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I think this is a good cause. I have my full support on this article. Buy albums, not individual songs Anjan Mukherjee Published: Wednesday,...

I think this is a good cause. I have my full support on this article.

Buy albums, not individual songs
Anjan Mukherjee

Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Much popular music these days is packaged and presented to have a very limited impact. Songs are created to be instant hits, only to be forgotten the following week. Countless charts are fluidly welcoming say goodbye to songs all the time. Think of some of the most popular songs today. Some of you have probably purchased them off of iTunes. Each song is most probably part of a larger record. Have you heard any of the other songs off the record? If you’re like most people in today’s society, the ever-decreasing attention span to all things entertainment has prevented you from doing so. I contend that the idea of a record, or an album, has lost importance in American popular music.

Often, it seems as if albums are compiled in order to satisfy a quota. The formula seems to be such: write a song that will hopefully become a temporary hit, and then write some other mediocre (at best) songs in order to sell something that is overpriced as well as an incomplete product.

Gone are the days when musicians would put out albums that were greater than the sum of their parts. I believe that records are put together the way they are for a reason. That is part of the enjoyment I get out of listening to a musician’s work. Why did the artist choose to include these particular songs on this album? Why are these songs in this particular order? What is the importance of the cover art?

In my experience, the “hit song” is rarely my favorite song on the album. I like the artist to challenge me and make me think about the song to which I am listening. The aforementioned “hit song” suffices for those who prefer instant gratification, but I like to be a little more mentally stimulated. The real gems of the album are those tracks that get better each time you listen to them.

The next time you’re listening to a song or artist you really like, take some time and listen to the entire album from which that one song comes. If the artist has taken the time to create a complete album, with multiple well-written songs – and not a disc with one hit and nine terrible songs – ask yourself the questions I posed above.

I hope that if you do so, your time spent listening to the album will be a little more worthwhile. In case you’re having trouble finding good albums, start among these: “August and Everything After” by Counting Crows, “Octavarium” by Dream Theater, “There Is Nothing Left To Lose” by Foo Fighters, “Ten” by Pearl Jam and “Deadwing” by Porcupine Tree.

Anjan Mukherjee ’09 is a music major from Bethesda, Md. Contact him at


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tammi prasetyo mengatakan...

seorang musisi enggak bisa dinilai hanya dengan satu buah lagu hits, tetapi juga dengan lagu-lagu lainnya.
seorang musisi yang handal tidak hanya membuat satu lagi hits dan lagu lainnya biasa saja. tetapi dia harus bisa membuat kesemua lagunya bagus dan bermakna juga.

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