I was in a doctor’s office with my mom yesterday, and the staff had a local radio station on that plays pop music. The Gotye song “Somebody That I Used to Know” came on, which has been on the radio here for about a year now, only this time it was different. It suddenly had a drum track, obviously synthesized, that it never had before. They also duplicated the refrain so it now appears three times in the song; the added repeat was between verses one and two.
This means that someone in the music biz said “Y’know, this song is OK, but it would be even better if it sounded just like everything else on the radio!” Because, obviously, it’s not real music unless it’s overproduced within an inch of its life. I mean, come on, can we really not have different sounding music on the radio?