Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Rock Critic Defends ‘American Idol’

CINCINNATI, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some folks accuse American Idol of promoting new artists solely on commercial, not artistic, appeal.

However, at least one longtime rock critic feels the show has more integrity than other aspects of the music business.

Larry Nager, the music writer for ReZoom magazine, says most musicians today rarely play on the same record at the same time and don’t even sing a song all the way through.

Therefore, he says American Idol has “integrity” because it forces singers to put themselves on the line and sing a whole song – and in front of millions of people.

But while today’s musicians are more likely to create music piece-by-piece in a studio rather than in a collective unit onstage, he insists that folks not “dismiss the artists of today

But while studio-concocted tunes are the norm today, Nager warns oldsters not to take the attitude that modern music isn’t as good as it used to be.

Says Nager: “There is no such thing as bad music, just bad musicians.”

The debut issue of ReZoom magazine hits stands on Friday (Mar. 9).

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