In the Mix

September 15, 2011

Modern Music

More articles for »
Written for: Communicado Magazine
Tags: , ,

I’ve always been really into music, but, lately, I’ve just been listening to my old stuff. I’m just not clicking with the artist of today; They all sound the same to me… They’re all trying to mimic someone else and its a buzz-kill.

But, I did recently buy two new CD’s; Jill Scott – The Light of the Sun and Pitbull – Planet Pit. I buy whole CD’s of the artists I love to keep them in business. Of course, these purchases come with a disclaimer. I like the whole bohemian soul sound – Jill Scott in particular and the same can be said for Pitbull – I just like his sound. So, these were winners with me even before I opened them.

But, I will apply some objectivity to this account. Knowing that I love their sound, they both suffer from the same criticism – It’s nothing new from their last albums or two. AND, of their previous recordings, these seem to deviate from song to song even less.

Jill Scott: She’s just getting a pass for me on this one. The Words and Sounds trilogy was so original and off-the-hook, she deserves to take this album to sing about waking up and looking at her baby. We, her fans are going to let her have that. But, if you’re not a fan, go get Words and Sounds 1, 2 and 3 first – or – wait for her next album to be produced. I think she just needed to get all of that new emotion out of her in this one…

Pitbull: The Miami sound full-on. Rebelution was loud and fast and hard and I loved it. Planet Pit is loud and fast and hard. Still love it, but, ready to mix it up a bit more… PIT.

So, I’m gonna continue listening to the last truly original decade of music before it became completely electronic – The 1970’s. People were still writing actual music and not synthesizing EVERYTHING! They even used real musical instruments. What a concept. I think Disco opened the door to electronic music and artists of the 1980‘s just took it to a new level. It’s good to see music making progress, but, not at the expense of originality or forgetting from where it came…