Once in a while, a general vent is what blogging is expected to offer as well as the self-indulgent list. So here we go. As one who listens to many church modern worship recordings and who has recorded a bit, I noticed a few things that really seem to make this music unapproachable to the uninitiated person.
In other words, there are some signature and cliches we use in worship recordings that may not be helping us in relating to the average person out there who first hears it. This is all pretty subjective, but maybe there is something to learn from a list like this.
Top 10 things that annoy me about modern worship music recordings
- Autotuned backing vocals, that are overdubbed a thousand times
- every song is four-on-the-floor (kick drum every beat, for the lay person)
- 7 electric guitars are overdubbed (so,what worship team has that many?)
- Loops that sound like crickets and chirpy things that jar you, rather than pull a song along.
- Does this tune have an ending? Really.
- How about the bridge that keeps repeating then getting louder each time.
- Tap delay on the guitar on EVERY song…so 1990s! Nothing wrong with a bit of overdrive or clean, right?
- LIVE recording does not have to mean you’re are in a cave!
- Did I hear this CD before?
Anything I am missing, besides a sense of humor?