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Old 12-05-2014, 07:45 PM   #76
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After a pretty meh transition from Are Friends Electric to Push, this shit has really taken off. Man, Teen Angst is a hell of a song.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:58 PM   #77
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The Pet Shop Boys song was bad and I love Pet Shop Boys. Old men with autotune? Out. So beyond out.

Haerts was very good, I should check them out. Not really "synth pop," really that's just what all indie-ish bands fronted by a woman sound like today.

Why did you have to put Little Dragon and Little Boots on the same list?? I already get them mixed up! I thought it was a Confessions on a Dance Floor track at first.

Based on the tracklisting, I'm going to love the next 20 minutes of this list.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:13 PM   #78
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We Are Explorers...not my favorite song on Free Your Mind, but it's far more pleasurable than posting in Free Your Mind. I also feel that it belongs elsewhere on the list because the transition into Kill For Love was a bit rough. Went from way upbeat to way downbeat in seconds.

Kill for Love is amazing. Your Silent Face is also amazing and I thought the transition there was the best of the list so far. Very clever merging of 80s and 10s. It's tough to make the two actually sound right together because sonically the two decades have nothing in common besides superficial synth pop hallmarks like keyboards and reverb-soaked drums, but you really succeeded there.

Suffer the Children I love this band.
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Roxy Music - Never heard this album, it might be the only one of theirs that I haven't. This track was OK, but it almost seemed a little too straightforward rock for this list.

Devo - Not a fan in general, but great track!

Erasure, Duran Duran, Information Society - cheesy, kind of a mixed bag from track to track. Information Society sounded like a more pop Depeche Mode.

Neon Neon - Adore Raquel, one of my favorite songs of 2008.

Transitions here were fine, pretty similar beat running through the last four. Again, you took on a mammoth task making present and past synth pop coexist. It seems simple, but it's really not easy at all.
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Ironically, that was the first Roxy Music album I heard.
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Simian Mobile Disco - Shockingly pop, bordering on boy band territory. Don't care for it. I would loved to have heard the transition from Raquel to Situation without this one in the middle.

Yaz - Situation is always a blast.

Metric - Odd transition into this one. I didn't care for Synthetica, but this track is fine. Don't really see how this connects to synth pop, but I think you were trying to make a sort of rock connection to...

Goldfrapp - Disappointed that this one wasn't from Head First, considering there are so many sparkling synth pop gems on there, but Ooh La La is a guilty pleasure of mine. That groove has been used a billion times and is always fun.

Chvrches - I think this would have been better served up near Raquel, but based on where the tracklisting goes after this, I think this should all flow well to the end. Great chorus on this track, very fun.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:33 PM   #82
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I never finished my review.

Yeah, so I wish Purity Ring hadn't been in there. So much light and fun material and that track was very dark. I loved the Paperwhite track. The ending flowed pretty well, but I kind of agree that Never Let Me Down Again. OMD should have been earlier, maybe with New Order.

Overall, I really liked this. Some favorites, some classics, along with some tracks I wasn't wild about. Most of the material I didn't know I really enjoyed, which is always a pleasant surprise. Really good job.
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Whoa. I think you get the award for Best DI Review. Holy shit.

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The Pet Shop Boys song was bad and I love Pet Shop Boys. Old men with autotune? Out. So beyond out.
It was a bit during the bridge for the auto tune, so I was ok with it. The rest of the song is pure bliss.

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Haerts was very good, I should check them out. Not really "synth pop," really that's just what all indie-ish bands fronted by a woman sound like today.
Hemiplegia is probably the most synth pop out of them all on the album.

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We Are Explorers...not my favorite song on Free Your Mind, but it's far more pleasurable than posting in Free Your Mind. I also feel that it belongs elsewhere on the list because the transition into Kill For Love was a bit rough. Went from way upbeat to way downbeat in seconds.

Kill for Love is amazing. Your Silent Face is also amazing and I thought the transition there was the best of the list so far. Very clever merging of 80s and 10s. It's tough to make the two actually sound right together because sonically the two decades have nothing in common besides superficial synth pop hallmarks like keyboards and reverb-soaked drums, but you really succeeded there.

