About albums vs. singles, "great art forms," and so forth:
When it comes to popular music, no doubt lots of albums were marketed as things that held together as coherent pieces of art when they were in fact just collections of songs that had little to do with one another and were pumped out of publishing houses like McDonalds hamburgers, right?
I guess a downside of a free market economy is its tendency to sell a lot of sewage. Maybe that's why we have tents and national parks...
But then there are lots of examples where albums really were held together with good themes of one sort or another (I guess my favorite example in rock is The Wall
), and that's just in the pop world, not to mention genres where music tends to be longer, to require more attention, and to be intended for people who really
I love Monk, too, but don't have as deep an experience with his music as Stagger and humanguy do. It's cool that people here would recommend him!
I'd guess a lot of his stuff might be a bit of an acquired taste? But his stark, relatively simple and angular melodies (and often the improv off them) are really refreshing sometimes after listening to other music that might be a bit unnecessarily busy or pretentious or too-thickly produced.
Or you could skip the latter in the first place...
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