Music on the Up and Up

Album Cover: Begin To Hope

"On the radio, you hear November Rain. That solo's awful long, but it's a good refrain."
Regina Spektor / On The Radio

Posted on January 30, 2004 9:48 PM in Music
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Since my mid-teens I've been well aware of the strange phenomenon that is industry-wide music quality. The quality of music seems to continually ebb and flow, bringing a good year, with lots of amazing releases from new and old artists, followed by sometimes several abysmal years in which I find myself retracting into the beautiful aural landscape of my CD collection.

However, I have a feeling that music is back on the up and up and will yet again peak sometime in early 2005. Why do I say this? Well, to be honest I don't know. But with upcoming releases from Dr. Dre, one of music's true geniuses, and Coldplay, a musical breath of fresh air that keeps gaining popularity with every new single, 2005 figures to be the optimal peak year.

I just read an article on MTV's website about Dr. Dre's new album, "Detox." The following is some of the most exciting news I've heard in a long, long time:

"I'd describe it as the most advanced rap album musically and lyrically we'll probably ever have a chance to listen to," [Scott Storch] said.

Like Dre's 1999 album, Dr. Dre 2001, The Detox will feature numerous guest stars. Storch said Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Knoc-Turn'al would record parts as well as newer names like Lloyd Banks, Guvner and Game.

And to top everything off, radio has returned to Seattle, so I'll be covered for 2004. I noticed a few weeks ago, out of the blue, that what once was my favorite radio station, 107.7 The End, has returned to its roots. They are now playing all the great alternative hits from bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, The Cure, U2, etc.

I don't think I could express my feelings any better than Arcanius, who writes:

"Radio stations here in Seattle have gotten much better recently. First, 107.7 The End switched to a new format where music was emphasized, especially the alternative music that defined The End in its earlier years; DJ's were deemphasized (a move I wholeheartedly agree with), and in general, there was more music to talk. Then I found out that 96.5, formerly The Point, an 80's station, is now KRock, "Alternative Seattle," an alternative rock radio station who's musical selection seems to be even better than The End's new format. Between the two I have found radio bliss, something I haven't experienced in Seattle since 1997."

While I share Arcanius' excitement, there is a part of me that knows good things don't always last, so I'm just enjoying the recent shift in Seattle radio while it does last, and hoping it will at least hold me over until 2005.


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