Any talk of R&B making a “comeback” in 2012 is useful only as a bullshit detector: anyone with the temerity to claim that it ever went away can be instantly dismissed as someone who only cares for a genre when it cycles back into transient fashion. The idea that it’s taken a wave of sadsack dudes with pensive feelings and washed-out reverb to save a genre with such a rich and varied past and present is sadly inevitable. It’s less revolution than it is gentrification: a narrowing of the focus to a set of values deemed acceptable to a largely male, middle-class audience.
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