Abuse it is. I once loaded an Eminem-song from an audio-cd my granddaughter had, and it looked like this :
This is ridiculous. It's a maximum compressed MP3 re-converted to WAV to be written on an audio-cd.
I don't agree, that electronic music should be compressed as default, because it's mechanical.
I understand the emphasis on compression, because it has been common use for a quick transport of audio-files on the Net.
But in reality, it's just one of those tools. Sometimes you use it, sometimes not. Like a flanger.
In the case of the vocal or drummer peaks, a limiter is the first tool to choose, not a compressor.
A limiter just decreases the peaks, so the track can be normalized to a higher percentage, but it doesn't loose it's dynamic spectrum.
If compression is used, not only the peaks are cut off, but the softest passages wil be amplified as well.
To make it, yes, as loud as possible. So the dynamic spectrum gets a smaller range of differences.