Pigeons and Planes put out a video that shows the inner fight of listening to new music in the social media age.
We’ve all seen this on Twitter, when an album drops or leaks, people are quick to respond that its either garbage or a classic, before they have time to live with it, or even listen to the complete album. These quick opinions have definitely made me biased when listening to an album, and even a bit arrogant when I like a album that is being trashed on social media. As Evil Jinx says “they’re sheep…they aren’t smart enough to get it.”
There are plenty of albums that after a first listen I have one opinion and some time later, after its been integrated into my life a bit, I have a different opinion about it. For instance, last year, I wasn’t really a big fan of Rhianna’s “Anti” the first time I listened to it. After all the hype building up to it, I was a bit disappointed, and only really liked the single “Work.” But a few months later, a friend was playing the album, and I had a new perspective on it. Songs grew on me that I didn’t expect. For instance, “Close To You,” which can’t be described as a “banger” is such a beautiful, heartbreaking song.
I feel like you need to really sit with an album before you can give a definite response to it. I believe if you aren’t willing to listen to it three months after it was released, its probably not that great. But what about the necessity of album reviews coming out quickly? Well I do still understand that they need to come quickly, and having a strong opinion, negative or positive, does bring traffic to the site. But they should be taken with a grain of salt for those exact reasons. But when it comes to your own personal soundtrack to your life, understand that it takes more than 16 minutes to create an opinion.