Suffer the Children I love this band.
I agree re: that transition. A number of these songs have sudden endings, which actually made finding the right fit difficult at times. I really couldn't find a better place for it.

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Roxy Music - Never heard this album, it might be the only one of theirs that I haven't. This track was OK, but it almost seemed a little too straightforward rock for this list.
Yep, probably the least synth pop-like track on here, but there is a bit of dabbling with it, and I wanted to present how some artists ventured towards it a little, even if they never really got fully into the genre.

I recall VintagePunk's Retro playlist a few years ago where she included Alice Cooper's Clones on her list. Obviously, he's an artist that really wouldn't be associated with that type of music usually, but with Clones he gave a brief appearance. I was shooting for the same thing here.

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Simian Mobile Disco - Shockingly pop, bordering on boy band territory. Don't care for it. I would loved to have heard the transition from Raquel to Situation without this one in the middle.

Yaz - Situation is always a blast.

Metric - Odd transition into this one. I didn't care for Synthetica, but this track is fine. Don't really see how this connects to synth pop, but I think you were trying to make a sort of rock connection to...

Goldfrapp - Disappointed that this one wasn't from Head First, considering there are so many sparkling synth pop gems on there, but Ooh La La is a guilty pleasure of mine. That groove has been used a billion times and is always fun.

Chvrches - I think this would have been better served up near Raquel, but based on where the tracklisting goes after this, I think this should all flow well to the end. Great chorus on this track, very fun.
I'd say Metric has definitely veered into more synth arrangements on quite a bit of their later stuff. But yeah, trying to outline a bit of diversity there.

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I never finished my review.

Yeah, so I wish Purity Ring hadn't been in there. So much light and fun material and that track was very dark. I loved the Paperwhite track. The ending flowed pretty well, but I kind of agree that Never Let Me Down Again. OMD should have been earlier, maybe with New Order.

Overall, I really liked this. Some favorites, some classics, along with some tracks I wasn't wild about. Most of the material I didn't know I really enjoyed, which is always a pleasant surprise. Really good job.
Thanks man. I know you have high standards so a positive review coming from you is gratifying.
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A lot to digest here. Let's get to it.

The Robyn intro was unnecessary, if only because the transition into the second track wasn't very good. It would have been better to start right with that classical piece; I think that would have worked well.

The Mummers' Dance is a great song, but why you used the butchered single version is beyond me. It's such a beautiful track that deserves to be heard in its full, unedited album form.

Loved Imogen Heap, and any song from Ray Of Light works for me. Tori Amos is an artist I've just never liked, but The Cranberries afterwards was good, although I think a deeper track would have worked better for them.

Some great favorites from Beach House, Fleetwood Mac, Joan Baez, and Natalie Merchant mixed in with others that aren't particularly interesting to me constituted the next 10 or so songs. You unfortunately picked the worst Adele song on that album. I really hate that cover.

Patti Scialfa, wow. I'll give you points for thinking that one up out of nowhere, although her solo stuff is hit or miss. Mostly miss.

A really great stretch with Blondie, Garbage, Sleater-Kinney, The Pretenders, and Haim, probably my favorite stretch of this.

While before I mentioned that The Mummers' Dance should have been the album version, for Lauryn Hill, you should have stuck with just the single. The ending on the regular version is unnecessary and detracts from the song itself, even if it helped the flow into At Last.

At this point, I think a couple of old standards at the end would have wrapped this up better. I think it carried on a bit too long.

Your transitions, for the most part, were excellent throughout, minus the beginning with Robyn (there were a couple of sudden cutoffs, but nothing too major).

So a mixed bag for me. Loved some parts, other sections, not so much. But I appreciate the attempt you made here.
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Alright, while I'm behind, I'm still listening! Just got through liamcool and namkcuR

liamcool

I thought this was a really awesome mix of the heavier side of rock that I really enjoy, while mixing in a few mellow tracks that I also love. It started really strong, practically flawless through Daryl Hall. While the transition to St. Vincent was a bit rough, "Now Now" is one of my favorite songs by her and I loved its inclusion. I didn't think Big Black's placement worked at all here though. Once I got past that track though, it was excellent through the end. The Replacements to Jesus Lizard segment was a highlight and I loved that Red House Painters number. These lists are also telling that I should start listening to more New Order.

