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What Have You Been Listening To? - Week of September 19, 2022

Each week a WHYBLT? thread will be posted, where we can talk about what music we’ve been listening to. The recommended format is as follows.

Band/Album Name: A description of the band/album and what you find enjoyable/interesting/terrible/whatever about them/it. Try to really show what they’re about, what their sound is like, what artists they are influenced by/have influenced or some other means of describing their music.

Artist Name – Song Name If you’d like to give a short description of the song then feel free

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUTUBE, SOUNDCLOUD, SPOTIFY, ETC LINKS! Recommendations for similar artists are preferable too.

This thread is meant to encourage sharing of music and promote discussion about artists. Any post that just puts up a youtube link or says “I've been listening to Radiohead; they are my favorite band.” will be removed. Make an effort to really talk about what you’ve been listening to. Self-promotion is also not allowed.

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I've been listening to vinyl tonight-

Tonight in the mail I got my copy of Tourist - Inside Out. It's a wonderful electronic/house album- very joyous and fitting for these final warm days before autumn fully sets in.

Next I listened to Glass Animals - Zaba because I hadn't listened to it in years. After revisiting it I've realized this particular album was a splurge and perhaps I'm not as sentimentally attached to it as I thought I was. I might part ways with this album to make room for something else.

Currently I'm listening to Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Yesterday I was listening to GZA's Liquid Swords and Ghostface Killah's Iron Man so tonight I was in the mood for some Wu-Tang! This is a good album to hold onto.

Next, I'll probably listen to Rilo Kiley - Take Offs and Landings because that's another great album to listen to in late summer / early autumn.

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Anna Butterss - Activities

A new release worth checking out for people who like instrumental music that seamlessly blends jazz, electronic music, ambient, and indie styles. Anna Butterss is an upright and electric bassist who got her start in the Adelaide, Australia music scene and has since relocated to LA, where she's been working with a whole slew of different artists. I first heard her playing bass in the California-based jazz/rock/whatever group Snow Nerds' record Gup Life. The title track on that has her laying down some great playing on one of those rubber-stringed basses that people have been getting more into in recent years:

Snow Nerds - Gup Life

Anyhow, the newer release features some excellent stylistic variety and a lot of beautifully-subdued performances. I'm generally a big fan of bass-player-led records where the leader doesn't give the listeners a virtuosic wank-fest or try to create music where the bass is re-envisioned as the lead instrument. Butterss' record places the focus on strong arrangements and textures, with the bass mostly 'holding shit down' in great ways.

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How do you like them Brazilian Girls?

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During my Overwatch game sessions I pair up my Spotify and start cranking out albums. This way I can really listen to albums and listen to an artist's lesser known work. With that being said, I used a playlist called "1001 Albums" to get me going so I can listen to albums I wouldn't really pick out on my own. I'll be posting some highlights here from time to time.

First one:

Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue (1977): Holy hell, what a great album from beginning to end. I feel that everybody knows the hits such as "Mr. Blue Sky," "Turn to Stone" and "Sweet Talkin' Woman" but I discovered songs that I had not listened to before. The instrumental "Believe Me Now" sounds big and dramatic, almost like a break from the entire album that keeps the same sounds flowing throughout. "Big Wheels" is probably my favorite discovery from this album along with "Sweet is the Night." I'm glad I dug deeper because now I have another favorite album in my personal list. (As a side note: after listening to this album I wanted more so I listened to A New World Record (1976) & Discovery (1979) and although they're both good albums, they're not as strong for me. Discovery is a very close second though.

Marty Robbins - Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs (1959): My father, rest his soul, would play different music that he had on vinyl while I was growing up. It was both in Spanish and English and whenever he'd go on his English music binges he would play "El Paso" by Marty. Now, I have finally listened to the album from where that song came from and all I can say is that I really felt like I went to another world. Almost like being in a cinematic world filmed by Marty with all of the songs on this album. I loved this album from beginning to end, not a weak song in it to be honest. I'm so happy I got to listen to this gem. Highlights: "Big Iron, "Cool Water" and "The Little Green Valley," (Side note: I can see why my father liked his music. It almost sounds like Mexican Norteno music."

The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today! (1965): Once again, I was familiar with the popular songs and hits but god damn! The harmonies in "She Knows Me Too Well" and "Please Let Me Wonder" are out of this world and inspiring. I feel that in this sub we focus a lot on Pet Sounds and with good reason but it's nice to see where the artist came from. You can hear brilliant vocal arrangements and even though there's a ton of talent it's hard to tell that Pet Sounds was just a year away. You can hear the surf sound at times but they were becoming a whole other monster.

