Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: currently Madrid
Re: The JOY of an album.
This makes me think of something else too. Back in the day I had friends who were music nerds and we would talk about great bands, musicians and albums. At that time cassette walkmans were probably being taken over by minidisc - a format that was brilliant for editing, reliability, travel and could withstand some hefty physical abuse, (although granted not successful as a prerecorded format). Other folk were passive music listeners at best, perhaps owning a CD player and a few CDs at most. They'd be kind of thankful if someone gave a hoot enough to manage the tunes at a party, no matter what the style was! When you saw someone in the street or on the tube listening to headphones you knew they were totally invested music fans. So these are the people that would have bought albums, even for a hit single or popular track or two. Nowadays everyone has access to more music than you could possibly listen to in one lifetime and so many more people have an opinion on what's good and what's not.
So what's my point? I think I'm trying to say that I don't think there's 'substantially' less album buyers out there now, just the ratio of music 'users' has increased dramatically and therefore the album selling expectancy has risen too, but that they are not invested in the music and therefore just don't buy it. We've also got so many more distractions these days that people don't even think to listen to a whole album so, even if they are a genuine music fan, that thought is further back in the mind than it used to be and therefore not as focused on 'getting that new album and having a good listening sesh'. That goes for me too! At least those with either a conscience or some level of investment will still buy an album of some format.
I'd like to hope that the youngsters that 'get it' will still experience the whole album thrill, even if it's just whippin' through their parents' collection, a bit like a lot of us here did!
+1 for the DLR albums and an honourable mention for Russian Circles' 'Memorial', as well as any Soundgarden, Massive Attack or Mastodon album!