namkcuR

I loved your concept. It gave your list a bit of restraint but still let the musical styles go all over the place. You transitioned from one style to the next fantastically. Lykke Li into Fleetwood Mac was an inspired transition, as was Adele through Ingrid Michaelson. I loved the alternative segment from Garbage to Alanis Morissette. The way the playlist ended too, with the soundtrack songs, made for a beautiful ending.
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:31 AM   #86
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I'm also catching up, but I'm finally done listening with this group. I wanted to post live reviews, but did most of my listening in my subway commutes, so here are the compiled thoughts.

liamcool

I find your list incredibly hard to classify. There was stuff there that I really really loved, and stuff that didn’t work that well for me (generally the screaming songs). Like others say, though, I think you did a great job in combining the harder rock stuff with some softer/mellower songs. I slightly preferred the first section, especially the Hum - Neko Case - Daryl Hall combination. The Owen Pallett song was one of my favorite ones in your list, I need to check his work more closely. I liked the Silkworm song as a closer - perhaps not your typical final song, but it worked pretty well given the overall sound of your list.

namkcuR

I really loved the concept and the execution in your list. Probably my favorite thing so far in the competition. I had not read the blurb immediately before listening, so at one point I thought: “wow, there are lots of female singers, this is good”. And then remembered that was your concept. It reminds me a bit of Ashley’s idea for the previous DI (songs with women names on their titles). You included an incredible amount of songs that I really love, so it’s hard to point my favorite parts. The jazzy ending was perfectly done. The transition from Ella to that Lady Gaga song was incredible. If I have one criticism, it’s the beach house to lykke li transition, but it’s incredibly hard to segue that beach house song into anything… I didn’t realize Julie Delpy sang, although the internet tells me she also sang at some point in the Before trilogy. Anyways, fantastic job.

phanan

I thought yours was a very good list, even though synth pop is a bit hit or miss with me. I really enjoyed the sexier side of your playlist, stuff like Chromatics (XX might have worked nicely next to them), M83, Haerts (I hear some Lykke Li in her voice). The more distinctly 80s sound in other parts of it was not bad, but it’s a genre I enjoy in small doses, so parts of it have conflated together in my mind. It picked up really well towards the end, and I actually really loved the closing duo. I will definitely check out Monogen, this is right up my alley (and again, that sexy sound that works so well in this list).

Cut Irish Bono

Lots of great songs in your playlist, including some all time classics, but I thought it was not as cohesive as some of the other lists here. I generally like genre-hopping in this kind of competition, but some of it was perhaps a bit abrupt (Megaphonic to Beatles to National comes to mind). That said, I did really love some of the songs you added. I’ve heard Grace countless time, and yet The Last Goodbye was somewhat surprising out of the album context , so it worked well. Black Star is a top-10 Radiohead song for me, so great. And two playlists in the same group somehow contain Eels, which I didn’t know. Will need to check it out.
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I generally like genre-hopping in this kind of competition, but some of it was perhaps a bit abrupt (Megaphonic to Beatles to National comes to mind).
Gump, I sorry I didn't put a statement out there but the songs are out of order. Megaphonic doesn't follow the Beatles to National. Please check out my playlist on the first page and you will see what I mean. I feel dumb I didn't say anything to anyone. I sent Lemonmelon a stream version and I assumed every got it. Did you get that, Lemonmelon? It's probably too late now.
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But thank you everyone for the comments. I don't know if the transitions were off for a majority of people because the songs were out of order or if they really seemed like rough transitions. But if they were really out of order. Please let me know and I can send you a stream version.

I was originally thinking of doing a playlist of not well-known artists from the 2000's, do you think that would be more of a concept playlist and perhaps flow better too because of the similar sound throughout? Just want to know everyone's thoughts on this.
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Shit, I forgot to pass that streaming link along. It got buried under the rankings and I forgot about it. FWIW, I didn't have any issues with the order when I heard your list. It's no big deal having to put a list together manually once in a while. In fact, I'm used to it. Most lists were really poorly tagged back in the day.

If anyone wants the streaming link, let me know. My apologies for fucking that up.
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I always check the order when I transfer into iTunes. I had no issues.
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