July 21, 2008
Is it just me, or are country albums too bloated these days? Alan Jackson’s Good Time is a decent album, but at seventeen tracks, it’s too much to listen to in one sitting. I remember when most country albums had ten songs. No more. No less. That seems skimpy by today’s standards, but it forced artists to make choices.
Less is more. A focused album without any filler is better than one with mediocre tracks scattered among the good ones. Wouldn’t it be better to have a new ten-song album every 15-18 months, especially with the life cycle of singles these days? Or would today’s consumer feel ripped off and think a ten-song album wasn’t worth the money?
What do you think?