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Neil Young Cries Out 'Where Are Our Geniuses?' to Mourn Today's Music Sound

January 23, 2012 04:38:20 GMT

Upset with the quality of today's sound that loses 'the warmth and the depth,' the 'Heart of Gold' hitmaker still finds the music he loves in Mumford and Sons as well as My Morning Jacket.


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Neil Young doesn't like the music he heard from radio and TV, which are dominated by such chart-topping artists as Lady GaGa, Katy Perry and Rihanna. In a chat with MTV News, the 66-year-old rocker sounds off his concern over the quality of today's songs.

"I'm finding that I have a little bit of trouble with the quality of the sound of music today," he says. "I don't like it. It just makes me angry. Not the quality of the music, but we're in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we've ever had. It's worse than a 78 [rpm record]."

The music vet furthermore cries out, "Where are our geniuses? What happened?" He adds, "If you're an artist and you created something and you knew the master was 100 percent great, but the consumer got 5 percent, would you be feeling good? I like to point that out to artists."

"That's why people listen to music differently today," he elaborates. "It's all about the bottom and the beat driving everything, and that's because in the resolution of the music, there's nothing else you can really hear. The warmth and the depth at the high end is gone."

The situation is no difference to that of Occupy Movement, so Young claims. The folk rock singer explains his comparison, "It's like Occupy Music - the 5 percent, that's who we are now. We used to be the hundred percent!"

Though he resents many of today's songs, Young still finds a few which he really likes. "Mumford & Sons and My Morning Jacket are great bands," he gushes. "I love them both and I know them well. I feel good about saying that."

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posted by Almost Fit on Jun 03, 2013
The article mixes up the message here. Neil likes the music. He does not like the sound quality. And Neil is right. So many good recordings have been ruined by "the modern sound".
posted by longhornmomma on Jan 24, 2012
I'm with you, Neil. Only thing decent today is country and I always swore I would not listen to it. Never say never.....

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