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Sus-Scrofa
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
The out of place song. I don’t know if they think it’ll be a radio hit or the artist just got obsessed with it and had to include it, but it kills the vibe of the album.

Southeastern by Isbell has this problem. Great album to listen straight through, but then Super 8 comes on and wrecks it all to hell.


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Telecaster
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Member since May 2017
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
Records originally released in mono, then released later in fake stereo. Examples are early Beatles records.


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High C
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
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Intro to Band in the Run


Do you have human ears?


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Blini
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
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Intro to Band in the Run


Wow, really? The sequence of guitar double stops alternating with synthesizer taken over by the wistful vocals is very evocative to me. Then again, I also like the intro to "Venus and Mars." lol

BTW, anyone who doesn't own the Bluray of "Rockshow" (1980) needs to get it. Sad to realize the lead guitarist, Jimmy McCullough, died of an overdose in 1979 before the film was even released. Also ironic that he played his anti-drug song "Medicine Jar" during the set and wasn't known as a junkie. Crazy.



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Pooturd
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
I've never liked several minute long screeching guitar solos. No one cares how talented the guitarist is, just play shite that actually sounds good


blade brown
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Member since Aug 2006
151 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
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singing "chew" instead of "you"


This!!! So cringy when a singer sings “Don’t Chew, Forget About Me”. Lol


awestruck
Auburn Fan
Member since Jan 2015
7420 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
Songs predicated on the word bitch.

Tambourine's on stage, in the audience, or most anywhere but a child's hand.

Audience sing along's where you can't here the audience.

and

Words that you can't understand are bad enough, but there are whole genre's were this is actively sought out and pseudo perfected. Which to me reeks of either being afraid or ashamed of the lyrics.
This post was edited on 12/24 at 12:31 pm


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Cdonaldson27
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New Orleans
Member since Oct 2015
844 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
Simultaneous but different solos in a song.

Tony Immomi is famous for this.

Sleeping Village and Lord of this World are 2 examples.

Listening to learn them is difficult and I just have to follow the most dominant one.


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UnSmitty_Bop
Member since Dec 2020
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
Not a fan of the chant at end of Fearless, wish they would’ve just done an instrumental coda


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RoscoeSanCarlos
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Member since Oct 2017
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
I think this is a generational thing and am not challenging your opinion. Late '60s through '70s had great guitar playing, solos included (Stairway, Freebird, Blue Sky, etc.). The '80s post-Van Halen hair metal solos were awful and felt more like filler than a part of the song. Nirvana helped push the gratuitous solo out of style, but still had sloppy ones. Radio formats across all genres had the final say so... verse, chorus, verse chorus, bridge, outro in 3:30 minutes or less.

There's the live side of the equation where the musicians are interacting with one another. They most often don't care so much about the commercial aspect (Jazz & Fusion, Jam Bands, etc.). When everyone on stage falls into the pocket, they can feel it and it's pretty awesome. This is hard to achieve and drives everyone to play again the next night. It's more about their experience and is probably similar to how surfers aspire to catch the perfect wave.

Teenagers in 1980 wanted to hear shredding guitar notes like Eddie Van Halen. Teenagers today have no interest in an instrumental solos. In the end music is simple... if it sounds good to the listener, then it sounds good and each generation has their musical "thing."


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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
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On my 8-track when my favorite song goes from Channel 2 to Channel 3


This is why in my teen years I had cassettes.

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The Stranger song begins with whistling and the last track of the album ends with the same whistling.

If that whistling started and ended the album it would have been nice continuity.


Nice idea! I bet if Billy Joel was asked about that today he might place his hand of his chin and go "hmmm...".


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DVA Tailgater
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Bunkie
Member since Jan 2011
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
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Orchestras and string sections in songs by bands with no business using them. It's one thing to do it if you are the Moody Blues or ELO but otherwise, particularly in country songs--because nothing says country like a bunch of fat balding guys in tuxedos reading sheet music-at best it comes off as pretentious and artsy-fartsy. At worst it saps all of the life and energy out of a song.


I disagree. ‘Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold’ by Mike and the Moonpies is a masterpiece.


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Grifola
Member since Aug 2017
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
The sudden alarm clock ringing in the intro to Time after the chill fade of On the Run.


Daktari
Member since Sep 2019
65 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
Songs that whine about hard hard life on the road is.


TFTC
Southern Fan
Chicago, Il
Member since May 2010
20746 posts
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re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
stupid studio experiments...

I absolutely hate the tremolo effect on the vocals at the end of Crimson and Clover... Such a great song that kinda ends on a downer...


lpgreat1
LSU Fan
Monroe, LA
Member since Nov 2007
1412 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
Snapping fingers intros and verses over minimal guitar notes into programmed drums for the choruses.

AKA every song on pop and country top 40 for about 5 years now.


FearlessFreep
Auburn Fan
Baja Alabama
Member since Nov 2009
11343 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
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3. The synth washes at the beginning of "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller.
I think the solid state screeches at the beginning and end of “Jungle Love” are worse. Would have been a great rocker without it.

For me, BB King’s Now Appearing at Ole Miss is an outstanding performance ruined by unnecessary post-production overdubs (credited as “Sweetening” on the liner notes) by noted samba percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, who had no business working on a blues album.


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MidnightVibe
Member since Feb 2015
6492 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
Ruining a a great song with a stupid arse outro.

See, e.g., "I am trying to break your heart" by Wilco.

LINK


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AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
70099 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
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Snapping fingers intros
Killer Queen


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Galactic Inquisitor
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Member since Dec 2013
11717 posts

re: Pet peeves in albums or songs
Albums with excessive fade-outs. It's okay maybe once on an album, but fading out almost every song shows that an artist can't write a complete song.


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