Sympathy Pains. Just out of curiosity, what do you think of Bocelli?
I'm not too boned up on Opera, so I couldn't really give an educated analysis sorry.
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Regarding originality, I have given it a bit of thought regarding the current state of music.
It seems, regarding style, that genres or trends have until now reflected the identity of the generation, regarding sociological elements and the zeitgeist.
Music trends from Jazz to Psychelic trance have always been a reaction to previous music, and an expression of the generation.
What concerns me is what seems to be a no longer, or a lesser generational expression.
Of course there was retro in the past, even to an extreme. When we gen xers first did it, it was a statement and a bit of poking fun at the generation before us, which had incredibly bad taste. To continue it, is like telling the same joke over and over.
This current generation seems to have little of it's own identity imho, and borrows more from previous generations.
For me it was jazz in the 40s, rock in the 50s, psychedelic, folk and hard rock in the sixties, punk in the seventies, new wave, art, rap and hardcore in the 80s, electronic, hip hop in the 90s, but this last decade seems to be the first with no identity other than rehash.
I also find maturity a criteria that is lacking in music in this decade, and in society in general.