Rock Music Has Worst Year Ever
It's old acts clinging to relevance, and new ones aping them: Critic
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2011 2:25 PM CST
Updated Jan 1, 2012 1:00 AM CST
The band Sublime with Rome performs during the iHeartRadio music festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – How dire is the state of mainstream rock? So dire that “Sublime With Rome,” a band with no higher ambition than mimicking Sublime, has had a song on the Billboard charts every week since May. “2011 may well be remembered as the most numbing year for mainstream rock in music history,” declares New York Times critic Jon Caramanica. “Declaring a genre dead is the worst, least imaginative sort of proclamation, so let’s call it zombified.”

Rock is, after all, still shambling around, but “the genre didn’t produce a single great album, and the best of the middling walked blindly in footprints laid out years, even decades, earlier.” Critics are praising the likes of Foster the People, even though it basically rehashes “the soul-infused lite-rock of the 1980s.” Sure, there is good work on the fringes, and on independent labels, but “it wasn’t so long ago that major-label rock had bursts of vitality,” Carmanica laments. Now “it’s a living funeral.”

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Jan 1, 2012 10:31 PM CST
I can't wait to see what comes after rap, hopefully something much better. Muse and Cake still rock it though.
Jan 1, 2012 9:18 PM CST
That's a broad burshstoke, "Mainstream Rock". You mean new stuff? Emo does ok, metal does just fine, all those girly bands are doing good too like Chevelle and Modest Mouse. What's this story about again? Is it about award shows? Oh wait you mean top 40!!! Oh ok. I'm going off on another tangent here. When Mick Jagger performed at the grammy's last year he brought it. A man almost pushing seventy showed all those snot nosed mainstream no talent plastic sheeple what stage performance really is. F! Mainstream. Hey that's not bad, kind like E! Entertainment. Might have somethin' here.
Jan 1, 2012 5:07 PM CST
I love Rock n Roll but I have to admit the best music ever produced by man is Classical Music which is over 500 years old. Now before you get on my case just go to any Hollywood movie and listen to the dramatic scenes in them It is always Classical Music that they use to stir the emotional soul.