I'd like to start off this rant with saying that I am expressing my own opinion about music, and as I always say, everybody has their own opinion and I respect anybody who either agrees or disagrees with me.
That being said, I am a man of rock and roll, specifically Led Zeppelin, Disturbed, Metallica, and similar artists from the late 1900's. However, I also really enjoy listening to early 2000's pop music, because, well, I like it. Real people with somewhat real talent were making music in both of those time periods, with obviously more talent as the music gets older. I like to flick on the radio often to hear what new songs are coming out, and I always end up switching back to my local classic rock station because most of the brand-new songs coming out in the pop genre are simply annoying (almost as annoying as I am!).
Today, I am struggling to find any modern songs that are actually good, legitimate songs with effort put into the instruments and vocals - they are all about the money and how much of it they have. Take Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" for example: Fairly new artist, somewhat catchy tune in the chorus, but not much else is good about it. It's got a synthesized beat, synthesized instruments, and it has been in so many commercials and such that it's being run dry very quickly. People like it because of the featured singer (I apologize for not knowing her name), who sings with a catchy tune about how "She's so fancy," and about how I apparently already know. Aside from that, they are raking in enough cash to purchase a small planet.
Most pop artists today are taking advantage of the fact that most teenagers, including myself, love bass. So, they are putting computer-generated beats that, according to a real forum topic that I read on IGN.com [LINK], are "sick," "dope," and "they bang in the whip" (whatever that means). (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the beats I'm talking about are called trap beats.) In other words, the beats suck. They are linear, extremely bass-heavy, and they mostly all sound the same. "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry was the first pop song that I heard on the radio that had a beat like that, and I think that Dark Horse might be the song that sparked the uprise of those headache-inducing beats. What ever happened to actual drummers?
At boy scout summer camp a few months ago, one of my fellow scouts (who is, sadly, beginning to turn into a punk, probably from hanging out with the wrong people) asked me if he could play some music from his iPod on my portable speaker. Being his senior patrol leader, I said sure, as long as it's appropriate. He told me the song was called "Started from the Bottom," and I figured it was going to be some country song or something. He put on some rap song, this one in particular:
My dad (he is the scoutmaster) nearly lynched him. All of the other kids in the troop were pretty grossed out by his choice as well. In all honesty, who wants to hear some guy on an LSD trip talk in a very drunk, tired-sounding voice attempting to rap? I sure know I don't. I heard that very song come on Milk Music one time, and I was not too enthused...
What are your thoughts on this new-age music? Do you like the direction that music is going today?