Originally Posted by Pollyanna
However, I'm hearing a lot of pop songs on the radio that I think would be better served with more organic treatment ... but that's just me (and other oldies, I expect). Each generation's tastes vary.
I feel exactly like you Polly, some of today's pop songs could be really good if it was more organic, but that would imply using a drummer instead of a machine, and that's costing a whole lot more money to record an album.
Thankfully, there's still some good artists who still use real musicians within their recordings.
Now for the OP question, I only use a metronome or a click to practice and for rehearsals, not for live playing...