This is another instance where restaurant food is like pop music.
Some people just try to go for the LCD and try to make a lot of money.
Some people try to pursue their vision (within a broadly populist framework -- but not always at the populist end of it).
Some of the broad LCD stuff is great (Phil Spector, ABBA). Some is horrible ("Hitchin' a Ride").
Some of the "pursue their vision" stuff is great (Lou Reed). Some is horrible (I'll let you fill this in).
But on the whole, the great "pursue your vision" stuff is the best.
I'm confused. Aren't you the same guy who said
I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell.
on 29 March 2018 at 12:06 AM?
(emphasis added to both quotes)
Well, you know, the corollary is that terrible banal "pursue your vision" stuff is the worst. (I certainly like the 1910 Fruitgum Company more than Aztec Two-Step.)
(Anyway, at the height of the '70s singer-songwriter boom, most of the singer-songwriters weren't following their visions. They were following James Taylor's (ugh) and Joni Mitchell's visions. I.e., they were LCD guys.)