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NFUN
09/05/21 10:34:30 AM
#51:


handsomeboy2012 posted...
How long is excessively long
if you give me an album that's three hours and it feels like it can justify its length I'd rank it, but if it's that long for no other reason than it has a lot of songs, or you give me a five hour long album or something, I probably wouldn't be so welcoming

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FL81
09/05/21 11:55:47 AM
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Gamma Ray - Land of the Free II
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mrilJ9MDYChuCkMZGaDHGZcZ0aQvXlLiQ

(and a reupload of track 7 which is for some reason blocked)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkAwonyg_v8

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NFUN
09/05/21 12:16:17 PM
#53:


ChaosTonyV4 posted...
Lemuria - Recreational Hate

NFUN posted...
Please give me some kind of link


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PIayer_0
09/05/21 1:26:51 PM
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R. Kelly - Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-12
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Id1yV06UWgCwAToUcePf9

A bit of a meme nom, but one that I've listened through multiple times because it's a genuinely fun experience! I don't know why Chapter 10 Explicit is missing from Spotify. Feel free to continue with the 13-22 and 23-33 releases, but they really don't live up to the original and I could never make it through them.

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HeroDelTiempo17
09/05/21 1:32:50 PM
#56:


Toxtricity posted...
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

Yeah I realized too late that 100 gecs is not "pop music for people who do not like pop music" which is more in line with what was being requested. With the Knower example given I could not tell you what about them would have been appealing on that angle because as someone who does like pop music, they just sound like well-executed indietronica to me. Though, now I understand the parallels and divergences - both have similar EDM influence and use random drops for example but they use them in the exact opposite ways (Knower more seamlessly incorporates them, gecs makes them MORE jarringly abrasive).

That's fine though, people love or hate gecs for a lot of different reasons so I think it served its role as a useful barometer.

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ChaosTonyV4
09/05/21 5:31:54 PM
#57:


NFUN posted...
Please give me some kind of link,

Sorry my dude:

Lemuria - Recreational Hate

https://open.spotify.com/album/4aX3Ll494HFlHQUjCijpbk?si=j_D-jNl5SDiZUCqF9QEVow&dl_branch=1

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NFUN
09/05/21 8:43:54 PM
#58:


PIayer_0 posted...
R. Kelly - Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-12
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Id1yV06UWgCwAToUcePf9

A bit of a meme nom, but one that I've listened through multiple times because it's a genuinely fun experience! I don't know why Chapter 10 Explicit is missing from Spotify. Feel free to continue with the 13-22 and 23-33 releases, but they really don't live up to the original and I could never make it through them.
this wasn't something I was particularly looking forward to listening to in the first place, and I have been informed that R Kelly is... let's just say "awful". I'd appreciate it if you nominated something else

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PIayer_0
09/05/21 9:58:32 PM
#59:


Aw, can you at least listen to one song or something? Lemme see what else I could go with...

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cakophon
09/05/21 10:08:30 PM
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Toxtricity posted...
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.

for some reason i did not realize that is why it is called...hyper pop

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PIayer_0
09/06/21 2:09:05 PM
#61:


Porter Robinson - Worlds
https://open.spotify.com/album/7AJPV0L05IyIBid97AvwVD

I only know a few songs from this one, but I did like them all so now I have an excuse to go through the album before you get to it!

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NFUN
09/06/21 2:20:25 PM
#62:


CherryCokes posted...
Kali Uchis - Isolation

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB1DhR4CImT4IMnq3CX-cCEtB0aLjyWTo
Wasn't expecting... Bossa Nova[?] from the first song.

This is interesting, since the style of singing is of a type that I generally have an automatic adverse reaction to, one of the tropes of modern pop or alt rock I dislike, yet it's being used in a very different way that isn't immediately upsetting me. This album definitely has aspects I don't like, don't get me wrong. Mid-song rapping is definitely another cliche I hate. But it's also not bothering me so much.

