Board 8 > Raetsel continues ranking 631 songs (+ extra songs) [Rankings]

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Raetsel_Lapin
01/13/21 3:23:26 PM
#51:


Cursed Night is pretty good. I first heard it on one of the two streams of hers that I actually sawa fairly recent one that opened with her performing her own songs and then spent most of the rest of the time doing covers of the Shrek soundtrack.

Ill add Kingslayer & the ETiD album to the list.



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67: MASSIVE ATTACK - UNFINISHED SYMPATHY:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmrfgj0MZI

Nominator: Djungelurban (4/15)

Initial Score: 59.80 [#264]
Revised Score: 58.31 [#318]
Final Score: 59.20 (upgraded to 89.80) [#67]

(First Thoughts: Shes a very strong vocalist and I want to hear more from her, but this track isnt doing a lot for me.)

I like that this is somehow technically a dance anthem, in spite of it being very subdued with a string orchestra and some almost ghostly vocals, but Im never really drawn into the song. Parts of the song come close to hitting the mark:

Like a soul without a mind
In a body without a heart
Im missing every part


Thats....almost the type of thing I want to hear. Like the entire song is almost exactly what I want. I can easily praise the singer, the orchestra, the genre, parts of the lyrics, but when it comes down to it... I dont think its quite a 60 point song, Im sorry.

[(Not Actually) Final Thoughts: I think the extended outro is whats dragging it down. The song does everything right, then it runs out of lyrics and just... keeps going aimlessly for almost half the songs runtime. In a way, it makes the song sound unfinishedso credit if thats the idea were going with (considering the song title, it probably was), but it hurts my enjoyment of the song. Im here mostly for her singing (remind me to look into one or two of her solo songs later) and once shes done singing, Im rather done with the song.

...Really tempted to move it up to 60 points anyway because the first half the song is certainly good enough to justify it, but its not quite there.]

[Later: ....Alright, alright, I do like it enough to get to the next tier. The outro is still holding it back, but the first half of the song is good enough that Id say theres at least 60 points of things to like here.]

[Still Later: Actually, Im going to jump this all the way up to 80 points.]

[Final Thoughts: Its on the edge of greatness, but the prolonged outro still drags things down a bit for me.]

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66: POPPY - SICK OF THE SUN:

https://open.spotify.com/track/3TCBgc1XYKqNOr0FBhb1WX

Nominator: Murphiroth (2/21)
Source: I Disagree (More) (1/14)

Initial Score: 80.549 [#44]
Revised Score: 88.19 [#72]
Final Score: 89.90 [#66]

(First Thoughts: Another song that almost perfectly hits the sad, but not soul-crushing area. The bridge is the best part, its really short but captures the feeling of drowning in a sea of despair for about ten secondsits powerful, but really short which might be for the best?)

That bridge is so marvelous, like slowly sinking into the ocean... if it managed to keep up that type of ambience throughout more of the song, it would have been an easy 100. As is, the song is still pretty great, but the lyrics repeat themselves a bit too often and my favorite part is incredibly short... still the best song on the album and one that I highly enjoy, but not quite perfect.

[Final Thoughts: So very, very close to being absolute perfection. The subject matter, lyrics, singing, and instruments are all wonderful... but it repeats itself a bit too much for me to honestly place it on the top tier.]

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POPPY - I DISAGREE (MORE):

Bleep Bloop: 58.05 [#376]
Sit / Stay: 58.16 [#369]
Bloodmoney: 61.10 [#313]
If It Bleeds: 62.29 [#293]
Bite Your Teeth: 62.94 [#280]
I Disagree: 63.60 [#277]
Nothing I Need: 68.90 [#219]
Khaos x4: 69.43 [#217]
Dont Ask: 73.50 [#173]
Anything Like Me: 78.30 [#132]
Dont Go Outside: 83.80 [#103]
Concrete: 89.50 [#103]
Fill the Crown: 89.60 [#69]
Sick of the Sun: 89.90 [#66]

Average Score: 72.0764285714

A very high scoring album which had more variety to it than expected. Ill probably try looking into some of her earlier, poppier albums at some point. I cant think of anything else i want to say here, so hopefully the high average score can speak for itself.

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65: TAYLOR SWIFT - THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN DYNASTY:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s5xdY6MCeI

Nominator: @Snake5555555555 (3/15)

Initial Score: 52.79 [#335]
Revised Score: 88.37 [#71]
Final Score: 89.95 [#65]

(First Thoughts: Its not a bad selection, but I dont care about Rebekahs life story or the history of Taylor Swifts mansion. I do like the ending of the song:

Holiday House sat quietly on that beach
Free of women with madness, their men and bad habits
And then it was bought by me


Nice lines, but they come in a bit too late because I have no feelings, positive or negative, towards Rebekahs life. Lets say... 50 points for the main part of the song and a few bonus points for the parts where Taylors singing about herself?)

After so many other songs, its rather nice to have a subdued song thats just Taylor Swift narrating her mansions history for under four minutes. Its soothing, she has a good enough voice to sing about whatever she wants, and the lyrics are...good enough. Theyre not exactly my favorite, or particularly complicated, but they tell a complete story.

[Final Thoughts: No further comments. The Initial Score was ridiculously low, but the high 80s feel like a good fit for this track.]

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64: LIVE - PILLAR OF DAVIDSON:

https://open.spotify.com/track/0KiEGRpu6ugyEivgry3HLE

Nominator: azuarc (5/28)
Source: Throwing Copper (3/15)

Initial Score: 44.79 [#478]
Revised Score: 56.14 [#349]
Final Score: 89.99 (upgraded to 89.99999) [#64]

(First Thoughts: [this space intentionally left blank])

Kupo.

I actually really like the singers voice & the bands performance here (outside of the chrous)its a very subdued type of pain and I think my ideal song (at this exact moment in time) would probably be done in this general style. But theres a lot here that Im not fond of: I have no real connection to any of the lyrics (as much as I like the way he sings them), I dont like how the song extends itself by repeating verses, and I dislike the chorusthe song and singing increases in intensity and goes away from the softer feeling I liked.

Im kinda torn between high 40s and low 50s for the score here. It does enough that I like that I could say I like the song, but theres enough I dislike that I could say I dislike it as well... right now, Ill say the strength of his voice on this track pushes it more towards like.

[Not-Quite-Final Thoughts: His vocal performance on these verses is so perfect... you know what, Im actually jumping this directly to the 70 point tier.]

[Later: Im in love with his voice in the verses on this track... you know what, Im immediately jumping this another tier.]

[Final Thoughts: High 80s is as far as Im willing to take it. With no connection to the lyrics or much interest in the chorus, I just cant honestly say the song should be in the 90s. Perfect voice, perfect delivery, but... not quite at the next tier.

Though it is really close... eh, lets add some more 9s onto that score because it amuses me to do so.]

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Which means weve finally reached the 90s!
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Snake5555555555
01/13/21 3:35:13 PM
#52:


I'm glad it jumped up that high! I personally love the story and the way Taylor tells it, with some sublte inflection changes. I also love the whole bridge!

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Djungelurban
01/13/21 4:56:13 PM
#53:


Wow, that's quite the jump by Massive Attack! Wow... And for the record, I kinda agree, that is a very long outro, probably longer than it needed to be... Especially when you have over 600 songs to listen to and then it probably feels like the song is wasting your time a bit. But the atmosphere is close to unrivaled...
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Raetsel_Lapin
01/13/21 6:19:55 PM
#54:


Theres not much reason to repost the remaining song list, since it was posted just a page ago... but I personally wanted to look at the numbers and theres not much reason to not post it



REMAINING SONG LIST:

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azuarc (4)

Live - Dance With You
Live - Horse
Live - Iris
Live - They Stood Up For Love

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BlackDra90n (6)

BmtH - Can You Feel My Heart
BMtH - Doomed
BmtH - Drown
BmtH - Happy Song
BmtH - Oh No
BmtH - True Friends

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cakophon (2)

Frums - 24EEEV0-$
Frums - Lost in New Blankness

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DoctorJimmy133 (1)

Imagine Dragons - 30 Lives (Starlight Version)

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Djungelurban (3)

Enigma - Return to Innocence (Radio Edit)
Maria Mena - I Don't Wanna See You With Her
Nuage - I'm Gonna Carry On

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FL81 (5)

Felt - Resistance
Mamomo 1
Mamomo 4
Mamomo 6
Mamomo 11

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GavsEvans133 (4)

Eartha Kitt - Snuff Out the Light
ITeachVader - Win the Race
NPCarlsson - Activate the Dancebot
Triple Q - Friends Halation

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handsomeboy2012 (2)

Danny Chan - Ripples
Tat Ming Pair - A Forbidden Fruit Every Day

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IhatethisCPU (3)

Hatsune Miku - Sweet Devil (VDM Remix)
Tevin Campbell - Stand Out
Yello - Starlight Scene

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Jesse_Custer (4)

Flight of the Conchords - Carol Brown
Michael Kiwanuka - Cold Little Heart
Mika - Promiseland
Of Monsters and Men - Human

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LOLIAmAnAlt (1)

Dope Stars Inc. - Dead is the New Alive (Manipulator Mix)

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Mega_Mana (3)

Linkin Park - Easier to Run
Linkin Park - Numb
The Monkees - Our Own World

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Murphiroth (1)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - The Donkey-Headed Adversary of Humanity Opens the Discussion

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NBIceman (3)

Avantasia - Runaway Train
The Dear Hunter - If All Goes Well
The Dear Hunter - The Bitter Suite IV and V

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NFUN (2)

Scattered Lights - AI
Snowball ~ Franca's Cafe

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paulg235 (3)

Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds - Three Lions
Liam Lynch - United States of Whatever
Raven Cyarm - The Bolla Twins Mashup

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rwlh (4)

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
Herbal Tea - Garden
Marilyn Manson - Posthuman

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Snake (2)

Gin Wigmore - Carbona
Miranda Lambert - Dark Bars

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Steiner (1)

10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)

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The_Mighty_KELP (3)

(All tracks are metal remixes of Octopath Travelers from "The Eightfold Road" album)

Alfyn, the Apothecary
H'aanit, the Hunter
Ophilia, the Cleric

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Toxtricity (1)

Dux Content - Dux Mix 1

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UF8 (5)

Hanayori Joshiryou - Koko Kara, Koko Kara
Nemukawa Yumena - You & Me (Akkey Remix)
Paule Clown - Boku no Friend
Queue x Setsu - Side Queue
Yuni - Hello/How Are You

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The Eightfold Road had all of its best songs quite early in the album. Ive complained about the way they split the album up before (all the character themes, then the environments, then battle themes), but besides the tedium of an endless barrage of battle themes, it also meant the three best songs were all clumped together at the start.
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NBIceman
01/13/21 8:09:06 PM
#55:


The two other White Moth Black Butterfly songs I had in the running were The Serpent and Evelyn.

Just realized I forgot to comment on La Muerta, but I don't really have a lot to say about it anyway. Honestly, the lyrics aren't any clearer to me than they are to you. The main riff in the song is so, so sweet, though, and the rest of the instrument work accompanies it well. Plus, Arno Menses is probably one of my favorite male vocalists in all of music. Both Subsignal and Sieges Even have some amazing harmonies in their work.

Tightrope has a very special place in my heart for potentially being the first rock song I ever listened to. My parents had a fairly extensive vinyl collection when I was really young, A New World Record being among the albums in it. I can't remember for certain if that was the first non-country record they ever played for me, but it's one of only three possibilities and, since Tightrope is the first track off of it, there's a pretty good chance. Even aside from that, though, it's always been one of my favorite ELO songs. I remember being surprised to discover it wasn't one of their biggest hits, but it kinda made more sense as I got older and realized that I generally enjoyed their sort of second-tier hits (Sweet Talkin' Woman, Turn to Stone, and Showdown, to name a few others) a little more than their very tippy-top most well-known stuff. So groovy.

I definitely didn't see King of Swords going down before If All Goes Well coming. I figured it was a toss-up between that and Bitter Suite IV/V for your favorite Act IV offering from the beginning. I remember how high Number City was on your first ranking topic and expected this one to hit that same sort of weird poppy disco feeling. I imagine all the dead space at the end kinda hurts it, too. It's just such a fun song, though. Steadily climbed up my ranking of the album over the years. Comes out of nowhere after the very subdued Abandon and it's a fantastic concert closer. And it's a small thing, but I also love how incredibly perfect the title is given the meaning of the Tarot card it comes from.

