At times the art of pop-music brings back memories of the art of perfume. It may call for quite an amount of raw material to reach the tightest result. Text, arrangements, combinations: it takes a lot of wandering around, erasing, editing, synthesizing; a real distillation of a process. Not that the product is evanescent though. More of a mingled core whose consistency makes you turn over on someone's trail, and think about the fleetingness of time.
For, it is not meant to last. It usually relies on the fluctuations of the Top 40. And, once again, it takes a lot of albums to make a trend, of which only a few will stand the test of time. When it is not danceable, its usual adolescent existentialism might only serve its listeners transitionally. How many synthpop or grunge LPs are still considered as standouts?