Songs vs Cd's (Records as I like to call them)
I think this is where I start to show my age. I still listen to full records. I think a lot of people nowadays only pick a couple of songs, and then wonder about the rest. I'm not talking shit, I just think that you should consider the song only a small piece of the puzzle that is the record. Songs have meaning, but so do records. Records also take you on a journey. Well, I should rephrase that. GOOD records will take you on a journey. I suppose it depends on the standpoint, and intentions of the artist. Many pop acts are only concerned about a few singles, and then use filler songs. We have some old-school fans here, and on other message boards criticizing what we are doing now, and are dissapointed in the fact that we are no longer focused on writing songs about teen angst. We couldn't do that forever, or we would end up being a parody of ourselves. We as artists have to push things forward, with the hope that people who are fans of our art will understand where we are coming from, and appreciate it. But I digress.
If you like a song by an artist, give the record a couple of chances. If most of it sucks, then by all means, keep the one or two songs. In more cases than not, though, you will find that a record will grow on you, and you will listen to it over and over again all the way through. I know I am speaking from a biased standpoint, but I believe anyone who considers him/herself a music lover will really dig into an artist's work, and feel what that artist is at its core. Thanks for listening.