Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by HeartSwells, Apr 19, 2017.
Age of Adz out already? :(
On it @Number!
Been meaning to sort out links in opening couple of posts too but y'all know how lazy I am.
Trio of taste!
When do I stop being the villain of this rate I can't take it much longer.
Sorry sis, you're stuck with @Epic Chocolat til the bitter end.
02: All Good Naysayers, Speak Up!
03: For the Widows in Paradise...
04: Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!
05: The Upper Peninsula
08: Oh Detroit...
11: Sleeping Bear, Sault Ste. Marie
12: They Also Mourn...
13: Oh God Where Are You Now?
15: Vito's Ordination Song
01: All The Trees...
02: The Dress Looks Nice on You
03: In the Devil's Territory
04: To Be Alone With You
07: Size Too Small
08: We Won't Need Legs to Stand
09: A Good Man is Hard to Find
10: He Woke Me Up Again
11: Seven Swans
12: The Transfiguration
01: Concerning the UFO sighting...
02: The Black Hawk War...
03: Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
04: John Wayne Gacy Jr.
10: Casimir Pulaski Day
12: The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
15: The Predatory Wasp of The Palisades...
16: They Are Night Zombies!!...
19: The Seer's Tower
20: The Tallest Man...
22: Out of Egypt...
All Delighted People EP
01: All Delighted People (Original)
02: Enchanted Ghost
04: From the Mouth of Gabriel
05: The Owl and the Tanager
06: All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)
The Age of Adz
01: Futile Devices
02: Too Much
03: Age of Adz
04: I Walked
05: Now That I'm Older
06: Get Real Get Right
07: Bad Communication
09: All for Myself
10: I Want To Be Well
11: Impossible Soul
Carrie & Lowell
01: Death With Dignity
02: Should Have Known Better
03: All of Me Wants All of You
04: Drawn To the Blood
06: Fourth of July
07: The Only Thing
08: Carrie & Lowell
09: John My Beloved
10: No Shade in the Shadow of The Cross
11: Blue Bucket of Gold
01: A Sun Came
02: Christmas In The Room
03: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
04: Niagara Falls
05: No Man's Land
08: Star of Wonder
09: Super Sexy Woman
10: Take Me
11: You Are The Blood
Oh my god how dare you
I quite like it that the extra's arenot just fillers for the bottom places, like in most rates.
Michigan could be a doing a little better. I loved both instrumentals on that album. Romulus and Vito's Ordination Song were my two big take away from it though. I would like more Age of Adz to go.
I gave Michigan, Illinoise, and Seven Swans each one 10 so it's nice to see them all still here.
One of the best songs in the album! Oh @#%&*!
I'm gutted to see Age of Adz go already. I was so thrown at first by the album, but by the time I got halfway through that track, I was completely sold. I love Carrie and Lowell for the introspective depth, but Adz is now my go-to for something 'a bit much', and the title track doesn't really hold back on that front.
Also I'm super pleased to see my Extra nomination still holding on strong despite being Christmas themed.
The cafe I went to on my lunch break today was playing 'Casimir Pulaski Day' as I entered
I walked in there like
Hiya, sorry been slow on the reveal front again. My laptop has been going s l o w. Gonna try and do 5 tonight before I snap it in anger.
This is going slightly strangely. Michigan and Seven Swans should really have a few more left at this point (my beautiful "Holland" and "Sister" *sniff*). Obviously Carrie & Lowell is phenomenal but I don't know if it should still basically be intact. And I cannot at one of its best tracks being one of the first cuts. You're not going to get a more thoughtfully cutting conversation with Jesus than "John My Beloved". The way it dances around whether the subject is a lover or Jesu until the very end, and leaves the possibility open for it to be both(?!), is... like, fuck, what cruelly beautiful imagination. "There's only a a shadow of me, in a matter of speaking I'm dead" is devastating.
38. No Man's Land
Highest score: 10 (@VitaminBee)
Lowest score: 4 (@Epic Chocolat)
My score: 6
Today we lose @VitaminBee's nomination. No Man's Land debuted during the end credits of Little Miss Sunshine, before being release as part of The Avalanche compilation during the same year.
Instrumentally the song isn't too far from Illinois, flutes and horns spread across but it comes across far more relaxed than the cartoon grandoise of said album. Close musical friend Rosie Thomas contributed backing vocals too, which come through quite nicely at the end. ALSO HAND CLAPS.
