How to Dress Well is one of several artists categorized as Alternative R&B. (Photo courtesy of the artist.)
Music is a universe. It’s huge and it’s constantly shifting.
Not only that, the experience of music is highly contextual, personal, and sensuous. Consider, then, the daunting task of music writers: To reconcile this huge musical universe with the limited words we have in our lexicon.
Language shifts and expands — but nowhere near quickly enough to encompass music’s constant spasms of growth and change. As a result, the existing language for discussing music often feels insufficient. I’m talking, of course, about musical genres.