Bane wrote:Out of curiosity, are people content with an online stream (or download) being their first "listen" of a new album? I just can't do it, at least not for bands that I hold dear. Fair enough, some of you may be involved in media, or publications, or have been given promotional copies to review, but surely some of the magic is lost?? I've had a chance to listen to most of the 2011 albums mentioned thus far in their entirety but have refused to do so until I hold the finished package in my hands. I'm not looking for a pat on the back, I'm just curious to know why everyone is in such a rush these days?
For me it pretty much boils down to a lack of alternatives. I still buy both CD's and (a couple of times a year) vinyls, but I have two kids with a very energy draining condition that does that I very, very rarely have the possibility OR energy to listen to music any other time than when I'm working (as an editor for a mag - hence all the downloaded promos) or when I'm driving my car.
I really miss being able to sit down on the couch after visiting a record fair and looking through and listening to our purchases together with my wife while having something nice to drink. But life is about priorities.
I was never a religious man, so why should I put my faith in you? I'm a heathen searching for his soul.