History LighterAndSofter / Music

30th Jul '17 12:48:01 PM Twentington
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* This was the reason behind brothers Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps, then the lead singer and bassist respectively of The Kentucky Headhunters, split from the band in 1993 to form the duo Brother Phelps. Ricky Lee wanted to sing straight-up country instead of the band's harder-edged Southern rock, so the two albums that Brother Phelps did were noticeably lighter in tone than the previous band. (Doug rejoined in 1995, taking his brother's former role.)
7th Jul '17 1:52:29 AM bt8257
Is there an issue? Send a Message


----



%%* American Slang seems to be this for The Gaslight Anthem.
* 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 ''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 ''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]]).
* The first two albums by Music/MotleyCrue, ''Too Fast For Love'' and ''Shout at the Devil'', were dark and gritty HeavyMetal albums with lyrics that dealt with things like drug abuse and Satanism. Beginning with their third album, ''Theater Of Pain'', they moved in a more MTV-friendly hard rock direction with rock anthems like "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" and ballads like "Home Sweet Home."

to:

%%* American Slang seems to be this for The Gaslight Anthem.
* 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 [[BlackComedy humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''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 ''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]]).
* The first two albums by Music/MotleyCrue, ''Too Fast For for Love'' and ''Shout at the Devil'', were dark and gritty HeavyMetal albums with lyrics that dealt with things like drug abuse and Satanism. Beginning with their third album, ''Theater Of Pain'', they moved in a more MTV-friendly hard rock direction with rock anthems like "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" and ballads like "Home Sweet Home."Home".



%%* Everything in Janet Jackson's career after ''The Velvet Rope''.



* Music/SugarRay ''embody'' this trope. After BlackSheepHit "Fly" brought them an unexpected #1 hit, they dropped much of the heavy rock jams of their first two albums, and on their third album, ''14:59," they embraced {{Pop}} music for real, to the biggest success of their career. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkE1ZmvjP_E Their early stuff]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQSCKWfJlXs their later stuff]] are like two different bands.

to:

* Music/SugarRay ''embody'' this trope. After BlackSheepHit "Fly" brought them an unexpected #1 hit, they dropped much of the heavy rock jams of their first two albums, and on their third album, ''14:59," ''14:59", they embraced {{Pop}} music for real, to the biggest success of their career. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkE1ZmvjP_E Their early stuff]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQSCKWfJlXs their later stuff]] are like two different bands.



* Music/BringMeTheHorizon started out as a {{deathcore}} outfit on their first album, they quickly changed to a lighter yet still hard-sounding {{metalcore}} band afterwards. This stayed for a long time and they became one of the faces of metalcore. Naturally, it was a surprise when all of this was tossed aside with ''That's the Spirit''. They abandoned metalcore completely for a ''much'' lighter radio-friendly sound that incorporates {{nu metal}}, {{emo}}, alternative rock, {{pop punk}}, and electronic rock. Listening to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWggPLXeOkU Pray for Plagues]]", then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJEahE-4juQ Shadow Moses]]", and then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_qI_F2ZJI Throne]]", they sound like three completely different bands.

to:

* Music/BringMeTheHorizon started out as a {{deathcore}} outfit on their first album, they quickly changed to a lighter yet still hard-sounding {{metalcore}} band afterwards. This stayed for a long time and they became one of the faces of metalcore. Naturally, it was a surprise when all of this was tossed aside with ''That's the Spirit''. They abandoned metalcore completely for a ''much'' lighter radio-friendly sound that incorporates {{nu metal}}, {{emo}}, alternative rock, {{alternative rock}}, {{pop punk}}, and electronic rock. Listening to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWggPLXeOkU Pray for Plagues]]", then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJEahE-4juQ Shadow Moses]]", and then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_qI_F2ZJI Throne]]", they sound like three completely different bands.
2nd Jun '17 1:54:14 PM mariofan1000
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Music/{{Eminem}}'s ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'', which is probably the most lighthearted album he's ever put out. It has the humor of his first two albums, but rarely the dark, twisted nature of them. ("Bad Guy" aside.)
13th Apr '17 10:24:57 AM Lyendith
Is there an issue? Send a Message