I can't stress enough how odd it is to me that I don't find myself wanting to turn this off. It's like Amy Winehouse as a modern act, with the associated baggage. I *can't stand* Amy Winehouse. It doesn't seem that you can attribute this to the songs being "non-offensive" or anything, either, because that's never stopped me before. Maybe I just unconciously associate chill music like this with smoking with my friends at school. In any case, I think Cokes win the prize for succeeding where HDT failed. A disclaimer: the music is succeeding *in spite* of these obstacles. Most enjoyment I get from this is when I'm listening around the rap, or some sections where the singing does get on my nerves. It's kind of like Colors in that regard, with lower highs, and, remarkably, higher lows. For the most part, I wouldn't say that this is something I'd want to actively listen to barring strange moods, but I wouldn't mind at all if most of these songs came on the radio or something. Definitely far better than most things I'd hear a lot of my friends play. I might save a few songs.

Score: enjoyable in the moment/10
Favorite song: Tomorrow

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NFUN
09/06/21 3:24:35 PM
#63:


tabiicat42 posted...
lex the lexicon artist - alter ego

https://open.spotify.com/album/3RNr8QVM0uSIDfG0UMAHDb?si=u0jl1knVTo-f9-CpEs559g&dl_branch=1
God, way to thread the fucking needle tabii. It was genius of you to nominate this for me. This is hanging just *sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiightly* on the side of "I hate this", but it's weird and funny in the way you knew I'd like so that it's balanced perfectly in a region I can't really decide how I feel about. The issue with this situation is that "I almost hate this" + "this is funny" is basically Siivagunner. I'm very susceptible to musical Stockholm Syndrome if the songs make me laugh, and you knew this would make me laugh. Hell, some of this humor is straight out of a Dunkey video

I think a lot of people would probably say this album sucks and they're probably right but luckily I don't know shit about this genre so that doesn't affect me! (In fact, it might even be why I like it). It helps my overall enjoyment that I don't hate the singing and it's doing some things instrumentally besides a beat + effects. I was *extremely* apprehensive at the beginning of the first song but I was pleasantly surprised! And I swear to god, I thought Loss of Ego was going to be a cover of Parabol at first.

god damn it I think I'm actually going to save some of these songs

When I was listening to the last song, I was actively, *actively straining* to make sure that she didn't let the extremely obvious Steins;Gate reference miss her. I was not disappointed.

But don't come asking of me advice because my opinions SUCK. My prescriptions all consist of NOT GIVING A FUCK

Score: actually looked forward to the relisten/10
Favorite song: Retcon Artist


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NFUN
09/06/21 4:07:50 PM
#64:


cakophon posted...
Pat Metheny Group - Still Life (Talking)
https://open.spotify.com/album/5YnUbwAzrorRuvSJ0sCj7n
is that a motherfucking JOJO REFERENCE AHAHAHA AHA AHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHA. Memes aside, I did genuinely enjoy this song a good bit after being introduced to it by the show.

I knew what I was getting into, and I know that this is basically what the genre of is, but DAMN does this feel like dad music. Like, above and beyond probably anything else I've heard. Maybe it's the timbre idk. But it's music for a dad that also really likes Masashi Hamauzu! Which I also expected, but listen, I haven't listened to him yet so I needed to go through these revelations myself sometime.

I think by its nature (and my tendencies in appreciating music), this is something I'd enjoy listening to a lot and not think about much when not hearing it. The album is very calm and understated, and I'd need something a little more boisterous to be propelled into the highest tier (yes I know this is the highest album rated right now you know what I mean). TO be extremely clear, this is no knock against the album, I enjoy this quite a lot and will likely listen to it in full often when I'm in the mood for something low-key.

