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Old 11-30-2014, 12:36 PM   #46
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Namkcu: I'm not sure how to evaluate this one. I see what you were going for, but holy hell is this thing long, a problem that is compounded by the middling pace of many of its tracks, which makes it feel much longer than its actual runtime. So although there were some great artists here, the list as a whole was a difficult listen, if I am honest. My favorite part was the jazz vocal section toward the end, although I think another version of Feelin' Good would have preserved that mood more smoothly. Ultimately I think the same impression could have been made with 25-30 tracks instead of the 45 or whatever that are here. For instance I struggle to see what that Bonni Rait - Patti Scialfia duo in the middle adds to this list.

Just as a general question to everyone, are you able to listen through a nearly three-hour playlist in one go? Maybe I just don't have the patience for lists of this length.
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Just as a general question to everyone, are you able to listen through a nearly three-hour playlist in one go? Maybe I just don't have the patience for lists of this length.
I almost never listen for more than 90 minutes in one sitting.

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So your playlist didn't have a clear theme. That's not exactly a problem but for some reason playlists that do have one stick with me more. The classic rock opening was good. It's always been one of my blindspots so it's always nice to hear some new good tunes. Candy Says was a stand-out alongside the awesome duo Heroes and Dreams. You can never go wrong with those two really. One transition that stood out to me was Last Goodbye into Black Star. The latter has an intro that's fun to work with I'd imagine.

Afraid of Everyone and Ceilings are two songs I like a lot and they work well together too. Then there were some bands I'm completely unfamiliar with. I've never even heard of Funeral Suits, The Megaphonic Thrift or Longwave. The first song didn't impress me but I enjoyed the latter two. Inside Out is a great song from a great album.

So I liked basically everything up until the four final songs. Those last few songs didn't do much for me, however. I don't know why but they didn't hold my attention. I like Everybody Hurts of course but that song is a weird closer.

So overal, an enjoyable albeit unspectacular list.

I've also listened to liamcool's list but I didn't pay enough attention so I'll need a second one. It seemed a bit all over the place which is probably the point, but not something I enjoy.
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Just as a general question to everyone, are you able to listen through a nearly three-hour playlist in one go? Maybe I just don't have the patience for lists of this length.
Almost every time, but I wouldn't call it a requirement.

BTW, out of respect to Cobbler's wishes, we'll be keeping this group as the primary until Friday.
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Just as a general question to everyone, are you able to listen through a nearly three-hour playlist in one go? Maybe I just don't have the patience for lists of this length.
It depends on if the list changes things up. I have a pretty long list that would have been insufferable if it was hanging in the same genre/sound the whole way, but if it flows into other things it makes it a lot easier to get through.
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Able to? Yes, and I try to do it that way every time. (I might go for a walk and listen there or something though.)

I do also think most double/triple/etc albums are flawed by virtue of their length though, and this still applies here.
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Well, the original idea was two discs, so, that's how I'm used to doing this, and how I'm used to listening. But I take breaks if I feel like it, and the list maker didn't leave a space for a break.
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I listen to these mostly in chunks while in transit. Might be why I'm tending to respond better to the briefer or more eclectic lists this time around.
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I listen to them while playing video games, so usually from beginning to end on their entirety. But there have been a couple exceptions where it was like ok, why is this list still going, end already. Where I've been like fuck, there's still 10 songs left. Break time to listen to something else. I've been putting off namkcur's because based on comments (and my own general mental block against most higher pitched vocals, which usually means female vocals/Geddy Lee are not often my favorite songs) that make me think it's going to drag. I'll listen to it this week as it's the last of group 3 I've got. But it's long, and everyone keeps saying it never really picks up or changes much.
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Liam:

I did not like the opening trio. Would it be accurate to call that production sound 70s punk? The loud, almost cheap sounding guitar? I've never been a fan of that. The next couple are a nice change of pace, and the flow into them was fine. The Daryl Hall song was a bit too cheesy (I thought it was Billy Joel for the first minute or so) and while I love St. Vincent, "Now, Now" has never been a favorite (it has that toy piano sound from U2's "Babyface" that I've never been able to stand). After that, I was sort of in and out on the list. I enjoyed the Replacements and Mission of Burma songs. I didn't enjoy this New Order song as much as the one on an earlier list. Overall, I like the idea of the list and the construction of it more than the actual songs.

If anything came of it, it's further strengthening the argument that I need to check out the catalogue of the Replacements.
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Phanan...it's time.
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Phanan:

I am entering this list as someone who generally enjoys synthpop but doesn't like 80s production (or something less tangible about 80s music that I can't put my finger on), so I'm likely going to enjoy this more than other entries in the genre since much of this list is post-2000. Not a huge fan of the opening three (I respect Kraftwerk more than I enjoy them), but Little Dragon and M83 are ace here. I feel like I have heard the vocalist from Haerts somewhere before but I can't place her. The middle section lost me a bit, though I did like the one-two punch of Duran Duran and Information Society. We then got into a section with a number of songs I was familiar with but never knew the name/artist with the Yazoo and Goldfrapp songs. I'm a fan of the singles Chvrches released (never got around to the album because I heard it was most filler) so I like "Gun" here. The stretch from Yazoo to Visage is very strong, one of the best of the competition. I enjoyed this list quite a bit and is one of my favorites so far.
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Alright, Phanan. I also don't care much for Kraftwekr, but that Tubeway Army track was killer. Loved it. I kinda didn't feel like Teen Angst fit where it was, even if it's a great track. Haerts is a band I've REALLY been meaning to check out, so you've convinced me, there. From Cut Copy through to end, I'd say there were only three songs I didn't know, so you obviously sold me there. I especially love, as already mentioned, the fact that you used Blue Savannah. I'm straight up sure, now, though, that I will never like Devo. Not my favorite St. Lucia track, but you can't really go wrong with him. And for the closer, I'm so glad someone else knows that Metroland exists. They've been really on in their most recent releases, I actually may like that stuff more than their 80s material.

