Re: Why are people surprised when dinosaurs release a late career excellent/great album?
Posted by Tabernacles E. Townsfolk on 5/16/2017, 8:59 am, in reply to "Why are people surprised when dinosaurs release a late career excellent/great album?"
Because they stand out against the crappy ones. Steel Wheels isn't a great album in itself but it was (a) new (b) Stones music that (c) didn't suck as its immediate predecessors had. If it had been released in the '70s no one would like it much.
I'm inclined to agree with Matt but Paul McCartney's 2000s-2010s music is some of the best he's done for a few albums now and many "dinosaur" acts have improved, too (I'm not a great Paul solo fan, though); perhaps a lot of it was accepting their old age or something, or maybe the '80s were just so toxic to '60s and '70s acts that the further they got from that decade the better. (It didn't help that the '80s aesthetic sounds very different from what preceded and followed it).
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