Question of the day.

Who in your opinion is the most overrated band, singer or musician?

My answer:

Most of mainstream pop that you can hear like on the radio and such is very overrated in my opinion. That doesn’t necessarily mean bad, but I just don’t really get why it’s getting as much attention as it does, and sometimes it does definitely sound genuinely bad. What I’m gonna be saying in this post probably won’t be particularly relatable to people as the singer I’ll be talking about is Polish, but if you really do want to know what I’m talking about or form your opinion you can just look her up or something I guess (just please don’t tell Sofi I wrote this ’cause she’ll kill me ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

The artist whom I really consider strangely overrated, even though I don’t consider her music bad at all, is Sanah. I guess that was the first thing that popped into my mind as an answer because Sofi really loves her, and yesterday when she was shopping she found a vinyl copy of her album and bought it and was listening to it all day (yes, we do have such an ancient thing as a gramophone ๐Ÿ˜€ ), and as we are the only people in the house all the time at the moment and so spend a lot of time with each other, I got exposed to quite a dose of her music, and also listened to it many times before with Sofi. She has her own style –
Sanah, not Sofi, I mean Sofi too but that’s another thing ๐Ÿ˜€ – and that’s what seems to draw her fans as well, and those (from what I have noticed, anyway) recruit mostly from teenage girls who fit in their age group reasonably well, like a lot of the same things that are generally liked in their social circles, care about fitting in more or less, but want to have a sort of feeling that they’re different, deeper maybe. It’s always nice to see artists who do things their own way and have something that sets them apart when most of musicians in the main-streamy world seem like one homogeneous mass where it’s really difficult to distinguish one ingredient from another if you don’t come in active contact with the thing very often. She also certainly can sing, doesn’t use loads of autotune or at least I can’t hear it. Yet, I don’t understand the hype. Not so much her popularity even, because she clearly does something for which there’s a lot of audience with a lot of need for it, but the air of “differentness” around her. Even though she does seem natural-, authentic-looking and has her own way of making music, I don’t think that alone makes her really all that very different. I mean, I know I’ve time-travelled from the middle ages so I don’t know anything, but what sort of freaked up world do we live in that a girl with little to no makeup on and no plastic surgery history is considered aw so different, even if she happens to be a singer? ๐Ÿ˜€ If she was properly different, she wouldn’t be this popular. My impression (which could well be wrong as I’m only kind of an outside observer and haven’t really spent a lot of time in-depth analysing her or anything) is that a lot of her differentness is just for the sake of being different. Her music is characteristic due to sad lyrics, and she’s very consistent with it, and sad lyrics are often automatically considered different, even though I guess they’re quite trendy now and a lot of people like them. I love sad lyrics too! But what I don’t like is when it makes a sort of shallow impression, like when we’re sad for the sake of being sad, because it’s so cool and so different and so romantic. And so infantile. Again, I could be wrong, but I don’t see anything more to her sadness, anything that would come out of it and make her music richer, therefore while her music is pleasant to listen to, as long as you don’t overdose, it doesn’t really appeal to me in any stronger sense. And so I don’t understand both music people and young people like Sofi claiming that she represents something vastly different than most of the young Polish pop scene. I’m actually kind of surprised that Sofi has been loving her so passionately because Sofi is generally a very happy, smiley girl. While I am mostly neutral about her music in general, my Mum hates it and claims she sounds like Donald Duck, ๐Ÿ˜€ and that all the other women in the modern Polish-language pop industry sound all very similar to her, as in have similar voices. I definitely don’t see the Donald Duck similarity, even though she is a fair bit nasal, but I do agree on a fair few of Polish pop girls sounding similar to her. Mum assumed that maybe they have the same producers or something, but I think maybe they’re all alter egos of one person?… ๐Ÿ˜€ Essentially though, to me, Sanah’s like a Polish equivalent of Billie Eilish, except not quite so dark and not “bad”. That comparison came to my mind yesterday as Sofi was blasting her music in the living room, and I shared it with her just as it came to my brain, expecting to be accused of heresy, excomunicated and poisoned because Sofi dislikes Billie very much, but, interestingly, she agreed. ๐Ÿ˜€

Who is overrated in your opinion? ๐Ÿ™‚

16 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

  1. Interesting. Now you have me wanting to look up that singer. I am not into popular music at all and never was. I mean, as a preteen, I had a couple of posters of the Backstreet Boys on my walls but I’d never even listened to any of their songs.

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    1. Interesting you had their posters but never listened to their songs. Like I mentioned on here, I don’t have any interest in the really literally popular popular music, especially popular around me, although it can be interesting kind of sociologically haha, and also I think there’s pop and then there’s also pop, and there’s a lot of variety in this genre, so I definitely don’t look down on it as a whole.

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    1. Lol, I think I’d also be out of the loop with the overrated stuff if it wasn’t for Sofi and the fact that we have a radio in the loo, even though in general I pay a lot of attention to the music world. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Uh, K-pop, don’t get the phenomenon either, as well as generally the obsession with all things Korean. Sofi went through it too but it’s now over.

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  2. Thanks for asking, as I can get this off my chest now! There’s a beautiful piece of classical music composed several hundred years ago by Pachelbel called “Pachelbel’s Canon.” It’s absolutely gorgeous and is often played at weddings. Growing up, I heard a great version of it by George Winston, a renowned pianist, that I listened to very often. Gorgeous, and I’d urge to you to look up one or both of those (the original version or George Winston) on YouTube!

