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Alt Pop 2020 Rate | VOTING OPEN

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by Cutlery, Sep 15, 2021.

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    Could I really come here and eulogize the year that 2020 was, almost two years ago? Those twelve months however saw plenty of music from many of our less commercially attainable faves see the release, perhaps keeping us company and inevitably soundtracking the hardships of some very unique months as far as real life goes. One way or another, knowingly or not, the music released then connected due to its themes of reflection, mental health struggle, and building the basis of better times.

    Let me let you see and hear for yourself the artists that we're here this time to pit against each other for a bloodbath rate, by chronological order of release:

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    Nowadays being one artist seemingly more famed for the controversy surrounding anything in their life other than the music (and the Lorde knows that there's many in that situation), the veteran that is Grimes released her fifth album, with a campaign delay lasting over the course of two years, on Februrary. Coming with the premise of making climate change and A.I. overpowering humanity for the control of Earth fun topics to craft an album around. Does anyone think global warming is a good thing? And how does the album measure up?

    So Heavy I Fell through the Earth (Art Mix / Algorithm Mix)
    Darkseid
    Delete Forever (Video)
    Violence (Video)
    4ÆM
    New Gods
    My Name is Dark (Art Mix / Algorithm Mix)
    You'll miss me when I'm not around
    Before the fever
    IDORU (Art Mix Video / Algorithm Mix Video)
    We Appreciate Power

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    After the release of a self-titled EP, or mini-album depending on how you view it, Rina came full force with her debut album on April. Blending influences all over the popsphere and beyond, it saw her reconciling her past, her heritage and her beginnings with her present. And what a present it is! If 2020 was a great year, she currently appears to be only going upwards. How to forget how her campaigning destroyed a barrier that forbid some UK talent from being nominated at the BRITs? Impactful behavior.

    Dynasty
    XS (Video)
    STFU! (Video)
    Comme Des Garçons (Like the Boys) (Video)
    Akasaka Sad
    Paradisin'
    Love Me 4 Me
    Bad Friend (Video)
    Fuck This World (Interlude)
    Who's Gonna Save U Now?
    Tokyo Love Hotel
    Chosen Family (Solo / with Elton John)
    Snakeskin
    Tokyo Takeover
    LUCID (Video)
    We Out Here
    Bees & Honey

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    Perhaps the best credit for pioneer of the "quarantine album", Charli made her sixth full-length project in under a two month schedule at the beginning of worldwide safety and containment procedures taking place. This spontaneous approach for music creation led to an album that, while rooted in isolation with her boyfriend, uncertainty and collaborating at a distance, is universal enough to stand on its own apart from the context it was composed in. Did it inject replenished energies into the XCX formula?

    pink diamond
    forever (Video)
    claws (Video)
    7 years
    detonate
    enemy
    i finally understand
    c2.0
    party 4 u
    anthems
    visions

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    Relative indie newcomer -at least with most of this lineup- Phoebe released her sophomore on June. An intensely folk and rock sound is the basis for a collection of songs mostly written on the road, and which documents a journey that's about oneself as much as it is about your relationships, with a honesty, sometimes acidic, but always open that characterizes it. The artist also went out the house in about twenty different skeleton silhouette outfits, but I have to say, that onesie does look comfy as fuck.

    Garden Song (Video)
    Kyoto (Video)
    Punisher
    Halloween
    Chinese Satellite
    Moon Song
    Savior Complex (Video)
    ICU
    Graceland Too
    I Know the End (Video)

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    Summer is the perfect setting for the melancholia, the poorly-developed Polaroid film and the memories to roll in and the gals of this forum know it. The HAIM trio do too, as their third album came at the beginning of the season carrying the baggage of daily life and the problems let to sit in the back burner and popping out in-between the touring, the performing and the awards season of it all. Many say that this is their best effort to date, is it true?

    Los Angeles
    The Steps (Video)
    I Know Alone (Video)
    Up from a Dream
    Gasoline (Solo / feat. Taylor Swift)
    3 AM (Solo / feat. Thundercat)
    Don't Wanna (Video)
    Another Try
    Leaning on You
    I've Been Down
    Man from the Magazine (Video)
    All That Ever Mattered
    FUBT
    Now I'm in It (Video)
    Hallelujah (Video)
    Summer Girl (Video)

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    Chris forwent a full record for a summer release and instead made a short film, equal parts cinema and performance, soundtracked by an EP that has her searching for new life in a well-treaded path in which, it may seem, there is none left. Despite being by far the least numerous inclusion of the rate, features like PJ-fave Caroline and the quality will let the project speak for itself. The spotlight is on, and now it's time to shine.

    (Short film)
    People, I've been sad
    Je disparais dans tes bras / I disappear in your arms
    Mountains (we met)
    Nada
    La vita nuova



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    It wouldn't be an ALT POP rate without trying to cram as many indie artistés in a standalone section, right? Here is a selection of 25 of them that will hopefully have you reminiscing gems you had forgotten about or discovering new ones entitely. I know I absolutely have.

