I recently got a new car that has a CD player in it.
My '94 Grand Prix had a tape player, but I usually just ended up listening to broadcast radio in it. Having 6 CDs to flip through is a real treat.
I've been listening to GnR's Use Your Illusion CD quite a bit, and I'm just more and more impressed by the quality of the music. I'm at the point when I switch on the Rock station I just can't stomach it. It's all so bland. Raspy, nondescript vocals. Dull, uninspired lyrics... mostly bitching and moaning. Muddled power-chords instead of melodies. Do bands even have a lead guitarist anymore?
These days I end up listening to Rap on the radio, because at least Rap has creative lyrics and beats. The only Rock CDs I've purchased in the past two years were Green Day and Velvet Revolver... both of which are awesome but both by guys that have been around since before I went to college.
I just can't name a good rock band that came out after 2000. There have been a few catchy singles that I've enjoyed, but all from one-hit wonders.
The thing is... I don't want to sound like an old guy saying "Back in my day music was so much better... now it's crap." At least not without the evidence to back it up. I'm not that old yet. So are there good bands these days that I'm just missing? Listening to old GnR, I'm just amazed at the craftsmanship of the songs. It seems to me that the skill is just gone in modern rock. I mean, I know the melody is gone... but maybe I just can't appreciate the craftsmanship in the new stuff due to my own personal tastes.
So what do you think? Are there any good modern Rock bands? Or is Rock dead?