History LighterAndSofter / Music

6th Feb '16 12:40:32 PM Freshmeat
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* FaithNoMore really had no direction to go ''but'' Lighter And Softer after the nightmarish ''[[MagnumOpus Angel Dust]]''. ''King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime'' had its share of disturbing and brutal metal tracks ("Cuckoo for Caca", "Ugly in the Morning"), but the contrasting songs were noticaebly way more laidback, usually alternating between AlternativeRock, lighter takes on {{Grunge}} and {{Novelty Song}}s in the styles of {{Jazz}} and {{Pop}}. ''Album of the Year'' mostly followed suit, with the occasional ''Angel Dust''-esque metal number ("Collision", "Last Cup of Sorrow", "Paths of Glory") surrounded by more upbeat {{Punk|Rock}} and Alt Rock tracks as well as experiments with ambient {{electronic|music}} sounds. Though both of these albums came after the departure of original guitarist Jim Martin, they are still noticeably DarkerAndEdgier than ''Introduce Yourself'' and ''The Real Thing''.
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* FaithNoMore really had no direction to go ''but'' Lighter And Softer after the nightmarish ''[[MagnumOpus Angel Dust]]''.''Angel Dust''. ''King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime'' had its share of disturbing and brutal metal tracks ("Cuckoo for Caca", "Ugly in the Morning"), but the contrasting songs were noticaebly way more laidback, usually alternating between AlternativeRock, lighter takes on {{Grunge}} and {{Novelty Song}}s in the styles of {{Jazz}} and {{Pop}}. ''Album of the Year'' mostly followed suit, with the occasional ''Angel Dust''-esque metal number ("Collision", "Last Cup of Sorrow", "Paths of Glory") surrounded by more upbeat {{Punk|Rock}} and Alt Rock tracks as well as experiments with ambient {{electronic|music}} sounds. Though both of these albums came after the departure of original guitarist Jim Martin, they are still noticeably DarkerAndEdgier than ''Introduce Yourself'' and ''The Real Thing''.
18th Jan '16 9:19:17 AM 3rdStringPG
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* This happened to many pop-metal bands in the '70s and '80s as they gained commercial success. An example is Music/REOSpeedwagon. Their first album included tracks called "Five Men Were Killed Today" and "Dead At Last." Years later, they would have big hits with the power ballads "Keep On Lovin' You" and "Can't Fight This Feelin'."
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* This happened to many pop-metal bands in the '70s and '80s as they gained commercial success. An example is Music/REOSpeedwagon. Their first album included tracks called "Five Men Were Killed Today" (strangely enough, a ballad) and "Dead At Last." Last" (about suicide, the end of a relationship, or both). Years later, they would have big hits with the power ballads "Keep On Lovin' You" and "Can't Fight This Feelin'."
14th Jan '16 9:40:11 AM JTRager
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* Music/TheOcean released three albums filled with heavy, aggressive, dark, and doomy progressive sludge metal. Cue Heliocentric, and there's a lot more melody and clean singing. There's even a ballad!
21st Oct '15 12:01:06 PM KizunaTallis
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* "Chillstep" is the lighter and softer cousin of {{Dubstep}} which features less distorted bass, a more spacey sound, little to no wobble riffs, less emphasis to near-absence of drops and a generally "angelic" or "uplifting" feel.
14th Aug '15 9:19:52 PM Twentington
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* Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Confessions On A Dancefloor'' and it's sequel, ''Hard Candy''.
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* Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Confessions On A Dancefloor'' and it's its sequel, ''Hard Candy''.
2nd Jun '15 11:34:10 PM DavidDelony
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* A lot of indie rock made since the TurnOfTheMillennium falls into this, perhaps as a reaction against NuMetal, PostGrunge and HipHop. Modern indie generally futures softer, melodic songs with predominately acoustic and orchestral arrangements derived from BaroquePop while avoiding HarshVocals.
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* A lot of indie rock made since the TurnOfTheMillennium falls into this, perhaps as a reaction against NuMetal, PostGrunge and HipHop. Modern indie generally futures softer, melodic songs with predominately acoustic and orchestral arrangements derived from BaroquePop BaroquePop, folk and electronica while avoiding HarshVocals.
23rd Jan '15 3:55:02 PM DavidDelony
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* A lot of indie rock made since the TurnOfTheMillennium falls into this, perhaps as a reaction against NuMetal, PostGrunge and HipHop. Modern indie generally futures softer, melodic songs with predominately acoustic arrangements and generally avoid HarshVocals.
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* A lot of indie rock made since the TurnOfTheMillennium falls into this, perhaps as a reaction against NuMetal, PostGrunge and HipHop. Modern indie generally futures softer, melodic songs with predominately acoustic and orchestral arrangements and generally avoid derived from BaroquePop while avoiding HarshVocals.
24th Dec '14 3:05:49 AM Patachou
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* One could make a case for this happening to Music/JoyDivision after they changed their name to New Order. Not that New Order doesn't have a certain edge to their brand of pop.
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* One could make a case for this happening to Music/JoyDivision after they changed their name to New Order.Music/NewOrder. Not that New Order doesn't have a certain edge to their brand of pop.