Don't have too much to say on this, as me liking it was basically a foregone conclusion

Score: hidekuni horita/pso2
Favorite Song: So May It Secretly Begin (specific moments/chords stood out more in It's Just Talk though)

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NFUN
09/06/21 4:08:48 PM
#65:


Pat Methany Group - Still Life (Talking)
LEX the Lexicon Artist - Alter Ego
Incubus - Morning View
Kali Uchis - Isolation
Between the Buried and Me - Colors

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100 gecs - 1000 gecs

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Toxtricity
09/06/21 4:22:44 PM
#66:


pat metheny group is (obviously) one of my favorite things but almost entirely it's about the composition for me. wanting the same composition style with different levels of energy or more diverse timbres is why i listen to pso2....but if you wanna explore their less subdued side there's definitely lots of examples out there but usually indiv songs rather than full albums.

here's a couple maybe worth your time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBXGAGwLGNo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAcr39zCvqM

might think of more later
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NFUN
09/06/21 10:57:14 PM
#67:


Toxtricity posted...
pat metheny group is (obviously) one of my favorite things but almost entirely it's about the composition for me. wanting the same composition style with different levels of energy or more diverse timbres is why i listen to pso2....but if you wanna explore their less subdued side there's definitely lots of examples out there but usually indiv songs rather than full albums.

here's a couple maybe worth your time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBXGAGwLGNo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAcr39zCvqM

might think of more later
the first is really good and reminds me that downtown jazz is also good. the second is not quite as good but still very cool

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Mr Lasastryke
09/07/21 3:29:37 AM
#68:


oh you want pat metheny music that's not very calm and understated?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0JPGo9woRo

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UF8
09/07/21 11:18:57 PM
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GameBopAdv
09/08/21 5:59:22 AM
#70:


Danny Playamaqui - VA (Valentino Arco)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_l6DE1ys5hcSpn3IfHs4YMULyyYx6id9hE

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azuarc
09/09/21 11:09:59 PM
#71:


Tom Cardy - Artificial Intelligence
https://open.spotify.com/album/0p3PojNPjYC8LHkJCwinTd

He has his own music videos on youtube that I'd recommend watching instead.

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NFUN
09/10/21 5:31:26 PM
#72:


Bane_Of_Despair posted...
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
Well... at least this singing isn't growling! My hair is long enough to headbang now, but it's hard to get into that state of mind on a nice holiday day off. I can kind of detach myself and imagine how cool this would be to listen to at a concert, in an environment when I'm hyped. And, what I was originally going to say before I got distracted by the vocals was that me and Bane's taste don't necessarily heavily overlap, but his tastes and knowledge is broad enough that he'll have music I like always onhand. The instrumentals are great in the first song, and my issue with the singing is basically a mood thing, as opposed to actually finding them distasteful. Although I can't help but laugh whenever they first come on in a given song. Especially the second. Even you can admit they're a little overdone there...

...This is really exhausting to listen through. By track 3 I'm starting to hunker down and isolate myself from the music, and I can't focus on it in critical detail any longer. I made it through, but I'm not relistening to this. As I said, I'd be happier with the vocals in a more appropriate mood, however, even then I'd get overwhelmed before too long. This album is just Too Much, the first in this ranking where I find the whole much lower than the sum of its parts. Sorry bane. I consider Gallery of Sleep the winner in my heart.

"Be careful not to cut yourself" indeed.

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HeroDelTiempo17
09/10/21 5:49:40 PM
#73:


Your take on Isolation is interesting to me because I love that album but I consider it to be quintessentially good modern pop. A wide variety of styles and influence, executed at a high level, but ultimately still pretty straightforward! Glad you could at least enjoy some of it, though!

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NFUN
09/10/21 6:49:09 PM
#74:


Toxtricity posted...
Derek Sherinian - Planet X
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8a8cutYP7frFP-md1I8yqJv4oYojJieI

could pick something else but leaning toward this right now
WHOA that synth is cool. One minute in the first song and I can tell this will be the album to beat... eh, it gets a bit too meandery after that. I was never super into prog that is "opaque" or that feels purposeless, like over-nove. In the "List of Silly Things I Have Objected To" this ranking, that complaint is definitely the most benign. Track is solid outside of those sections, of course.

As much as I like the album, it blurs together a bit. Maybe that's a risk albums that I enjoy run that albums I don't have some protection from, since I can more easily uncritically listen with pleasure without being distracted back into focusing by something that through me off (an effect that probably boosted Alter Ego, though I think this album is pretty self-consistent regardless).

