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Re: In Praise of Taking Risks with Artistry (was conundrum, re: bjork's new CD)
Travis Hartnett wrote:
> Nah--young artists need to see someone who is good who has chosen art
> with a capital 'A' over commerce with a capital 'C'. Different and
> experimental by themselves don't have any value. Much as I enjoy the
> concept of Bjork, I'm positive that she'd be a footnote without her
> striking videos. Her recent output strikes me as tuneless exercises
> in amazing production, and I get the distinct impression that the
> backing tracks are welded onto the vocals via sheer willpower and
> Bjork is also one of the worst offenders when it comes to putting out
> umpteen different versions of each single, album and video to wring
> money out of the devout fan. I have friends who are Bjork
> completists, and it's hundreds of dollars a year. She makes the Cure
> discography look barren in comparison. Hardly the work of someone
> valuing pure Art over Commerce.
> So, to summarize my position: always value "Good" over "Different".
I guess she had to finance the new album. Have you even heard it?
The bulk of it is not pop music, I think it's amazing.
* David Beardsley
* microtonal guitar