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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

I just can't believe people are insulting Japanese music in this comment section. When you have artists like Boris, LITE, Te, Toe, Sgt., Ling Tosite Sigure, Boredoms, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Midori, Hiromi, Mono, etc. These are outstanding MUSICIANS since some of you are whining about that. I'm not THAT familiar with J-Pop, but I do know that the J-Pop I listen to is infinitely better than American Pop like LMFAO and Kesha. I happen to think Yasutaka Nakata is a marvelous producer, and while it is obvious that he is somewhat dictated by record labels to write something that will sell, he takes this form of pop music and takes it to a new place. You won't hear anything like Polyrhythm by Perfume on American radio. You won't even hear polyrhythms on American radio, let alone different time signatures. I personally think Japanese Pop music is far more interesting than South Korean or American. South Korean pop music takes far more cues from American pop music. The better quality music, or at least less formulaic and innovative music, will always be typically found underground. This was the case even back in the day, although radio classic rock fan will never admit it. There is good music in every genre and most people generalize because they hear a popular sampling and write off everything. A handful of acts is not indicative of an entire genre, period. If you don't take the time to actually listen to, study, and understand a genre, then you shouldn't speak about it. This doesn't mean you have to like it, just be educated about it if you are going to talk about it.

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