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Blackhaine - Stained Materials

Very moody alternative hip-hop. The vibe reminds me somewhat of Tricky at his top form in the 90s. The flow is great, the lyrics are interesting, the production is amazing too. Most likely the best hip-hop song I've heard in the last six months.

Joji - Yukon

Joji once again proves he's the king of modern melancholic pop music. Gorgeous pop/trap ballad that I can't really get enough of. New album promises to be fantastic.

Crippled Black Phoenix - Blackout77

A powerful post-rock/prog rock hybrid, it really gets the best parts of post-rock moodiness, but also the best parts of progressive music's force and scope.

DJ Premier - Lettin' Off Steam

Terrific old school hip-hop banger. Gorgeous beat with great scratching, energetic performance from Joey Badass really take the song to a next level.

DoomCannon - Amalgamation

Artist I've never heard before, but if this song is of any indication, he's about to become one of the biggest modern jazz greats. Awesome jazz fusion cut with immaculate, complex arrangements including orchestral sweeps, syncopated drums, various keyboards, interesting guitar and bass interplay, and more.

Hudson Mohawke - Watch Dogs Theme

Dreamy trap electronica that makes you feel like you jump from a space station down to earth into an ocean of champagne. Hudson is undoubtedly one of the best producers living today when it comes to beats and textures.

Johann Johannsson - Childhood/Land Of The Young

Not a big fan of Johannsson's music in general, but this song certainly struck a nerve. Very tragic and grand piece of modern classical music.

Jamie Lidell - Runaway

A combination of trap instrumental and soulful pop vocals make magic. Heard this song in GTA V and just can't stop listening to it ever since.

Marc Almond - Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart

Beautiful classic pop ballad. Great string arrangements, and the voices of two vocalists complement each other very well.

Mary Arcane - Piece Of Me

Lame old Britney Spears song turned into a high octane hyperpop banger that would make even a paraplegic get up and dance like crazy. The energy on this track is just off the charts.

Mutant Joe - Knick Knack

Epic 7 minute long multi-phased breakbeat/garage/trap hybrid that makes you feel ready to party, take drugs and make sex all night.

Qasim Naqvi - Head Within A Head

Ambient piece with some interesting textures and overall very moody dark vibe. A perfect soundtrack for being stranded in the unknown part of town by yourself in the middle of the night.

The Smile - Waving A White Flag

The entire The Smile record is great, but this particular song I like more and more the more I listen to it. Thom going from being calm to his famous heart-wrenching falcetto vocals is just breathtaking. The instrumental is comprised of atmospheric modular synthesizers, muted drums, beautiful strings and some acoustic guitar. Just perfect sad music.

Strigoi - Hollow

Dark, brooding death metal in the style of Morbid Angel's Covenant and Domination. So many death metal bands these days sound so homogenous, but this track, apart from simply being a very well written death metal song, also brings in some interesting, not so common elements like doom metal vocals, keyboards and choir.

Yugo Kanno - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure OST

The music in Jojo has always been great, and I very much enjoyed the Taku Iwasaki contributions, but with Yugo Kanno the series has truly found its musical identity. This is just an insane mix of jazz, rock, electronica, techno, funk, symphonic music, pop and whatnot. But it's not just a random mix of everything. Almost every composition is very memorable and unique, whether it be a light-hearted jazzy tune, a raucous electro-rock banger or a dramatic orchestral piece.

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Have you listened to Fuse? By Hudson Mohawke

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I've been listening to this band I found, a lot of styles mixed with Rock... If there's another Rock fan, let me know what so u think... Last song has Tango-Rock, impressive

Under the Symphony - The Ruthless Art

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You may enjoy this - Glass Pony Glass Pony - Nowhere Daydream

Spacey rock and roll, maybe like if Incubus, Oasis, and Pink Floyd crashed into the Spin Doctors? I’m not sure haha

Follakzoid - II

Spacey dancey motorik krautrock with fuzz riffs and ethereal vocals. Really great stuff!

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Marcus King / Young Blood - blues/rock

One of the newer blues artists and someone that I’ve been paying attention to for a while. In my opinion, his previous albums were all almost good. They all featured some impressive playing, but none of it seemed to land quite right and result in memorable songs. This album, produced by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) found that missing X factor. Filled with some truly awesome guitar playing and a mood that lands just right, I think this is one of the best blues albums in recent history and one that’s worth listening to.

