Friday, November 25, 2005

Guests only

There are a couple artists who I only like as guest artists on other peoples’ records. At first, this seems a bit odd to me. But, I suppose it makes some sense. When they’re guests on someone else’s album, they’re blending with that artist’s style, and picking up their little influences and so on. I notice this frequently with female vocalists on electronic albums, which rarely seem to have vocalists in the actual band. The example that brought this to mind just now, though, is Gone by Kanye West, Cam’Ron, and Consequence. In that song, Cam’Ron sounds awesome. He’s got a great voice. But, I checked out some of his solo music and wasn’t really interested. It’s about as disappointing as when I hear some great single by a new artist I’d never heard of, and then find out that they don’t have an album; it’s just that single.

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