Why you hate that new album

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  1. avvie

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    Dunno if I've posted this topic before, but here's some good information for all you music fans who might be wondering why you're not enjoying it like you used to.

    I bring this up because a few years ago I sat down to a listening bar to check out Rush's "Vapor Trails". Some riffs caught my attention, but I kept skipping to the next song after about 20 seconds. By the end of the album, I realised that I hated it, but couldn't quite understand why. Now I know:

    http://www.austin360.com/music/content/music/stories/xl/2006/09/28cover.html

    A reaffirmation:
    http://music.guardian.co.uk/pop/story/0,,1992465,00.html

    When it gets to the technical part, here is a picture of what is described...
    One the left, Bowling For Soup's "High School Never Ends"
    On the right, Canned Heat's "Let's Work Together"

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    This kind of dynamic extreme will make your iTunes go nuts.
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  2. Snookus

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    I haven't experienced this yet, and I've bought plenty of new albums lately. Is this mainly in rock music or something?
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    Pretty much in the rock/pop genres. I doubt it's a problem in R&B or country, since that music is dependant upon sound clarity. I've heard a LOT of rap that has serious compression problems.
    I'm betting the whole problem started with heavy metal in the 80's --"louder is better".

    I noticed it recently with C. Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" and Gnarles Barkley's "Crazy"...I like both songs, but can't stand hearing them.

    I should note here that this is also a mistake that I've made myself several times before getting "enlightened". It's easy to get caught up in trying to squeeze as much sound out as you can.
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    I bet you it's big with all the pop-rap. (Chain Hang Low):barf:
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    Interesting stuff avvie.

    I like a lot of music that I listen to on the radio in the car,yet when I play it on the suround sound at home I don't really enjoy listening to a lot of it.

    The sound I enjoy the most is often from bands that have a lead singer,drums,1 bass & 1 guitar.

    Stone Temple Pilots,Audioslave,Stereophonics,Chili Peppers etc. I rarely tire of listening to those kind of sounds. It's interesting what was said about Californication because I played it to death. I also play music a little too loud for the Mrs' to be comfortable listening to.
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    I've noticed with popular hip-hop albums on the stereo. I've actually read about this a few times, and it does appear in almost every music genre where sound needs to appear amplified. So it does actually appear in hiphop/rnb.

    I tend to like my music fairly loud, but I have noticed that listening to albums on my stereo with the subs on and the volume loud, that I simpily can't sit through many songs I would replay on my computer or iPod. Thanks for posting Avvie.
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