And by "us," I am referring to you, dear reader because to be on this website at all means that you have refined and discriminating musical taste. Time Magazine recently published an article discussing Auto-Tune and its impact on not just the monotony of Pop music, but on our own ears as well. The article's premise, that music often sounds more authentic and relatable when it isn't it perfect pitch, time, and tune is an interesting one. One such example the article mentions is Aretha Franklin's recent performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at last month's Inauguration.
'"The other day, someone was talking about how Aretha Franklin at the Inauguration was a bit pitchy," says Anderson. "I said, 'Of course! She was singing!' And that was a musician talking. People are getting used to hearing things dead on pitch, and it's changed their expectations."'
At the heart of this article lies this theory which is so true it's not even theory at all but complete fact:
"...the average person listening to just one pop song on the radio will have a hard time hearing Auto-Tune's impact; it's effectively deceptive. But when track after track has perfect pitch, the songs are harder to differentiate from one another--which explains why pop is in a pretty serious lull at the moment."