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  • Perfect Symmetry

    27. Jan. 2009, 3:35

    I want to like this album. I really do.
    It's awfully difficult, though. Most of it just sounds rather messy (I don't know jack about composition in music, but that is my opinion). It's also far too loud and takes Keane's bounciness to uncomfortable levels.

    That said, there are a few tracks I don't mind playing.

    Spiralling - I am the only person I know who actually likes this song. Part of me is ashamed that I do. It sounds almost nothing like Keane, but I find it quite catchy. First time I heard it, though, I was very :[ about it. Eh, it's grown on me.

    The Lovers Are Losing - This one isn't as potentially obnoxious as "Spiralling," although it is still rather out of character.

    Perfect Symmetry - The title track isn't too bad, but I can't say I'm that fond of the chorus. Feels like something's missing there. Other than that, I think this one would be better if there weren't so much of what sounds to me like yelling (I tend to be sensitive toward that sort of thing, however).

    Again & Again - Another one of the overly loud and bouncy tracks. Personally, I think it suffers because of it. If they had done this more softly, it could have been amazing.

    Of course, I'm no qualified music reviewer and everyone has different tastes, but I've been surprised with the number of people who say the album is Keane's greatest work yet.

    Just thought I'd finally write a journal entry after such a long dry spell.
  • Noooooo

    19. Jul. 2008, 14:45

    I don't want to have to be a subscriber to listen to my playlist :(

    On the other hand, this is a pretty good incentive for me to finally get my subscription. I'd been thinking about doing so anyway.
  • <3

    12. Jul. 2008, 1:25

    According to the beta version of the upcoming new Last.fm, I have 144 Loved Tracks.
    Maybe I should be a little more selective.
  • Artist Moderation

    26. Mär. 2008, 4:35

    So, among a handful of other multitagged artists, we're being given the option of voting on whether it ought to be Arcade Fire or The Arcade Fire.

    Personally, I prefer "The Arcade Fire," but that's my affinity for articles. It just feels right. Other than that, I honestly don't care. I tell people, "I really like The Arcade Fire," but then I might say, "I'd like to check that store to see if they have an Arcade Fire album I've been trying to find."
    It's a balance between convenience and aesthetics.

    My primary concern, however, is what the results will do to people's charts. If "Arcade Fire" wins, the Last.fm team better make sure to change all the "The Arcade Fire"s to the former tag; otherwise, my charts are royally screwed.

    I'm optimistic that they'll take care of things, though.

    EDIT: Oh, Wikipedia and your talk-page debates.

    Looks like the band themselves don't particularly care, though. They seem to have a habit of telling people that it's "The Arcade Fire," and yet their album covers call them "Arcade Fire." And then on top of all that, parts of the album inserts still use "The Arcade Fire."
    ARGH.

    The general fan consensus, however, is "Arcade Fire." Again, I still think the article just looks and sounds better, but I'm not going to throw a hissy fit over this sort of thing.

    I will, however, throw a hissy fit if my tags don't get changed properly.
  • Steven Wilson's Cover Versions

    19. Mär. 2008, 23:18

  • >.<

    10. Mär. 2008, 7:26

    Come on, Mew, must you release rerecordings on expensive yet short singles?

    The first version of Mica I heard was the new version in this video. I prefer it hands-down over the original on Half the World Is Watching Me.

    Then I find this video for a new version of King Christian. In this case, I heard the original first, but now I want the new one as well.

    Gimme.
  • oops

    6. Mär. 2008, 23:53

    oh noes i missed teh Tally Hall

    (Darn it, I was free that day too)
  • In My Pants

    27. Feb. 2008, 7:07

    I had two midterms today, I have to force my parents to pay my exorbitant student and housing fees, and I'm practically gnashing my teeth over how I'll register next quarter's classes.
    I could use a meme.

    1. Put your music player on "random." Skip songs with not-very interesting titles (such as "Concerto #4 in E minor")
    2. List the titles of the first 25 songs to come up.
    3. Put "in my pants" after each title.
    4. Bold the ones that actually made you laugh. [I went with "ones I found amusing," since it's not easy for me to laugh out loud at something like this. However, I am easily amused.]

    1. Better Lead Than Dead in My Pants
    2. Behold the FUTURE in My Pants
    3. Sick Puppy in My Pants
    4. Sundial in My Pants
    5. Nine Words in My Pants
    6. Spotted Pinto Bean in My Pants
    7. Who's Got the Crack in My Pants [Aw, could have been better.]
    8. Songs to Wear Pants to Theme in My Pants [Whoa.]
    9. Get Baton Song in My Pants
    10. Another Version of the Truth in My Pants
    [Though I'm not entirely sure why I thought this was funny.]
    11. Boss of Me in My Pants [Ewwwww.]
    12. Black Mirror in My Pants
    13. We Photocopy Our Body Parts in My Pants
    14. Drugs or Me in My Pants
    15. Holo Holo in My Pants
    16. In the Gloomy Darkness in My Pants
    17. Princess Unicorn Bunny Kitten Angel in My Pants
    18. Bottom Out in My Pants
    19. Landslide in My Pants
    20. There's Nothing Between Us Anymore in My Pants
    21. Heresy in My Pants
    22. Love is Not Enough in My Pants
    23. Three in My Pants [zomg]
    24. Why Bother in My Pants [:/]
    25. We Will Rock You in My Pants
  • The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?

