The founding member and bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea, recently posted a tweet on his Twitter account and expressed his frustration towards a music critic who claimed that albums are outdated and that ‘an album is simply a data dump now.’
Flea is one of the rockstars who are the most active on social media and he often enjoys sharing his views on new bands and albums, expressing his thoughts on the rock culture and scene, posting personal memories, and paying tribute to his loved ones. With his recent tweet, Flea reacted to Jon Caramanica’s infuriating comment considering the importance of albums in the music industry of today.
As if 2020 was not difficult enough for the music industry, it looks like 2021 is going to be even harder for musicians. During a recent interview with The New York Times, the newspaper’s music critic Jon Caramanica talked about his views on the albums that were released in the past year and made a bold claim. He stated that albums don‘t make sense anymore as when albums are released on streaming services, they soon become ‘a crapshoot.’
He went on further to say that albums worked in the past as a medium ‘only because everyone was a captive‘ and that when people listen to old albums now, they feel the need to cut out the weak parts which could not be programmed out at the time because they didn’t have the technology needed for it. Needless to say, these statements angered numerous musicians who expressed their frustration on Twitter.
Here’s what The New York Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica said in the interview:
“As awful as it sounds, an album is simply a data dump now. That doesn’t mean that some artists won’t continue to aim to be auteurs of the form — say, Taylor Swift or Adele — but the minute albums hit streaming services, they are sliced and diced and the songs are relegated to playlist slots, and everything after that is a crapshoot.
The truth is that albums worked as a medium only because everyone was a captive. When you look back at your favorite older albums now, I’m sure you see the weak spots that you‘d happily have programmed out if you had the technology then. Now you do. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next generation of pop stars finds ways to never release an ‘album’ again — they’ll just drip music out, one automated–brain–chip–download at a time.”
This article angered the successful American singer, songwriter, and record producer Zola Jesus, who posted the article by saying that this must be a joke as she apparently didn’t believe that a music critic could say something like that. After seeing Zola’s tweet, Flea retweeted her reaction and expressed his frustration about the derogatory way that albums were described.
Flea said that no matter how much technology has developed, albums are still a crucial part of music-making. In contrast to Caramanica’s statement about the ‘weak spots’ of older albums which could have been programmed out if today’s technology was available at the time, Flea said that he wants to hear ‘a weather system of an album, hills, valleys, tsunamis, and empty ethereal fields.’
Here’s what Zola Jesus said in her tweet:
“Is this a joke?”
Here’s what Flea said in his tweet:
“Fuck that shit albums rule. I want a weather system of an album, hills, valleys, tsunamis, and empty ethereal fields.”
Click here for Jon Caramanica’s interview and you can check out the tweets below.
is this a joke https://t.co/yupVP9OlQ5
— ZJ (@ZOLAJESUS) January 3, 2021
Fuck that shit albums rule. I want a weather system of an album, hills, valleys, tsunamis, and empty ethereal fields https://t.co/56EENiJaL1
— Flea (@flea333) January 3, 2021