I hope they can return to the studio and make a GOOD album the way they want to make it.
I wouldn't have used the word “good”. They did good work on the 3 albums. Now, they are so different in style that it is normal to like one more than another. Though, I'm wondering how business actually influenced ABL.
With TIW, I first thought they were actually taking some risks since it was tailored for live show, even if it sounds more pop than rock. Now, I'm no longer sure it was so risky...
I don't think either that TIW isn't the way they wanted it to be. Actually, in an interview, sorry can't remember which one, they said that with TIW they thought to have finally really found their own sound and the way they have been talking about it, it would tend to make me think that they were even fully in phase with it artistically speaking.
They have a huge market to sell to but they are not NIKE or Walmart - the goods they are selling is art, in the form of music, which EVERYONE has an emotional and much more personal tie to than a damn pair of shoes, as should they.
Music isn't emotional for everybody and most people are no longer that faithful to a rock band.
We really now live in an industrial universe. Most of the people don't buy albums anymore, they buy songs of thousand different artists. Some have thousands of songs in their MP3 or whatever. I'm the first one to feel sad about this, but music have become a pair of shoes I'm afraid. How many new artists get big success and disappear that fast, “replaced” by a new one?
To stay alive in this field now, I guess you need to bring either something strong and different and a solid communication strategy and/or shock regularly.
The music is #1, the fans should be #2 and if those 2 things are treated with integrity, respect and honesty - the money will come in vast abundance.
I don't think so. That is utopia.
the fact is, ladies and gents, more means more, and bigger means bigger. more exposure means more sales. bigger tours means bigger buses/caravans. more expenses means more business needs to be conducted. the industry is a business. it's always been money driven -- especially now that they've proven themselves to be worthy cash cows when need be, 30stm is going to continually release new merch and offer things for money that a lot of us probably won't think is wise, or whatever. but there are folks that will buy it all and eagerly await their next move, release or offer.