums. Unfortunately, almost all of them suffered a great drop in quality. Well, perhaps not in quality, but in inspiration. Their previous album(s) were mindblowing, but their new ones are shallow, cheesy, kitshy, lame, boring, and generally, uninspired. The amount of inspiration on the album would be enough for 2-3 extraordinarily good tracks, but it’s mostly wasted.
What I do require in all the music I need is melody. In my opinion, melody is the most important thing in music and without that, it may be like a beautiful, but empty gift box. I think that with my experience I can recognize if a music is just shallow, or if it’s too deep to soak in, at the moment. I have come to like some of the weirdest pieces of music, rather repulsive on the first several listenings.
So I can not understand for what mysterious reason have these musicians abandoned their greatest melodical abilities and got satisfied with melodies that would be suitable for a fairy tale cartoon for pre-school children, not for a psychedelic music.
(Gamma Goblins exempted, the tune there is meant as creepy, I know)
I don’t want to tell any names to not get bitchslapped, but the names are very well known. One of the few artists that didn’t disappoint me is Solar Fields, album Movements. But all the more beaty and vibey stuff turned out as weak. Some pieces are nice, maybe even good, but NOT mindblowing as the previous albums were. (except of one or two tracks on the album at most)
So what should I do? Let’s say: “Dear mr. Nomis, please make make all your band members go on a strictly cheese-free diet, because that music is so cheesy :( If you want, I can make graphs of goodness per second for every track! You’ll see the passages that are weak.”