I think it being an instrumental prog album plays a role in this. Prog melodies by their nature are usually pretty hard to follow and are "uncatchy". Vocals trend towards the opposite, and even when consciously trying to keep music complex and having vocals alongside odd times or weird chords (#tool), it just being singing makes it more memorable (or easy to remember, rather). This album seems structured like a vocal album but without vocals, so something feels missing even if vocals were never intended for the tracks, and where I might expect there to be variety in the singing styles and constructions between different songs, it comes out to be more homogenous. Compare this with the aforementioned From the Gallery of Sleep by Night Verses, which is definitely built to provide a vocal-less and variegated experience (even ignoring the samples), or a vgm soundtrack, which generally show different moods for different contexts.

Still, purely speaking of terms of how much pleasure I got from listening, pretty high up there. Definitely will need to check out Planet X and maybe I'll finally listen to Dream Theater... I tried looking up Snuff, because I remember having issues with it (probably thought it was too directionless), and all of the results are now some guy's bass cover portrayed ingenuously as official. nice

...is there another Crab Nebula I should know about?

Score: his name looks Armenian and they're good at rock/10
Favorite song: Crab Nebulae or Space Martini or Prunei Babylon

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Toxtricity
09/10/21 7:36:38 PM
#75:


you not being able to find snuff outside of covers is probably because virgil donati is very intense about taking stuff he wrote off of youtube. which is actually part of why i nominated this specific album rather than the related stuff under his name or the planet x stuff which he also oversees in a similar way. some of that stuff is up in full or part...sometimes, and then goes down. i guess the only official free way to listen to planet x right now is pandora (which makes sense...that's how i discovered it)

it's pretty easy to listen to this album from this video right now tho which i didn't realize until now...otherwise i might've nominated this one instead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuvrZha-7XI
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Toxtricity
09/10/21 7:44:10 PM
#76:


oh and although derek sherinian was in dream theater for a bit; he's only the keyboardist on one full album (Falling into Infinity), which does have a few cool songs that you can tell have his influence, but is actually pretty unrepresentative of the sound of dt and often cited as a low point (i've grown to like it tho, very specifically because elements he's confirmed to have written). he's also on the A Change of Seasons EP and uncredited-ly wrote a lot of Metropolis Pt. 2 even if he's not the keyboardist anymore there

not saying you won't like dream theater in general, but just pointing out that sherinian's influence is limited to those things if his presence there is why you're bringing it up
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Bane_Of_Despair
09/10/21 8:04:27 PM
#77:


I thought from the break from your last post that my album might have broken you, and I guess I was sort of right lol. I could have played it a bit safer knowing how much you enjoyed that Night Verses album but this one popped in my head and I decided eh fuck it. This is probably my favorite Norma Jean album, I do think it has some variety to it! But largely yes it is intense and loud, so your mileage may vary

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NFUN
09/10/21 10:35:06 PM
#78:


Raka_Putra posted...
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?
Huh. This is not what I expected. Granted, that's been the trend with nearly every intro song this ranking. Still, where is that harmonica coming from?? A choir? What? I'd expect riffs like this, and from the second song, from Planet X, not a Webber Jesus musical and WOW IT'S THE SAME DRUMEMR!

What the fuck!? Tell me what's happening!!

I love leitmotifs. I, however, don't really love how plays tend to use them. Interposing fragments of old songs more-or-less verbatim into later tracks seems a really unnecessarily heavy-handed way to include them, particularly for media where the music *is* the focus. If videogames, where the music is much more incidental to most players, can pull off subtler melody insertions, I'd hope viewers of musicals would be able to handle it too.

The album was very enjoyable, probably one of the better musicals I've heard. Yet it's also just another one of the musicals I've heard. I feel a shortcoming in having a "genre" so dominated at one end by so few names makes self-consistent in a vaguely off-putting way. It loses some originality points by being something I could've been fooled into thinking I'd heard five times before. Compare with the Incubus album, which was a pretty unique synthesis of individual elements I felt familiar with.

