Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude
It's worth saying that the loudness war certainly is real, but it's not universal and it's also heavily dependent upon what you're listening to. I listen to metal, but mostly underground metal of all sorts. Independent labels aren't playing the loudness war because it doesn't make sense for them to. They're not going to crack onto the billboard charts by fooling listeners on the radio. As a result, I have dozens of albums from the past five years in my collection that are just gorgeous from front to back.
It's out there, man. You just gotta look.
Think about the incredible time we're in. 20 years ago you weren't able to comb through Last.FM or RYM lists, find some underground musician in Norway who makes everything in his barn, then download his album at 320kbps all in the span of five minutes. You just had what was at the store. It's amazing.
Well, it's obvious that people who like underground and indie stuff like you have nothing to complain about.
But me, I can actually appreciate the talent in some of the mainstream artists, and their music sounds okay when you see it on TV, or hear it in a party. But when you sit down with your open air headphones, it's unbearable.
That's what I'm lamenting right now. All that talent (subjective opinion) wasted by ****ty producers, not to mention all the great old music you were talking about earlier getting butchered with the remastered albums.
Just the other day I wanted to get some of the old Guns n' Roses songs I had lost a long time ago, so I got their latest greatest hits compilation... My ears are still bleeding, they destroyed every bit of music, all that's left is noise.
Same thing with Chris Rea latest re-releases, the poor guy... they got him good.
Edited by Tad-Bravo - 6/17/14 at 8:00am