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MERRY CHRISTMAS! Day 25 - Popjustice Advent Calendar 2017

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by NecessaryVoodoo, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Nice to see the Beck mention, deserved a much better reception. It's a really solid pop album and it sucks that most people here probably won't give it a chance since he stole Beyoncé's Grammy.

    PS I think you'd be really into the Will Joseph Cook album @2014, not as polished as Colors but still has that hook filled guitar pop sound. (Plastic, Alive and Treat Me Like A Lover are my favs)
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  2. Fuck me for missing this. I hope someone does Number 1 Angel justice!
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  3. OK but now I'm imagining you and Nessy having a


    kind of dynamic going on behind the scenes.
  4. Dddd actually we're pretty harmonious as co-hosting gigs go in this fuschia purgatory. As long as @2014 continues to do what I tell him to, that is.

  5. I mean do you think I’ve started either?
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  6. Three very different, but equally brilliant albums as part of today's:



    Chosen by @Island

    Sounding like a long lost sequel to Cher's Living Proof, there's very little subtle about BETSY's debut album of pop bangers. While her voice is going to be one you either love or hate--firmly the former option for myself btw--it's hard not to get swept up in the unashamed campy drama of it all. You get the sneaking suspicion that wherever BETSY goes, one of those big fuck-off wind machines from Eurovision and a couple of yards of chiffon are never far away.

    Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

    Chosen by @Mushroom

    Critically acclaimed for its fusing of spiky club-ready beats to Vince Staples' frequently gloomy lyrics, Big Fish Theory turned out to be one of the most intriguing hip hop releases of the year. In an album filled with unexpected sounds and samples, even the appearance of Damon Albarn and Ray J on Love Can Be... can't spoil proceedings.

    Lydia Ainsworth - Darling Of The Afterglow

    Chosen by @Kuhleezi

    There's still the waft of essential oils, weekend meditation retreats and healing crystals to Lydia Ainsworth's second album Darling of the Afterglow but this time delivered in a more confident, richer sounding package. A stronger collection of witchy Kate Bush-indebted pop you won't find this year (just skip the unnecessary cover of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game).

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  7. I'd never heard of Lydia Ainsworth but anything labelled "witchy Kate Bush-indebted pop" immediately has my approval. Loved the video and song you posted, will have to check out more!
  8. I started.

    By quoting some lyrics and then I stopped.
  9. CASUAL REMINDER that 'The Road' is competing in the extras section for the Indie-ish Girls Rate 2017, of which less than 5 weeks remain for voting. xx
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  11. Oops, I forgot how shitty I am at writing.
  12. Big Fish Theory! Nice! I loved that album, one of the year's best hip-hop releases (only Kendrick and Tyler can really compete in my opinion).

    Well, back to not writing my review, then.
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  13. 2014

    2014 Moderator

    3 more!





    Chosen by @beyoncésweave

    This British trio followed their highly successful debut with this collection of chillingly haunting songs, with everything on a much bigger, grander scale than ever before. Oh Woman Oh Man is a spine-tingling, rousing number which could be one of their best ever, while Bones Of Ribbon and Everyone Else are other highlights, but lead singer Hannah could sing anything I'd be here for it - this album is a beautiful thing.



    Chosen by @londonrain

    Already on their 4th studio album, this delectable duo seem to have found their niche and are really making it work for them, providing us with their best effort since their debut. The run of the first 3 tracks in particular is hard to beat, but Wait Up is another stellar pick. Though there's nothing groundbreaking to be found here, sometimes an ok album is just enough (it also features some writing credits from a certain David Sneddon, kii).



    Chosen by @Trouble in Paradise

    Released practically at the beginning of the year, The XX's 3rd effort has held up remarkably well and was a brilliant return to form after the disappointingly safe Coexist. Led by killer track On Hold, the album sees our 3 stars exploring multiple avenues of love and devotion, with Say Something Loving and Brave For You showcasing their vocals in the best way. Opening track Dangerous still leaves me bald (they had no right springing that out from nowhere!) But I Dare You is quite possibly the crown jewel here, the whole record is just very, very good.

  14. I literally stopped listening to the extras after George Maple so I could go listen to the rest of her album.... clearly need to go finish listening before I get called out again
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  16. Last batch for me in today's:


    Austra - Future Politics

    Chosen by me! (@2014 got THREE choices OK let me have this)

    Austra's third album Future Politics was released at the very start of the year and I think as 2017 has rolled by, it's kind of been forgotten about a bit (also guilty of this myself) which is sad as it's a great album. With the synths more crystalline and beats more thumping than ever, it's still Katie Stelmanis' arresting vocals that make Austra's music.

    Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar

    Chosen by @Ironheade

    Not going to lie, when I saw the words "experimental metal collective" on Ulver's Wiki, I almost left this one for @2014 to struggle through. However, on the page for their eleventh album The Assassination of Julius Caesar, it has: synthpop, new wave and electronic dance music listed as genres. Now this is something more up my alley. Really poetic lyrics and gorgeous male vocals (you read that right) matched to Depeche Mode-y soundscapes. I think this is my discovery of the advent calendar this year.

    Sevdaliza - ISON

    Chosen by @A&E

    As with Niia's I, Sevdaliza's debut album has felt like a long time in the making. Like a torch singer taking cues from contemporary alternative R&B and 90's trip hop yet not sounding very much like either, ISON is as much an experience as it is an album. One of my favourite releases of the year, yet very hard for me to actually articulate why in depth (truth be told, I just don't have the range), I'm reminded of feeling the exact same way about FKA twigs' LP1 --back in 2014 *sob*--which ISON definitely shares DNA with.

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2017
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  17. Yay!

    @NecessaryVoodoo Ulver... is an interesting case; they started out as a black metal band (an amazing one too), but they haven't done anything you could remotely call "metal" since the new millennium. Essentially, they just play whatever kind of music Kristoffer Rygg and his cohorts feel like - they've done industrial, trip hop, ambient, neoclassical... and almost all of them amazingly, too. Truly a one of a kind outfit.
  18. Drafted...
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  19. I am actually start to wonder of my suggestions are not presented in the roundup above because they actually got picked? Or maybe too damn niche after all, even for making a bubbling under.
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  20. Yes I am actually reviewing @Mina ‘s submission. It’s happening.

    Meanwhile I added another quote to my review. Still no actual words of my own.