March 20, 2010 1:24pm CST
Over the past ten years, the most popular music has been dominated by musicians who seem to occupy a level of talent that is not as well as previous artists. Please do not get me wrong I do believe that all musicians have talent, but I am talking about the level of talent. A prime example of this is in the now with artists like "Ke$ha" and "The Black-Eyed Peas" hitting the number one spot compared with ten years ago when artists like "Train" were in the number one. My main discussion is that do you thing that peoples perception of "good" music is depriciating? Are artists talents also depricating because of advances in music technology? or do you think that people are just adjusting their tastes in music overall as a society?
• United States
22 Mar 10
I could not agree with you more on this one. I was just talking with one of my friends today about how I don't really listen to the radio any more. The lyrics of songs that are coming out now compared to even five years ago has gone way down-hill. Music has become more of an image than a sound, which is a little disheartening because I'm a musician myself. Now and then there are a few artists who come out and are extremely good, however, these artists are never the ones that become the most popular.
21 Mar 10
I really do think that the artists that you've mentioned sound bad during LIVE performances. But in this generation, their genre which is like techno/club mix has dominated. Nowadays, the level of vocal talent is no longer prioritized since recording engineering is already aiding some talents to better refine their vocals.Oh well, time has changed.
• United States
20 Mar 10
First of all, what's seen as "good" music really all boils down to people's opinions. For instance I happen to really love electronic dance music, but some people consider that kind of music to "fake" and not as good as "real music". I also prefer songs with deep and meaningful lyrics, and most of my generation will turn up their noses at music like this because it "doesn't have a good beat". Second of all, music artists all have talent, but not always in the same areas. Taylor Swift was recently critized for a performance where she didn't hit all the notes correctly. But songs are more than just good singing. Taylor is successful because she has talent in writing fun and relatable songs. Plenty of people love her for it and they don't care that her voice isn't super-amazing great. Other artists have amazing voices, but less than quality skills at writing songs. Give some, take some. Maybe not all artists have the same talent that you're talking about. Ke$ha and the Black-Eyed Peas may not have the same talent that Train does, but they've still got some. Yes, taste in music is changing, but I don't think that means that artists these days don't have talent. It's probably just not the talent that appeals to you.