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Old 12-01-2014, 10:46 PM   #61
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I still haven't heard that OMD album, but I heard the one before it and I've heard a few tracks from this one. They're doing something really cool and I love it.
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I have to echo those who said this list was tough to get through. Either the pace needed to be picked up (or at least mixed up more) or the list needed to be shorter, but it's just overkill as it is. What made it harder for me was that I really didn't enjoy much of the first quarter of the list. I'm not a Bjork, Kate Bush, or Tori Amos fan and that sound just isn't my thing. That said, there were some standouts beyond the tracks I already knew and enjoyed (Beach House, Lykke Li, HAIM). Patti Smith, Blondie, and Garbage was a great three track stretch and definitely the peak of the playlist for me. These aren't the first Blondie and Garbage songs I've enjoyed in this competition and I'll have to add them to the list of artists to check out further.
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Phanan:

- Agreed re: Kraftwerk being the only good opener. It sets a really repetitive, trance like groove going.

- The first three songs keep that vibe up. The SPC ECO song sounds like its set in a factory, with all of the little beeps, the indiscernible vocals and the lurching rhythm. Neat.

- The intro to the M83 song fucking kicks ass. Nice change of pace.

- Pet Shop Boys being far more of a conventional rock band than a glossy synthpop band. Interesting. Gentle.

- Losing me with the Little Boys/Cut Copy section. I don't know why. Maybe its a predilection to having big lists broken up?

- Your Silent Face is such a great "fuck off" song. A lot of synthpop has the problem of being too self-serious, I think. The song is quite fun, and it also links nicely to the Kraftwerk beginning sonically.

- Over You. I'd never heard it. What a tune. It doesn't do what you would expect it to do at any turn.

- One of the interesting things about Blue Savannah is how it uses technology to play things that are borderline impossible. I'm sure those piano licks are unplayable. Cool shift in the coda, as well. Very XTC like.

- The Neon Neon kick drum ruins the whole song for me, just thuds through my head.

- The more I hear, the more I think that I enjoy music that combines organic and synthetic components than purely synthetic music. That's becoming apparently over the length of this list.

- loved the OMD ending. It's like the closing credits to a movie in the way it stretches out and takes its time. Pretty good stuff.
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:11 AM   #64
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I'm familiar with about half of this list and like most of those songs that I already knew. Of the ones I hadn't heard, I enjoyed Jeff Buckley and Local Natives. I found Tune Your Mind and Exit very grating, however. Overall, the list doesn't overstay its welcome and has good pace, but the transitions don't do a ton for me and it doesn't really have an overarching theme. Would be a good playlist to put together for a car ride, which does mean something to me since I'm a CD man in the car.
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Forgot to comment on CIB's list:

I enjoyed it, but I agree that the flow did live a lot to be desired. I'm not saying that a list has to be smooth or anything, but this one kinda just felt like a lot of songs thrown in together. A lot of songs I like, though, so it was a very pleasant listen. .
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Old 12-03-2014, 04:25 PM   #66
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I'll pile on and say that the flow of CIB's list was only intermittently very good. I did, however, greatly enjoy many of the song choices and that pocket of material I didn't know (Funeral Suits, The Megaphonic Thrift, Longwave) was refreshing. I put a lot of weight on transitions, so this list won't stand out for me unfortunately, but I did enjoy listening to it.
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Group 4 isn't for a couple of days now, right?
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Overall, the list doesn't overstay its welcome and has good pace, but the transitions don't do a ton for me and it doesn't really have an overarching theme. Would be a good playlist to put together for a car ride, which does mean something to me since I'm a CD man in the car.
Pretty much this for me as well re: Irish Bono's list. This was a fine collection of songs with some all-time classics (Mercy Street, Candy Says) and a few more left-field tracks I found engaging (Funeral Suits), but the lack of direction weighed somewhat heavy on me. I will say I enjoyed that Kinks track a lot - I probably should look into them at some point.
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And my axe! on this one. There's a very nice stretch that starts around the halfway point with songs/artists I wasn't familiar with that I found very inviting.

In the first half, a few too many songs that are really overplayed:"Heroes", the Television track (prob their most played), Dreams, etc. And while something like Black Star is a deeper cut, it's hard for me at this point to hear Radiohead in a different context. Same with The Beatles. It was nice to hear less-obvious songs by The Kinks and Talking Heads during this section.

