Re: Harmony (past, present, and future)
posted at 4/25/2013 4:48 PM EDT
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
Quite a few of the 'new folkie'-type artists harmonize often...albeit with varying results.
And speaking of harmonies, is it just me, or does the Eagles' harmonizing on the intro of "Seven Bridges Road" hit anyone else like cat claws on a chalkboard...?
I love country- and folk-rock of all stripes, and yet this song is just excruciating to me. I can't explain why...it just sounds so...phony....
Agree, there are (still) many bands / groups / duos who are doing nicely with harmony.
I'm not convinced the quality is there in many cases, however; as you said, they have varying results. This is especially true when you go at it by basis of comparison, which isn't perhaps, a very good (or fair) idea. Not sure.
I feel like harkening back to something Hfx has said a number of times, and that's that it's hard to surpass the quality *overall* of the better music of the "past" (70's, 80's, or even earlier as it pertains to harmony), and perhaps, that's true of the song-writing as it pertains to vocal harmonies, too; without good songwriting, you're done.
It was hard to summarize the article, but the main issue was that the crop of top hits for many years, don't feature harmony, and that we see more and more of them sung by solo artists. Adele, Pink, Lady GaGa, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Beyonce, Carly Rae what's her name, Justin Timberlake, the list goes on. Beyonce had Destiny's Child (decent harmony), now she has nothing. Just examples. But many, many.
Today I took a look at the Top Hits on WERS ATM, and again, the contention was proven there, with about 30 songs. Surprising number by solo artists, and of the groups, the harmony was absent on most. It's just not a trend, it's weak, I am tellin you. ;-)
In our recent convos re: Americana / folks / roots -- there you have it. Still, it's hard not to question the quality and if it's as good as it once was. As I said in my OP, you don't compare anyone to Simon and Garfunkel unless you prepare yourself for serious backlash.
Maybe the festival you'll be attending soon will feature bands that are good with harmony. I feel as though I'll be paying some attention, after the focus in the article.