I have mentioned my viewpoint of this in a few earlier threads, but this time I'm going to turn it into its own topic.
What is talent? Is there only a handful of artist today that has it, or is it more common, like 1 of 10 artists? What defines talent. Is it a static statement, or do we have to ask each new person to understand how they interpret the word?
Personally when the subject occurs, there's only one band, existing today, that I consider being talented. Ne Obliviscaris:www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMorAd…
But when I encounter other people they seem to be rather loose with that term, especially when they're a fangirl/-boy. These people often consider their favourite band as talented, though it's clear that their eyes has been blinded by the fact that they believe their favourite band is perfect, and thus a perfect band is talented per say.
Not everyone acts like this of course, but a big enough group to make me scratch my head in disbelief and wonder about the word.
Personally, there's a difference between a band being great and a band being talented. Great is subjective, that's why a thing can be both great and awful. But talent on the other hand is more of an objective term in my opinion, that's why personally I frown upon people that say whatever catchy band is talented. Yes, a talented band can be catchy, but a catchy band rarily, if ever, is talented.
Ne Obliviscaris is not my favourite band, just to get that out, that spot goes to Ovid's Withering. Personally I think Ovid's Withering is as close to musical perfection it can come, but I don't consider them talented, that would just be silly of me.
Is talent in the eye of the beholder, or does most people not have a clue what that word means?