At first this sounds like a crazy question because — duh! — creative types should take risks if they're worth their salt, but sometimes when it comes to our favorite musicians it's not so clear cut. Chris Cornell is a good example of someone who recently took a huge risk by departing from his rock 'n' roll roots to collaborate with hip-hop producer Timbaland on his newest album.
The album is getting panned critically, and Cornell's fans are not happy with this foray into new territory. His response is to wonder whether they wish he'd just churn out the same, solid stuff over and over again. He states:
If someone is up in arms about the idea of an artist that they really care about doing something that they just can't believe, it begs that question, "Well, what is it that you would want? Would you then want predictable, comfortable salad that gets reproduced year after year?"
Good question! So what do you think? Do you want your favorite musicians to take risks, or do you think they should stick to what they know and give fans what they want and expect?