Does pop music still exist? – Dirt

That’s quite a paragraph:

I don’t believe that Bridgers is herself fully representative of the industry’s direction. Pop was already an uncertain, amorphous commodity, and now it’s an anonymous aesthetic. When I think of pop as an aesthetic, my mind returns to the Moby and Lenny Kravitz records of my childhood: genre-fluid, opaquely poetic songs that were licensed for a million commercials. Their music was frictionless enough that everybody liked it, but slippery enough that no one closely identified with it. They sounded algorithmic before algorithms were really a thing, and the fact that they wrote glorified TV jingles mostly barred these artists from serious critical consideration.

Dirt: Does pop music still exist? – Dirt

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