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NFUN
09/04/21 12:46:17 PM
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best letter in "album"










I think it's time I branch out from the vgm-sphere a bit

Hello. You may know me from "NFUN Ranks 1000 VGM". This ranking will not be nearly as arduous as that one. I will take ONE album from each person, and will open it up to SECONDS if I get less than 20 albums or if I want to keep going.

The albums can be anything. Instrumental, mainstream, a soundtrack, an improv jam session, three songs from a Grateful Dead concert, whatever. I only ask that you please don't meme on me or give me excessively long albums (no Bull of Heaven nonsense).

If you nominate something I've heard before (unlikely), I'll let you know, but I'll still rank it if you don't mind. Part of the purpose is to find new areas of music that I like, so I won't bias the field too much by describing my tastes except to say that unless it's doing some wild shit, I will probably not be receptive to modern pop, with a fair chance I won't even be able to finish the album. If I finish ranking and you get a revelation of something I'd love from my comments on other albums, I'll probably give it a shot.

I'll be doing the rankings/reviews as albums are posted in here. Please give me some kind of link, or a place I can find the album if it's not conveniently online. The detail of my comments will be proportional to how strongly my opinions on [aspects of] each album run. I'll try to keep this moving. letsgo

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-fh9096w8wu7o4Dfu0aOFkN4ZCwhdZRYROvaIzV-Ldo/edit?usp=sharing

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Steiner
09/04/21 12:47:28 PM
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between the buried and me - colors

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NFUN
09/04/21 12:48:09 PM
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NFUN posted...
Please give me some kind of link


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bebr117
09/04/21 12:51:27 PM
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fuck it ill submit a thing
Incubus - Morning View
https://open.spotify.com/album/1rQZbncicoXyB64DqoH7OY?si=lZozmlTNSSS3THqlMNOoug&dl_branch=1
i can probably find a yt link if you want that.
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HeroDelTiempo17
09/04/21 12:52:24 PM
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1000 gecs by 100 gecs

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9F2Wnx_segXw6qJMquQ0j9znWO8gPT-K

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09/04/21 12:52:51 PM
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Steiner
09/04/21 12:53:21 PM
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man you're using spotify you can just paste that into spotify what's the difference giving you a link asshole

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tabiicat42
09/04/21 12:53:28 PM
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lex the lexicon artist - alter ego

https://open.spotify.com/album/3RNr8QVM0uSIDfG0UMAHDb?si=u0jl1knVTo-f9-CpEs559g&dl_branch=1

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NFUN
09/04/21 12:59:07 PM
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Steiner posted...
man you're using spotify you can just paste that into spotify what's the difference giving you a link asshole
i already added the link there. not all of this will be on spotify, or on spotify correctly. would much rather have people put in the small extra effort of including a link they know is good to avoid me from using a version which turns out to be crap somehow

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Steiner
09/04/21 1:00:57 PM
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thanks nfun

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09/04/21 1:04:18 PM
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NFUN
09/04/21 1:07:10 PM
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cakophon posted...
Pat Metheny Group - Still Life (Talking)
https://open.spotify.com/album/5YnUbwAzrorRuvSJ0sCj7n
i've already listened to pso2 fyi

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Bane_Of_Despair
09/04/21 1:11:08 PM
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hmmmmm there are a few choices I wanted to go with but I'll just go with this for now

Norma Jean - Wrongdoers
https://open.spotify.com/album/2n6jhBxAIapcSnLciCEF4p?si=ZP2YM-_yT3a952L5PnT83g&dl_branch=1

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Toxtricity
09/04/21 2:05:32 PM
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Derek Sherinian - Planet X
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8a8cutYP7frFP-md1I8yqJv4oYojJieI

could pick something else but leaning toward this right now
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Raka_Putra
09/04/21 2:06:39 PM
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Highlights from "Jesus Christ Superstar" - 1992 Australian Cast

https://open.spotify.com/album/0IN0AoTV2RX0qaSiWx5Tmz?si=MSSAKi2iS7Cvr3SAmJmF7g

Also, out of curiosity, how familiar are you with showtunes?