    The Aces - Daydream
    Amaarae - FANCY
    beabadoobee - Worth It
    Chappell Roan - Pink Pony Club
    Charlotte OC - Freedom
    Denai Moore - To the Brink
    Ellie Goulding - Brightest Blue
    Empress Of - Give Me Another Chance
    Fiona Apple - Shameika
    Georgia - Never Let You Go
    Hayley Williams - Simmer
    ionnalee - MACHINEE
    Javiera Mena - Corazón Astral
    King Princess - PAIN
    Lido Pimienta - Eso Que Tú Haces
    Poppy - I Disagree
    Purity Ring - stardew
    Sevdaliza - Lamp Lady
    Shura feat. Ivy Sole - elevator girl
    Soccer Mommy - circle the drain
    Steady Holiday - Tangerine
    Tayla Parx - Dance Alone
    Tei Shi - Die 4 Ur Love
    Waxahatchee - Lilacs
    Yerin Baek - Lovegame



    RULES
    • Rate every song in the list from 0-10. Half points are allowed!
    • You count with one 11 to hand to your absolute favorite track, so pick wisely.
    • Though we're all gathered here to celebrate women in music, pt. IV, feel free to make the most out of the full scoring scale. That said, any votes that look to be suspiciously incurring in trolling i.e. propelling a particular album at the expense of many others, will be turned down.
    • The artists here sure loved hammering a lot of different versions of their songs in these albums, so for those cases (i.e. Gasoline, 3 AM, the alternate versions in Miss Anthropocene, Chris' language options and, for whatever reason you may choose to prefer it, the Elton John feature of Chosen Family) pick whatever is your preferred version to rate.
    • This is a big list, though I expect y'all have heard at least half of these albums by now, and I especially want all people interested to not be turned down by the extras, so at the moment the deadline to send in your votes is TUESDAY, NOV 16 AT 23:59 CST
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    Missing from Spotify:

    Tokyo Takeover
    Note: I kindly ask that you use the format of the following example; separating via " - "
    Pink Pony Club - 10 - my favorite discovery of the rate ugh such a coming out anthem, maybe I won't be hanging up the cowboy hat and boots after all
    in case you want to talk about the music, for which I encourage you to add as much commmentary as you like!

    So Heavy I Fell through the Earth -
    Darkseid -
    Delete Forever -
    Violence -
    4ÆM -
    New Gods -
    My Name is Dark -
    You'll miss me when I'm not around -
    Before the fever -
    IDORU -
    We Appreciate Power -
    Dynasty -
    XS -
    STFU! -
    Comme Des Garçons (Like the Boys) -
    Akasaka Sad -
    Paradisin' -
    Love Me 4 Me -
    Bad Friend -
    Fuck This World (Interlude) -
    Who's Gonna Save U Now? -
    Tokyo Love Hotel -
    Chosen Family -
    Snakeskin -
    Tokyo Takeover -
    LUCID -
    We Out Here -
    Bees & Honey -
    pink diamond -
    forever -
    claws -
    7 years -
    detonate -
    enemy -
    i finally understand -
    c2.0 -
    party 4 u -
    anthems -
    visions -
    Garden Song -
    Kyoto -
    Punisher -
    Halloween -
    Chinese Satellite -
    Moon Song -
    Savior Complex -
    ICU -
    Graceland Too -
    I Know the End -
    Los Angeles -
    The Steps -
    I Know Alone -
    Up from a Dream -
    Gasoline -
    3 AM -
    Don't Wanna -
    Another Try -
    Leaning on You -
    I've Been Down -
    Man from the Magazine -
    All That Ever Mattered -
    FUBT -
    Now I'm in It -
    Hallelujah -
    Summer Girl -
    People, I've been sad -
    Je disparais dans tes bras / I disappear in your arms -
    Mountains (we met) -
    Nada -
    La vita nuova -
    Daydream -
    FANCY -
    Worth It -
    Pink Pony Club -
    Freedom -
    To the Brink -
    Brightest Blue -
    Give Me Another Chance -
    Shameika -
    Never Let You Go -
    Simmer -
    MACHINEE -
    Corazón Astral -
    PAIN -
    Eso Que Tú Haces -
    I Disagree -
    stardew -
    Lamp Lady -
    elevator girl -
    circle the drain -
    Tangerine -
    Dance Alone -
    Die 4 Ur Love -
    Lilacs -
    Lovegame -
     
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  3. How the hell am I going to pick just ONE 11 with this list??
     
  4. I love four of these albums! I will be voting.
     
  5. Excited it's finally here! I need more time with Punisher but other than that my scores are basically done.
     
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  7. I want to take part just to give Rina a very solid score, but I'm not sure I'll be able to.
     
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  8. I knowwww

    Y*s excited to see yours

    HAIM represent!

    If it's any help, I'm dumb and meant to type in the opening post that the deadline is November 16, not on October dd. Hope you give it a try because there's a lot of talent here!
     
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    WOW. Five of my favorite albums of 2020 (if not THE favorites) and one I've been meaning to get into.

    Count me in!
     
  10. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    I can pretty much do the standard albums from memory, and I know most of the extras so expect results from me quite quick dd!!
     
  11. Even if I don't get around to actually filling out this rate in time, you get major points for including my underrated fave Javiera Mena in the bonuses.
     
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  12. Incredible set of albums! Punisher was my 2020 AOTY so it's going to be difficult trying to scale everything else to it nn.

    The extras section is also really fucking strong, it's great seeing Miss Amaarae get some love!
     
  13. Great set of albums, and I love seeing a bunch of non-English songs in the rate as well. Definitely here for this. I feel like this year will be especially competitive as all of these albums feel like huge forum faves? Should be interesting.
     
  14. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    Lucid being in the rate is definitely a ‘someone has to go first’ tea.
     
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  15. So here for this! This may well be the rate I deal out the most 10s. No idea how I will choose an 11 out of all this excellence.
     
  16. Despite the amazing list, I know my 11 already! But the 10s!!! Also that extra section may compete with Punisher for my highest average!
     
  17. So on-brand for you! It has my 3rd highest so I get it dd
     
  18. I adore Die 4 Ur Love but it's low key a relief that it's the only Tei Shi inclusion because Goodbye probably would've snagged Punisher's inevitable 11.

    I'm still gagged by this quality. I'm re-listening and there isn't an ounce of filler across any of these albums!
     
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  19. Three albums I adore here, one I like, and two I haven't listened to yet. Please don't judge me if I end up tanking one of these two!!!!
     
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