This may seem like an odd thing to write about, but which pop artists go to work reluctantly with a long sigh and trot out what they consider to be claptrap because it pays the bills?
We assume, don’t we, that a person going to the trouble of writing, arranging, recording and performing a song is doing something that they really like – but that’s not always true. John and Paul used to say “let’s write a swimming pool” but you got the feeling that they sort of liked the stuff they were coming up with.
So which artists have painted themselves into a corner? Adele can’t now change to another gear – perhaps belting out John Otway B-sides or hosting dance parties at the O2 with the Venga Boys. She must carry on in the same long-frock-warbly-ballad vein, and she’s not even 30 yet.
I think the obvious answer is Van Morrison. He has obvious musical ability and has written several really good songs. But he hates it – you can tell. You will never see him smile and say “now this song has been very good to me…” and graciously accept applause as he launches with gusto » Continue Reading.