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Raetsel_Lapin
01/13/21 8:36:33 PM
#56:


Number City had a lot of weird things going ona sample of a crying baby, repeating numbersit was odd and that was when i was totally rabid for anything strange. King of Swords didnt have any odd samples or a level of repetition that I found hypnotic, so I find the songs push very different buttons for me.

(Also Number City was woefully underrated at the actual ranking and I only became obsessed with it after it was eliminated, so if King of Swords was to be the next Number City, it by definition couldnt have been the highest ranked.)

Aaanywho... turns out there was a good reason to post the Remaining Song list, as all the numbers are off again. Last topic, post.#473:

156: MAMOMO - (Encounter) [mamomo #11]:


So, I think there are only 62 songs remaining. Probably. I have 62 unposted writeups either way...
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UF8
01/13/21 9:37:53 PM
#57:


Raetsel_Lapin posted...
[Final Thoughts: I forgot this video had auto generated subtitles that could be downloaded and then auto translated. This is a bad idea, but its the only way to try to get any level of context.
to be fair, you could've tried translating the lyrics on screen with an image translator (but that would've been a lot of effort)

it is true they're bleak stories though, with a theme of love entangled in them too. quite a lot of filler prose in both that i think holds them back slightly but i generally still consider them pretty good. i wasn't sure whether i should pick these or re-pick the other Setsu song (that Virtual Youtuber remix one from last time's extras) since i do still prefer that
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UF8
01/13/21 9:52:24 PM
#59:


(ignore the ping i am very good at noticing things before realising others already did in subsequent posts lol)
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Raetsel_Lapin
01/14/21 12:40:16 PM
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62: FRUMS - LOST IN NEW BLANKNESS:

https://frums.bandcamp.com/track/lost-in-new-blankness

Nominator: cakophon (2/26)
Source: vignette (2/20)

Initial Score: 80.24 [#47]
Revised Score: 90.24 [#61]
Final Score: 91.50 [#62]

(First Thoughts: I lack the adjectives to properly convey thoughts on this, but it seems to be getting a rather high score.)

A very busy and complicated song. It starts off with a rather pretty, though still heavily computerized medley; then it segues into what sounds like morse code for a bit, and eventually becomes an entirely alien type of music just before the three minute mark with its rapid clicking and garbled & whispered gibberish (at least I think its gibberish). Its one of those songs where you never know whats coming next and I love that about it.

[Final Thoughts: One of Frums best work.]

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61: QUEUE X SETSU - SIDE QUEUE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56xIoLZIlDA

Nominator: UF8 (5/15)

Initial Score: 91.22 [#11]
Revised Score: 97.74 [#31]
Final Score: 91.70 [#61]

(First Thoughts: I think I like this a lot, but its hard to say without knowing the slightest thing about the poetry shes reciting. I have my own interpretations, but theyre literally based on nothing.)

I cant find anything about this song, other than it being a poetry reading, so Im rather on my own here. Thankfully: I like her voice, I like spoken word sections, and apparently that does translate to me liking spoken word poetry songs (who knew?) so I do like this quite considerably.

[Final Thoughts: Well, YouTube has automatically generated Japanese captions and I can download those, then run those through an automatic translation. This is not a good way to do anything; auto-captions are always wrong and auto-translations are even more wrong, so this is...several layers of errors.

Anyway, the garbled translation makes this sound like some tragedy involving a car crash:

When I wake up
Car
There is a sound of glass breaking
That echoed in the room
In Akemi
Joyful grave
Glittering debris
Scattered on the floor


That feels oddly coherent for something so garbled.]

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60: THE EIGHTFOLD ROAD - HAANIT, THE HUNTER:

https://familyjules7x.bandcamp.com/track/haanit-the-hunter

Nominator: The_Mighty_KELP (3/32)

Initial Score: 80.00 [#53]
Revised Score: 97.24 [#33]
Final Score: 91.80 [#60]

(First Thoughts: This may be the first nomination that can actually be called epic in a non-ironic way.)

A very powerful piece that knows when to hold back for emotional impact. Theres a very wistful beauty in the subdued acoustic guitar and piano intro, but the song actually nails the transition to epic-ness when the drums and electric guitar come in. Both aspects of the song work perfectly and actually go together, creating an absolute masterclass on how to do this style of song perfectly. So many other songs on the album try to do this and fail spectacularly (STILL GLARING AT YOU, MERCHANT GIRL), while this song does it absolutely perfectly.

Id say this song is the perfect example of what the album was going for and its best representative. There are still songs from the album that I prefer on a personal level, but for what the album is trying to accomplish, this is the song that does it the best.

[Final Thoughts: I still maintain that this is the perfect representation for the album and probably for the entire concept of metal remixes, but metal remix isnt really my jam... so Im feeling this better fits a low 90s for me, personally, than the high 90s.

...also did I really just use the word perfect four times in a row? Ugh.]

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59: FRUMS - 24EEEV0-$:

https://frums.bandcamp.com/track/24eeev0

Nominator: cakophon (1/26)
Source: vignette (1/20)

Initial Score: 85.15 [#30]
Revised Score: 90.49 [#60]
Final Score: 91.90 [#59]

(First Thoughts: The thump-thump-thump in the background makes me imagine a female Robocop walking forward, but theres also some decidedly non-Robocop sounds. A famous person who did not play Robocop was Crazy Horse. In conclusion, 24eev0-$ is a song of contrasts. Thank you.)

All I can imagine when listening to this song is a female version of Robocop firing three shot bursts from her semi-automatic pistol. This is admittedly a really awesome thing to imagine, but its not exactly 100 point top tier ambience. Very interesting attempt though.

[Final Thoughts: Now it feels kinda jazzy, like female Robocop at a jazz club.[

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VIGNETTE:

Memoryfactory.lzh: 50.10 [#470]
Swallow Smoke: 50.30 [#463]
Dimensionalize Nervous Breakdown: 51.60 [#428]
From the Haze of our Ragged Hypoxias: 58.04 [#377]
Nothing: 58.20 [#368]
Salmiakki: 61.40 [#308]
Flashbacklog: 61.94 [#299]
End of System: 67.38 [#252]
Fake (Track 19): 71.00 [#196]
Vigor Lines Yoked: 71.35 [#194]
Dropdead: 71.40 [#193]
Wing: 74.60 [#165]
My Capacitance: 75.15 [#162]
I Cant Even Remember My Own Name: 76.70 [#149]
Mdrqnxtagon: 80.00 [#114]
Absolute Zero: 82.20 [#112]
Great Fury of Heaven: 83.40 [#105]
Jam With Pancake: 88.10 [#80]
Lost in New Blankness: 91.50 [#62]
24EEEV0-$: 91.90 [#59]

Average Score: 70.663

I like Frums and this was a lot more Frums, so thank you.

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Player Averages:


Shonen_Bat: 73.6884285714
Cakophon: 68.4806666666
Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
Hbthebattle: 53.0054545454
Pyresword + sergiocornaga: 50.2062698412
Player_0: 44.991
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Raetsel_Lapin
01/14/21 1:36:31 PM
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58: MAMOMO - (On the Main Street of the City in the Morning) [mamomo #6]:

https://s-mamomo.bandcamp.com/track/--50

Nominator: @FL81 (4/20)
Source: mamomo album (3/13)

Initial Score: 83.18 [#33]
Revised Score: 90.99 [#58]
Final Score: 92.00 [#58]

(First Thoughts: Like being a mage who is exploring an ice cave. Its mysterious and adventurous, but youve got enough magic that its not very dangerous.)

No matter how many times I listen to this, I cant picture this being used as a city theme. Its far too magical and mysterious for a city theme, even if that city were the Magical City of Vane.

(Incidentally, no version of Lunar had a particular good song for Vane, but thats neither here nor there. I was going to waste time by posting one of Vanes themes, but not a single one is worth making anyone listen to.)

Song has a great ambience and I like these sort of songs, so I like this, yes.

[Final Thoughts: Magical adventure ambience is always nice.]

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57: MIKA - PROMISELAND:

https://youtu.be/01w4Ch8dHDM

Nominator: Jesse_Custer (4/15)

Initial Score: 61.55 [#208]
Revised Score: 82.97 [#101]
Final Score: 93.50 [#57]

(First Thoughts: [REDACTED])

Im going to leave this blank. Well see what Im willing to say, if anything, when this song drops. No since typing up something else that might get redacted.

[note: This song was moved up to the 90s without any comment.]

[Final Thoughts: Well, I mean the short version is that I have some issues with religion that make this song rather easy to relate to in certain ways. And its also very well performed, so its a high-quality song that gets a high score on its own merits.]

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56: OF MONSTERS AND MEN - HUMAN:

https://youtu.be/0EnrFe3Zb6k

Nominator: Jesse_Custer (3/15)

Initial Score: 92.50 [#9]
Revised Score: 96.99 [#34]
Final Score: 93.70 [#56]

(First Thoughts: Im not going to waste any time pretending I understand this: Eat me like a cannibal, chase the neon throne feels like gibberish and I find some comfort in that no one else is completely sure what it meant either. Oh, it means the mind, obviouslyor no, its about strip clubs, or metaphorical strip clubs, and maybe hes talking to himself or maybe hes talking to other people..

I like that; Ive often complained about artists who feel compelled to overly explain their lyrics and remove any mystique or debate. Parts of this song feel very open to personal interpretation and I appreciate that. And while it seems like a song I should be docking points forlet the human in is rather the opposite message Id like and I often complain about songs that keep repeating the same few versesthe song is so compelling that it shatters any criticism I could throw at it.)

Still a great song, but its a bit less mystifying now that Im expecting it.

[Final Thoughts: Cant think of anything else to add here.]]

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55: AL STEWART - YEAR OF THE CAT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bCr3H8MDfM

Nominator: rwlh (4/15)

Initial Score: 90.00 [#13]
Revised Score: 95.99 [#38]
Final Score: 93.90 [#55]

(First Thoughts: A great 70s hit that Im pretty sure Ive never heard before & it has a saxophone outro?!

...Again, you say you dont know what I like, but this seems....very specific.

*insert Papyrus Thinking image here*)

Exactly my type of song, though its a bit too similar to the type of things I already listen to on a regular basis; Im trying to expand my interests a bit beyond these types of greatest hits from the 70s. So its great and I love it, but its not exactly what Im looking for right now.

[Final Thoughts: Cant think of anything else to add.]

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01/14/21 2:41:02 PM
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53 [TIE]: BADDIEL, SKINNER & LIGHTNING SEEDS - THREE LIONS (FOOTBALLS COMING HOME):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJqimlFcJsM

Nominator: paulg235 (3/15)

Initial Score: 51.03 [#378]
Revised Score: 50.00 (upgraded to 62.90) (later upgraded to 95.49) [#40]
Final Score: 94.20 [#53]

(First Thoughts: I dont really care about any version of football, or sports in general, and this is just kinda...mildly charming? I dont dislike it, but I cant point to anything about it that I like either.)

Yeah, I just dont like sports, so this song really has no significance for me. Its fairly catchy (repeating the same thing, endlessly, in the background will do that) and I wish...whatever team theyre cheering for the best at their chosen sport, but Im just not personally interested, sorry.

[Later: Okay, this has been stuck in my head all day, so FINE. Ill upgrade this to the I like this tier, but I reserve the right to drop it back down whenever doing so amuses me.]

[Still Later: Oh my god, I just finished watching Series 9 of Taskmaster and I didnt recognize David Baddiel until one of the final tasks where Greg referred to him as the singer of Three Lions.

And I know I shouldnt let that influence me, but having the song pop up on a show that I love has caused this to jump towards the top of the list. Ill talk about this more on a later song.]

[Final Thoughts: Its not a great song, but it is charming and keeps popping up everywhere lately, so I find myself rather in love with it anyway.]

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53 [TIE]: MICHAEL KIWANUKA - COLD LITTLE HEART:

https://youtu.be/nOubjLM9Cbc

Nominator: Jesse_Custer (2/15)

Initial Score: 92.00 [#10]
Revised Score: 95.24 [#41]
Final Score: 94.20 [#53]

(First Thoughts: Ahh, now this is the type of song I was looking for. It takes a while to get goingI dont have any real strong feelings towards the opening of the song, but the lyrics eventually hit that sweet spot of sad but not soul-crushing and they hit it perfectly. I cant decide on a favorite line:

Bleeding, I'm bleeding
My cold little heart
Oh I, I can't stand myself


Is right up there with last years Duvet in bluntness and I do love me some bluntness with my sadness, but:

Maybe this time I can be strong
But since I know who I am
I'm probably wrong


Is also a really top-tier example of what Im looking for. The only thing possibly holding the song back is how long it takes to get to the lines I likewe have an extended opening of non-verbal vocalizations (which, frankly, almost never do well when Im ranking themthough these are inoffensive), but... well, well see where the song winds up after a few more listens. Well start at 92 points; its got room to possibly drop down to the 80s (if I find Im overvaluing it for being the first song to properly push my buttons) or raise a little further into the 90s... dont think it has much chance of hitting the full 100, but it might, well see how it goes.)