    22. Feb. 2008, 7:36

    I binge on songs. Like crazy. Most of the time, this leads to my sampling some of the artist's other songs and gradually developing a fondness for his/her/their work.
    Sometimes, however, I'm not that fond of the artist's work in general, and in a few cases, I might even believe the artist's overall work to be total crap. What can say, though? Some songs are so catchy that I just can't get rid of them. This has led to my charts being quite unbalanced.

    Artists that have made it onto my Top Artists chart solely because I binge(d) on one, two, or three of their songs:

    Songs to wear pants to - Okay, this isn't entirely accurate. Andrew actually has a massive amount of songs that he wrote at the requests of numerous people who sometimes make rather odd demands (such as a cover of Experimental Film in a bizarre style the requester called "Celtic/punk." The end result was somewhat obnoxious). Since the vast majority of his songs are a minute or less in length, he shot up my charts quite rapidly. However, I'd say that for every one catchy and enjoyable song I download, there are about five that I listen to and promptly delete.
    Still, I am loathe to delete songs from my Recently Scrobbled charts (no matter how embarrassing), so they all show up anyway.

    Camille Saint-Saëns - I am by no means saying that he wasn't a great composer, but all I listened to here were the same Saint-Saens - The Carnival Of Animals tracks over and over, particularly my personal favorite, The Swan. I really need to pick up my own Carnival of Animals album.

    Oppenheimer - Again, just to clarify, I do like these guys. airencracken recently gave me their album, but I've been afraid to listen to it since they already have at least 115 plays on my charts thanks to my rarely ever having skipped Breakfast in Nyc and My Son, the Astronaut when listening to my playlist. Considering my constant gorging on Mew, however, that doesn't really make a whole lot of sense.

    Tori Amos - My former literature teacher recommended her to me after discovering that I'm a Kate Bush fan. The only two songs that have really struck a chord with me are Cornflake Girl and Crucify, and my playlist doesn't seem to want to play the latter anymore. I've been rather "meh" about most of her stuff, to be honest, but it's not bad.

    Zbigniew Preisner - This one's a Polish composer who's done the soundtracks for a few films. In a class I took on French cinema and culture, I saw a rather artsy movie called La Double vie de Véronique. I thought the film was okay, but I was quite impressed with the soundtrack. Preisner's presence on my charts is due to my having binged on three pieces sitting in my playlist.
    I'm not sure if I really want to buy the whole soundtrack, though.

    The Beatles - I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but yes, they're here because I kept playing two of their songs over and over again: Because and I Am the Walrus. I'd actually discovered the former through Elliot Smith's cover of it for American Beauty, and the latter was what my former history teacher would occasionally play as background music during tests. When I found out that airencracken hates the latter, it suddenly didn't seem so catchy anymore :( I haven't listened to it since.
    Naturally, I feel lousy for not having heard a lot of Beatles music. I like what I have heard so far. I must have more.

    Aaron Ackerson - I tried to like his stuff. Honestly, I tried. Frankly, though, it's some of the cheesiest electronic music I've ever heard, and I've heard (and can generally tolerate) a fair amount of cheesy electronic music. As a devoted Lemon Demon fan, I almost feel bad for not being terribly fond of Aaron's stuff, but no, not really. However, I am contemplating downloading the free mp3s of Not the End and SHC since I found them just so freakin' catchy. I had to get those two off my playlist because I was shocked to discover that I'd somehow managed to get Aaron 73 plays on my charts.
    I'm sure you're a good guy and all, but I'm just not that big on your music, Aaron. Sorry :\

    Carpark North - I decided to check them out since they're supposedly similar to Mew (not quite, Last.fm, not quite). I've enjoyed Human and Best Day so far, but the rest of their stuff I haven't been too keen on yet. I'm willing to give them more chances, though; perhaps they'll grow on me.

    Tom Lehrer - Oh man. I seriously need to purchase his albums. The first song I ever heard was The Elements, and I've liked his work ever since. The Vatican Rag has never left my playlist, and for a while, I'd been binging on a couple of other tracks.

    Globus - The only song I've liked is Prelude (On Earth As In Heaven). For a while, I was optimistic about them since I was interested in the orchestral aspect of it, but their lyrics are so...well, pop-y. Although I don't normally focus so much on lyrical content, pop-sounding lyrics simply don't seem to work with such heavy orchestral music, particularly when the orchestra in question also does a lot of dramatic movie soundtracks. The clash is just too difficult not to notice for me.

    Limozeen - Lawlz. Obviously, the only two songs I've played repeatedly from these guys are Because, It's Midnite and Nite Mamas, though the former much moreso than the latter.

    Tally Hall - I love how their voices sound together, but I want to hear more than just the cover (Smile Like You Mean It (Album Version)) available on Last.fm. This is quite frustrating.

    Viola - One of the few bands I've heard that actually do sound pretty similar to Mew, at least vocally. I haven't found them nearly as engaging, though I do enjoy Lovelights and Breathtaker. Again, perhaps they'll grow on me.

    There will undoubtedly be more artists that'll show up in my charts as I keep binging. I'll just have to keep updating, I guess.
  • Hello hello hello hello

    6. Dez. 2007, 0:41

    Well, after listening to a good deal of Porcupine Tree and Blackfield, I have come to the conclusion that Steven Wilson is awesome.

    Yep. Awesome.

    Also, dang. I've been listening to a lot of Mew.