Originally Posted by Ariakas
I like the story music can tell. Good artists throw things in order for a reasons (it was actually one of Lars biggest arguments against napster. Music that can be listened to in individuality removes the power of an album. Its also probably why metalicas songs are almost always better in collections and in order.
I have never been a single long song fan. At about 5 minutes I need the pace to flip. Listening to an album is like reading a good book. Needs pace, peaks, valleys and lead ins. Single songs "can" create redundancy in the sound. If they can throw a song in their with an almost orgasmic rise.. all the better. Too many songs approach that level and then cut out. When you remove that emotional peak, it weakens the song/album greatly.
Their newest album released in March is good. Some very emotionally charged stuff.
It might be this is a type of music that touches those of us who lived through it then. Then again I was a banger and loved the dichotomy between a band that could rock out like no other and create rock ballads. Thats a virtual lost art today. The ability to create high strung fast paced mosh pit music and a song that you want to make love to your girlfriend while playing. It was the range that made some of the best heavy metal untouchable.
So does my wife. I appreciate the music as a whole. The technical side can be rough around the edges. I don't have the ear for detail, the music has to impress me as an entire piece.. even better if an entire album can make sense as well.
There is a soft spot in my heart for trance and other techno music. It throws me back to some fantastic drugs, lots of experimental sex and many many late nights partying into the morning.
Lars was certainly right. I don't like what it has done to music. Everyone is out to just make a single these days. It actually took intelligence back in the day. Even now, with underground scenes who still strive for the album, they put a lot of work into it.
Generally, a single, large song is just like an album and vice versa. They both are best with those peaks and troughs and can flip the pace in an instant. It's not like a single song as you'd usually thing of, where you have one or 2 good riffs. Even though my example is a sngle song, it is still separated into parts. Like chapters of that so-called good book you compare it to.
I definitely feel you have to have lived with the music to really get an emotional response from it. I read somewhere [I can't remember the link where I found it though] that by around about age 26 [on average of course] you stop absorbing other genres of music. Whatever you like, you will like, whatever you hate, you will hate. Sort of a comfort zone of what you can actually find enjoyment out of listening.
Hehe, I can't say I've ever been into the drug scene. But I can still listen to Trance as a musician and appreciate it without being high. Jazz too. Though I'm more into music which is Jazz-influenced, Jazz itself can still be really awesome when I'm in the right mood.