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Mr Lasastryke
09/04/21 2:12:18 PM
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Eric Dolphy - Last Date
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7wv1Ns4VJAliY9VXkz82s9kP28WrDMPB

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Toxtricity
09/04/21 2:13:18 PM
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holy fuck raka putra literally happened to pick the specific version of jesus christ superstar where the drummer of it is the drummer of the album i just nominated what the hell what are even the chances of that
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Raka_Putra
09/04/21 2:14:53 PM
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Huh I didn't even know that! I chose it because the best JCSS album that I know of and probably one of the best musical albums to listen to out of context. Neat coincidence.

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Toxtricity
09/04/21 2:16:08 PM
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well it's not like a super well known fact or anything; that's why i was so surprised! virgil donati is like...he's known among prog/fusion people to a degree, but it's not like anyone other than people who know who he is are going to care about which specific Jesus Christ Superstar version is the one that has him in it
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Mr Lasastryke
09/04/21 2:20:31 PM
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lol i had no idea that donati was already playing in 1992, let alone that he started in 1972 (according to wikipedia). i always figured that he started playing in the late '90s.

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NFUN
09/04/21 2:20:47 PM
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Toxtricity posted...
Derek Sherinian - Planet X
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8a8cutYP7frFP-md1I8yqJv4oYojJieI

could pick something else but leaning toward this right now
I still can't get over that there is an album you like called Planet X, and band you like called Planet X, and a Louis Cole (who you like) song called Planet X (which sucks)

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Toxtricity
09/04/21 2:22:47 PM
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well the band Planet X is like "the people who were on the album Planet X by Derek Shernian make a band", but the later coincidence is a bit more ridiculous
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Collen
09/04/21 2:26:02 PM
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Cursor Miner - An Explosive Piece of Mind
https://open.spotify.com/album/4mBkEnCrACDlpa7KcpgcpL

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NFUN
09/04/21 2:26:44 PM
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Raka_Putra posted...
Also, out of curiosity, how familiar are you with showtunes?
I've seen like 15 shows in person, and some movies like Les Mis and Disney stuff, but aside from some sporadic songs the theater group at my school have performed, I don't know the song if I haven't seen the show. Not a genre I've ever actively sought out

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Snake5555555555
09/04/21 2:30:04 PM
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Clutch - From Beale Street to Oblivion
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCUljgBnLE29aL9SBABAXp7UzNGafqBrl
https://open.spotify.com/album/0NwhaAWEFAeUuZ7lrCCXFx (note just listen to disc 1)

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rwlh
09/04/21 2:37:07 PM
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Nujabes - Metaphorical Music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xZY8VJHqU4

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Murphiroth
09/04/21 4:26:55 PM
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Nekrogoblikon - Welcome to Bonkers

https://open.spotify.com/album/6EXsfqTqHgc0XNti4Dn5r7
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NFUN
09/04/21 4:31:50 PM
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oh god nekrogoblikon

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HasteDeux
09/04/21 5:18:57 PM
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John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiSplZAZ1reDqkS6g2O0HVKoD0jonbUEO

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Murphiroth
09/04/21 5:19:12 PM
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I could nom something else! I considered Fair to Midland as well.
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ZaziGuado
09/04/21 5:35:10 PM
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Johnbobb
09/04/21 8:53:42 PM
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Monkey - Journey to the West
https://open.spotify.com/album/3fSudt5ZdrtphuKIfINicX

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BlueCrystalTear
09/04/21 9:03:11 PM
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Sunspot - Weirdest Hits
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kWnHAClJts4ESdw109Y_aNmVoFhIzgPM0
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NFUN
09/04/21 9:26:37 PM
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Steiner posted...
between the buried and me - colors
Right off the bat this is going in a lot of different places really fast.

