Question of the Day: How Much Of An Album Do You Want To Hear In Advance?

on May 18, 2012, 12:50pm

questionoftheday1 Question of the Day: How Much Of An Album Do You Want To Hear In Advance?

This week alone, we’ve brought to you brand-new tracks from Yeasayer, Baroness, Curren$yPublic Image Ltd., and even the first recording from The Afghan Whigs in five years. Of course, artists usually release these songs to entice listeners into buying their forthcoming LP. Some prefer to drop a lone single, while others (we’re looking at you, Regina Spektor) unveil several cuts in the lead-up to the record’s debut. Even still, some musicians use online venues like NPR Music to stream the full album weeks in advance.

How much of an album do you prefer to hear before you go out and purchase it? Is one track enough to satiate your hunger, or does it take a few to make it worth your investment? Would you rather have the full stream around for a bit before you even consider giving up the cheddar? Should there more more or less of an emphasis on “exclusivity,” be it with mailing lists/releasing songs through Facebook and Twitter or utilizing physical copies somehow. Is there a better way for artists to share selections from upcoming efforts, perhaps with interactive digital listening parties? Do these previews ruin the music buying/consuming experience in any way?

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July 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm

download it clandestinely first then decide if i like it

May 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I love to wait and listen to the album all at once. I’ll purposely wait and not hear any previews until I can get the full concept of the album. With that said the first artist that came to mind was radiohead when they released kid a early which gave the media, critics, and fans a little time to digest the album. Kanye is another artist but released individual tracks on MBDTF which to me took away the ergency to buy the album since I had heard 90% of it. Non the less I bought because the content was incredible.

When arcade fire release The Suburbs and Month of May although being an arcade fire fan i still don’t understand why release those song. A number of friends were rubbed off the wrong way and didn’t bother buying it. I did and found it to be a solid album, but i do know a few people that didn’t give it a try based on the pre release.

With that if the artist interest me or has giving me a solid reason to listen to them I’ll give the whole album a listen regardless on material I had heard pryor.

May 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Full Album Streams on NPR are nice. It’s gotten to the point where if I am going to buy a record I can’t afford it to have any filler tracks on it. 

May 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

first two singles


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