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Will an Artist's Composition(s) get better over time or will it diminish?
Why do some popular music artists and bands start out strong in probably their first three albums (5 at best) and then suddenly they become a flash in a pan, they go nowhere or they are out of the scene and not making music anymore? Why is that?
Fist off, it is subjective! Secondly, I think everyone knows it's hard to top yourself (with anything and everything not just music). Ironically, that question is always asked: "How are they going to top this?"
Originally Posted by Blanche_Minim
Thirdly (why am using ordinals since its alot of things)?
Lastly, I think if people gave artists (of any medium) to screw up or do less than they expect - ultimately, not expect so dog on much ...
Then again, it may be that the artists are tired and need a break! (How many have not done this and came back bigger and better than ever?) Or perhaps they exit (hopefully gracefully) because they feel they have no more in the tank. Sometimes, I think alot of people forget that we're talking about human beings here! We succeed and fail whether its from an internal or external POV!
All of us, started out as babies and did stupid things as children and do things we regret even as adults, but we're human. We have up and we have downs! Somedays we wanna conquer the world while other days we wanna watch the clouds go by. Can't have the good without the bad and ugly (as much as we want that)
It also depends on your definition of better: Less instruments, more instruments, simple or complex melodies/harmonies? Silly/Deep meaningful lyrics? (ie: Do you wanna conquer the world or watch the clouds? There is room to do both!).
Again, I agree about that being a trend, but it's like that saying: "What was good then, isn't now!" (also, subjective). However, "Times/People have changed," etc. And maybe it's nothing more than nostalgia! (ie: "Remember when _____ used to be good?" This is a very awful mindset because as humans (artists in whatever medium) we need to grow and evolve, If not, we become stagnate. When this happens, the goodness, novelty or luster wears off; however, criticisms still occur whether or not the change was for the better. (ie: From Cookie-Cutter Cutie ----> Racy, Raunchy and Rebellious Rodent) Now, most won't like the Raunchy Rodent, but they'll become apathetic towards the Cutie (if they don't start to hate such as well).
To put it simply: Sh-- (as in life) happens!
Often, artists who are talented, and playing live gigs with good songs, are picked up by record companies. They make an album. That album is full of well-rehearsed material that has been tried and tested before an audience (and likely, the crappy songs were taken out of the set). This means that a first album often has really strong material on it.
Originally Posted by Blanche_Minim
If that album becomes a hit, then the pressure is on: the record company puts them on tour, schedules interviews - basically works them to death. Then they start demanding a follow-up album. Usually, they're pressured into making another "hit" and they end up trying to write everything on the album to be like whatever hit they had off the first album, In essence, they throw something together to get the record company off their backs. The resulting album suffers from hastily written songs that the band is trying to please everyone but themselves, and that haven't had any rehearsal time or any time in front of audiences to see if they connect or not.
This is known as "the Sophomore Jinx". The second album (or second album after a mega hit album) is just weaker. And even if it is strong, often audiences begin to tire of the band - they've inundated the airwaves and the audiences are ready for the next big thing.
With artists who are able to survive longer - a lot of times similar things happen and it's just a slower climb before mega stardom and burn out, or they had more material to begin with, aren't pushed as hard by their company, etc. But even if you've got an artist that survives that well, audiences tend to move on. Styles change. Younger audiences are discovering music and don't want to listen to music "old" people (sometimes only 4 years older than them) listen to. Some bands are able to evolve to keep their old fans satisfied and gain new fans. U2 is a good example of this. However, I still think their best work were the Boy, War, and October period - before they *really* hit it big (Joshua Tree). They're still pumping along but personally I haven't cared for anything beyond Joshua Tree.
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