I hear what you're saying, it's just that you have at times dismissed the likes of Strange Beautiful Music and Is Their Love in Space as bad albums (I can't remember your exact words !), just because they don't meet your standards of boundary pushing, or challenging listening, or lots of technical terms you come out with (I'll stay out of the technical musical theory discussions because I don't have sufficient knowledge on that front !).lydian7 wrote:I know, and it's a shame. When he first started he was pushing boundaries and solidifying his musical legacy. Now his material lacks innovation, and he seems content with writing easy-listening, commercial music, which is fine by me. I just wish I could pick up a new Satch cd and hear some fresh ideas and challenging sound worlds for a change, and I haven't heard any of them from him since E.O.C or Crystal Planet.Tony S wrote:Maybe Joe just enjoys playing blues licks these days, and there's plenty of people who like listening to blues licks. He's damn good at playing blues licks, so c'est la vie !lydian7 wrote: with around 90-95% of his material relying on diatonic framework and uninspiring blues licks.
There comes a time when a musician does what he wants to do, not what you might want him to. To keep complaining that his music is lacking this or lacking that is implying that he should be playing how you want him to play. If he's changed, he's changed, and that's all there is to it !
However, what is music all about when it comes down to it? Its a medium from which pleasure can be derived from listening. It doesn't always have to be experimental, pushing boundaries, challenging, or if I may borrow one of your phrases regarding one of Steve's pieces "an advanced study in rhythm and unorthodox grooves".
Think of it like other things you can get pleasure from - lets say food for example. Sure, sometimes it's interesting and very rewarding to try something new and unorthodox - nouvelle cuisine would never have been popular otherwise ! But at other times something plain and simple but well cooked can't be beaten. A nice Shepherds Pie maybe or (especially for the Brits) Fish and Chips ! At times nothing else comes close. And if you know somewhere that does really, really good quality Fish and Chips, then its a gastronomic delight !
So there you go, Joe's latest stuff is the quality fish and chips of music ! Hmmm, not sure if this is really what I intended to say !!