Ananya Birla and the Music of Mediocrity

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Ananya Birla and the Music of Mediocrity

Illustration: Akshita Monga

 

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n his book The Song Machine, author John Seabrook, a staff writer at The New Yorker, asks the following question about modern pop singers: “What do they stand for as artists? Their insights into the human condition seem to extend no further than the walls of the vocal booth.” He goes on to wryly note that that pop songs nowadays are perhaps, more accurately, products that work as a “three-minute advertisement for how powerful or sexual or beautiful or awesome the artist is”.

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