“The album is dead. Long live the album”
The web was supposed to kill the album, but no-one bothered to tell the musicians
From the weekend: here’s a piece I wrote for the paper about how the death of the album meme has turned out to be something of a misnomer. From the moment iTunes arrived on the scene more or less, we’ve had dozens, nay hundreds, of obituaries for the album. However, as I point out, no-one has asked the musicians who make albums for their thoughts. They certainly have no problems with the album and continue to make and release them as much, if not more, than ever before.
Aside from a selection of great albums from the internet age, the piece also contains some quotes from various acts about the album. I interviewed Stevie Appleby and Adam O’Regan from Little Green Cars on Friday and the subject came up so here’s another quote for that particular section.
“We’ve always been a project band. We just wanted to cover as much ground as possible and the songs are a chronicle of our lives so far as a band and that deserves to be an album. We grew up listening to albums and they’re the most beautiful things in the world. They’re significant to different parts of your life and bring you back there. Death of the album? That’s a crazy idea. Albums are what’s important to us as a band.”