Generally I am really impressed with Roon’s metadata. I’ve read here that some folks are having trouble and no doubt it will take some time to iron out creases and omissions in the database. However, some of Roon’s labelling did make me giggle…
So, in an effort to raise a communal smile (this is not a post for moaning and groaning) please share any odd misappropriations you may have stumbled across. Maybe it will help the Roon team patch them up.
Here’s my starter to ten. Caveat: these sample tracks are not demonstrative of my overall taste in music
Apparently the BeeGee’s disco stomper ‘You Should Be Dancing’ is a fine example of Baroque Pop.
Both Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B and RnB/Soul singer Beverly Knight are popular House music artists. (I know their tracks have been remixed, but those tracks aren’t in my collection and aren’t really what define them as artists).
Can we really claim Prince’s cannon and Michael Jackson’s Bad & Thriller albums are Motown classics?
80s popstrels Howard Jones and Thompson Twins are the new bastions of the Punk/New Wave movement.
Shoegazers RIDE have an EP called ‘Play’ in my collection. Roon thinks it’s Jethro Tull’s ‘Peel Session’.
Paul McC’s Classical projects are a great example of why some of the auto genre playlists should be track-based, rather than artist-genre-based. You don’t want Spies Like Us to crop up in the middle of a Classical selection.
If genres (and sub genres) were aligned more specifically with tracks or albums, rather than artists, it would give us much more accurate identification and avoid hiccups over remixes / side projects / quirky B-sides.