    And then, a year or two ago, Maroon 5 came out with “Memories”, a really lame song that perverts “Pachelbel’s Canon” into something boring and simplistic and totally lame. I can’t even tell you how offended I am by it. And the lyrics were about nostalgia in order to maximize the nostalgic sense of “Pachelbel’s Canon”, which seemed manipulative and underhanded to me. Worst song ever. So my answer to your question is Maroon 5. AAUGH!!

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    1. Awwww I feel you so much!!! I hate things like that especially if it involves a piece of music I love and it seems like these kind of things happen quite often ’cause the lame, overrated pop peeps don’t have enough creativity. I sure know Pachelbel’s Canon, and have now listened to the George Winston’s version, which is really good indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚ I happened to be listening to the radio a lot when Memories came out because I was without the computer and didn’t have my iPhone back then yet but needed some background noise, and they played it like every hour on the Swedish Radio, so even for that reason I hate it, but also I dislike Maroon 5 in general. Funnily, I was wondering why does it sound like something else to me but couldn’t make the connection to anything even though I heard it a gazillion times, hahaha. I have very frequent deja vus, which can get confusing sometimes, and I figured this must be just another one that the melody sounded familiar to me. ๐Ÿ˜€
      I just recently had a similar situation with a beautiful Scots-language traditional song that I love, as I discovered there’s a very stupid Swedish dance song with exactly the same motive. It’s just too exact to be a coincidence, even though the original tune is very simple. It felt like a prophanity and I was fuming, especially when I later happened to hear the dude who made this say that he doesn’t like it when his music “feels derivative”. On the other hand it would seem weird that some guy who makes primitive music like that would be into Scots-language folk music, so maybe it was an accident, but I can’t forgive regardless!

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      1. Thanks for understanding, both of you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow, Emilia, that’s cool that you’ve heard all the songs involved (except the George Winston)! I can see how you wouldn’t consciously put “Memories” and “Pachelbel’s Canon” together in your mind, and now you’ve got me wondering how I figured it out! Could I tell by hearing “Memories”, or did someone point it out to me? The memory’s not there! Huh.

        Ooooh, I feel ya about the lame rendition of the Scottish song! And the derivative comment is so true! It took me forever to figure out what derivative meant, but now, yeah, it’s not a good thing, is it? ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t blame you for not forgiving! If someone’s going to redo something, there has to be respect and integrity shown for the original!! AAUGH!! Don’t get me started about movie remakes! ๐Ÿ˜€ Although that would make for a really fun new question of the day!!

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  3. Hmmm this is a tough one for me. I don’t really listen to many of the singers/bands that get all the write ups, like Bieber as mentioned above. I would have to go with someone like Michael Jackson. He was amazing, don’t get me wrong, but the negative hype surrounding his every move in his later years was just too much, in my opinion. Then, after he died, well, he was the greatest thing that ever lived…like Whitney, Prince, Elvis… I guess the overrated feeling I get is that if they were not so overrated and over-observed, idolized, etc., would some still be with us today?

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  4. Overrated musicians for me: Probably the superannuated tourists [eg Travelling Wilburys].

    “If she was properly different, she wouldnโ€™t be this popular. My impression (which could well be wrong as Iโ€™m only kind of an outside observer and havenโ€™t really spent a lot of time in-depth analysing her or anything) is that a lot of her differentness is just for the sake of being different.

    Her music is characteristic due to sad lyrics, and sheโ€™s very consistent with it, and sad lyrics are often automatically considered different, even though I guess theyโ€™re quite trendy now and a lot of people like them.

    I love sad lyrics too! But what I donโ€™t like is when it makes a sort of shallow impression, like when weโ€™re sad for the sake of being sad, because itโ€™s so cool and so different and so romantic. And so infantile.”

    I thought of Emilie Autumn when you made that comment about the sad lyrics and settings.

    Also Melanie Martinez.

    This happens a lot in poetry.

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    1. Can’t say if Travelling Wilburys are overrated, but never liked them.
      Ohhh, how could one not think of Emilie Autumn when thinking sad lyrics?! ๐Ÿ˜€ Sanah’s quite different category in my opinion though. I actually used to really really love Emilie Autumn some years ago. This was a relatively short period, but intense enough that she almost kicked out Cornelis Vreeswijk of his then major faza position. I’m really glad it didn’t happen in the end though, as now, while I certainly appreciate her originality and talents, I don’t really know what made me love as passionately as I did back then.

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      1. “This was a relatively short period, but intense enough that she almost kicked out Cornelis Vreeswijk of his then major faza position.”

        I have a vague, vague memory of that.

        Probably late 2018-early 2019? Probably around the time I would first read your blog…

        “Iโ€™m really glad it didnโ€™t happen in the end though, as now, while I certainly appreciate her originality and talents, I donโ€™t really know what made me love as passionately as I did back then.”

        Some kind of *je ne sais quoi* …

        Probably she was filling a musical gap and/or mirror?

        Right now I am listening to Melodia.

        And that first verse is all about dancing.

        Yes – that would attract the girls who fit in reasonably well.

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    2. Mm no, actually that was a bit earlier than my current blog came to life, I guess more like 2016-2017, but I suppose at the beginnings of this blog I still liked her enough to mention that or something. Yeah I think she certainly has some kind of je ne sais quoi about her, haha. I guess the most likely explanation of why I got so obsessed with her for a while would be that I was still in my Goth phase very much.
      Hahah I’m glad I’m not alone in my perception of Sanah. ๐Ÿ˜€

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