In any case, we can`t even remotely compare the amazing music that Walker is doing now to what the other songwriters of his generation end up with in 2014. Even his singing, the very core of his soul seems to be entirely different now that what he used to sound like. You listen to every album since Climate of Hunter (1984) and every time, his voice is carrying a different energy and several new tones surprise you out of nowhere. He is taking more and more risks with his voice dramatically. That is no attitude for an old man.
It’s like if music makes you feel anything, it’s automatically sad or it’s a bummer and you totally neglect people who get joy out of addressing their sadness because it helps them be happier. You can’t listen to party music all the time, because life’s not always a party. You need to acknowledge the times when it’s not—that’s a well-rounded musical experience. Accept that life is complicated and sometimes music should reflect that. That’s part of what we try to do—make honest music and not be pandering or manipulative, just real. I think most people are complicated; most people have a lot of emotions and people who don’t have emotions are kind of weird. But that’s cool too; that’s a very real side of humanity—people have a difficult time feeling things, being open about them, and we’re just trying to explore all of it.