* The Music/VelvetUnderground have an interesting trajectory in this regard. Their first album--1967's ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''--was a fairly eclectic mix of soft stuff, hard stuff, and hard stuff that sounds soft (consider "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bHvtAz4j8 Sunday Morning]]," for instance). The next album, ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'', took a definite turn for the experimental and {{dark|erAndEdgier}} (the title track is about amphetamines, and it gets more macabre--often [[BlackHumor humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''The Velvet Underground'', is a lot mellower (if nevertheless experimental) -- something the band occasionally attributed to having their equipment stolen before recording --, and finally 1970's ''Loaded'' (so called because [[ExecutiveMeddling the label wanted an album "loaded with hits"]]), which is ''much'' softer musically (but also just as experimental and ''[[EarWorm ridiculously]]'' [[EarWorm listenable]], proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]).
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* The Music/VelvetUnderground have an interesting trajectory in this regard. Their first album--1967's ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''--was a fairly eclectic mix of soft stuff, hard stuff, and hard stuff that sounds soft (consider "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bHvtAz4j8 Sunday Morning]]," for instance). The next album, ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'', took a definite turn for the experimental and {{dark|erAndEdgier}} (the title track is about amphetamines, and it gets more macabre--often [[BlackHumor humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''The Velvet Underground'', ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'', is a lot mellower (if nevertheless experimental) -- something the band occasionally attributed to having their equipment stolen before recording --, and finally 1970's ''Loaded'' ''Music/{{Loaded}}'' (so called because [[ExecutiveMeddling the label wanted an album "loaded with hits"]]), which is ''much'' softer musically (but also just as experimental and ''[[EarWorm ridiculously]]'' [[EarWorm listenable]], proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]).
11th Dec '14 12:20:32 AM Patachou
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* The Music/VelvetUnderground have an interesting trajectory in this regard. Their first album--1967's ''The Velvet Underground & Nico''--was a fairly eclectic mix of soft stuff, hard stuff, and hard stuff that sounds soft (consider "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bHvtAz4j8 Sunday Morning]]," for instance). The next album, ''White Light/White Heat'', took a definite turn for the experimental and {{dark|erAndEdgier}} (the title track is about amphetamines, and it gets more macabre--often [[BlackHumor humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''The Velvet Underground'', is a lot mellower (if nevertheless experimental) -- something the band occasionally attributed to having their equipment stolen before recording --, and finally 1970's ''Loaded'' (so called because [[ExecutiveMeddling the label wanted an album "loaded with hits"]]), which is ''much'' softer musically (but also just as experimental and ''[[EarWorm ridiculously]]'' [[EarWorm listenable]], proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]).
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* The Music/VelvetUnderground have an interesting trajectory in this regard. Their first album--1967's ''The Velvet Underground & Nico''--was ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''--was a fairly eclectic mix of soft stuff, hard stuff, and hard stuff that sounds soft (consider "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bHvtAz4j8 Sunday Morning]]," for instance). The next album, ''White Light/White Heat'', ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'', took a definite turn for the experimental and {{dark|erAndEdgier}} (the title track is about amphetamines, and it gets more macabre--often [[BlackHumor humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''The Velvet Underground'', is a lot mellower (if nevertheless experimental) -- something the band occasionally attributed to having their equipment stolen before recording --, and finally 1970's ''Loaded'' (so called because [[ExecutiveMeddling the label wanted an album "loaded with hits"]]), which is ''much'' softer musically (but also just as experimental and ''[[EarWorm ridiculously]]'' [[EarWorm listenable]], proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]).

* Music/{{Gorillaz}} followed up his darkest and most depressive work on "Demon Days" with a flashy synthpop album, "Plastic Beach."
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* Music/{{Gorillaz}} followed up his darkest and most depressive work on "Demon Days" with a flashy synthpop album, "Plastic Beach."Music/PlasticBeach."

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* Music/{{Gorillaz}} followed up his darkest and most depressive work on "Demon Days" with ''Music/OutToLunch'' by Music/EricDolphy has a flashy synthpop album, "Plastic Beach."track called "Something Sweet, Something Tender".
3rd Dec '14 12:42:33 AM DavidDelony
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* A lot of indie rock made since the TurnOfTheMillennium falls into this, perhaps as a reaction against NuMetal, PostGrunge and HipHop. Modern indie generally futures softer, melodic songs with predominately acoustic arrangements and generally avoid the HarshVocals.
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* A lot of indie rock made since the TurnOfTheMillennium falls into this, perhaps as a reaction against NuMetal, PostGrunge and HipHop. Modern indie generally futures softer, melodic songs with predominately acoustic arrangements and generally avoid the HarshVocals.
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