Laura Marling / Songs for our daughter - alternative

A 2020 release that is new to me. This album immediately feels “real” in a way that I find very refreshing. I hear major Laurel Canyon inspiration in these sounds and I love it. I hear echoes of CSN, Joni Mitchell and even a little bit of Dan Fogelberg, for those of you that are familiar with his music.

The songs all feel wonderfully sincere. Speaking of things that are relevant in a personal way to Marling, but also relatable and human. There is a sense of freedom in this music. Something unhindered and full of a complex sort of joy.

Apple Music Links below

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I love Marling's voice and delivery.

King's 2020 tour was the last show I saw for two years. It was more a demonstration of hard experimental delta blues than anything. It was a wall of sound in itself. I have never heard a trio that loud, and now I know what power means.

Pretty much saw this, minus Hinds. That two hours of blowing my ears off was easily some of the best money I ever spent.

My only complaint was that he was playing arena rock in a small theater.

First world blues.

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ModModerator Achievement · 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Please add listening links.

Edit: thank you.

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New shit:

... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Bleed Here Now (2022) Prog. Rock: The album sprawls. Like stretching your hand trying to reach one end of something with your thumb and another end with your pinky and you succeed. The moment the album split open from foreign chatterings to grandiose orchestral in the middle of the opener, I stopped doodling and stared at my computer screen, thinking ‘oh?’. They probably hate comparison, but I can’t not mention the familiar feeling I get between this and Smashing Pumpkin. Proggier SP, I’d say. Contra Mundum is ejaculation nation. That is one gorgeous track.

Diamanda Galas - Broken Gargoyle (2022) Sound Poetry: The thing about me and Diamanda is that I prefer her raw and LQ. This is more modern and ‘well-produced’, Some parts are like direct reimagination of The Litanies of Satan, without the gripping atmosphere. A perfectly fine aural companion for napping, but I do long for the gritty lofi quality her older material has. We can’t always get what we want I guess. I do like some of the vocal effects here, like during 6:37 on the first track. It’s still somewhat goofy, but it’s fascinating nonetheless. I’ll listen again in the dark, maybe that’s what’s missing. Not something I’d dismiss for sure, more soundtrack for occult horror is always fire, but I’m spoiled when it comes to her.

Marcus Mumford - (self-titled) (2022) Singer & Songwriter: One of my subjective take on singer & songwriter as a genre is that the fact their penmanship is their main weapon, their story makes the songwriting very verse and bridge heavy and doesn’t leave much crumb for the chorus. I guess that’s my only critique I have for this album. Chorus is uninspired, but otherwise I’m enjoying the words and the melodies and all the difference Marcus brings in the table detached from his group of blokes. The belt he did throughout the second song ‘Grace’ is something I didn’t hear a lot from Mumford & Sons, for example. I’ve always liked his distinct vocal style, so no complain about that. I find myself coming back to a few songs with lyrics I find appealing. Sometimes I don’t know their meaning, and I don’t wanna think about it too much, but between the pacing and the rhyme, they read well, and they sound even better:

(“This light/Glowing neon in the corner of my mind/Burns and burns, but leaves no warmth behind/I kinda wish you just done it in the dark”)


(“I know I walk in a treacherous line/His breath on the glass/But death on the vine/Havoc in the evening/Silence in the morning/How is it so loud/When it's quiet”)


(“Each word is a cut that I see coming/I Clench my fists as I'm inflicting them/And now I'm running out of parts that I can play”).

Funnily, ‘Cannibal’, the most M&S sounding song, is the song I can see myself playing over and over again.

Also, I learned a new word: Traipsing

Death Cab For Cutie - Asphalt Meadow (2022) Indie Rock: A little return to form, a little catch, a little release, a little familiarity and a dash of left field distortion and noise at the start. Same old same old DCFC? Not quite, but it’s something I can see myself listen again to get into the lyricism. They’re good with that.

Chat Pile - God's Country (2022) Noise Rock: This would be a good sountrack for anyone with breatheplay kink. Suffocation has never sounded this listenable.

Rina Sawayama - Hold The Girl (2022) Dance Pop: Straightforward songwriting with subdued dance pop production. On the second track, my fingers kept turning an invisible knob, trying to amp up the production behind the vocal so all the element turned more vibrant and all the phantom strings around me would connect to my joints so I’d move my body like any sane person bopping to a good dance pop in private. If this album is a toe dip in the water, then it’s time to jump all in. If it’s just a one time experiment, it’s fine. Either way, she has the melody chop for it. These chorus melodies are how pop chorus supposed to sound like in my world. I’m rooting for her.