As a non-Christian, hearing the story presented this way... god it sounds so stupid. I never realized that DS9 ripped off a scene from the bible so blatantly

Score: jesus/buddha
Favorite song: Trial Before Pilate


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NFUN
09/10/21 10:35:59 PM
#79:


Pat Methany Group - Still Life (Talking)
LEX the Lexicon Artist - Alter Ego
Derek Sherinian - Planet X
Incubus - Morning View
1992 Australian Cast - Highlights from "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Kali Uchis - Isolation
Between the Buried and Me - Colors
Norma Jean - Wrongdoers
100 gecs - 1000 gecs

LEX is above Planet X since I'm ranking the albums as cohesive wholes

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NFUN
09/11/21 8:07:34 PM
#80:


Mr Lasastryke posted...
Eric Dolphy - Last Date
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7wv1Ns4VJAliY9VXkz82s9kP28WrDMPB


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Mr Lasastryke
09/11/21 8:14:44 PM
#81:


huh, they're not hidden for me. is this a europe only thing or something?

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0q2VleZJVEnZJ7G4W3BgH8FqA773Ktjw

this playlist should work.

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NFUN
09/11/21 8:44:10 PM
#82:


that one works

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NFUN
09/15/21 12:19:06 AM
#83:


Mr Lasastryke posted...
Eric Dolphy - Last Date
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7wv1Ns4VJAliY9VXkz82s9kP28WrDMPB
I don't think this type of experimental jazz is quite right for me. I don't *object* to it or anything. It's just not quite enthralling enough to justify itself in my eyes... probably most of the issue is that I think the sax pretty horrible. Not "this pains me horrible", more of a "I am questioning the life choices of the performer" kind of horrible. Don't get me wrong, I'm cool with dissonance... just... why? With proper instrumentation (like many of the piano parts), I am fairly into the music.

Love that the second song turned into Unsettling Opponent for a couple of minutes. And I must admit, I am a fan of walking bass. The later songs as a whole are more to my liking, but for some reason the sound quality seems to drop for each excessive one, to the point where I can't listen to more than a minute or two of the last one without losing my mind. A shame; I was really growing to like them. Very solid background music. Not quite something I'd go out of my way to actively listen to.

Some amazing song names

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Favorite song: I dunno what one is but the Madrig is speaking to me

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Mr Lasastryke
09/15/21 3:37:22 AM
#84:


eric dolphy is one of the most respected sax (and other instruments) players in the history of jazz lol

i get it, though. he's not the most accessible player.

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NFUN
09/22/21 12:03:45 PM
#85:


Collen posted...
Cursor Miner - An Explosive Piece of Mind
https://open.spotify.com/album/4mBkEnCrACDlpa7KcpgcpL
@Collen

We have entered the Collen Realm. It's interesting how one's biases can alter their perceptions. I was very prepared for something like a more upbeat LSD song at the beginning of song 2, and then the vocals came on and reframed it completely.

The third song is back to form. Like Sato, it inherently has its own strange kind of appeal, but it takes until the last minute, when it actually picks up, for me to get into it at all. That tends to happen a lot with very odd music like this. Without some kind of drive, some kind of unifying force, I don't have anything to grab on to.

alright this is going to be one of those albums that i have to talk about every song individually because they're all so... DNA seems really inspired by Bowie. Really like the, uh, stacatto opening, chorus not as much. Remote Control also has some Bowie feels, but the more chiptuney aspects hamper my enjoyment a bit.

Glitchcore isn't really my favorite, however, I do really like Frums, so parts of Alpha Waves I'm whatever on and parts I enjoy a good bit (basically I like the samples).

I like Frums and cool sampled music. I don't necessarily love 80s pop music aesthetically. I like a lot of Osamu Sato. I don't like a lot of executions of glitchcore. David Bowie is pretty cool. Chiptune is pretty eh. This album is a whole goulash of influences, and the dish averages out to be pretty alright.

Rating: aight/10 (pretend it's zalgoed)
Favorite Song: Propaganda

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