What is music? Short answer, it’s lyrical poetry. Long answer, not most pop music.
I feel like there’s not much music in songs today. They seem to blend together, sound the same, and are so boring.
There was a while where I could not tell the difference between a few female artists. There are also songs that I down right can’t understand the words to like Ariana Grande’s song “Thank You, Next.”
Instead of “thank you, next” I heard “bacon, eggs.” Listen to the song and you’ll never unhear it too. You’re welcome.
I know mumble rapping is a style, but I don’t get it. Isn’t the point of music to be able to hear it?
Back to what I was saying earlier, why is music less about the music? All these diss-tracks with Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and whoever else at this point, all sound the same, and they can’t go more than half a second without describing their money, people they’ve slept with, or something about their body.
I think it’s childish, but I guess people feed on petty feuds.
Now I know that most art has a sexual under tone, but songs nowadays are even worse. I’m not saying that songs in the past weren’t sexualized either, but can’t we have some songs that aren’t?
Every other song on the radio is about sex. Kids even play them at school dances. I don’t think there should be censorship for these songs, but can we get some more meaningful lyrics?
Honestly, even worse than anything else, are boring songs. Songs with no substance, no fun, and no uniqueness.
I think one of the biggest culprits of this is Shawn Mendes. His songs sound the exact same. I can’t explain how because they’re so similar. You could swap the lyrics and the instrumentals between any song of his, and I’d tell you that it’s the original.
I’ll give credit where credit is due, because I think that Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, and Lizzo do some really interesting things. I don’t really like their songs, but I like the sound of their music.
I think Panic at the Disco! does a really great job at variety too. Each song is recognizable as a Panic! song, and none can be confused with each other.
I’m not saying that every band/artist I listen to are completely unique. I like Imagine Dragons and my favorite album, Night Visions, starts to sound similar near the end of it too. However, they make up for it with positive messages, sing-along tunes, or at least are good road trip music.
My music taste has changed a lot over the years, which is like most people. I never get tired of it. I listen to a lot of Hamilton, a bit of Imagine Dragons, some Johnny Manchild, and predominantly Ace of Hearts. I recently also started listening to
lder music like Mr. Blue Sky (essentially stuff that would go in a Guardians of the Galaxy movie).
Ace of Hearts is a new band that won’t be on the radio anytime soon, because they’re not in it for the money and started as Youtubers. Most importantly, it’s a passion project.
Every song has some real-life story behind it. Every note creates a specific feeling. Every line has a purpose. The songs are inspired by depression and other feelings.
The first episode, as they call them, is called “Monophobia,” which is the fear of being alone. If that’s not depression in its purest form, then I don’t know what it is.
I’m not praising them as this perfect band, but they’re doing it for the sake of making meaningful music. As the internet funny man once said, “It’s not about winning, it’s about sending a message.”