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Live performance and getting people out onto the dancefloor is not a priority for R&B and hasn't been for probably 15 - 20 years. And that's because...

Most youngish R&B artists seem to be writing songs in solitude: in their bedrooms or home alone. I know from my own attempts at writing music on guitar alone, there's a tendency to play quietly so other people in the house or next door won't hear you. That has carried over into the music.

There aren't any more organic R&B bands, outside of something that's regional, like Go-Go.

There don't seem to be many venues left to hear live R&B anymore. Even in New York, I think SOBs was the only place that had a regular R&B showcase. In the past, any town with a decent black population (even alot of small towns) had multiple places you could play your music in front of people, and where people expected to be able to dance. That's less true now.

In order for music to be uptempo and highly dancebale you need bands that write and play together with the intention of being heard in venues. The music needs to be louder, forcing the vocalists to sing from their chests to be heard (even with mics). Many of the vocalists now whisper sing, or sing from their throats. That goes back to what I said about writing songs quietly by yourself.


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Is it me, or is up tempo R&B rare these days? [View all] , Buddy_Gilapagos, Mon Dec-21-20 11:35 AM
Subject Author Message Date ID
Is it me, or is R&B rare these days?
Dec 22nd 2020
Its funny because I think that's the right question.
Dec 22nd 2020
I think this is it....
Dec 22nd 2020
It's you.
Dec 22nd 2020
R&B is better than ever...
Dec 29th 2020
I have skimmed and my first reaction is, nice but is there anything I ca...
Jan 22nd 2021
      BTW, Sault did have some funkier dancable tracks on their earilier Album...
Jan 22nd 2021
           You might wanna revisit Rise.
Jan 22nd 2021
                I guess you are right. Mostly uptempo
Jan 25th 2021
Seems blurred by Pop.
Jan 09th 2021
NJS is one of my favorite eras in music
Dec 22nd 2020
Real interesting points
Dec 22nd 2020
This is interesting. Thanks.
Dec 23rd 2020
The bands you listed are talented, though I haven't heard them all.
Dec 23rd 2020
      RE: The bands you listed are talented, though I haven't heard them all.
Jan 09th 2021
interesting take.
Dec 23rd 2020
To Me R&B Is Mostly "Rhythm & Trap" Now
Dec 31st 2020
every once in a blue moon
Jan 07th 2021
Great points in here. Also, artists don't really make albums any
Jan 25th 2021

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