Unfortunately for this song, there are other nominations that also hit that exact sweet spot for lyrical sadness and dont have an overly long intro that Im not much a fan of. And while I love this, there are quite a few songs that I love more, so this is likely staying at the low 90s level.

But considering how few songs make it this high, thats still an amazing achievement.

[Final Thoughts: Exactly what I was looking for, but the top tier of songs is rather stacked.]

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52: IMAGINE DRAGONS - 30 LIVES (STARLIGHT VERSION):

https://archive.org/details/30-lives-starlight-version

Nominator: DoctorJimmy133 (1/27)
Source: DoctorJimmy133s Extra Songs (1/7)

Initial Score: 63.06 [#193]
Revised Score: 93.49 [#48]
Final Score: 94.30 [#52]

(First Thoughts: Well, its not exactly the Starlight Version which is twice as long and only found on some live recordings, its just an edited version of the 30 Lives demo track... but I prefer this over Starlight, so I guess the misleading title is fairly irrelevant.

Good morning myself
It's been a while since we have spoken
And you have changed
For better or worse is yet to determine


Comes close to giving me that dissociation feeling Ive been looking for. Great line from a good song.)

I may be slightly overvaluing this due to the joy & relief of finding a song that I truly believed was lost, but this certainly feels like a fantastic song tonight.

*notices its only around noon*

...wow, I am not used to being up early.

Aaanywho... weve got a strong vocal performance here and the previously quoted verse is so extraordinary for what I wanted that Im not sure why this song only fell into the I like this tier when we started. This should be a more fitting spot for it.

[Final Thoughts: Definitely a 90 point song.]

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DOCTORJIMMY133S EXTRA SONGS:

Inside the Hive: 44.90 [#511]
The Garden: 59.79 [#346]
Sunless Saturday: 67.80 [#241]
Imitation of Our History: 74.30 [#168]
Yesterday, When I Was Mad: 85.10 [#97]
Sacrifice: 87.40 [#85]
30 Lives (Starlight Version): 94.30 [#52]

Average Score: 73.37

Not a bad set of nominations. While Inside the Hive didnt get a good score, it did intrigue me enough to listen to quite a few of their other songs (with yet more to come after the ranking), so it was a good choice on band at the very least.

We closed with a pretty good set of four nominations; Imitation beat out most (or all? Ive lost track) of its opponents in the prolonged musical journey category, Yesterday was a new (to me) song from a band I like, Sacrifice was a new genre and one of the only songs to give me those deep low tones that I love, and 30 Lives made it up to the highest regular tier.

(Also The Garden was unlike anything else nominated, so that was pretty neat).

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Player Averages:

Shonen_Bat: 73.6884285714
Cakophon: 68.4806666666
DoctorJimmy133: 60.5125
Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
Hbthebattle: 53.0054545454
Pyresword + sergiocornaga: 50.2062698412
Player_0: 44.991

Crypt of the Danganyouknowwhatevers relatively low scores drag the good doctors average down a bit, but the average is still above quite a few others.
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51: LIAM LYNCH - UNITED STATES OF WHATEVER:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1zvhJRIM7M

Nominator: paulg235 (2/15)

Initial Score: 51.06 [#374]
Revised Score: 97.49 [#32]
Final Score: 94.50 [#51]

(First Thoughts: Fairly low on my list of novelty songs, but worth a brief chuckle or two.)

This is the absolute dumbest reason Ive ever given a song an insanely high score, but I practically died laughing as soon as there was a pool table in the video.

I honestly didnt remember any songs featuring a pool table when I went on that rather unhinged....whatever the heck that was earlier, but somehow Paul has broken the spacetime continuum and given me a music video featuring a pool table before I started rambling about such things .

I am now convinced that Paul is a time traveling warlock who only uses his powers in the most pointless ways possible and I have to respect that.

[Later: I was going to accuse the person who nominated Three Lions of also being a time traveling warlock, only to realize that that person was ALSO you.

-o.o-

I hadnt even started watching Series 9 of Taskmaster when the nomination period opened or mentioned the show anywhere on the board and yet you SOMEHOW happened to pick a song that would become incredibly relevant? Uh huh.

Like how you just happened to nominate a song featuring a pool table before that became this topics meme.

...Im onto you, warlock.]

[Still Later: *plays Watch Dogs: Legion and Three Lions beings playing*

....

*narrows eyes* Im watching you.]

[Final Thoughts: It is awfully tempting to let this song get first place and turn this entire topic into one long brick joke about pool tables, but even I have limits. This was a perfectly timed joke that I loved, but its not really a first place joke.]

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01/14/21 2:48:42 PM
#64:


Didnt expect Flight of the Conchords to be my top song.
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01/14/21 4:52:37 PM
#65:


I was worried I accidentally telegraphed Carol Brown being your highest ranked song when I posted that one space-filling Muppets song and openly praised it for having been written by someone from Flight of the Conchords. The rather panicked well, I probably shouldnt have said that reaction was quite realnot that I havent overly telegraphed some things in rankings, but that was definitely the first accidental spoiler.

Well, so long as you either didnt notice or I successfully played it off as a joke, I suppose it all worked out.



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50: BRING ME THE HORIZON - DOOMED:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGc9W-_C9u0&list=PL1djAjAZEwIaB0KaDGDu8uF99OV2Q4FA4&index=1

Nominator: @BlackDra90n (6/21)
Source: Live at Royal Albert Hall (6/14)

Initial Score: 83.12 [#35]
Revised Score: 99.99 [#22]
Final Score: 95.00 [#50]

(First Thoughts: Soo... after all my complaints about songs with orchestras and songs dealing with suicide, out of every album on the entire planet, you decided to pick one that opens with orchestras and attempted suicide.

...I like it a lot and Im glad you did, but man, this feels like one of the largest gambles anyones bet on at any of these topics.)

A fantastic song that actually got me hyped up and excited to listen to the rest of the album. The orchestra helps soften the more metal aspects of the band, Ive always liked songs about embracing darkness, and its...almost optimistic in learning to live with depression? It probably romanticizes depression a bit too much, but its definitely the type of song I was looking for.

[Final Thoughts: Its still a fantastic song thats actually what I was looking for, but Im not quite as into it as the second time around.]

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46 [TIE]: LIVE - DANCE WITH YOU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmXoCS5Sp2Q&list=PLBB25BAC1F72C0DE4&index=13

Nominator: Azuarc (2/28)
Source: The Distance To Here (2/13)

Initial Score: 3.00 [#573]
Revised Score: 38.70 [#533]
Final Score: 96.00 [#46]

(First Thoughts: Well, at least they saved the worst track for last.)

I find this rather sleep inducing. It doesnt really matter to me if its just a love song or a religious song or whatever, I just find myself unable to care about any aspect of the song.

...I hope youre not looking for more insight than that because I have none.

[Later: Sorry. Im trying to find something else to say here to expand the writeup, but I just find the song very boring. Sleep inducing isnt quite the right term (I can at least keep my eyes open while listening to this track, unlike certain others from this topic), but its just...dull and lacking any lyrics that I have any type of interest in.]

[Not-So-Final Thoughts: I do kinda like his deeper voice on this song... still not into it, but lets move it up to the mid-40s? Seems a bit more appropriate.]

[Still Not Final Thoughts: Ehhhhhhh... I actually like this tonight. Mostly. Going to place this around 58 points, see how that feels.]

[Sometime Later: Way too low, thats how that feels. Lets try it out at 70 points for a while.]

[Even Later: Lets try the high 70s. Im getting rather attached to his voice on this track.]

[Still Later: Lets just skip the 80 point tier entirely and move it up to 90 points. Ive fallen in love with his voice on this track, but its not in serious contention to win the contest.]

[Final Thoughts: So, weve got the same vaguely spiritual type of lyrics about the karmic ocean and what not that this album is known for and this...honestly isnt even the best spiritual song from the album. But his voice is so perfect on this track that I could listen to him sing anything with this voice and Id probably love it anyway.

And this song features a massive increase in ranking, well over 500 spaces itself. Perhaps this is the actual largest increase? Hard to say when multiple songs are rising so many rankings...]

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46 [TIE]: NPCARLSSON - ACTIVATE THE DANCEBOT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQoM5kw4z1I

Nominator: @GavsEvans123 (4/15)

Initial Score: 65.666 [#165]
Revised Score: 99.49 [#24]
Final Score: 96.00 [#46]

(First Thoughts: I still dont like anything related to dancing & this song desperately needed more Robotnik, but its reasonably funny.)

This is so much better now that Ive listened to Evacuate the Dancefloor to know what this song is a parody of. Also, after spending so much time trying to decipher why I strongly dislike Crash, I now somewhat like Cortex due to our shared hatred.

I actually really love this song now.

[Final Thoughts: One of the better parody songs.]

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46 [TIE]: SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - THE DONKEY-HEADED ADVERSARY OF HUMANITY OPENS THE DISCUSSION:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExtLHTGMYx8

Nominator: Murphiroth (1/21)
Source: Muphiroth Extra Songs (1/7)

Initial Score: 80.01 [#50]
Revised Score: 91.74 [#55]
Final Score: 96.00 [#46]

(First Thoughts: While it could stand to be even more demonic, it does a fine enough job as it is. Interesting band, I might look at another song or two of theirs later.)

When you wanted to replace one of your nominations, I was genuinely worried that it was going to be this one. I would have been quite disappointed if Id wound up losing a top-tier song... thankfully you chose to replace a song I didnt really care about and this one survived.

Its a very avant-garde song (I see arguments on if its avant-garde rock or avant-garde metal, and I do not care enough about genre distinctions to weigh in on that debate) which is catchy enoughits certainly not too metal which is likely where the arguments come fromand I naturally like the idea of a non-human trying to pass judgment on humanity for being a plague. Its not quite as openly demonic as Id like, but its...demon adjacent, shall we say?

[Final Thoughts: One of the songs I was most looking forward to hearing again Its not quite my favorite, but its always a treat to hear.

...and really, you're surprised by this song lasting so long? Have I somehow not asked for demonic songs and non-human songs enough? Like, I know lots of the things that appeal to me so directly went down earlier (Darkside says hello), but this has been pretty consistent in its placement.]

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MURPHIROTHS EXTRA SONGS:

Shhh... (Hope Diggy): 36.00 [#560]
BxMxC: 45.65 [#502]
Bright Bulbs & Sharp Tools: 67.40 [#251]
Rat Race: 67.40 [#251]
Unending Sorceress: 76.90 [#147]
Excuse My Rudeness: 89.70 [#68]
The Donkey-Headed Adversary: 96.00 [#46]

Average Score: 68.4357142857

A mostly good set. As I said it was always nice hearing more Fair to Midland (I tease them, but I hope it comes off as playful as I mean it to), Skindred was pretty unique (and Id forgotten they were nominated at a past topic, so that was a good reminder), and you had a good spread of scoresout of 7 nominations, you managed to hit 6 different tiers.

Bizarrely, the only time two of your Extra Songs were on the same tier, they managed to tie with each other. Thats a weird piece of trivia for ya.

Also, Ill never forget Hope Diggy. That was definitely a thing.

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Player Averages:

Shonen_Bat: 73.6884285714
Murphiroth: 70.2560714285
Cakophon: 68.4806666666
DoctorJimmy133: 60.5125
Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
Hbthebattle: 53.0054545454
Pyresword + sergiocornaga: 50.2062698412
Player_0: 44.991

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46 [TIE]: BRING ME THE HORIZON - CAN YOU FEEL MY HEART:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXjf5kAQIf4&list=PL1djAjAZEwIaB0KaDGDu8uF99OV2Q4FA4&index=12

Nominator: @BlackDra90n (5/21)
Source: Live at Royal Albert Hall (5/14)

Initial Score: 71.61 [#106]
Revised Score: 78.89 [#126]

[NOTE: Song was moved up to somewhere in the 90s after the Revised Scores were finalized, but before the rankings actually started.]

Final Score: 96.00 [#46]

(First Thoughts: Pretty decent.

You really want to describe a song this high up the list as pretty decent?

Yes. I also apparently want to ask myself rhetorical questions.)

Yeah, yeah, very emotional song, I like it, but I dont want to discuss it.

