Many of us have R&B albums at home that we consider to be "classics." We are impressed with the artists' songwriting skills, musical composition, and lastly the voice. However, many artists have recorded albums that didn't highlight their full potential. Even some of your favs dropped projects that made you go, "what the f…!"
Singersroom came up with a list that will give our readers a better understanding as to why albums can sometimes be a horrible listen.
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Depending on Auto-tune Habitually
Sometimes when a singer depends on auto-tune too much, their music becomes feigned, and it puts a strain on the fans. In other words, artists use auto-tune on instruments and vocals, which take away the originality of the music.
The Album Title
The album title can throw a listener off because it makes them speculate whether or not to purchase the project. The listener will ask themselves is this album worth my hard earned money or ears?
No Growth in Lyrical Content
People would like to hear songs that they can relate to and how they can apply it to their everyday life. It can be monotonous when artists sing about the same subjects over and over again.
In this social media-driven generation, fans want to feel connected to artists. Not to say artists have to be on platforms like Instagram and Twitter, but they have to find ways to showcase their personality. No one wants to support a dull artist unless you're just that great!
Artists Coming Out of Their Comfort Zone
It is wonderful when artists are composing music in a different genre so they can expand their horizons. But sometimes it's hard to garner acceptance from fans when they're used to an artist making music in a specific genre. For example, back in the late 70's, when disco was around, Aretha Franklin decided to record a disco album but the project flopped.
Artists should be expected to give their best in their music. If you're known as a mediocre artist, what can you offer people other than your good looks? The artist has to set themselves apart from other artists who are making other R&B records; otherwise you may just get that Kanye shrug.
Imbalance of Ballads and Up-Tempo Tracks
On an album, artists should have records that will make people dance and party. People are looking for club bangers on your album. However, you need to include the ballads as well when listeners are feeling gloomy, furious, or having apprehensions about love. When an album only has ballads, you're not captivating the listeners' attention because they are hearing the same style repeatedly.
Personal Life Takes a Toll on The Artist Musically
An artist's personal life can affect their music, specifically if it's spiraling out of control. It can be difficult to stay on track, especially when critics and paparazzi are focused on your court dates, next appearance in rehab or your pictures on social media websites instead of your music career. When you're not in the right state of mind, you will partake in situations that could cause more harm than good, which dictates whether you're available to come back strong with another album.