Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by CorgiCorgiCorgi, May 20, 2019.
I understand Thinking of you's detractors, still hard to see it leave this early.
By the by, with this comment during the elimination of 'Policewoman' I was hinting that it sounded like 'Fix You', but let's not link to that.
I'd rather listen to something better.
The eliminations are still going well, I'm so proud of @berserkboi for showing so much love.
I should clearly be paying more attention, but I had no idea Mercy had gone already. And so early, too! I was hoping it would do better.
All the Affair love in the thread is making me really hopeful that it'll do well in the rate. It's such a special song.
This wound up being a much busier Saturday than I expected. Next elimination will go up sometime tomorrow!
Also, just in case you were concerned about your faves, we don't lose our first 11 until the mid-20s. (And it's a song that I almost gave my 11 to, so I'm just as heartbroken as you are!)
42. Wait Up (6.68)
high scores: 9.5 (@əʊæ)
low scores: 4 (@soratami @VivaForever)
Another pop track from Desire falls! I listened to this song 3 times in a row for this writeup, and I still can’t remember anything particularly good or bad about this one. That first verse reminds me a bit of Girls Aloud’s Deadlines and Diets:
I initially mistyped Untouchable Ace’s score (8.2) without the decimal, so for a while this song was doing EXTREMELY well on the spreadsheet! “Even their generic 90's boyband sop is better quality than a lot of other's discographies.”
Lots of you mentioned the lyrics as the biggest flaw of this song. For example, @abael (7) says it has “Disjointed lyrics, but interesting musically.” And @Reboot (6.5) likes that “the verses sound quite broody and “dark”, whereas the chorus sounds light. But like with the rest of the album, I’m kind of struggling with the lyrics. It’s not what I want from this band.”
@berserkboi (6.4) says it’s “not bad”, and @OspreyQueen (8) admits “Alright, credit where credit is due, I like this one. The murky nocturnal production is a nice throwback to Exile, and the lyrics are a little more interesting than the rest of the album with Theo playing a character I don’t think we’re supposed to like.”
Just missing out on the top 40...
a song that honestly should've made the top 15.....
41. Help (6.78)
high scores: 10 (@CorgiCorgiCorgi @roborovsky @əʊæ @Sprockrooster)
low scores: 2.3 (@saviodxl)
Like many of you in this thread, Exile is probably my least favorite Hurts album. But Help was an immediate standout for me - the haunting lyrics, the way it’s constantly building up to that final minute, and of course Elton John on piano! It’s a gorgeous song through and through, and helps the album finish on a strong note. This was another surprisingly divisive song, but I’m just grateful it made it this far.
@Reboot (5) is conflicted: “I don’t really know how to feel about this. It felt perfectly relatable and touching when I first heard this in 2013, when its lyrics hit really close to home . . . but I’m not sure if I can take it seriously anymore? It’s a bit too on the nose.”
@abael (5) says it’s “bland. Slick production can't hide tired songs.” @Untouchable Ace (4.9) says “the Choiriness always scares me off” which I initially read as Chlorine and it made me think of Twenty One Pilots which wasn’t a band I was expecting to think about in this thread.
@berserkboi (9.9) correctly calls it “Stunning!” And @RUNAWAY (9) says, “honestly I had forgotten that this album has a really good closing track.”
@Sprockrooster (10) also found this to be a real diamond in the rough. “With an album that is mostly lacking great highs this strucks a chord so damn hard and basically would have been my 11 if [REDACTED TO AVOID SPOILERS]. This song is the whole reason I started to follow them more closely. It reminds me of U2 (the good U2) at some times, but is not feeling as a copy of that sound as it adds so many more layers.” @OspreyQueen (10) agrees: “Possibly one of my favourite closing tracks of all time. The outro with the choir and that gorgeous guitar always gets me bawling.”
Top 40 Recap
Blood, Tears & Gold
Better Than Love
Devotion (feat. Kylie Minogue)
All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day
Somebody To Die For
Some Kind Of Heaven
Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us
Weight of the World
Ready To Go
Something I Need To Know
Under Control (feat. Calvin Harris and Alesso)
These results, y'all...
What is this trash result?!?!
Help leaving before Cupid is a choice.
Spotlights must surely be doomed to go very soon...
Still here, still traumatised by Verona's early exit - and y'all are trying to take me further into the vortex of torture I see...
At least it's on brand that every elimination at this point Hurts!
The only Verona that matters:
Help leaving before top 10 is a choice.
Honestly, this overdominance from Surrender and Happiness is getting ridiculous.
That's a pretty good-looking Top 40. I hope the remaining songs from Exile won't be leaving any time soon.
Pretty happy with the results so far, the only one that hurt was Thinking of You (don't judge). It's weird though that I've lost about half my sevens and a fifth of my sixes. Other than that the lower the score the more that are out, so its a bit of an anomaly.
40. Wings (6.91)
high scores: 10 (@Reboot @tylerc904)
low scores: 2 (@soratami)
We lose a single! Wings is a simple, sweet ode to being there for someone you love in their time of need. It was used in an episode of Britain's Got Talent, which I think is a good summation of its flaws and its strengths: it's inspirational and it tugs at the heartstrings, but it does get a bit cheesy.
@berserkboi (9.4) gasps, "Build is immense!" But @Untouchable Ace (8.2) is "not sure that this was single material. Did they just want to send a message to the fans?"
@OspreyQueen (6) "just…can’t take this one seriously. Everything about it is so corny." And @abael (6) agrees: "Even for Hurts, this is kinda corny."
@tylerc904 (10) responds, "I’m guessing some will find this generic/cheesy, but I love it." Fellow top scorer @Reboot (10) "once read an article where Hurts were affectionately described as “music for intelligent Take That fans” (I may have made the “intelligent” bit up) and it couldn’t be truer than on this song. Wings sounds like the type of song a grown-up boyband might end their shows with, ticker tape fluttering in the air." I could actually totally see this on that final One Direction album...
39. Mother Nature (6.93)
high scores: 9.1 (@berserkboi)
low scores: 4 (@VivaForever @Reboot)
First we lose a single, and now we lose a B-side. This song isn't quite as instantaneous as the other Happiness tracks - the chorus gets quite dissonant, and the vocals can sound a bit strained. Still, I think it's a very interesting song, even if it's not one of my favorites.
@Reboot (4) groans, "This is so tuneless and kind of shit." @saviodxl (7) says "Coldplay found shook" and I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult.
@Untouchable Ace (8.2) declares this "some of the best piano in their repertoire." @abael (9) says it "goes for the epic, and avoids being overwrought by its short length." Wow, I just checked, this song is less than 3 minutes long! I always thought it was much longer.
@berserkboi (9.1) admits it's an "interesting song, though deserving of the ‘bonus’ status compared with the rest." This is the first bonus track from Happiness to fall - we still have Affair, Happiness, and All I Want For Christmas Is New Years' Day. But for how much longer?
Tomorrow we lose 2 tracks from the same album! Will the Desire/Exile slaughter continue? Or will Happiness and Surrender finally start to crumble?
Starts a prayer circle for it to happen.
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