Lost Art of Album Making

Today’s music scene is about singles, singles and more singles. I recently saw a hip hop channel, who critiques music every Friday, say that nobody new should be making albums. Although in today’s streaming and tik tok world, I understand why having a fire single for the purpose of a video or playlist is helpful. But I often wonder, what happened to the art of album making? I remember the days when you waited for an artist to release their record. You had to actually go to the store to buy it. The album art and album booklet brought you into the record. Maybe buy it with some friends, grab food, and go listen to the album. Artists used to take albums so serious that they would create dozens of songs to maybe get a perfect 10 song album. The sequencing of songs in an album is what separates it from a random collection of songs. One of my favorite albums is Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park. The album has a perfect pacing that makes listening to it from beginning to end almost like a movie. Streaming doesn’t pay much, so people are almost forced to drop single after single for revenue, but I hope that the art of creating albums returns.

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