Re: Black Keys - stylish or substantial?
posted at 3/15/2013 4:30 PM EDT
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
Hi hf. I'll go further and say that it's only grey areas that are interesting i.e. who wants to debate whether or not 2 + 2 = 4?
I didn't mean for my cryptic comment to sound flippant....but for me, it is that simple. I'm not saying that there is an absolute standard of authenticity, nor that my opinion of what is authentic is bettter or worse than any other person's....but for me, if I had such doubts about any sort of artist it would a very strong signal.
Well, I do think the El Camino album is predominantly style. But it's very enjoyable nonetheless.
I think a band that operates in the musical realms that the Black Keys do has a huge challenge being original. It's impossible not to be derivative.
I guess the bigger question for me is, these guys are so talented that it feels like they are capable of something even bigger. But I'm not even sure what that something bigger would be.
Re your first paragraph, I think it's virtually impossible not to be derivative to a large degree i.e. the world's influence on us all, a finite number of musical notes, 60+ years of rock, 100+ of Jazz, etc. It's being able to express yourself in a "unique" way despite that influence and the common tool kit. That's the genius, to me.
Re your second, that's interesting on several levels. While I admit I will not go to a "musical event" with seats or in excess of 1-2k people MAX (and that's rare), I think some sorts of music work better than others in such an immense crowd. Some performers' style might translate better than others'. Some simply don't want to do for similar reasons that I hate it, I imagine.
I think my point is that not being able to reach the masses in terms of sales, stadium gigs, being a household name, etc. isn't necessarily - or even mainly - or at all! - about talent. But I reckon you agree with that, I'm not trying to pick your words apart!