The following post is a comment I wrote on a greek blog in response to the following article and also some of the comments that accompany it.
I originally wrote it in Greek, but after some requests, I decided to create an English version too.
I do not agree with the general view and idea that album is dead, without wanting myself to sound like an old man that does not accept the new trends of music industry and is stuck in another age, world.
It was made clear from Tommy in the comments that albums that only existed to serve the title “album” and to fill the package of a 70-80 minutes CD product, will really decline till they finally vanish from the market, because there is no demand for them these days.
This is not something bad.
I disagree with the thought that the artist “must go with the flow of the music business”, especially in our times that each artist can be free from commitments, contracts and pressure from music labels and also I think that
it is really fundamentally expressed and contained in the word “artist” the idea that each artist is free to express, choose, create and follow his own philosophy and way of thinking.
an album is a live entity, and a real snapshot of a certain time of the artist, it reflects his concerns, mood, inspiration, direction and many other things such as the procedure of composition, creation, as well as the recording and the mixing of an album.