Feature: The Sound Of Change

November 11, 2010

I wrote a feature for The Linc on bands changing their style, whether it’s an evolution of music or a search for money.

It has become a common theory amongst music fans nowadays: “their older stuff is better”. The tracks on the first album have been carefully crafted for years and played to death at various pubs and clubs around the country, until the perfect sound is discovered.

Then the band gets signed. The demand for material is much higher and much quicker and things start to sound different. But is it because they have less time to hone their skills and alter their original sound to be more creative? Or is it just the pursuit of making more money?

Craig Hamilton, owner of Birmingham based record label Commercially Inviable Records, says: “Some of the best groups in history were shape-shifters and some of the dullest plodded down the same safe paths.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://thelinc.co.uk/2010/09/the-sound-of-change/

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Number 1 Revisited?

April 29, 2009

This Sunday could be a historic day in the music charts with reports of the legendary Bob Dylan currently leading the race for number one in the album charts. Dylan’s latest album ‘Together Through Life’ could be his first number one since the 1970’s and his seventh overall.

Dylan is up against indie faves The Enemy whose latest album ‘Music For The People’ is reportedly 5000 sales behind ‘Together Through Life’. The album title alone should be enough to stop The Enemy reaching number one, it’s such a cliché title.

The Enemy’s previous album reached number one in 2007, whereas Dylan’s past two albums reached number three in 2001 and 2006. Hopefully this year will see Bob gain his seventh number one, which is truly deserved.

Do you want to see Bob Dylan reach number one for a seventh time? Have your say!