C wrote:Bob, a sincere question mate:
You listen to tons/tonnes of new albums/bands a week
How on earth do you get to assimilate them and actually decide how robust the material is?
When I was buying new stuff, and I admit that was about 25 years ago, it was essential that I listened to an album half a dozen times before I felt 'qualified' to pass an opinion or make a judgement.
I still play albums that I bought 50 plus years ago and discover something new
For me, there are just not enough hours in the day to play all my old stuff let alone any modern post 90s material
Not really tonnes - possibly 5 or 6 in an average week, but I’ve not checked on numbers.
If it appeals on 1st listen I’ll stick it on one of a couple of rotation playlists - one for bands I don’t know well, another for those I am more familiar with. I will then work through those playlists playing for a 2nd and 3rd time, and sometimes on shuffle.
If they make a mark I will transfer them to one of 2 more permanent playlists that I can return to at anytime; one for stuff I really like, the other for albums I quite enjoyed and would like to hear again sometime but am not totally invested in. The others I will discard and replenish with more new stuff on a rolling basis.
If I was buying the albums I would definitely give more than 2 or 3 listens to make my mind up and I totally get that I will be missing out on great albums that just don’t fully click on 2 or 3 plays, but then with loads of new albums and artists to listen to every week I can live with that. The pleasure in discovering new music outweighs those potential “losses”.