One last complaint, I'm not a fan of beginning a playlist with a song that also opens its original source album: Candy Says, in this case. Perhaps it seems like a nitpick but it's a shortcut to me in a way instead of selecting a song that could be heard a new way, instead of one that's very familiar as starting off a collection.
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I've been meaning to write up namkcuR's for almost a week now, especially in response to some earlier comments. But I'll just start from scratch: as someone who has tried to include a large amount of female vocalists on my own list, I admire and appreciate your effort here. Yes, the short length of the songs and the max running time means more songs than most lists, and I guess that can be a little exhausting. But I did like the various genres explored here, particularly the jazz/pop vocal/show tune stretch near the end. Sometimes it came off redundant, but it was a good mix of the well-known and the lesser-known.

My usual complaint might make me sound like a broken record, but I'll say it again: a handful of choices here were a bit too popular and overplayed. I would have loved to hear something from Sinead O'Connor other than her biggest hit; she certainly has many other greats. Same with The Cranberries, Lauren Hill, Patsy Cline, and Alicia Keys. Don't get me wrong, you definitely went deeper with Bjork, Madonna, Tori Amos, Patti Smith, The Pretenders, etc., but I guess there are some tracks that just don't have much life in them for me at this point.

This issue reprised itself near the end, where I loved that you included Judy Garland, but she has so many powerful recordings from her mature period I wish you had used something other than her most famous song. Having said that, I do see a thematic connection of dreaming/fantasy in that last stretch from Fiona to Delpy, so I can at least respect it in that regard.
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Part 1 was great. On paper, it doesn't look like a playlist that would mesh together very well, but I thought it was actually a very cohesive listen.

As for the tracks, loved the opening few. In fact, the first song I didn't really like was St. Vincent. I'm not as big on her as others around here, although I do like her stuff in small doses, but this song isn't part of that.

Backtracking a song earlier, nice little inclusion of relatively unknown solo Daryl Hall, especially this album with Robert Fripp. I bet not too many people know that one half of Hall & Oates created an entire album with the King Crimson founder.

You finished this part with one of my favorite Talking Heads tracks, and the best song by far from their last album. High point for me.

I didn't think Part 2 went as well, although you had great songs from The Replacements, Elvis Costello, Sonic Youth, and New Order mixed in there. I hadn't heard that Red House Painters track before and really enjoyed it, and I thought Silkworm was a good closer.

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Phanan:

- Agreed re: Kraftwerk being the only good opener. It sets a really repetitive, trance like groove going.

- The first three songs keep that vibe up. The SPC ECO song sounds like its set in a factory, with all of the little beeps, the indiscernible vocals and the lurching rhythm. Neat.

- The intro to the M83 song fucking kicks ass. Nice change of pace.

- Pet Shop Boys being far more of a conventional rock band than a glossy synthpop band. Interesting. Gentle.

- Losing me with the Little Boys/Cut Copy section. I don't know why. Maybe its a predilection to having big lists broken up?

- Your Silent Face is such a great "fuck off" song. A lot of synthpop has the problem of being too self-serious, I think. The song is quite fun, and it also links nicely to the Kraftwerk beginning sonically.

- Over You. I'd never heard it. What a tune. It doesn't do what you would expect it to do at any turn.

- One of the interesting things about Blue Savannah is how it uses technology to play things that are borderline impossible. I'm sure those piano licks are unplayable. Cool shift in the coda, as well. Very XTC like.

- The Neon Neon kick drum ruins the whole song for me, just thuds through my head.

- The more I hear, the more I think that I enjoy music that combines organic and synthetic components than purely synthetic music. That's becoming apparently over the length of this list.

- loved the OMD ending. It's like the closing credits to a movie in the way it stretches out and takes its time. Pretty good stuff.
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There are a number of really bad transitions on Liam's list, but there was enough focus (80s alternative rock and post-hardcore) that it held together really well.

I love those genres and knew a lot of the artists here, but there were lots of nice surprises as well. The Bottomless Pit and Darryl Hall tracks were excellent. As for familiar favorites, Husker Du, Neko Case, Dinosaur Jr., Nick Drake, St. Vincent and Red House Painters were my favorites.

Worst transition: Nick Drake into Big Black. LOL!
Best transition/moment of the list: Codeine into Red House Painters. Fucking gorgeous and immediately made me want to listen to both artists all day long.

Overall: good!
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Starting Phanan's list now, the last of the group. I'm going to spam this thread because discussion dropped off a cliff.

You seem to aiming for the icier spectrum of synth pop with your list. Man Machine (great opener, by no means my favorite from that record) and Are Friends Electric (100 stars out of 5 for that classic) sounded great together because of course they did.
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