Loved it, and I'm glad that you and Travis did different things with your sorta 80sesque lists.
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Phanan, I'm only a few songs into your list, but this "Push" song is a revelation.


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Phanan: I'm through the first half or so of your list, and so far I have been impressed with how much ground the list is covering within this synth-driven genre. Kraftwerk is always a good thing, as far as I'm concerned, and The Man-Machine sets the tone well for the somewhat deadpan first stretch of songs. I am partial to this genre, and the first ten or so songs exemplify the reasons why: subject matter can be opaque or even sinister, but those themes are offset by buoyant, vibrant soundscapes. The SPC and Little Dragon tracks stand out in that regard.

Beginning around the Devo track, things get rather frivolous, for lack of a better term: I suspect that was intentional. Erasure IMO is probably the cheesiest band ever to exist (Bono212 will hate me for this, but thank Zeus Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode), but that Duran Duran track manages to be even more campy, especially in the news report outro. That said, I did enjoy those tracks as a contrast to what had come before.
Yeah, you're spot on. I tried to weave my way through different aspects of the genre, for better or worse.

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Phanan: the last third of your list wrapped things up nicely. I was especially glad to hear Purity Ring: that album has held up very well for me over the last few years. Goldfrapp as well is a group that doesn't get enough love around here. Then there's Never Let Me Down Again: this might come across as a ridiculous critique, but that song is so epic and awesome in every conceivable sense that having anything after it seems like a crime. Basically there is no way to follow it up. So even though I liked the last two tracks, they felt unnecessary after Never Let Me Down.
While it's a killer track, I didn't necessarily think it would make a good closer, but I did wrap it up fairly quickly after that.

Glad you liked it.
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I finished your list phanan. I certainly enjoyed it but I did have trouble with some stretches. You'd think that that would occur more frequently during the last part but I probably liked the opening few songs the least. All those songs are fairly good but nothing stood out, apart from Kraftwerk, so it didn't exactly stick with me. M83 was the first track to get me sucked in. It's another song of his I didn't know and another one I absolutely loved. From then on I enjoyed your playlist a lot more. Home and Dry was great as was Stuck on Repeat into We Are Explorers. I'm a big fan of the latest Cut Copy album so everything from it gets a big thumbs up from me. I also liked the Duran Duran track contrary to the one on LM's list. It's actually pretty funny that I listened to your lists back to back, considering the similarities.

The section from Neon Neon, all the way to and including Purity Ring was awesome. I loved the disco and the more contemporary synth pop. Each song was basically a stand-out. After that it got more hit and miss. Fade to Grey (I was familiar with that one then) and the closer were the stand-outs here.

I don't think you pulled off the overdosis of synth pop during the whole length of your playlist but there were lots of great songs on there and that one section I mentioned was perfect.
Overdosis...I like how that sounds. Perhaps not achieving that was a good thing.

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Phanan:

I am entering this list as someone who generally enjoys synthpop but doesn't like 80s production (or something less tangible about 80s music that I can't put my finger on), so I'm likely going to enjoy this more than other entries in the genre since much of this list is post-2000. Not a huge fan of the opening three (I respect Kraftwerk more than I enjoy them), but Little Dragon and M83 are ace here. I feel like I have heard the vocalist from Haerts somewhere before but I can't place her. The middle section lost me a bit, though I did like the one-two punch of Duran Duran and Information Society. We then got into a section with a number of songs I was familiar with but never knew the name/artist with the Yazoo and Goldfrapp songs. I'm a fan of the singles Chvrches released (never got around to the album because I heard it was most filler) so I like "Gun" here. The stretch from Yazoo to Visage is very strong, one of the best of the competition. I enjoyed this list quite a bit and is one of my favorites so far.
Thanks peef.

The whole Chvrches album is fairly strong, IMO. I know some others don't feel that way though.


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Alright, Phanan. I also don't care much for Kraftwekr, but that Tubeway Army track was killer. Loved it. I kinda didn't feel like Teen Angst fit where it was, even if it's a great track. Haerts is a band I've REALLY been meaning to check out, so you've convinced me, there. From Cut Copy through to end, I'd say there were only three songs I didn't know, so you obviously sold me there. I especially love, as already mentioned, the fact that you used Blue Savannah. I'm straight up sure, now, though, that I will never like Devo. Not my favorite St. Lucia track, but you can't really go wrong with him. And for the closer, I'm so glad someone else knows that Metroland exists. They've been really on in their most recent releases, I actually may like that stuff more than their 80s material.

Loved it, and I'm glad that you and Travis did different things with your sorta 80sesque lists.
The Haerts album is very good. I wouldn't say great, it has a couple of clunkers on it IMO but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. And St. Lucia produced, so yeah.

I stupidly didn't hear the OMD album until after 2013 was done; otherwise, it would have been way up there in my end of year rankings. I think it's one of the best things they've ever done.
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