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Old Yesterday, 12:54 AM   #1
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Aging Gracefully As An Artist

so, since the Who announced that whole new album and tour nonsense, that got me thinking: why is it so difficult for so many groups to just.... age gracefully. What I mean by that is adapting to age, slowing down (this is far from a bad thing. MOST bands should slow the **** down, even in their prime), altering what they do to fit a world that does not necessarily match the one they grew in.

We've got the who releasing a new album despite 50% of the band currently in their graves, the rolling stones still shambling through tours as if they were still 30, punk bands playing the exact same stuff they played when they started out with little to no change, old rappers living off their laurels (lookin' at you, Outkast, Nas, etc). Why does it need to be this way? In this thread, we post examples of artists aging gracefully, adapting to changing voices, new genres, etc, gracefully realizing they are no longer young men.

Soundgarden - Chris Cornell

1996


2012


Cornell's voice has nowhere near the power or range it had when he was a young man. What it does have is a gravelly raspiness that it didn't have before, and he uses it well.

The Jam - Paul Weller

1977


1995


Slowed down, brought the rage down to a simmer, souled-up a bit


Dire Straits - Mark Knopfler

1979


2012


embraced the folk, completely changed styles.

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What if they still want to play music though? Why should they put your desires ahead of their own?
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What if they still want to play music though? Why should they put your desires ahead of their own?


you mean the Who? they absolutely should, daltrey and townshend are still incredible. however, calling themselves "The Who" is just.... somehow not right. there are plenty of bands around where only 1 member has remained constant, but those groups didn't spend 20-30 years together, only broken apart by the deaths of members.
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Leonard Cohen 1967


Leonard Cohen 2012


That's 45 years later

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Why do you want the Rolling Stones to stop playing music? I went to their concert a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic. WHY DO YOU WANT TO DENY ME IMPORTANT EXPERIENCES
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I did and still do like Metallica's Load, as well as Pink Floyd's Division Bell. These were prejudged records by my estimation.
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Radiohead is a good example of this
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I think Paul McCartney and Elton John really kept their voice up over the years. I think Anthony Kiedis did the opposite.
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I did and still do like Metallica's Load, as well as Pink Floyd's Division Bell. These were prejudged records by my estimation.


Load kicked ass. that there was an example of metallica aging gracefully. unfortunately, the metal community really doesn't like that shit, so we ended up with St. Anger and Death Magnetic (i personally think death magnetic is their worst album by a loooooong ways. I'll take St Anger any day.)

I personally believe if metallica kept going in the Load/Reload direction, they'd be way more relevant today.
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Load kicked ass. that there was an example of metallica aging gracefully. unfortunately, the metal community really doesn't like that shit, so we ended up with St. Anger and Death Magnetic (i personally think death magnetic is their worst album by a loooooong ways. I'll take St Anger any day.)

I personally believe if metallica kept going in the Load/Reload direction, they'd be way more relevant today.


You've been on this site since '09.... Maybe it's time for you to age gracefully and stop posting all this bullshit.
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Yeah, a lot of artists just. Eugh...that said I saw Roger Waters in '07 and it was still a good show.
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Load kicked ass. that there was an example of metallica aging gracefully. unfortunately, the metal community really doesn't like that shit, so we ended up with St. Anger and Death Magnetic (i personally think death magnetic is their worst album by a loooooong ways. I'll take St Anger any day.)

I personally believe if metallica kept going in the Load/Reload direction, they'd be way more relevant today.


Yeah, a lot of what they have done since has felt forced. It's hard for a lot of fans to understand that its okay for a person to be different at 50 than they were at 22. Close minded fans taint a lot of shit.

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I wasn't gonna comment on this thread, but then the OP including Mark Knopfler, who is a graceful, classy bastard. His style definitely changed a little, but it was always kinda mature. His solo stuff is just like the quieter, slower Dire Straits songs.

Sting has also matured as an artist. He went from:



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