Convergence in composition. Mainstream music will always be a certain way because it appeals to the masses, but it wasn't always like this. Everything now is just boring, it doesn't have be jammed pack of wanky techniques, it just needs to have a few aspects and some original inspiration that doesn't make it utterly boring.
The vast majority of Western 'popular' music is plagued by these
>4 chord loops
>of the same 4 chords (in function)
>doesn't even change as songs go into different sections (same chord loop for verse, chorus, god forbid in any bridges)
>mostly just root notes for bass
>less variety in instrumentation
>rhythm isn't even that interesting
Jazz was like a shipment of spices that could've completely transformed the mainstream (look at what happened when it hit Japan) but 'popular' music discarded most of it and let it fade away. People can groove to Stevie Wonder, but there's no-one even with that style (which I think is rather vanilla and plebian to hardcore jazz guys) anywhere near the mainstream. inb4 some one mentions Jacob Collier.
I think Our House by Madness is a good example because it was so famous in the UK and USA, plus I'm an angloid
It's pretty conventional but the modulations and instrumentals in particular differentiate it from more modern pop/rock stuff. It's catchy which helps, but the structure and harmony isn't utterly mind numbing either.
Throughout it has the typical features. Percussion, piano, bass, guitars and vocal harmony. But also a bunch of fun things like a string section and a brass/saxes combo which are much less common nowadays. The bass isn't anything special really, it's mostly just root notes. It keeps one rhythm in the verse and swings in the chorus. But because the rest of the instrumePost too long. Click here to view the full text.