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Old 04-29-2014, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I say musical pet peeves, I'm not talking about what genres or artists you like or dislike. What I'm asking is what things about listening to music annoy you, such as the way it's produced, certain singing styles, musical trends, or just things here and there that ruin a song/album?

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- Songs that take forever to end.

I'm not talking about long songs in general, but instead I'm referring to those songs that drag on and on long after the chorus/verses are done. It usually includes drawn out guitar solos, random gibberish or electronic sounds, or sometimes minutes of complete silence for no reason. Marilyn Manson is guilty or this, with many of his tracks ending way after they needed to.

- Trendy folk music.

Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and others like them aren't bad bands, but it's so watered down. I'd rather listen to Gordon Lightfoot anyday.

- Mainstream Christian Rock

There's many Christian rock bands that I love (The Classic Crime, Red, etc) but the stuff that gets the most airplay has to be the most inoffensive, family friendly crap I've ever heard. I've never liked praise music to begin with, but putting it in a pop-rock "I love you forever and ever, Jesus" format makes my ears bleed.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I find the word "Christmas" off-putting in any song. There's no logical reason for it, but it just makes a song feel tacky and gimmicky to me.

I also used to hate any whiff of steel guitar, but I have adapted.

EDIT: I also despise the twinkly 90s-rnb sound effect.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm the opposite, long intros drive me bananas. Not a fan of songs with esoteric lyrics or excessive sampling either.
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The unholy union of awful electric piano-esque keyboard, echoey electronic woodblock percussion and overwrought yet bland singing that plagued the media from the mid-80s through the early-90s. I'm talking about stuff like this:

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Final track on album - 33 minutes (2 minute song, 30 minutes of silence, 20 second hidden track), stuff like that.

I like a bunch of avant-garde music, but it's somewhat of a pet peeve when a hipster douche tells you something like "Dude, this guy punching a piano for 3 consecutive hours is genius!" That's me though, it's subjective obviously.

When something is so raw/lo-fi it's downright unlistenable. I'm just not that hardcore.
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I hate when shit pretends to have soul but doesn't. Electric blues, 70s prog, stuff like that.
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Panning effect.

I don't listen to a lot of music that utilizes this but if I hear it anywhere I just ****ing hate it.
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Panning effect.

I don't listen to a lot of music that utilizes this but if I hear it anywhere I just ****ing hate it.
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what you mean.
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When the lyrics take the spotlight at the expense of the music, like with a lot of Frank Zappa's 80s material.
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I think he's talking about songs where you can only hear portions of it through the left or right speaker.
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