I have found threads (and guiltily participated in some) on the community that have only served to divide. In contrast, the Rediscovering David Bowie thread recently started by @RobOK has been a joy to read and participate in. Some introspection made me realise that the we’re all here for the joy of music rather than purely the mechanism through which we consume it. Having said that, this one could go either way:
Do you have an opinion on an artist, writer, producer, performer, album etc that you think is not necessarily mainstream and possibly unpopular?
I certainly have a few and I’m more than happy to throw some examples of mine in below for consideration. My intention is not to start any flame wars; in fact, please use considered responses that are not personal and accept any views shared on their merit alone (with suitably articulated rebuttals and humour as appropriate). Some opinions or alternative views may well prompt someone to reconsider: I once held the view that Roxy Music were very ordinary, bordering on dull. I shared this with a mate many years ago who offered his reasoning, played me a few tracks in that context and it changed my mind: Flesh and Blood is an album I now love.
Now, here are a couple that I still hold to be true for me:
Bob Dylan is overrated as a singer/songwriter and I struggle to listen to him. In isolation as a writer, others have made a better job of making the songs live and breathe e.g. Hendrix with All Along the Watchtower, Knocking on Heaven’s Door by almost everyone else who has covered it.
Ringo is a better drummer than many gave credit for. I can’t recall a time when I thought he either over or underplayed. He made the groove seem absolutely appropriate without being flashy or over-the-top.
Sgt Peppers is not the best Beatles album. I won’t share my opinion of which album is their best as I’d like to keep some powder dry in case a civil rebuttal is required
Over to the Roon Community Brain’s Trust for comment, disagreement and additions. Please be kind to one another.