Lets try mashing this up with something random and see how horribly it goes

Fat You Deal My Music Big At Hairy Albert Hall:

https://rave.dj/fV7Wqspe9e2UzA

...Well that was terrible, the game music is so loud that you can almost never hear the other song. I guess its kinda funny watching everyone rave to the thrilling sounds of Garfields Amiga soundtrack, but thats about it.

[Later, after the end of the second phase but before the rankings start: How in the world is this track so low? Up you go!]

[Final Thoughts: This might be the best example of the type of sad, but not completely soul-crushing lyrics that I keep searching for. But for as much as I love the song, the lyrics have a lot of repetition... theyre fantastic lines, but the song doesnt really have six minutes of content in it.

The original version of the song deals with the length by being significantly shorter (only 3:47), though its decidedly more shouty than the Royal Albert Hall version and I actually prefer it with the orchestral accompaniment than the electronic sound from the originalwith these feelings of sadness and loneliness, the realism of the violins really compliments things better. Original is still good though, the lyrics are exactly what Im looking for, so itd be pretty hard to screw the song up... definitely prefer the Royal Albert Hall version though.

And of all the Rave.DJ songs to survive the glitches, of course that intentionally terrible abomination survives. I advise not clicking on it, since you cant even hear this song over Garfield Amiga for it to serve any point.]

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01/14/21 5:06:37 PM
#67:


Raetsel_Lapin posted...
(First Thoughts: Soo... after all my complaints about songs with orchestras and songs dealing with suicide, out of every album on the entire planet, you decided to pick one that opens with orchestras and attempted suicide.

...I like it a lot and Im glad you did, but man, this feels like one of the largest gambles anyones bet on at any of these topics.)

Haha, honestly I can't say I actually put any thought into that. I just thought it was a really cool concert and wanted to share.

Doomed might be my favourite or second favourite performance of the show though.

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01/14/21 5:13:27 PM
#68:


Doomed is definitely the best song on that album, top tier from them in general

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01/14/21 11:24:57 PM
#69:


Sorry, typo on azuarcs remaining songs after Dance With You; that was song number 4/28, leaving three songs remaining.

And lets have a few extra late night eliminations while were here:


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45: BRING ME THE HORIZON - TRUE FRIENDS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DewB4khYnEY&list=PL1djAjAZEwIaB0KaDGDu8uF99OV2Q4FA4&index=10

Nominator: @BlackDra90n (4/21)
Source: Live at Royal Albert Hall (4/14)

Initial Score: 70.01 [#136]
Revised Score: 74.93 [#162]

[NOTE: This song was also moved up to the 90 point tier after the Revised Scores were finalized, but before the topic actually started.]

Final Score: 96.25 [#45]

(First Thoughts:

Song lyrics...
Ill forget, but Ill never forgive you.


The singer said...
Its about letting those people know that I can forgive, but Ill never forget.


...Youre not very good at this, are ya, mate?)

Putting aside the singer saying the exact opposite message he intended to... this is another good song from the band, but not one I really need right now. Not looking for angry breakup songs at the moment, so I dont have any personal connection to the song; it also repeats the chorus a bit too often, making the song feel a bit tedious towards the end of the track.

That the song still gets such a high placement is a testament to how good this band really is.

[Sometime later; after Phase 2 ended, but before the ranking started:

Ohh, just listen to that intro. The way the orchestra starts off sad, but gradually builds up to anger. It really tells so much of the story before he even sings a word and this is another song that keeps getting stuck in my head.... I cant let this get less than 90 points, so lets just move it up now.]

[Final Thoughts: Im in the mood for a more bitter and angry song to compliment some of the sad songs, so this gets moved up slightly.]

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44: ENIGMA - RETURN TO INNOCENCE (RADIO EDIT):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk_sAHh9s08

Nominator: Djungelurban (3/15)

Initial Score: 82.33 [#36]
Revised Score: 99.49 [#24]
Final Score: 96.50 [#44]

(First Thoughts: I feel like the chant from this song was used in a lot of commercials, wasnt it? Its incredibly memorable, but Im sure Ive never heard this song (or at least not the full version), which would seem to imply commercials... either way, great song all around.)

I see that it was used to promote several types of media, but nothing specific...

*some light Googling later*

Ohh, the Pure Moods commercial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZJSjrox_2s

That opens with the chanting and I feel like I saw this infomercial a hundred times. Reading the comments, I see Im not the only one, so that certainly explains things nicely.

Absolutely fantastic song and strangely nostalgic for something Id only heard a few seconds of, so thanks for that. I should check out the other Enigma song they play for about four seconds at the end of the commercial, it sounds interesting.

...I should also make time to listen to the full Return to Innocence at some point, though Im pretty sure thats just going to be way too long for what the song is.

[Final Thoughts: A fantastic song that was rather close to getting moved up to the highest tier, but I find there are some other songs here at the 90 point tier that I prefer which makes that rather impossible. Oh well, its still great.]

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43: BRING ME THE HORIZON - DROWN:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhNKUINUh2g&list=PL1djAjAZEwIaB0KaDGDu8uF99OV2Q4FA4&index=13

Nominator: @BlackDra90n (3/21)
Source: Live at Royal Albert Hall (3/14)

Initial Score: 73.08 [#84]
Revised Score: 91.99 [#54]
Final Score: 96.55 [#43]

(First Thoughts: Something came up immediately after this song ended and its now been half an hour since I listened to it, so thoughts will have to wait. This seems to be a good score, so I must have liked it.)

A literal cry for help, begging someone to save him from himself. The lyrics are, as usual for this band, right at that point of darkly depressing without going too far. Lines about holes in his soul, wishing he was dead, and begging for help... theres not much else you can do without making the song completely miserable to experience.

But I find I prefer other songs from this concert, both in terms of song quality and lyrical content. Obviously this is a fine, very high-scoring song, but it doesnt quite compare to the best songs from the album/concert/however you wish me to refer to it.

[Final Thoughts: Great song.]

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01/14/21 11:37:32 PM
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ah man, I remember when Drown first came out and it was like "whoa they can actually pull off poppy-ish style songs quite well", really really great. I haven't really listened through this Royal Albert Hall album but can attest to the quality of the originals of all the songs (Although looking at the two you have left, Oh No is probably my second least favorite song on the original album it's from lol)

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01/15/21 9:48:00 AM
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BlackDra90n posted...
Doomed might be my favourite or second favourite performance of the show though.

And Drown was the other one I was talking about here. I really like Drown. It's catchy and I think the lyrics are pretty great.

What's left? Happy Song and Oh No? The RAH versions of both of these songs blow the original out of the water imo.

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01/15/21 9:57:23 AM
#72:


Pure Moods!!

Well, now I need to listen to that soundtrack (especially now that I recognize the Twin Peaks theme)

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01/15/21 10:59:41 AM
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Glad you liked Year of the Cat. Based on how the topic was shaking out, I expected it to be my highest placing nomination. Curious to see your thoughts on the others!
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01/15/21 11:03:07 AM
#74:


I imagine the original versions of the BMtH songs are pretty great too, I wouldnt be committed to trying more albums if I suspected this concert was the only time did anything Id like. </.<

And yes, those are the two remaining songs from the concert/album.



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42: FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - CAROL BROWN:

https://youtu.be/Hz5SFQsLzAg

Nominator: Jesse_Custer (1/15)

Initial Score: 20.23 [#555]
Revised Score: 60.63 (Upgraded to 92.24) [#53]
Final Score: 96.60 [#42]

(First Thoughts: I had a brief obsession with Inner City Pressure some number of years ago, so its not that I dislike the band or their style of humor, but this song never really made me laugh or did anything to make me respect it as anything other than a novelty song.

The fourth wall breaking Who organized all of my ex-girlfiends into a choir and got them to sing? was funny and I liked the 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover reference (can never have enough Paul Simon references, even if thats hardly my favorite song of his), but theyre more... smirk worthy jokes than laugh out loud comedy. I guess this might be funnier than Im giving it credit for... will probably move up the list a bit on repeat listens, but its going to have to grow on me a lot to even get into the top half of songs.)

Well its still not the funniest song at this topic (much less in the history of these topics), but I do like novelty comedy songs and this is funny enough? Its a few quick smirks, some light giggles or chuckles, and.a welcome break from the laundry list of songs that are either too heavy for me to want to talk about them or too unremarkable for me to find anything to say.

[Later: Okay, this is stupid, but I had a dream about this song last night. Specifically Tiffanys epiphany involved becoming the new leader of Neo Zeon and launching a war against Earth to get revenge on the singer. And you probably think I cant give a song extra points for giving Gundam related dreams, but you forget that I can give or take any points for any nonsensical reason that amuses me. Sieg Zeon! Sieg Tiffany!]

[Final Thoughts: That is the dumbest reason Ive ever given extra points to a song, but this is my topic and Im not bound by the logic of your reality. If it makes you feel any better about it, I was starting to come around on it before the dream, as evidenced by its score jumping by 40 points between the first and second listen.]

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JESSE CUSTERS SONGS:

Until the End of the World: 96.00 [R#9]
Dance Fight 66: 13.00 [#586]
Vega: 58.06 [#375]
Old Site (Black Moonrise Mix): 58.08 [#374]
Thunderclouds: 60.81 [#320]
Heaven Sent: 62.59 [#287]
Space: 77.50 [#141]
Goliath: 78.20 [#133]
Sleeping Powder: 82.87 [#110]
Lone Digger: 83.50 [#104]
The Ascent of Stan: 86.00 [#92]
Promiseland: 93.50 [#57]
Human: 93.70 [#56]
Cold Little Heart: 94.20 [#53]
Carol Brown: 96.60 [#42]

Average Score: 75.6406666666

...Huh. Considering our tastes seem completely incompatible, I was quite pleasantly surprised with the majority of your list. A full third of your list scored over 90 points and theres a good spread of musical styles here, with almost every song being quite memorablethe mid-tier Celeste songs rather blur together, making that the only which song was that again? on your list; though when you nominated that one, it was the only Celeste song and probably would have stood out on those grounds.

And, while it certainly drags your average down, I do like finding things I strongly dislikeso Dance Fight was still a relatively good choice.

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Player Averages:

Jesse_Custer: 75.6406666666
Shonen_Bat: 73.6884285714
Murphiroth: 70.2560714285
Cakophon: 68.4806666666
DoctorJimmy133: 60.5125
Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
Hbthebattle: 53.0054545454
Pyresword + sergiocornaga: 50.2062698412
Player_0: 44.991

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41: LIVE - THEY STOOD UP FOR LOVE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwR4viyC9-c&list=PLBB25BAC1F72C0DE4&index=11

Nominator: azuarc (2/28)
Source: The Distance to Here (1/13)

Initial Score: 62.11 [#205]
Revised Score: 93.99 [#46]
Final Score: 96.84 [#41]

(First Thoughts: This presented me with an interesting dilemma: The version on the YouTube playlist is blatantly distorted in a way the track was never meant to be. Seriously, go to the video and start watching at around 1:40the song starts normally and then freaks out around 1:48.

Now, I love that distorted glitchiness. Give me all the static and distortion you can, take every track on the album and do THIS to it. Youve given me what I want, thank you.

...but thats not how the song is supposed to sound. Do I judge it based on what you meant to nominate (a normal version, like on Spotify) or based on what you actually submitted? Because I do love that glitch and I especially love the timing. Who lives in a different dimension free from the struggles we know? AND THEN REALITY EXPLODES. ...Then the song goes back to normal fairly quickly, which is unfortunate.

Ive decided to go with the linked version (might as well go with whichever would get more points), which gets a respectable score. Regrettably, I only really like the part of the song that is glitchedI dont care about the lyrics (feels a bit too Jesus-y) or the performance itself, but the glitch part alone gives the song over 60 points.)

Praise be to the glitched computer Jesus!

I dont care if this isnt how the song is meant to sound, I am 100% here for this. GIVE ME ALL OF THE GLITCHES. ALL OF THEM.

Also of all the spiritual songs this time, this is the most... deranged babbling.

Naked lovers feel the blood beneath their veins
Electric nerves communicate
With tiny explosions THROUGH OUR BRAINS!!!

He just feels rather deranged, screaming about brain explosions and how were all really made out of light and trapped on the moon. Its just... so, so completely out there. And I think I actually love this.

...Largely due to the blatant glitching, I doubt Id care about the song without that. I dont know what happened to this song, but I wish I could replicate it.

[Final Thoughts: Oh, that glitching is so wonderful... thanks to some other nominations, I can say that I dont really want an entire song of distortion, but when its timed perfectly and compliments the song, it is just amazing.

