Albums aren’t meant to be “living, breathing” documents
I hate to jump on the “what the hell are you doing, Kanye” train, but I feel the need to address some issues … again.
Kanye, what the hell?
Back in March, ‘Ye tweeted out that The Life of Pablo was a “living breathing, changing creative expression,” and since then he has made many changes to a few of the tracks including the controversial “Famous” and the popular “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2.”
Recently, he even decided to ‘fix’ tracks on 2013’s Yeezus.
Is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy next? What about Graduation? College Dropout?
This not only makes us look at Mr. West as the most indecisive person on the planet, but it also creates a new ‘standard’ that I hope to God doesn’t start rubbing off on other artists.
Records are meant to be … well, permanent. The constant changing of tracks, although subtle, just defeats the whole purpose of releasing an album in the first place. If you have to make changes to “the greatest album of your life,” does it even come close to being that?
I highly doubt this will start to become a trend, but who knows anymore. The music industry is weird these days, especially with streaming being on the rise like it is.
This isn’t meant to be completely directed towards Kanye (or maybe it is…), but changing your work after releasing it to the public twice is not a good omen.
For example, if the remaining members of Led Zeppelin went back to their 1971 hit “Stairway to Heaven” and changed a few things, what would that look/sound like? Sure, remastering classics and hits will always be a thing, but these scenarios don’t involve changing the song in any way, shape or form.
If Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did what I just described, I’m pretty sure John Bonham (R.I.P) would be tossing and turning in his grave.
So what’s the moral of this entire article? Records shouldn’t be changed. This is why we have the producers and the mixers and the artists. Get the album right and release it to the world. It’s a gamble for sure, you never know who’s going to love or hate your album, but an artists’ job to gauge that and turn that energy into hard-work and dedication that die hard fans will love anyways.
Kanye can choose to produce what he calls #contemporaryart, but it won’t get him far in the long run.
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