I’m all for an artist being open to progression. I stand firm to the notion that anyone has the right to pursue their own artistic experimentation, no matter what their followers may say about it. Playing it safe means eventually becoming stagnant and predictable, it’s inevitable. I suppose there are a few who actually enjoy when a band makes the same album over and over, and I can’t really discredit their opinion. But for me, I need to feel like the creator is taking me somewhere. I like to think that I’m following right along, being taken deeper and deeper into the story as each chapter (or album), digs deeper into the creative mind of the composer. In a way, the challenge of opening my mind up to unconventional twists in the story mirrors the challenge the artist faces when exploring his/her own potential.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that I enjoy every single twist that I encounter. It also doesn’t mean that I encourage an artist to travel way outside their restrictions without the proper abilities to back them up. This explanation is really just an artsy-fartsy way to say that the new Baroness album Yellow and Green falls flat in its heavy ambitions.