And theres the long fabled glitch song. It took several months, but finally, everyone can hear what Ive been referring to since the sign-up topic.]

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THE DISTANCE TO HERE:

Sparkle: 32.29 [#568]
Feel the Quiet River Rage: 43.00 [#542]
Sun: 46.30 [#500]
Voodoo Lady: 59.40 [#356]
Where Fishes Go: 61.72 [#303]
The Distance: 67.45 [#249]
The Dolphins Cry: 69.80 [#209]
Run to the Water: 72.48 [#183]
Face and Ghost: 74.90 [#163]
We Walk in the Dream: 77.90 [#136]
Meltdown: 78.40 [#130]
Dance With You: 96.00 [#46]
They Stood Up For Love: 96.84 [#41]

Average Score: 67.4215384615

One of the most improved albums, I think most songs started with rather low scores and started gaining in points as I fell into an ever-spiraling obsession with Eds voice. I question how well some of the lower scoring songs would do now that I actively want more of Eds singing in my life, but its a bit late for that information to be terribly relevant either way.

Spiritual music isnt something I have a lot of experience with, but I think this album did it well. Most of the songs are so vague or drawing inspiration from enough different sources that they dont come off preachy or endorsing any specific belief, which takes a lot of the edge off. Also, I like Ed now... well, his voice at any rate. Have I praised him enough yet?

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01/15/21 11:05:03 AM
#75:


Also, I did not have room to mention this in last post, but Carol Brown joins the songs that were moved up over 500 rankings from their Initial Score camp. I actually didnt remember it being ranked that low originally, considering how long its been since Id moved it up near the top of the list.
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01/15/21 12:18:42 PM
#76:


Raetsel_Lapin posted...
I imagine the original versions of the BMtH songs are pretty great too, I wouldnt be committed to trying more albums if I suspected this concert was the only time did anything Id like.
And yes, those are the two remaining songs from the concert/album.

Considering your rankings so far, I think That's the Spirit and Amo are the two you should definitely listen to. Sempiternal and earlier might be a bit heavier than you'd like. Post Human is also a good option if you want to hear their newest sound, which is a cool mix of everything.

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01/15/21 1:03:56 PM
#77:


Ill try to make a note of those albums later, thank you. (I also need to go back and see exactly which ones Bane was talking about, or least leave a vague message like this until he reminds me and saves me the trouble of going back to Page 1 of the topic </.< {why yes, I can have shifty eyes inside brackets, but I should end this message here before the brackets become all-consuming}).

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40: NEMUKAWA YUMENA - YOU & ME (AKKEY REMIX):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENcyamH6L_g

Nominator: UF8 (4/15)

Initial Score: 86.22 [#27]
Revised Score: 97.99 [#30]
Final Score: 97.04 [#40]

(First Thoughts: I feel I should move this to R#s as I remember it fairly well, but I did only listen to this version once back on January 21st [EDIT: 2019, obviously]... so close enough to a new song.)

Thanks to repeated listens of the original and this remix over the course of a year, this has become incredibly familiar and nostalgic. Shes still not my favorite vocalist, but as I stated last year, but the remix softens her voice a bit and elevates it to a whole new level. Also, weve got a little saxophone added for the instrumental section, and you know those are worth easy points.

Its so familiar that I really should have R#d it, but whatever. My topic and Ill put things wherever I want it and right now, I want this just before the absolute top tier of the main ranking.

[Final Thoughts: I do love it, but I want to give more points to songs that are less familiar.]

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39: TOOL - 10,000 DAYS (WINGS PT 2):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJq9y9xPKWs&list=OLAK5uy_l7KrE4YuWhZsfCdXlLJERHyk4YlwydukA&index=4

Nominator: Steiner (1/26)
Source: 10,000 Days (1/11)

Initial Score: 48.11 [#445]
Revised Score: 95.74 [#39]
Final Score: 97.40 [#39]

(First Thoughts: Subject matter too serious, song feels too slow and plodding to overcome my dont want to listen to this topic bias. Its...good enough and I dont dislike it that much, but Id never listen to it voluntarily.)

Well, I actually got really into this one tonight. The sounds of a storm in the early parts of the song really helpI love rain and, frankly, Im surprised this song didnt start with a high score based entirely on the fact that it included rain sounds. I think its because Tool, for me, works best with long breaks between songsId rather not hear more than one song per day and even one per day feels like more than I could tolerate. Now that Im listening to it by itself, I can actually appreciate it.

...And I know Im focusing only on the rain, but dont take that as literally being the only thing I liked about the song. I like the anger, the way it goes on for 11 minutes without feeling repetitive or tedious, and yes even the lyrical content (even though its more serious than Id usually like... this song is one of the exceptions).

You know what? Lets raise the score all the way up to the 90 point tier.

[Final Thoughts: Well, it took a while, but we finally found a Tool song that could stand on the level of Lateralus. Possibly like 10,000 Days more actually, though I cant say Ive tried directly comparing the two before.]

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10,000 DAYS:

The Pot: 20.00 [#583]
Lipan Conjuring: 50.00 [#472]
Viginti Tres: 51.40 [#433]
Jambi: 55.30 [#397]
Intension: 59.94 [#333]
Lost Keys (Blame Hofman): 63.49 [#279]
Rosetta Stoned: 63.50 [#278]
Right in Two: 65.50 [#271]
Wings for Marie: 71.90 [#188]
Vicarious: 77.40 [#142]
10,000 Days (Wings Pt. 2): 97.40 [#39]

Average Score: 61.4390909090

Well, I loved the title track.

Vicarious took a while to grow on me, but its lightyears ahead of the other news media critical songs Ive been exposed tolet us never speak of INXS Communications again.

I think Right in Two was probably ranked a bit too lowit raised quite a bit from where it started, but I remember it being more a mid-70s song than a mid-60s one (though its been a while since I listened to it).

And Lost Keys was a rather interesting attempt to see exactly how much I like pure spoken word ambience, so that was fun.

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Shonen_Bat: 73.6884285714
Murphiroth: 70.2560714285
Cakophon: 68.4806666666
DoctorJimmy133: 60.5125
Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Steiner: 54.2413311687
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
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UF8
01/15/21 1:31:43 PM
#78:


i can't say i exactly expected my top 3 to be all the vtuber covers (of anime and vocaloid songs) i picked

to be fair, they're pretty decisively good covers

maybe i should've also thrown on kaf's bin cover while i was at it
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01/15/21 1:42:16 PM
#79:


Perhaps you should have! ...I mean, I dont know the song, so i cant really guess how it would have done.

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38: HACHIOJI-P (HATSUNE MIKU) - SWEET DEVIL (VDM REMIX):

https://open.spotify.com/track/2SPXlvBCUnuraFU7MD3jTo?si=1YVKO6W_RCiHuU_psmp9_A

Nominator: IhatethisCPU (3/15)

Initial Score: 63.03 [#195]
Revised Score: 94.49 [#44]
Final Score: 97.60 [#38]

(First Thoughts: Not my favorite lyrics in the world and the I didnt like the instrumental bit in the middle, but I do like Miku.)

It feels like I shouldnt like this half as much as I do. Weve got that type of monotone thumping beat I often hate, the lyrics...arent exactly explicit but still a bit more sexual than Id like, Im still not a fan of that stretch in the middle... but I actually kinda love this.

...do I actually love this enough to move it up to the 90s? You know what? I think I do. Lets do this!

[Final Thoughts: Any playlist needs some very artificial music and it doesnt get more computerized and synthetic than this song. Im not as into those traits as I was a few years ago, but I still like having a few around for a change of pace.

Also I apparently really like the lyrics now, in spite of them being something I shouldnt, so...ya know...make of this placement whatever you want.]

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37: MARILYN MANSON - POSTHUMAN:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PakqRlK5DA

Nominator: rwlh (3/15)

Initial Score: 91.00 [#12]
Revised Score: 94.99 [#42]
Final Score: 98.10 [#37]

(First Thoughts: I think this song is exactly the type of thing I was looking for.)

This feels a bit too industrial metal for meside-note Im irrationally pleased that Google lists industrial metal as the first genre for Marilyn Manson because I almost never actually recognize a genre (please dont point out that its his other songs that are from that genre even if thats the case, just let me have this one)but I do like this a lot.

Thanks to all the controversy of the 90s, Marilyn Manson was always portrayed as this ultimately forbidden monster; that he was the leader of a cult of serial killers and mass murderers, and that merely thinking of listening to him should be grounds for immediate imprisonment because only a murdering Satanist would dare to gaze upon him. I was actually a bit worried to listen to itsure I wanted something blasphemous, but this was a bit worrisome...

Imagine my surprise at how completely tame this song is. All the years of fear mongering and threats against anyone who dared to even think of his name and this Is it? Its so...completely normal and inoffensive? Im so disappointed... both in them for stirring up such a moral panic over something so ordinary and in myself for being too dense to ever question them.

Aaaanywho... good song, perhaps a bit milder than I wanted (God is just a statistic is rather low on the blasphemy scale) and Im still not really into the genre, but it was a very good experience that I needed.

[Later: *listens to his most popular songs on Spotify*

...WWE Smackdown used to use his most popular song for its theme? All this buildup and terror of the ultimate forbidden music that Id be killed merely for thinking about listening to it AND IT WAS SOMETHING I ALREADY HEARD AN ALMOST INFINITE NUMBER OF TIMES?!?

......Alright then.]

[Final Thoughts: Definitely a song I needed and probably the best of the songs I needed to listen to category.]

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36: LIVE - IRIS:

https://open.spotify.com/track/7d9NhEPJ2x0taAJwdcNet7

Nominator: azuarc (2/28)
Source: Throwing Copper (2/15)

Initial Score: 48.73 [#435]
Revised Score: 80.05 (upgraded to 96.24) [#37]
Final Score: 98.40 [#36]

(First Thoughts: You know, Ive always thought my difficulty in deciphering meaning from lyrics was a personal defect, but the variety of interpretations of this song makes me feel a bit better. I personally felt it was about a very abusive relationship (and at least one other person had the same theory), but weve also arguments that its about any kind of sex act you can imagine, masturbation, and political revolutions (...?).

So basically no one understands anything, music is whatever you want to be, and Im still giving this a below average score because I dont like any of my interpretations of the lyrics.)

Another song that reminds me of something that I cant quite place. Its his voice in the chorus, particularly during the And the iris of your eye part.

I also cant decide how many points I want to give it.

I liked the way my hand looked
On your head
In the presence of my knuckles


I strongly dislike that lyric and want to drop this somewhere in the 40s. But that chorus, or more specifically his voice in that chorus, should be in the high 80s.

...Ehhh...Im feeling generous tonight, lets move this up to 80 points for a while.

[Later: Okay, I love that Chorus and dont think I can let this get less than 90 points now. Seems absurd to give such a high score to something where I actively dislike most of the lyrics, but whatever, I want to give this a lot of points so its going to get a lot of points.]

[Final Thoughts: Probably the best chorus in the topic? Also, I do believe it was this song that got me to really start caring about Eds singing.]

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01/15/21 1:48:02 PM
#80:


Raetsel_Lapin posted...
Perhaps you should have! ...I mean, I dont know the song, so i cant really guess how it would have done.
(that's the one you gave a perfect score in the post-topic last time lol)
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01/15/21 2:21:11 PM
#81:


Yeah, safe to assume I dont remember the names of anything from that topic. Its been almost a full year and I only listened to them once.

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35: YUNI - HELLO/HOW ARE YOU:

https://soundcloud.com/mirai_akari/yuni-hello-how-are-you

Nominator: UF8 (3/15)

Initial Score: 76.54 [#62]
Revised Score: 88.01 [#73]
Final Score: 98.50 [#35]

(First Thoughts: A properly sad song, yes.)

Apparently the original was a really popular Vocaloid song as theres no shortage of available translations for this one.

Some of the lyrics about hiding her tears and people losing hope in her hit the right amount of sadness and its nice to hear YuNi again. Song is also fairly catchy. I like it.

[Not Final Thoughts: ...I was pretty sure I moved this up to 90 points already.]

[Final Thoughts: A very good choice here.]

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34: MARIA MENA - I DONT WANNA SEE YOU WITH HER:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYMjdp1tggU

Nominator: Djungelurban (2/15)

Initial Score: 75.06 [#65]
Revised Score: 98.74 [#27]
Final Score: 98.74 [#34]

(First Thoughts: Good song that hits some of the right sad breakup notes I like, but its not my favorite.)

There was a brief moment that I read Maria Mena as Mega Mana and was very deeply confused. This had no impact on scoring, but still seemed worth mentioning.

