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#61 | Posted: 01/05/2019 15:36 | Post subject: Reply with quote
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What do you think of Love/Hate by The-Dream?


Don't know, haven't heard it yet
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#62 | Posted: 01/05/2019 17:26 | Post subject: Reply with quote
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Don't know, haven't heard it yet


Oh, Scaruffi likes it apparently, so I thought you might've.
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#63 | Posted: 01/05/2019 17:35 | Post subject: Reply with quote
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Oh, Scaruffi likes it apparently, so I thought you might've.


Yep -- good chance I would! Seems like it would probably a Pop list and Hip Hop list inclusion?

Whats your rating? And is there anything on my lists you would compare it to?
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#64 | Posted: 01/05/2019 22:59 | Post subject: Reply with quote
AfterHours wrote:
Yep -- good chance I would! Seems like it would probably a Pop list and Hip Hop list inclusion?

Whats your rating? And is there anything on my lists you would compare it to?


Pop and R&B, but the latter list includes hip-hop too, so yeah, same thing.

6.7-6.8/10. It's an entertaining album but loses its momentum by the end imo, with all the weakest songs stacked at the end, especially the unnecessary Rihanna collab. The production reminds me of Timbaland. Mostly very slick and light. At a glance it might be closest to The College Dropout from your pop list (but if I wasn't too lazy to look at your R&B list rn I'd probably find something more comparable to it there)
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#65 | Posted: 01/05/2019 23:51 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Facetious wrote:
AfterHours wrote:
Yep -- good chance I would! Seems like it would probably a Pop list and Hip Hop list inclusion?

Whats your rating? And is there anything on my lists you would compare it to?


Pop and R&B, but the latter list includes hip-hop too, so yeah, same thing.

6.7-6.8/10. It's an entertaining album but loses its momentum by the end imo, with all the weakest songs stacked at the end, especially the unnecessary Rihanna collab. The production reminds me of Timbaland. Mostly very slick and light. At a glance it might be closest to The College Dropout from your pop list (but if I wasn't too lazy to look at your R&B list rn I'd probably find something more comparable to it there)


Right on - will give it a shot!
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#66 | Posted: 01/11/2019 22:18 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Several "new" additions (not truly new to me). I have started adding Dream Pop/Art Pop/certain Indie Pop entries that I was hesitant about before for this list -- not in general -- (Mazzy Star, Lisa Germano, Eels...) in addition to some other more obvious selections (Damn the Torpedoes).

As regards those I was hesitant about, I may still back track and work up a separate list (or maybe adding Dream Pop to the "Slowcore etc" list?). Lots of Dream Pop and Art Pop barely qualifies as "Pop" so... I dont know, maybe not worth thinking about too much...

Opinions on this are welcome...

Ill need to get a bit more decisive about the above before adding (or not) the likes of Jane Siberry and other more eclectic Art Pop and so on... Indecisive at the moment...

As a note, Germano's Geek the Girl is probably a little much of a stretch to qualify even amongst the dream pop/chamber pop entries and despite her other (somewhat "poppier") masterpieces being included.
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#67 | Posted: 01/20/2019 22:33 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Most recent updates in bold / bold + italics. ^^^ Above post still under consideration...
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#68 | Posted: 01/25/2019 23:47 | Post subject: Reply with quote
What'd you think of Sylvan Esso? Which songs did you find notable?
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#69 | Posted: 01/26/2019 04:01 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I agree with Scaruffi in that the songs are often creative, off-kilter, dialogues between voice and instrument. Often in quirky ways, in some ways a more minimalistic (and far less "emotive/psychological") Shaking the Habitual. There is a sort of hypnotic spell the album weaves through the repetition and geometry of its songs, and the dance-weaving between the singer and its parts, which tend to always be on the edge of congruity/balance/harmony between voice and instruments. The subtle rhythmic and harmonic juxtaposition of this is pretty great and seems to get more alluring and infectious each listen. It keeps moving up, so I may have underrated it even now. My first listen I was probably thinking 6ish, then (on 2nd listen) 6.5ish, then (on 3rd listen) 7 so... we'll see if I sooner or later match up even closer to Scaruffi's take.

I dig all the tracks but might say HSKT stands out above the rest.
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#70 | Posted: 02/02/2019 15:51 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Most recent updates (list is first post, first page)

Ratings changes as follows...

FAMILIAR ROCK/JAZZ ALBUMS - RE-RATED:
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple (2012) Not Rated to 7.1/10
Third - Big Star (1978) Not Rated to 6.9/10
Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso (2014) Not Rated to 6.8/10
Heartbeat City - The Cars (1984) Not Rated to 6.8/10
Ocean Rain - Echo and the Bunnymen (1984) Not Rated to 6.8/10
Radio City - Big Star (1974) Not Rated to 6.8/10
Learning to Crawl - The Pretenders (1984) Not Rated to 6.8/10

NEWLY ASSIMILATED ROCK/JAZZ ALBUMS - RATED:
Holiday - The Magnetic Fields (1993) 7.2/10
Heartland - Owen Pallett (2010) 7.1/10
Teen Dream - Beach House (2010) 6.8/10
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean (2012) 6.8/10
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