Do you like when musicians or bands come back after a long hiatus or not?
Do you think a long hiatus (more than five years) hurts an artist coming back into music or does it help them? This week, we've had a total of three major announcements of comebacks- David Bowie, Destiny's Child, and Justin Timberlake. All haven't put out albums for the better part of a decade, however there is alot of buzz surrounding them. As a fan, do you prefer artists to come out every year or so or to wait longer for their music?
I think for the most part its fine. Celebrities and other musicians need a break just like everyone else. I know Destiny's Child as a group went away, but the individuals were always doing something in the industry and Justin Timberlake never fully went out of the spotlight either. He just focused on acting a little more. I think that's a good way to do it.
But there really is no one way to come back. Look at Maxwell!
It just depends on the artist or group. Truthfully, there are some I wish would stay gone. The Rolling Stones are the perfect example of that. They've stuck around for so long that they've become parodies of themselves. On the other hand, I would have loved to see a Beatles comeback. Unfortunately, with John and George gone, that is not even a remote possibility. I happen to prefer quality over quantity. Rare is the artist or group that can bide their time and consistently put out great music while remaining relevant. Michael Jackson, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder Pink Floyd and a few others have been blessed with this knack. On the other end of the spectrum, artists like Prince and Wynton Marsalis seem to be able to put out great music effortlessly and at will. So as I said, it depends on the artist or group.
If they make a mark the first time around, any hiatus at all won't hurt them. Example: The Eagles. They said they would get back together 'when hell freezes over." And when they got back together, the named their first album "When Hell Freezes Over".... I'm huge fan, always have been and always will be!! I, for one, am very glad they got back together!
I prefer artists to take a break so they come back refreshed. When they are constantly in our face and making music (or writing books) it seems more like it's something they have to do, then want to do. For example Matchbox 20 took a few years off while Rob Thomas went solo, he did well, but they are back together and their fans welcomed them back with open arms. Country singer Chris Cagle was successful then took a break due to personal issues. He came back bigger and better. I'm looking forward to JT's new music! Destiny's Child, I don't miss their jelly that much. Excellent question Alecia!!
Thanks Sunshine! I think you have a point- I like to see artists do new things and come back strong. What you said about Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20 applies to Gwen and No Doubt. I'm glad to see them going strong and making music on their own terms.
This truly depends on the groups and the music they produce. I've always been a big fan of Bob Dylan, but his voice is now so strained that it hurts to listen to him. The Rolling Stones, even though much maligned by many, still produce good rock and roll, and sound fantastic. Groups like Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Oyster Cult, Mountain, the Moody Blues and Deep Purple have all made reunion tours in the past few years, but have done little to release any new material. Then again, the Doobie Brothers released a critically acclaimed album of new material that received little airplay because of the formula format of radio in today's joke of music appreciation radio. The Eagles found their last album being played on more Country formatted stations for the same reason. I've yet to hear Bowie's new single, so I can't say. Blondie is another group that has released new material recently. They failed to remember that the 80's are far behind us and only duplicated much of the same sound they incorporated when they were somewhat popular. I'm sure the past fans of Timberlake and Destiny's Child are awaiting the new releases, but to me, they were somewhat "formula" artists when they were at the top of the charts. I still have a problem telling the difference between En Vogue, Destiny's Child, and TLC songs, and Timberlake was only living off of his boy group fame. Artists like Elton John, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and very few others maintain a constant presence and staying power, so they will always be welcome. Yet, we must also appreciate those that know when it's time to quit like Diana Ross, instead of becoming jokes of themselves like Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart. Just my two cents. But, what do I know?
Interesting perspective and you have great points. I think older artists nowadays have to find a creative way to connect to social media because that's where people find music. Just look at Justin Bieber- he pretty much owes his career to YouTube.
If they were extremely popular the first time around then yes I would love to see them again, but hopefully they will sound just as good if not better than before. If they appear drugged, doped up, sound awful or look scary, then no thanks I'll spend my money elsewhere.
I prefer the them to take a break if they constantly make music it starts to sound the same or it just sounds way too different to be any good. Sometimes I don't like it because they will change in a manner that's displeasing and I would have wished they had kept playing and made more of the previous stuff.
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