Either way, Im suddenly connecting with this song tonight. Its... odd; the lyrics arent relevant to anything from any point in my life, but theres enough pain about failed relationships and strength in her vocal performances that this song wounds me in the best possible way. Its not quite as helpful as last years I Think Im OKAY (and I know I bring that song up a lot, especially since it didnt even win), but it still helps me quietly reflect on certain things and I appreciate it a lot.

[Final Thoughts: The type of sad breakup song I need more of.]

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33: YELLO - STARLIGHT SCENE:

https://open.spotify.com/track/1rHssTm2fMK73NNxwI6OIy?si=DCTubJfxRnKXWv8jFEzobA

Nominator: IhatethisCPU (2/15)

Initial Score: 80.601 [#42]
Revised Score: 98.49 [#28]
Final Score: 98.79 [#33]

(First Thoughts: I want to hear more songs with that male vocalist. I like that sort of deep, Leonard Cohen-esque voice he brings to this.)

Leonard Cohens You Want it Darker is one of my most played albums of all time and I still listen to that album somewhat regularly, so finding another singer comparable to him is quite nice. Song has a smooth feel, like its well-suited for quietly sitting in a low-lit lounge.

[Final Thoughts: Ive needed more songs with this type of singer for a while now, so thank you for that.]

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And this marks the beginning of our final sub-tier, the 99 point songs.

The 100 point category is exclusively for songs that, during one of the first three listens, I said to myself I could see this song winning and were moved to a special tier that was permanently closed off.

The 99 point songs are those that just missed the cutoff. In a better world, theyd be included in the next tier and be in the running to win... but it is too late for them. I didnt consider them potential winners until after it was far too late to change things. Therell be a surprise rule change coming once we reach the final tier and it is quite impossible to add any more songs to that level at this late stage of the Game.
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Bane_Of_Despair
01/15/21 2:37:17 PM
#82:


Raetsel_Lapin posted...
I also need to go back and see exactly which ones Bane was talking about,
Oh yea I'm pretty sure amo would be your favorite of theirs, TTS you would probably be fine with considering you've basically been ranking most of them here, Sempiternal miiiight be a bit heavy but you've been ranking some of them here already and you could see where they really started putting electronic influences in, and There Is A Hell would definitely be too heavy for you for most songs but it's still in my opinion their best album and that was where they started incorporating those orchestral and general outside genre influences. I don't think you would be able to get through Suicide Season (even though I do think it's still a fun album) and we don't have to talk about Count Your Blessings lol

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01/15/21 3:25:48 PM
#83:


Alright, so Ill definitely add amo & give a try to There Is A Hell (longshots occasionally pay off and theres likely some value contrasting the two albums, I imagine).



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32: RAVEN CYARM - THE BOLLA TWINS MASHUP - ILL TOUCH ANYTHING I DAMN WELL LIKE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G9tCxSq6_M

Nominator: paulg235 (1/15)

Initial Score: 56.12 [#297]
Revised Score: 74.00 (later upgraded to 98.99) [#26]
Final Score: 99.00 [#32]

(First Thoughts: This is...certainly different. I think Id prefer Bo Dallas theme by itself, but this is like a train-wreck I cant look away from.)

I know the mashup was created for the disturbing implications of the lyrics in this context, so I imagine you expected my reaction to be song is too rape-y, -200 points, but the implications of this song dont bother melikely because I know both songs from this mashup and the implications only exist when you take things wildly out of context (making it more funny than offensive) and that Bo Dallas is just too goofy a character to take the implications seriously in the first place.

Aaanywho, Bo Dallas theme is the overly theatrical type of villainy that I love

You cant stop your heart from pounding
You feel close to the end
I will bring you scars that will never mend


Thats just fun. Adding the Bella Twins song doesnt really help the song any, but they dont make it worse either. Its just a different take on the song with certain implications..

[Later: I need to stop pretending that I dont like this as much as I actually do.]

[Final Thoughts: A very well done mashup.]

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PAULGs SONGS:

So Long to Ya, 2010: 24.99 [#577]
Bear It, Bear Down, Totally Bear: 33.00 [#565]
Striptease: 39.20 [#555]
Brain Driver: 43.80 [#529]
The Battle: 50.80 [#447]
The Amazing Horse: 52.45 [#409]
Dancing Hamsters Kung Fu Fighting: 52.60 [#406]
Sanjou!! Ginyu Tokusentai!!: 60.90 [#319]
Brothers Rising: 62.19 [#295]
Golimaar: 62.84 [#282]
Beneath a New Light (Roys Courage): 66.60 [#260]
Russias Atomic Era Theme (Kalinka): 68.10 [#236]
Three Lions: 94.20 [#53]
United States of Whatever: 94.50 [#51]
The Bolla Twins Mashup: 99.00 [#32]

Average Score: 60.3446666666

The list opens with a lot of low scoring songs, but it ends with three very strong performancestwo of which are so specific that magic & time travel are rather valid explanations for how you came up with them.

You also had a decent spread in types of nominationswhile its mostly comedy songs (which is the type of thing that usually appeals to me, so good try on that), The Battle is unlike any of the other orchestral songs nominated, and there was a decent variety in types of humor.

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Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Steiner: 54.2413311687
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
Hbthebattle: 53.0054545454
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31: THE DEAR HUNTER - THE BITTER SUITE IV AND V: THE CONGREGATION AND THE SERMON IN THE SILT:

https://open.spotify.com/track/5Xy9u5Q5JP5E4Xk27dDT9S

Nominator: NBIceman (3/22)
Source: Act IV: Rebirth in Repose (2/15)

Initial Score: 72.36 [#92]
Revised Score: 93.74 [#47]
Final Score: 99.25 [#31]

(First Thoughts: Usually anything relating to priests, corrupt or not, scores very badly with me... but I like this one. Its so over the top and theatrical that I cant help but kinda love it.)

Its so comedically theatrical, over the top, and straight to the point that I just love it:

And we can lead you to salvation
With the right denomination
It all lies in your hands
Or in your pocketbook to be more demanding


Theres not even the slightest hint of subtlety or subtext. And this song may be the most standalone on the entire album, as I dont think you need to know anything about any of the characters or story up to this point; its a corrupt priest swindling his followers out of money to a toe-tapping dance tune, you really dont need any context.

[Final Thoughts: When I say I like theatrical villain songs, I very much mean songs like this. This one, right here.

...and yes I say most standalone track to multiple songs on this album, I dont care enough to reevaluate all of them to see which one most deserves the title.]

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30: TRIPLE Q - FRIENDS HALATION:

https://triple-q.bandcamp.com/track/friends-halation

Nominator: @GavsEvans123 (3/15)

Initial Score: 55.12 [#302]
Revised Score: 94.49 [#44]
Final Score: 99.50 [#30]

(First Thoughts: Eh... I dont really like either song, but its not a bad mashup.)

Well, Im suddenly vibing pretty strongly with most of this song tonight. I suddenly love the lyrics of Snow Halation and find that the backing music of the Friends theme actually fits it better than the normal music, but its held back by the ending with the slowed down Friends lyrics... I dislike that part. Its not a strong enough dislike to drag the score down a lot, but if you remove those lyrics... I dunno, might have wound up all the way at the 100 point tier.

[Final Thoughts: The Friends section just isnt well integrated into the song. Without that section, this would probably be at the highest tier.]

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#29: BRING ME THE HORIZON - OH NO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfWg7DruyA0&list=PL1djAjAZEwIaB0KaDGDu8uF99OV2Q4FA4&index=14

Nominator: @BlackDra90n (2/21)
Source: Live at Royal Albert Hall (2/14)

Initial Score: 73.09 [#83]
Revised Score: 99.74 [#23]
Final Score: 99.74 [#29]

(First Thoughts: Aww, you gave me an anti-dance song & it even has a saxophone solo! You know how I always say this topic needs more saxophones and Ive needed an anti-dance song for a while now.

*fake cries in an intentionally overacted fashion* Its everything I ever wanted!!

....and yet youre still only getting 73 points. Repeats itself too oftenworks in context as a parody of songs that do that, but holds the score back a bit. Still, great way to close the album.)

Still not quite my favorite song of the album, but it fills a specific niche that Ive wanted filled for a while now and it does so while throwing in a saxophone, so Im obligated to give this a high score.

Not going to accuse you of witchcraft on this one though. My dislike of dance music and bias towards saxophones was already established prior to this topic, so its not like you were giving me something I asked for before I asked for it like a certain warlock. This is just a happy coincidence.

[Final Thoughts: Nothing else to add.]

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#28: THE DEAR HUNTER - IF ALL GOES WELL:

https://open.spotify.com/track/0BDTL1YJglYEd0OfTY4m6I

Nominator: NBIceman (2/22)
Source: Act IV: Rebirth in Repose (1/15)

Initial Score: 71.57 [#107]
Revised Score: 52.57 [#400]
Final Score: 59.13 (upgraded to 99.80) [#28]

(First Thoughts: A fine followup to King of Swords (Reversed). I may flip their positions around on a relisten.)

A song that really needs other songs on the album to really shine. I was invested in this part of the story, so I was excited to hear each part of it and they were getting good scores... but I find that I have no interest in listening to this song by itself, which is awkward at an individual song ranking. Im almost tempted to treat King of Swords (Reversed) and this track as one song for ranking purposes, but if I didnt do that for History Repeating Parts 1 & 2, Im certainly not going to do so here.

...Though the score would almost certainly be helped if I did.

[Not-Quite-Final Thoughts: Going to move this up to 59 points for the moment, see how I feel about it when we get to that point.]

[Later: Lets try....mid-60s? Its definitely getting closer to where I had it originally...]

[Still Later: Ive had this stuck in my head for quite some time and this feels well beyond everything at the 60 level, so lets try moving it back up to its original placement.]

[Later: I actually didnt remember this song when I looked at the title, but as soon as it started, I was like Aww man, its this song! Whatcha doin this low on the list, mate, didnt we like move you up to the 80 point tier like a month ago??

Not... not really sure why my inner voice talked like that in response to this song... but either way, Im not just moving this up to the 80 point tier, Im skipping it directly up to the 90 point tier. Whee!]

[Final Thoughts: No idea why this song dropped so far on the second listen, but its skyrocketed to the top of the charts now.]

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ACT IV: REBIRTH IN REPRISE:

Rebirth: 44.34 [#518]
Remembered: 44.80 [#512]
At the End of the Earth: 50.60 [#452]
The Bitter Suite Vi: Abandon: 66.30 [#265]
The Old Haunt: 66.50 [#262]
Ouroboros: 67.66 [#244]
Is There Anybody Here?: 68.05 [#237]
The Squeaky Wheel: 68.75 [#223]
A Night on the Town: 69.60 [#213]
Waves: 69.90 [#207]
Wait: 69.9999 [#199]
The Line: 74.20 [#169]
King of Swords (Reversed): 88.90 [#76]
The Bitter Suite IV & V: 99.25 [#31]
If All Goes Well: 99.80 [#28]

Average Score: 69.8433266666

One of the better albums. Some of the songs from the stolen identity portion of. the story didnt really connect (though it did have its moments), but things largely picked up once we shifted to political ambitions and a fall from grace.

(Incidentally, Im still half curious about Act III and might go back & listen to it, though Im not officially adding it to the list. Thats a...Ill click on it if I want to thing than an obligation.)

I think this was probably the album with the most chaotic placements, as most songs bounced up and down the list pretty drastically. Bitter Suite IV & V was, I think, the only one that got an incredibly high score and maintained it through all three versions of the list.

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01/15/21 4:28:07 PM
#85:


Damn, down to my last song. Oh no.

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01/15/21 4:33:39 PM
#86:


If you like Maria Mena's style I would strongly recommend listening to her entire discography. For being an artist who mostly deals with guitar pop, alot of it is surprisingly varied. But more importantly, she pretty much exclusively writes about her own experience. So by listening through her whole career, since she started at the age of 15 until last year when she turned 34, it's like you can see her grow up. How her concerns and worries change over time as she mature, and yet how some never fully leave you. And she's brutally honest with herself and the listener, talking about things that most artist would shy away from. Her complex and slightly strained relationship with her family, especially her mother, is a constant topic throughout her career, several songs are about her own struggles with her own self-image and anorexia and most of the album Growing Pains is specifically about her going through a divorce. And of course, some songs are about normal and lighter topics too, she's not permanently borderline suicidal like Lene Marlin undeniably is, there's some light there too.