I'm going to have to say this early. I don't generally like growling. The are very few, specific cases where it adds anything for me. This singer isn't the most offensive example I've heard, so there's that, and there are a few parts where I do appreciate it. Still, a net negative.

Decade of Statues is a wild ride like the first song. Also extremely varied like it. If the whole album is like this, I'm going to have no idea what to feel. There are moments that I think the guitarwork is boring and cliched, moments where I love it, moments where I can't help but notice how good the drumming is, moments where I lament how obnoxious the vocals are, and moments where I do think the growling is perfectly suited.

Informal Gluttony seems to be following the trend, though I'm higher on it on average than the last. HOLY SHIT DIDGERIDOO alright best track guaranteed

Wow they are peaking hard on Sun of Nothing jesus christ this is a brickwall that suddenly turns into a lost System of a Down song for 15 seconds?? The calmer section halfway through was actually really good. Ants of the Sky follows the same trends as the rest, but I have to mention I am cracking up at the hoedown that comes in out of nowhere. Very cool chords in Pre-Sequel's intro

I've noticed a trend that runs pretty strongly through this album. Whenever there isn't singing, I like the song more. This seems tautological, as I've said I don't really *like* the singing, but I'm saying this based purely on the instrumental. If you had stems of this and were only listening to the guitar, you could tell almost exactly which segments had growling based on the sudden change from really cool instrumentals to very straightforward angry chugging or much more simple riffs. I understand that this probably does a lot to increase the impact of the vocals; sadly, that's mostly lost on me.

This bring me to my overall impression of the album. I recognize that this is amazing, with the caveat that I'm not enamored with it. If I was somebody who liked the "default" music here, it'd likely be a favorite. Without that, it's something I can only wholly appreciate "objectively", and I'm only personally invested in about half of the length, with the other half being mostly there. I'm very sorry steiner. I would've loved to love it. Great nom regardless. It was definitely worth listening to, and I found on my second listen that when I'm not actively listening as much, I naturally kind of tune out the parts I don't care about (except the actual brickwal in Sun of Nothing) and focus more when I do like it

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Murphiroth
09/04/21 9:35:02 PM
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NFUN posted...
I'm going to have to say this early. I don't generally like growling.

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FL81
09/04/21 10:09:37 PM
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NFUN
09/04/21 11:10:19 PM
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bebr117 posted...
fuck it ill submit a thing
Incubus - Morning View
https://open.spotify.com/album/1rQZbncicoXyB64DqoH7OY?si=lZozmlTNSSS3THqlMNOoug&dl_branch=1
i can probably find a yt link if you want that.
This feels like a pretty typical, if notably above-average, 90s rock album. If I didn't already know that Incubus did these, I could've guessed five other groups that feasibly could've made most of these songs. Like, it's weird to think a song has vocals like RHCP and instrumentals like Soundgarden or RATM and a chorus like Tool, but the impression I get right off the bat (don't make fun of me about how terrible this description is). That isn't to say that this doesn't have personality. It very clearly does, from the very first song to the last.

oh hey you posted Aqueous Transmission in discord the other day. I didn't listen to it then but I see why you think it's so good. This is definitely a standout. Got frogs too. That's how you know it's good.

I don't have a ton to say about individual songs here. The album doesn't take me on a journey through emotional highs and lows. I don't think this is really revolutionary and it's not really anything I haven't heard before. It is a solid, very enjoyable album through and through, and that's enough

The pizza is no longer warm.

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NFUN
09/04/21 11:11:34 PM
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HeroDelTiempo17 posted...
1000 gecs by 100 gecs

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9F2Wnx_segXw6qJMquQ0j9znWO8gPT-K

spotify too if thats preferred
https://open.spotify.com/album/2uhB1KivbFnlkARpbd0Cvu?si=Jwq4_lxFQDK5uHVA-CG0aw&utm_source=copy-link&dl_branch=1
There's no way around it. I hate this. Rap is a genre I generally dislike, but I didn't warn the topic not to nominate it because I can usually at least tolerate it, and there's probably some of it out there that'd I'd be a fan of. This ain't it. Even my headphones killed themselves 30 seconds into the first song!