%%* ''Music/AvengedSevenfold'', although their music is still dark-and-edgy by general music standards.
11th Jan '17 3:45:55 PM Shedlessguy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The first two albums by Music/MotleyCrue, ''Live Wire'' and ''Shout at the Devil'', were dark and gritty HeavyMetal albums with lyrics that dealt with things like drug abuse and Satanism. Beginning with their third album, ''Theater Of Pain'', they moved in a more MTV-friendly hard rock direction with rock anthems like "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" and ballads like "Home Sweet Home."

to:

* The first two albums by Music/MotleyCrue, ''Live Wire'' ''Too Fast For Love'' and ''Shout at the Devil'', were dark and gritty HeavyMetal albums with lyrics that dealt with things like drug abuse and Satanism. Beginning with their third album, ''Theater Of Pain'', they moved in a more MTV-friendly hard rock direction with rock anthems like "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" and ballads like "Home Sweet Home."
5th Jan '17 11:25:16 AM Twentington
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Music/{{Alabama}} went through this as the decade turned from TheEighties to TheNineties. Their sound had most of the rock edge turned down, and they began doing more contemporary, mainstream country with slicker production while phasing out their IntercourseWithYou tendencies almost entirely. 1989's ''Southern Star'' seems to be the approximate turning point, as it was when they switched producers to Josh Leo.
26th Jun '16 3:42:45 AM gewunomox
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the beginning, Music/{{Sevendust}} gradually got lighter with each release. Their SelfTitledAlbum was very aggressive, raw metal with some songs bordering on [[ThrashMetal Crossover Thrash]], a far cry from the more accessible sound of their later albums. ''Home'' and ''Animosity'' featured more clean vocals and less screaming, but were still relatively heavy. ''Seasons'' and ''Next'', however, really toned things down, with half the songs being borderline radio rock that wouldn't sound out of place on a LinkinPark album. Which makes it rather jarring to hear the album that came after ''Next'', ''Alpha'', which is their angriest, loudest, and heaviest album to date.

to:

* In the beginning, Music/{{Sevendust}} gradually got lighter with each release. Their SelfTitledAlbum was very aggressive, raw metal with some songs bordering on [[ThrashMetal Crossover Thrash]], a far cry from the more accessible sound of their later albums. ''Home'' and ''Animosity'' featured more clean vocals and less screaming, but were still relatively heavy. ''Seasons'' and ''Next'', however, really toned things down, with half the songs being borderline radio rock that wouldn't sound out of place on a LinkinPark Music/LinkinPark album. Which makes it rather jarring to hear the album that came after ''Next'', ''Alpha'', which is their angriest, loudest, and heaviest album to date.
23rd Jun '16 7:35:20 PM Josef5678
Is there an issue? Send a Message


%%* Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Hard Candy'' has generally been criticized for being closer to the fluff pop of her earlier style than later works such as ''Ray of Light'' and ''Confessions on a Dancefloor''.

to:

%%* * Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Hard Candy'' has generally been criticized for being closer to the fluff pop of her earlier style than later works such as ''Ray of Light'' and ''Confessions on a Dancefloor''.
23rd Jun '16 6:11:35 PM OffTheDeepEnd
Is there an issue? Send a Message


%%* Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Confessions On A Dancefloor'' and its sequel, ''Hard Candy''.

to:

%%* Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Hard Candy'' has generally been criticized for being closer to the fluff pop of her earlier style than later works such as ''Ray of Light'' and ''Confessions On A Dancefloor'' and its sequel, ''Hard Candy''.on a Dancefloor''.
25th May '16 8:04:37 PM 4444jdm
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Specific rapper example: The early works made by South Korean rapper Music/{{PSY}} [[OlderthanTheyThink during his debut years were dark and gritty, with his ''Urbanite'' took that UpToEleven by turning Workaholic [[CrapsaccharineWorld Crapsaccharine social phenomenon]] into SarcasmMode. Then come to TheNewTens, his recent songs like ''Music/GangnamStyle'' and ''Napal Baji'' becoming brighter and sillier, with a few serious moments.

to:

** Specific rapper example: The early works made by South Korean rapper Music/{{PSY}} [[OlderthanTheyThink during his debut years years]] were dark and gritty, with his ''Urbanite'' took that UpToEleven by turning Workaholic [[CrapsaccharineWorld Crapsaccharine social phenomenon]] into SarcasmMode. Then come to TheNewTens, his recent songs like ''Music/GangnamStyle'' and ''Napal Baji'' becoming brighter and sillier, with a few serious moments.
This list shows the last 10 events of 40. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=LighterAndSofter.Music