So yeah, strongly recommend Maria Mena's music in general.
But if I have to choose a specific album I'd go with Viktoria I think. The stuff from her younger years are still good, but both lyrically and musically she's very obviously still a teenage girl with teenage girl thoughts and while it's kinda endearing in its own way, it lacks a bit of the deeper reflection of the later years. And the reason why I choose Viktoria specifically is because I feel it's the most varied of her albums as an adult, both in terms of musical styles and lyrical topics. It's a good entry point to all things Maria Mena...
But if you don't feel like listening to it now, maybe I'll just sit on this until next time this topic comes around... If I knew Maria Mena would rank this highly I might have nominated her album first time around anyway.

Also, I did not expect Nuage to be my last representative standing.
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01/15/21 4:43:55 PM
#87:


Ill be sure to add Viktoria to the list when I update it. For now, lets take out the last three songs from this sub-tier and set the stage for the finale.



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26 [TIE]: DOPE STARS INC. - DEAD IS THE NEW ALIVE (MANIPULATOR MIX):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSMd82jirGs

Nominator: LOLIAmAnAlt (1/15)

Initial Score: 73.14 [#81]
Revised Score: 83.45 (later upgraded to 92.74) [#51]
Final Score: 99.95 [#26]

(First Thoughts: A bit too repetitive, but its got the right amount of darkness.)

What is day without a blessed night?


Well, I like songs relating to darkness and night, so this song is easily worth some extra points. Its catchy (thats another thing I say too often, deal with it), dark without being depressing or violent, and definitely the type of song I enjoy.

[Later: Oh, lets just admit I love this song and shake things up a bit.]

[Not Final Yet: I like that the original has more lyrics to avoid the over repetition that the remix falls into, but wow, the remix sounds so much better that I cant suggest bothering with the original at all. Either way, I love the nominated version, but its not quite a hundred point song. Definitely high 90s though.]

[Final Thoughts: About as close to a 100 point song as you can get without actually reaching that tier.]

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LOLIAMANALTS SONGS:

I Run Rap: 0 [#599]
Lovely to See You: 44.24 [#519]
Zerospace: 45.60 [#504]
T Minus Everything: 51.06 [#441]
Battle BGM 1~4: 52.00 [#420]
I Revenge: 67.52 [#247]
Turn It Up (Higher): 68.25 [#233]
City Noise: 72.20 [#185]
Darkside: 72.50 [#182]
Sirius & Eye in the Sky: 73.80 [#171]
Dont Know How to Party: 78.40 [#130]
Ra Ri Ru Re: 78.60 [#128]
Freaks Me Out (Remix): 79.88 [#116]
Blue: 87.99 [#81]
Dead is the New Alive: 99.95 [#26]

Average Score: 64.7993333333

Like I said, I like getting things that provoke extreme reactions, so well done getting joint last place. (Thats not sarcastic, though Im aware that everything I ever say sounds sarcastic)

The list starts off a bit weak (though Id say Lovely to See You is probably a bit too low, I feel rather neutral towards it tonight), but it jumps drastically once we reach Battle BGM. It may not have been my favorite, but its the only rep of that style of VGM. I Revenge was a bit too dark and violent, but was a pretty good guess. Darkside gave me some darkness (another really good guess), and really everything from that point on was a good attempt.

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Jesse_Custer: 75.6406666666
Shonen_Bat: 73.6884285714
Murphiroth: 70.2560714285
Cakophon: 68.4806666666
LOLIAmAnAlt: 64.7993333333
DoctorJimmy133: 60.5125
paulg235: 60.3446666666
Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Steiner: 54.2413311687
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
Hbthebattle: 53.0054545454
Pyresword + sergiocornaga: 50.2062698412
Player_0: 44.991

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26 [TIE]: GIN WIGMORE - CABRONA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhBMUFDdiok

Nominator: @Snake5555555555 (2/15)

Initial Score: 61.12 [#217]
Revised Score: 83.446 (upgraded to a 92.99) [#50]
Final Score: 99.95 [#26]

(First Thoughts: Hmm... Ive complained about repetitive lyrics so many times in the past and this song manages to drive the concept of repetition into the ground. Its only 2:34 and manages to feel a solid minute too long as theres not enough new content to really sustain the song.

BUT some of the lyrics are what I want... Im a different lady is a nice refrain for someone whos looking for dissociation, changing personalities, shedding masks, blah blah blah... theres some greatness here. Leaning towards the low 60s on this one; shorten the chorus and add a third verse, it probably hits the 80s. As is...good, I like it, but dont love it.)

Dont care, love the lyrics, were taking this song all the way to the 80s now! Woo, last minute shakeups!!

...actually the 80s feel too low for this song. I want this to come all the way up to the 90s, but there are at least two other songs here that I want to drag along with it...

Whatever, lets just start moving thingss! WHEEE!!

[Not Final: High 90s. Love it, but not quite at the 100 point level.]

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25: AESOP ROCK - NONE SHALL PASS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d6S-efJSSY

Nominator: rwlh (2/15)

Initial Score: 77.20 [#59]
Revised Score: 91.49 [#56]
Final Score: 99.99 (upgraded to 99.99999) [#25]

(First Thoughts: Very nice choice of song here.)

Definitely the type of rap song I was looking for when this started. Theres nothing objectionable about the song; just a talented artist with a timeless message (well, the parts that I understand at any rate) in a genre I desperately needed more exposure to. Well done.

[Final Thoughts: Nothing else to add. I actively needed more rap songs like this one, so I was hoping a song like this would be nominated. And while I regret every song in the 99 point sub-tier not being at the next level, this is the one I most regret cutting... so it shall enjoy a few extra 9s on its score to make me feel a bit better about things.]

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01/15/21 4:52:36 PM
#88:


You don't know how happy I am to see that huge jump, Cabrona is one of my absolute favorite songs ever!

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01/15/21 5:04:08 PM
#89:


Raetsel_Lapin posted...
One of the most improved albums...as I fell into an ever-spiraling obsession with Eds voice. I question how well some of the lower scoring songs would do now that I actively want more of Eds singing in my life...

...Also, I like Ed now... well, his voice at any rate. Have I praised him enough yet?

This sums up listening to Live right there. I'm glad you've come to genuinely enjoy some of the music I offered you.


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01/15/21 5:19:17 PM
#90:


And weve reached the final Round!

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Azuarc (Order)

Live - Horse

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BlakDra90n (Neutrality)

BMtH - Happy Song

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Djungelurban (Chaos)

Nuage - Im Gonna Carry On

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FL81 (Neutrality)

Felt - Resistance
Mamomo #1
Mamomo #4

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GavsEvans133 (Chaos)

Eartha Kitt - Snuff Out the Light
ITeachVader - Win the Race

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Handsomeboy (Chaos)

Danny Chan - Ripples
Tat Ming Pair - A Forbidden Fruit Every Day

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IhatethisCPU (Chaos)

Tevin Campbell - Stand Out

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Mega_Mana (Neutrality)

Linkin Park - Easier to Run
Linkin Park - Numb
The Monkees - Our Own World

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NBIceman (Neutrality)

Avantasia - Runaway Train

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NFUN (Order)

Scattered Lights - AI
Snowball ~ Francas Cafe

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Rwlh (Chaos)

Herbal Tea - Graden

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Snake (Chaos)

Miranda Lambert - Dark bars

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The_Mighty_KELP (Order)

Alfyn, the Apothecary
Ophilia, the Cleric

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Toxtricity (Chaos)

Dux Content - Dux Mix 1

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UF8 (Chaos)

Hanayori Joshiryou - Koko Kara, Koko Kara
Paule Clown - Boku no Friend

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Congratulations to everyone who managed to get at least one song into the final Round.

Double congratulations to FL81 & Mega Mana for getting the most songs into it with three each. Interestingly, theyre both Neutrality nominators who got two songs from their albums & 1 song from their Extra Songs in.

Im rather pleased that while Chaos is the most represented nomination type, theres still a fair amount of Order & Neutrals around. Since I dont often listen to entire albums and tend to get easily bored with similar songs in a row, I was a bit afraid that Order would be a trap; but all three paths were viable ways to the finale, so that worked out well.



So... this year there wasnt a clear winner. At the first topic, it was obviously going to be Maclir in first and Focus Tous in secondeach time I think about that topic, I feel like I should have had the rest of the top 10 in a different order (and likely never give the same order anytime asks), but the top two were set in stone early on.

Last years topic, but the time it started, it was pretty obviously going to be Kafs song in first & ...well I still dont fully remember what got second, but it should have been Carly Rae Jepsens song and Im reasonably certain it was, so lets just go with that. The rest of the list shuffled a lot, but the top two were pretty well locked in.

Here... the winner of the first pass through all the songs was not the same as the second which was also not the same as the third. The top of the list has been in a state of constant flux, so well be doing things a bit different this year:

Finale Rule Change

Ive gone through the list of the top 24 songs a full seven* times. The songs will have their placements from each trip through the list added together and that will give a final score to determine their ultimate placement. The best score would be a 7 (coming in first place all seven times) while the worst score would be a 168 (coming in 24th place all seven times).

[No song has a score at either of those extremes.]

As such, its not necessarily the song that amuses me the most right now that will win, but the song that most consistently got high placements. This also means ties are possible. Also, I havent actually done the seventh trip through the list at the time of this writing (much less added the scores together), so I dont actually know which song (or songs) has won yet.

...as an aside, placements in this context are only considered relative to the other 23 songs in the final. If there was a song that I hated on the Initial Pass through the list and it came in at, say, 533rd place then that would only count as a 24 in rankingbecause it was 24th out of the 24 songs actually in the final. Which is a big deficit to try to make up, but not one thats beyond the impossible like if I actually had the song start at 533 points.

In retrospect, I wish Id included more songs and done fewer than seven trips through the finale list, but hey. Its my first time actually taking past rankings into account when deciding a winner. Its a new experience.
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01/15/21 8:43:41 PM
#91:


i'd actually been checking the relative rankings for everyone's songs as per the initial and revised scores on my own since i said i'd checked a few days ago... not sure how i'm going to handle that one now lol

Oh yeah, also, bit of not really important trivia here on YuNi's cover. I'm rather pleased it made it this far when i was honestly hoping to find an upload of it with a music video attached to it, but couldn't. Turns out, there was a music video on YuNi's channel with a cover of Hello/How Are You and it's pretty good, but the cover predated the album that this one was on, and... it really wasn't very good. Regularly out of tune, out of tempo... it's remarkable how much worse that one was, but i really liked the music video. So i ended up going through like 10 covers of the song to see if there was anyone else worth considering over it (such as Emma Hazy Minami's cover i posted in the post-topic last year, QKiki's cover (from the Hachigatsu ni Yuki group), Kano's cover, Tenjin Kotone's and a few others)... But despite the fact that almost all of them were actually pretty good and a lot better than YuNi's first cover, none of them seemed quite good enough to pick over this one that didn't even have a video. And again it's really remarkable that someone who messed up their cover they went to the trouble of releasing a music video for which has over a million views now actually did have the capability to also do easily one of the best ones out there.

YuNi > Souya Ichika's Hello/How Are You cover of Happy Synthesizer > Kotone >> QKiki >> Emma > Kano > (a few others) >>>> YuNi

also it's honestly the time investment i put into this one that prevented me from taking it off my nominations, otherwise i actually might've, so again pretty relieved i didn't when it made it this far
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01/15/21 11:41:37 PM
#92:


Raetsel has shown some real dedication to listening to these songs.

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01/16/21 12:35:01 AM
#93:


The fact that we're at #25 really caught me off-guard. 600 songs posted in two months is unheard of!

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01/16/21 12:35:48 AM
#94:


You're too used to certain VGM-related topic creators who I won't name.

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01/16/21 12:37:19 AM
#95:


azuarc posted...
You're too used to certain VGM-related topic creators who I won't name.
yeah ;>_>

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01/16/21 12:37:47 AM
#96:


That Aesop Rock song is pretty good, but I like some of his earlier work better, particularly Save Yourself and Flashflood.
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01/16/21 12:54:02 PM
#97:


Ill do my best to remember to add those Aesop Rock songs to the list later tonight.



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24: FELT - RESISTANCE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw9Jb-Yimgg

Nominator: @FL81 (3/20)
Source: FL81s Extra Songs (1/7)

Initial Score: 70.00 [#138] {21}
Revised Score: 100 [#16] {16}
Third Score: 100 [#23] {23}
Fourth: 100 [#23] {23}
Fifth: 100 [#20] {20}
Sixth: 100 [#23] {23}
Seventh: 100 [#23] {23}

Rating Score: 149 [#24]

{The position in the regular brackets like [#138] is where the song actually placed out of all 599 songs. The little sub brackets like {21} indicate where the song placed based only on the top 24.