If you asked somebody who knew my tastes to try to make a song I'd hate as much as possible, 745 sticky would be a pretty good attempt. Gratuitous autotune that robs me of any ability to appreciate the vocals, gratuitous wubs of the kind I hate the most at the end... gratuitous most everything but instrumentals doing anything interesting. It's not the most intolerable song I've ever heard, but it's up there.

Song 2 is no better. Nor is song 3. Song 4 is kind of nothing. I think I'm done, I'm sorry. I can give it some props for being weird and experimental--I *like* weird and experimental--but the specific ways they went about doing it were often exactly the things I don't want or seemed to just be there for no other purpose than to be weird


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NFUN
09/04/21 11:12:41 PM
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Incubus - Morning View
Between the Buried and Me - Colors

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100 gecs - 1000 gecs

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PIayer_0
09/04/21 11:22:13 PM
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ah crap I'm already late to this

NFUN posted...
I'll be doing the rankings/reviews as albums are posted in here.
Oh wow, and here I thought you would go for something less ambitious this time!

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HeroDelTiempo17
09/05/21 12:15:23 AM
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NFUN posted...
There's no way around it. I hate this. Rap is a genre I generally dislike, but I didn't warn the topic not to nominate it because I can usually at least tolerate it, and there's probably some of it out there that'd I'd be a fan of. This ain't it. Even my headphones killed themselves 30 seconds into the first song!

To be fair this wouldn't have stopped me because overall it's a pop album and outside of Money Machine I barely register it as purely rap. Honestly I nominated 1000 gecs purely because of your comment about not being receptive to modern pop unless it's doing wild shit, and gecs is the current poster child for that. And you did warn you might not finish pop albums anyways so. Fair reaction!

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NFUN
09/05/21 12:23:42 AM
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HeroDelTiempo17 posted...
To be fair this wouldn't have stopped me because overall it's a pop album and outside of Money Machine I barely register it as purely rap. Honestly I nominated 1000 gecs purely because of your comment about not being receptive to modern pop unless it's doing wild shit, and gecs is the current poster child for that. And you did warn you might not finish pop albums anyways so. Fair reaction!
I meant "wild shit" more like Knower or really inventive melodic constructions or whatever, not <description of gecs that isn't painfully condescending>

... well I guess "the opposite of that" works

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Steiner
09/05/21 12:52:28 AM
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I am much more interested in a. starting this off with a "this is going in a lot of different places fast" and recognising that it's amazing than you actually liking it which is basically irrelevant to me
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NFUN
09/05/21 12:57:44 AM
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Steiner posted...
you ... basically irrelevant to me


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NBIceman
09/05/21 12:59:20 AM
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The Dear Hunter - Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TCkVVN1AfEtMP3IjVD1Zi

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handsomeboy2012
09/05/21 2:02:39 AM
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How long is excessively long
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Toxtricity
09/05/21 2:37:41 AM
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to be honest if i was trying to come up with the most anti-nfun music out there that i could think of it would probably be 100 gecs and anything adjacent to them haha

the ways it does 'crazy shit' while being derived from pop music is by amplifying all the things nfun doesn't like about modern pop music to a crazy extreme. and i mean it nails what it intends to do! but the moment i saw it nominated i knew it'd be instant last place in an nfun ranking
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Mr Lasastryke
09/05/21 5:44:33 AM
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NFUN posted...
seemed to just be there for no other purpose than to be weird

oh no you too nfun?

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ChaosTonyV4
09/05/21 6:16:07 AM
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Lemuria - Recreational Hate

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Xeybozn
09/05/21 9:24:07 AM
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Electric Light Orchestra - Time

https://open.spotify.com/album/4k1GJg2poyo6hwWLqJn9C2?si=kqe7SiM3QVCwSdcXtytONg&utm_source=copy-link&dl_branch=1
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