In reading some recent articles about big albums due for release in 2011, you may have noticed that veteran artists tend to lean one of two ways when it comes to describing their upcoming work: They're going back to basics or they're pushing boundaries.
Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl told the BBC that the process of making the band's new album was "simple," and done "without any computers." Conversely, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard pointed to Brian Eno's classic art rock album Another Green World as a reference point for his band's upcoming effort, and noted that "we're not adding guitars because people will be expecting them." Bassist Tommy Blankenship revealed that My Morning Jacket's next release finds the jammy rockers "going back to a similar vibe that we had on the first three records." Things tilted in the opposite direction for Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who said that the long-running L.A. icons' have been experimenting with afro-pop sounds as they work onRead More »from Back to the Basics and Pushing Boundaries with Rock’s Biggest Bands