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what's more important?
I like albums and singles I don't buy many indie singles but I get alot of dance ones.
for buying just yknow in general. Do you get more enjoyment from songs or albums? i dont know where im going with this thread tbh.
its usualy for the whole albums worth. I put on viynals for one song though or maybe an mp3 if I'm feelin saucy. Depends on my mood I guess. Albums genraily get more time and respect I guess beauce of all the efort.
as much as anything these days.
Generally speaking I find casual music fans prefer the "single" to the rabid music fans who'd fight to the death to save the "album" format. The latter having more "artistic" value.
is fetishising a format rather than love for the music? who are the true music fans? questions, questions...
it's more a question of what defines the aesthetic unit. A song is an aesthetic unit but so is an album, and a different kind of unit at that -- one which presents different kinds of compositional challeges and different kinds of aural pleasures.
Fetishising the format applies more to debates over whether vinyl is better than CD etc.
it just concerns me that people (me included) believe that an album has more intrinsic artistic merit than a single song.
rather than seeing one as better than the other.
Obviously there's something special, something "bigger" about an album in that "greater than the sum of its parts" kinda way. But that just means in turn that any song that is a fist-in-the-face KNOCKOUT in its own right (and not with the support of a bunch of other songs giving it context) has also achieved something pretty remarkable.
but on an objective level, i think the album is a far more worthy output. A single is easy, particularly if you're working anywhere near the realms of rock/pop - three minutes, carefully crafted though it may be, is far simpler to get right. The ebbs and flows of a 40-60 minute album is a far trickier beast, one which takes a more intricate touch, a greater vision, a broader sense. And as an expanded form, the album is a far better canvas for expression because it gives you so much more freedom with which to work
if we're talking about importance in a different sense, then the single is probably king. Obviously in the popular context, but also increasingly in more "specialist" circles - when people have thousands of songs which they play sporadically then the shining 3 minute beacon of perfection is probably more important than the album as a whole
but the idea of worth annoys me a bit as im not sure if i believe in a high art/low art divide.
to get respected
first you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the weemeen.
The single, or just 'the tune' regardless of if its a single. Just look to iTunes, most people (or even at a wild guess, 75%) of people won't download a whole album and will just pick and choose the 'tunes' off the album.
For me its the album, it's always been the album. You need to album to contextualize each track, the single doesn't do that but we're in the noughties, everything has to be NOW, attention spans are non-existant, we want instant gratification NOW and for most that means A song, A hit, A three minute thrill, AN innuendo. Life needs to slow down, ALBUMS RULE!
as the onloy times I buy a single its to DJ with then I put it in a bit mix with lots of other singles into what could be called a mix album I guess. So the album pretty much rulkes for me I guess too.
the LP wins, its the ultimate art form, a musical journey, leave the single for the ipod generation.
long live the LP!