Downloading squeezes the art out of the album: Fascinating theory here.
The album, music’s dominant creative framework for the past 40 years, is dying under the wheels of an accelerating revolution.
The digital age, driven by single-song downloads, threatens to eradicate the multiple-track album, whether on compact disc, cassette or old-fashioned vinyl. […] The very concept of songs integrated into a whole faces extinction.
I was just reading the Album of the Year Grammy nominees the other day, and I realized that I had no idea who made them or what songs were on them. If they hadn’t told me the name of the artist, I never could have picked it. When I hear a cool song, I no longer consider it in the context of a group of songs. It stands by itself.