On the third through seventh trips through the list, those numbers will always be the same because only the top 24 were participating by that point. I just list it that way because its just easier for me to read. (Incidentally, all songs score 100 points on rounds three through seven; I just type it out each time for ease of reading & formatting.)

Adding all the sub-brackets together gives a Rating Score used to determine the absolutely final placement for each song.}



(First Thoughts: Too hopeful.)

Wow, suddenly Im really connecting with this song. Its not a terribly complicated message about fighting through panic and despair, but I kinda...really want this song right now. Im going to go ahead and move this up to the highest tier. Its...probably a bit of a stretch as its unlikely to actually win, but... right now, I feel like it absolutely has to be in the discussion at least.

[Final Thoughts: Not quite connecting with this song like I did the second time, which is unfortunate.]

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FL81s EXTRA SONGS:

The Limits of Strength: 46.99 [#497]
Poseidon Boss Fight: 57.90 [#381]
Prairie3: 62.00 [#298]
The Edge of My Blade: 62.54 [#289]
Mermaid: 67.55 [#246]
White Waking: 75.34 [#160]
Resistance: 100 [#24]

Average Score: 67.4742857142

Well, there were two great songs there: Resistance was one of very few songs invited to the final challenge and White Waking was super uniquejust a tad on the long side. Might have wound up a bit undervalued by the end, but it still had a pretty good score.

Also, I still want to go through the oldest Legend of Heroes games just to get to the soundtrack Limits of Strength came from, so thats kinda nice.

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01/16/21 1:26:26 PM
#98:


Err... older LoH games, rather, I know the series didnt start with that trilogy on the PSP.



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23: PSO2 - SNOWBALL ~ FRANCAS CAFE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-q3u_19gtE&list=PLeKaE-gusMmaq2FecWApCcMOVGJblcdrD&index=6

Nominator: NFUN (2/37)

Initial Score: 86.00 [#28] {14}
Revised Score: 100 [#19] {19}
Third Score: 100 [#22] {22}
Fourth: 100 [#24] {24}
Fifth: 100 [#18] {18}
Sixth: 100 [#22] {22}
Seventh: 100 [#24] {24}

Rating Score: 143 [#23]

(First Thoughts: This feels like music from a Christmas DLC for VA-11 Hall-A. Just sitting around the bar, drinking and laughing with all the imaginary friends I made.

...Im sad now. Which is what I was looking for! Raise the score to 86 points even!)

Christmas-y music done right. This is perfect ambience for gathering with friends, drinking, and marveling at the beautiful snow outside. Its somehow both very futuristic, conjuring up images of cyberpunk bars, but very traditional and homey at the same time. Its a unique combination that takes a lot of things (including some things I tend to hate) and blends them together into one of the nicest soundscapes Ive ever heard.

[Final Thoughts (Round 3): Pleasant and relaxing.]

[Final Thoughts (Round 6): This song did not need to be over nine and a half minutes long... its nice, but after hearing it so many times, Im getting a bit burned out on it.]

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22: MAMOMO - (UNCLES FOREST IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD) [MAMOMO #1]:

https://s-mamomo.bandcamp.com/track/--45

Nominator: @FL81 (2/20)
Source: mamomo album (2/13)

Initial Score: 85.63 [#29] {15}
Revised Score: 100 [#20] {20}
Third Score: 100 [#24] {24}
Fourth: 100 [#22] {22}
Fifth: 100 [#17] {17}
Sixth: 100 [#10] {10}
Seventh: 100 [#17] {17}

Rating Score: 125 [#22]

(First Thoughts: A nice, peaceful song with some running water-esque sounds. I quite like this.)

Its very rare for me, but sometimes I find an album with an opening song so great that I know the entire album is going to be worth listening to. This was one of those times. And while there werent too many songs on the album that were at this level, the album did not disappoint.

...I really have nothing further to add about this song. Its the peaceful, somewhat water adjacent type of instrumental that I love.

[Final Thoughts (Round 3): Quite good, but I think we still have a few better instrumental tracks in play.]

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01/16/21 2:02:56 PM
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21: HANAYORI JOSHIRYOU - KOKO KARA, KOKO KARA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHMV44Uza4g

Nominator: UF8 (2/15)

Initial Score: 72.21 [#97] {20}
Revised Score: 100 [#16] {16}
Third Score: 100 [#21] {21}
Fourth: 100 [#19] {19}
Fifth: 100 [#19] {19}
Sixth: 100 [#14] {14}
Seventh: 100 [#9] {9}

Rating Score: 118 [#21]

(First Thoughts: ....I need a bit of time to determine my thoughts on this. Expect score to bounce wildly in some directionpossibly even sideways.)

This song is so bright, happy, optimistic, cute, and friendly that it hurts. Its like being incinerated by a column of light.

...I am not entirely sure if thats a good thing, but it is a high scoring thing at the least.

[Final Thoughts (Round 3): This song isnt hitting even a tenth as hard as it did the second time around. Its just...regular amounts of cute, not incineration levels. A pity.]

[Final Thoughts (Round 7): Well, the good news is that Im back to liking how overwhelmingly cute this song is tonight, but the bad news is that its had too many low placements for that to do much.]

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20: DANNY CHAN - RIPPLES:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0uoWD-Z-DU

Nominator: handsomeboy (2/15)

Initial Score: 94.00 [#4] {4}
Revised Score: 100 [#11] {11}
Third Score: 100 [#15] {15}
Fourth: 100 [#13] {13}
Fifth: 100 [#22] {22}
Sixth: 100 [#21] {21}
Seventh: 100 [#22] {22}

Rating Score: 108 [#20]

(First Thoughts: Youre not supposed to like love songs, blah blah blah, deal with it. Hes got a beautiful voice and I like the water metaphor.)

Theres not a lot to say bout this one. Its one of the most beautiful love songs of all time and uses metaphors that appeal to me, so yeah, this was always going to get a very high score.

I...somewhat doubt that itll get first place, but it is certainly a candidate for it. It would be an unexpected pick, but theres enough beauty in this song that I could see myself picking it if I was in the right mood.

[Final Thoughts (Round 3): It really is quite beautiful.]

[Final Thoughts (Round 7): Probably the most beautiful song in the topic, but Im never quite as into it as I was the first time. It was very surprisingly beautiful the first time, but now that I know what it is and Im fully expecting it... kinda loses the surprise factor. Still, great song, definitely deserved to be in the discussion at least.]

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01/16/21 2:55:19 PM
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19: PAULE CLOWN - BOKU NO FRIEND:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdrKNQhiKjo

Nominator: UF8 (1/15)

Initial Score: 90.00-ish, maybe? (Treated as being the same as a regular 90) [#13] {8}
Revised Score: 100 [#16] {16}
Third Score: 100 [#7] {7}
Fourth: 100 [#12] {12}
Fifth: 100 [#24] {24}
Sixth: 100 [#24] {24}
Seventh: 100 [#16] {16}

Rating Score: 107 [#19]

(First Thoughts: ...I havent quite determined if I love or hate this. Perhaps I hate how much I love this? That would explain things nicely.)

Im really not looking for songs about friendship at the moment, but she has a very cute voice and I do find myself getting drawn into the song in spite of how much I want to hate it.

[Final Thoughts (Round 3): Pass on comments for now.]

[Final Thoughts (Round 7): Like Koko Kara, this is an occasionally overwhelmingly cute anime cover song. Some days, like rounds 1 & 3, it is incredibly high scoring... other times, like the fifth and sixth, I actively do not care about the song. This leads to it bouncing everywhere around the rankings. Not really sure where itll ultimately wind up, but two last place finishes are probably going to result in it being fairly low.

(Low in the context of the top 24 at any rate; extremely high when taken in the context of the entire topic.)]

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UF8

Pride: 59.36 [#357]
Supernova: 68.45 [#229]
Breathing Trigger: 69.52 [#215]
Backword: 69.58 [#214]
Yoake Made: 69.97 [#204]
Hydrangea: 72.00 [#187]
Yours: 74.50 [#166]
Intersection: 76.80 [#148]
Yakusoku: 83.30 [#107]
Side Setsu: 89.00 [#75]
Side Queue: 91.70 [#61]
You & Me: 97.04 [#40]
Hello/How Are You: 98.50 [#35]
Koko Kara: 100 [#21]
Boku no Friend: 100 [#19]

Average Score: 81.3146666666

...Well, Im pretty sure you were right about winning the Highest Average Score contest. Not too much to say about the list though; I like VTubers and this was more VTubers.

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UF8: 81.3146666666
Jesse_Custer: 75.6406666666
Shonen_Bat: 73.6884285714
Murphiroth: 70.2560714285
Cakophon: 68.4806666666
LOLIAmAnAlt: 64.7993333333
DoctorJimmy133: 60.5125
paulg235: 60.3446666666
Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Steiner: 54.2413311687
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
Hbthebattle: 53.0054545454
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Player_0: 44.991
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18: TEVIN CAMPBELL - STAND OUT:

https://open.spotify.com/track/48UDhM2xL9wUuYLfrpK2Jv?si=vr7U6EFjQieNV0lwJYrogA

Nominator: IhatethisCPU (1/15)

Initial Score: 51.06 [#374] {23}

Revised Score: 65.38 (later upgraded to 72.84) (upgraded again to 89.63) [#64] {23}

Third Score: 100 [#2] {2}
Fourth: 100 [#17] {17}
Fifth: 100 [#9] {9}
Sixth: 100 [#17] {17}
Seventh: 100 [#14] {14}

Rating Score: 105 [#18]

(First Thoughts: Ive actually never seen A Goofy Movie or its sequel, so credit for finding a cartoon song Ive never heard before. Unfortunately, while I like the lyrics to the second verse, the rest of the song is rather forgettable and this is far from being one of Disneys best songs.)

Ive never actually been a fan of Goofy, which you probably guessed by the fact that Ive never seen either of the Goofy Movies. His shorts were always less interesting than Donald Ducks and Ive never cared for Goof Troopdidnt like it when it was new, still didnt like it last year when I tried to give it another chance.

But,... well, I do need some more cartoon songs on this list. And I do like some of the lyrics: Gonna break every rule, Ill bend them all out of shape is one of the tamest lines imaginable about rebelling, but I think that works for me for right now.

[Later: I suppose I do like this more than I admitted earlier.]

[Still Later: Since I have Disney+ and was incredibly bored, I actually decided to watch this film! It was... weird. Not just in a why, of all Disney Afternoon shows, did we give Goof Troop a theatrically released sequel way, but in a why is Goofy being stalked by the cast of Sister Act and absolutely no one in the film is questioning this?? way.

Either way, Im becoming increasingly drawn to this song. Its certainly not fair that I keep listening to it and raising the score each time, but its not my fault other songs arent inspiring me to keep listening to them over and over again.]

[Not Final: ...You know, I was pretty sure I already moved this song up to 90 points too. Get back up there, you!]

[Still Not Final: No method to the madness, Im jumping this up to the 100 point tier. Theres only like a....5% chance this actually wins, but I want it up on that top tier and in the discussion.]

[Final Thoughts (Round 7): A song thats grown on me considerably since this started, to a point that it almost won the Third Round. While its dropped back down a bit since then, it still gets respectable placements.]

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IHATETHISCPUS SONGS:

Danzai Yamaxanadu: 43.75 [#530]
GET TO THE TOP! - Remix of the End: 43.99 [#524]
Ode to Joy: 51.73 [#424]
Walls Closing In: 51.90 [#422]
G.o.D. (Firing Squad) [Instrumental]: 59.88 [#338]
Darkness is a Colour Too: 61.18 [#312]
Schindlers List Theme (2Cellos): 61.55 [#306]
The Rabbit of the Moon: 64.32 [#274]
Wake Up: 68.35 [#231]
I Just Wanna Go Home: 69.70 [#210]
Tourner Dans le Vide: 71.20 [#195]
Rumor: 89.20 [#74]
Sweet Devil: 97.60 [#38]
Starlight Scene: 98.79 [#33]
Stand Out: 100 [#18]

Average Score: 68.876

A good spread, I can see you tried to incorporate a lot of things I like. In no particular order: comedy songs, wrestling themes, darkness, bunnies, foreign language songs (especially foreign languages that dont often get nominated), vocaloids, cartoon characters singing in character (Stand Out is also super meta as Max is lip syncing to a Powerline song here, so its one cartoon character portraying another cartoon character... kinda... )... you definitely know what I like.

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DoctorJimmy133: 60.5125
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Metalmind: 59.3499999999
Bane: 58.1471428571
Steiner: 54.2413311687
Haste_2: 53.8109523809
Xeybozn: 53.3525
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