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The Death of the Fade Out in Pop Music

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    The latest Earworm video from Vox discusses the “fade out” in pop-songs and why it has fallen out of favor over the past few years. I remain not a fan.

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  2. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    It's fine occasionally. Just don't do it more than once :crylaugh:
  3. SEANoftheDEAD


    haha yeah I don't mind it either. I feel like every band should have at least one song that fades out!
  4. skogsraet

    Trusted Supporter

    I hate the fade out and I feel like it's a cop out for songwriters who can't write an ending.
  5. heymattrick

    Pool Boy at the Vampire Mansion

    Fade outs are one of my least favorite things in music. I like hearing about this
  6. DesolateEarth


    In my opinion it depends. There are songs where fade outs work (one iconic example that comes to mind is Boston's "More Than a Feeling", love that fade out) and songs where it feels forced. I don't have an issue with it if it fits well with the song.
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  7. crunchprank Prestigious

    Fading out is a dangerous thing. There are a few songs that I do enjoy the fade out, like More Than A Feeling mentioned above - but whenever I hear a fade, it makes me wonder what it had sounded like if the artist actually wrote a closer for it. Would it have made the song better? Do we only like the fade out because it's what we heard first and are used to? The only thing we have close enough to gauge what it would sound like, would be hearing the performance of the song live.

    One of the ultimate fade outs that I think destroyed the song was Coheed and Cambria's Everything Evil. I don't know much about the band post-IKSSE3 because I lost interest, but I do remember hearing the Everything Evil demo for the first time and the explosive ending literally giving me chills and making the hair on my neck stand up. So needless to say when they released the SSTB album and the song had a fade out, I wanted to flip tables. It took away what I had absolutely loved so much about that song (still a great album though). So again, it's situations like that where had that demo not leaked, I wouldn't have heard the version that had a closing, thus I may have thought the fade out was a great idea. You never know.
  8. Steeeve Perry


    Pet Sounds fades every single song (from memory). Annoys me so so much.
  9. nl5011

    Trusted Supporter

    I love pantera fade outs, but other than that yea it sucks.
  10. CyberInferno

    Line below my username Supporter

    Crossfade was the thing that used to drive me nuts. I remember when iTunes first came out and everyone loved crossfading their tracks. Thank goodness that trend went away too.
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  11. Kiana

    Goddamn, man child Prestigious

    I have gone on many rants about the fade out. I just assume they couldn't figure out how to finish the song however unfair of me that may be!
  12. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    What's crossfade?
  13. heymattrick

    Pool Boy at the Vampire Mansion

    One song fades out at the same time the next song playing starts to fade in. Like a dissolve between scenes in a movie.
  14. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    oh my god that sounds obnoxious :crylaugh:
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  15. Dog with a Blog


    honestly one of the worst things ever conceived when it comes to the playback of music. who came up with this!!!!!! It was easy to turn off but so bizarre that it existed