I like it, but not quite love. It starts out fairly slowly but gradually builds into something rather good. The flute work and glock (or whatever is on the bridge is) are sublime.
The lyrics don't really shout at me, but it's all very twee and full of locational references, so nothing new there.
"Miss VitaminBee serving TASTE. Jaunty Sufjan is truly my favourite Sufjan" from king of positivity @constantino
"Kinda like Illinois on autopilot" @madeofghosts muses, while @Stradiwhovius argues otherwise, "I can't imagine it being on Illinoise but it is a joy to listen to". I can see both sides, the range of instrumentation, yes sure, but the flow and feel are generally a farcry from what we got.
"Harmless" @Epic Chocolat bluntly puts.
"The melody of the verses keeps reminding me of Second Hand News by Fleetwood Mac. When I'm not being distracted by that, I'm really enjoying the song" I don't really hear it @kalonite, but I've criminally never given them a listen outside of the big singles so poor me.
37. The Dress Looks Nice on You
Highest score: 10 (@constantino @aaronhansome @RUNAWAY)
Lowest score: 4 (@VitaminBee @LKane)
My score: 7
The first and only single from Seven Swans... well it got a 7" so I'm calling it a single. At 2 and a half minutes, it's gone in a flash, but did it leave enough of an impression on y'all?
It's very cute in a sort of shy gentleman-y way, but I mean you'd think with some of the lyrics he could do a little better than saying it "looks nice". That or the song is training Sufjan for future shopping with the fag hags.
I think I scored this a bit high to be honest, it's saving grace is how short it is. The echoey vocals halfway through are a nice touch too.
"The chord progression makes my buss quiver every time. I love a good driving melody, me. Take me on a journey, dad" Maybe if you're doing 20 MPH, @constantino.
"Ok I wasn't loving this, but then the weird little pipe organ bit kicked in? I'd have liked that to continue through to the end of the track" Same here, @kalonite
The next song has six 10s. For reference the record we have had so far is 4, and it won't be surpassed until just before the top 20.
36. Too Much
Highest score: 10 (@NecessaryVoodoo @VitaminBee @Kuhleezi @RUNAWAY @LE0Night @Number)
Lowest score: 2 (@Epic Chocolat)
My score: 6
The first "proper" song on The Age of Adz, least sound wise. We'll get to the red herring that is Futile Devices eventually.
Too Much starts off innocently enough, a smattering of soft, glitchy beats and synths before Suf pops up cooing. Honestly I wish it went harder, for a song called Too Much, it doesn't really do that much.
That's ignoring the song's final turn of course, what a moment. *shoehorns in comment about the album being a showcase of builds and climaxes*
I generally like the song but there's nothing about it apart from that final movement that sets it apart for me. I generally love the sound of the album, and this is a great little introduction to what's to come. I think my score ended up reflecting it's position relative to the rest of the album (because I do honestly consider The Age of Adz one of my favourite albums ever)
The lyrics continue from Futile Device's theme of anxious love and overthinking things. Relatable king.
"The bulk of the song is fairly underwhelming and a little too repetitive but the outro instrumental saves it and introduces several important musical themes and signatures for later so I don't feel comfortable going any lower than a 6" how kind, @Stradiwhovius!
"Maybe it's a meta thing, but I'm not *absolutely* convinced this song needed to be seven minutes long" you do too much (hahahahahhahaa) @madeofghosts, it's 6:45.
Let's end with y'all rightfully stanning the best part.
"At first, the production was indeed too much, but overtime I’ve grown increasingly fond of the experimental cuteness of this. And of course, the way the production drifts into that euphoric moment of whatever towards the end is a discography highlight for me" @constantino
"Probably my second favorite song of his. The whole instrumental moment from 4:11 and onwards is just so magnificent" @VitaminBee
"'Too much riding' and wanting to see 'battering rams'; this is truly the man's Peacock. I'm not sold on the intro, but the electronic sound of the song itself mixed with the strings is great. The final instrumental is spectacular" @kalonite
Next couple will be revealed tomorrow, we have another tie, and @beyoncésweave won't be too pleased.
(I know I said 5 but figured I'd write the other 2 and have them ready for tomorrow instead of another long gap)
Oh no Too Much is a sad loss. Underwhelming wasn't the right word, it just doesn't live up to the other songs on Adz which feel in similar veins, and the outro is amazing.
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