This WeekPublished December 11, 2013 in Music
A couple months back I was inspired by what Andy Greenwald from the Grantland blog had to contribute regarding what he called the “Summer of Smooth” and the current musical landscape. If you look at all the big releases from this past summer, you have Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk; all very smooth, slick sounding records with high production value, but lacking any real bite, depth, or controversy.
It’s been a lackluster year for Rock music in general. Sure, we've had Black Sabbath reunite, Chester Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains released a new album, but these are not bands that belong to the new generation. Generation Y controls the media landscape, their hands are on the dials, and they collectively shrugged their shoulders and yawned. On rock radio today, we have Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, The Neighbourhood, Lorde, Of Monsters and Men, and a whole bumper crop of obscure newcomers that sound as if they are already rehashing the 80’s new-wave revival that began in the earlier part of last decade. While I love each of those aforementioned artists, none of them really make you want to let your hair down and just go nuts in a mosh pit. It seems like listeners are no longer interested in getting their dosage of testosterone, banging their heads, and cranking up the volume for good old-fashioned distorted guitars. It really does seem like we’re revisiting the 1980s again: when synthesizers were en vogue, and nobody wanted to hear the sound of the guitar.