Despite the title of this article, You're not about to read a review of the old Jethro Tull album bearing the same name. I'm stealing Ian Anderson's album title because it's appropriate for the discussion we're about to have.
I've written before that I've never been stuck in the musical generation of my youth because I've never stopped listening to new stuff. I still listen to a lot of music and purchase many jazz, blues, and country CDs. I also listen to a lot of singer-songwriters. However, recently I find myself far less receptive to the latest offerings from the world of rock 'n roll. Even though I've used this web space to praise some fine new and popular rock bands such as Los Lonely Boys, The Cat Empire, Sea Wolf, and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals I find most current rock music to be too loud and totally devoid of melody, musicianship, and originality. (Shudder! I now sound like my parents).
Current favs Kings Of Leon, The Arcade Fire, and The Hold Steady are all critically acclaimed bands that I believe have nothing to offer yet I wonder if I would like them if I was younger. Would I still like crushingly loud bands such as Led Zeppelin today if my first exposure to them was in the new millennium rather than 1968? Are the Allman Brothers superior to Vampire Weekend? Do The Rolling Stones have more talent than My Morning Jacket? Is U2 better than Coldplay?
Has the art form finally run out of ideas? Is rock strictly a young man's game with no place for more mature fans? I've never asked for reader participation to one of my posts before, but today I'm asking all who read this article to offer your opinions. How do you feel about today's rock 'n roll? Let me know what you think.