Originally Posted by campj
Personally, I'd say not being able to digest music the way I used to is the downside. I used to only be able to afford 1-2 CDs per month, and I'd listen to then until they were about worn out. I can put a Deicide album that I haven't heard for ten years on right now and I'd still know every lyric, every riff, and every drum beat. Now I'll buy 5-10 albums at a time every couple weeks because they are cheaper, some are free, and I'm making more money. I can't honestly say I'm completely familiar with all of them. I'll be lucky if I listen to an album five times before moving on.
There's a bright side to this information overload, though. It kind of makes all my newer music sound fresh for a lot longer.
Oh yeah-it's totally a double edge sword. I wouldn't want to go back to the old days. I haven't posted an end year list, because I'm still buying music from 2013 and a lot of it I have recently and I haven't spent enough time with some of the big hitters-The Ocean, Windhand, Oranssi Pazuzu. I haven't picked up Gorguts yet. Something complex-for instance Altar of Plagues or CUL-both of which I have had for several months-take time to digest. I doubt anyone could listen to either of those two albums once and make a definitive statement.
Also, I definitely buy my share of used stuff and have downloaded free stuff-or borrowed CDs, but I try to be conscious of these bands barely making a living and do think about how they are compensated for their blood sweat and tears. I don't feel that bad about buying a used copy of some old Rush album or whatever that came out 20 +years ago and figure they are all probably millionaires.
Honestly, I wonder how many people throw something in their top 10 or whatever having streamed it on their Iphone one time. There should probably be a disclosure-this is on my top ten and I actually own this piece of music-the artists made a couple of cents off my enjoyment of their music (the Carcass liner notes says something like thanks to all those who purchased a new copy of this CD), and that I have listened to this more than once! Or, uh, I'm putting Sunbather/Carcass/Gorguts/In Solitude on my list because everybody says it's the greatest album since The Joshua Tree, ooops wrong genre-Master of/Reign In/Blackwater/Highway to/ Screaming for/Number of the something, and I haven't really listened to it, but I'm sure it's good cause Pitchfork tells me so and it's on 20 other lists.
One thing I know for certain, no one has listened to every single metal album on every list available on line. So really-how can one say what the best album is....it's more of a case of-these are my favorite albums that I have heard, but there's probably several hundred decent recordings I'll never hear.
(for the record I like Sunbather, bought a new copy and have listened to it a bunch of times...and after all the year's hype I hope they have a couple of nickels to rub together )
Edited by markm1 - 12/28/13 at 7:04am