The Afghan Whigs - How Do You Burn? (2022) Art Rock: To someone with a penchant to nomenclature like me, one of them of albums and songtitles, the opener ‘I’ll Make You See God’ got me so aroused when I saw it for the first time. That’s just a badass, and the album is just a vibrant 90s alternative rock worship, of all the things that I unashamely admit to have a bias on. Starting with ‘Jyja’ and the repeating keyboard line (actually, the keyboard is the best part in the album IMO) and the jaggy distortion in ‘A Line of Shots’, I continued jamming along to the album while at the same time wishing it would be over soon so I could repeat it all over again.

Muse - Will Of The People (2022) Alt. Rock: One of the cooler things for me being a longtime music fan is living the lifetime of a band from their underdog days to the peak of their popularity to their post-peak days where even when they no longer occupy a significant space in my music consumption, their music is still so engraved in my brain that I can hear their influence from newer bands trying to make it big (I mean, go listen This and This and tell me you don’t listen Matt Bellamy there). It’s that smile-inducing moment of ‘oh, so this is what it feels like to hear a realtime ‘influence’. I am only a casual Muse fan now, in a way that I no longer in a rush to listen to their newer material, but I still do eventually. All of their albums post Absolution have that one song that gives me a quick thrill of a reminder of the time I used to worship them, this one is no exception. It happens during the song ‘Verona’. That vocal melody was the reason I stayed up all night listening to Hullabaloo on repeat back in high school.

Bill Orcutt - Music For Four Guitars (2022) Totalism: Not sure if it still exists, but back then, way back then, maybe early 2000s, with my first computer, one of the options for screensaver for Windows was the ‘pipe’, which is basically a series of animated pipes growing from one end of the monitor to the other. The pipes were colorful, and their randomness were somewhat visually pleasing due to their random generated pattern and how each pipe never cut off or overlapped one another. That’s what makes this brand of Totalism works for me. Between Glenn Branca’s Third Ascension and this, I can’t get over how digestable the materials are for something rhythmically and structurally complex. I could pay attention to one string only and they could play the main melody with no problem, like switching between controllable character in a party-based role playing game. Fantastic.

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I think I preferred Sawayama to Hold The Girl, but I have also enjoyed the new album. Just miss some of the “edge”.

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Upvote for the Chat Pile reference. One of rhe members is the son of one of my good friends. Glad to see they're catching on!

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Ramsey Lewis Trio The In Crowd (1965): This past week jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis passed away. I had previously listened to a half dozen of his albums but somehow, his most popular one, was not among them. The In Crowd is a live recording from the Washington DC jazz venue Bohemian Caverns and features Lewis’s most well known hit, “The ‘In’ Crowd”. What I didn’t previously know is that "The 'In' Crowd" is a cover of a song written by Billy Page and originally recorded by Dobie Gray (who is best known for the 1973 country soul single “Drift Away”, which itself is a cover). The In Crowd is an album that really uses dynamic and silence to accentuate the material. “Love Theme From Spartacus” practically evaporates into nothing before Ramsey’s piano comes back in to finish the song. The tone of this album is sonically very dense, you can get a sense of the small space and atmosphere in which it was recorded. Bohemian Caverns hosted many of jazz's top performers in the 60s, U Street in DC was referred to as “Black Broadway”, but the club closed in 1968 after an economic downturn. It was redeveloped and reopened in 2006 but later the venue was hit by a car and permanently closed in 2016.

“Love Theme From Spartacus”:

Triste Janero Meet Triste Janero (1969): This looks and sounds like a samba album from Brazil but in actuality it was recorded in Texas by a one-off group of musicians making music in the samba style that had been popular years earlier. One indication that something is slightly off about this album is that Janeiro is obviously misspelled in the band name. Despite its questionable background, this album is actually pretty great for what it is. The tone is exactly on point and the playing is fun and spirited. There is a cover of the Antônio Carlos Jobim standard “Insensatez” under its English title “How Insensitive” followed by a song titled “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” that has seemingly no relation to Marcos Valle’s “Summer Samba (So Nice)”. There are some contemporary American covers here including a perfectly capable take on the Burt Bacharach / Hal David song “Walk On By” and a slightly psych pop version of “Get Together” by the Youngbloods. In terms of people from the 60s trying to cash in on Brazilian music, this one gets it mostly right and is a lot of fun to listen to.

“Walk On By”:

Merzbow Antimonument (1986): Whenever I have some spare time, I try to chip away at listening to Merzbow’s sprawling discography. By my count, this is the seventh Merzbow album I have listened to so far this year though I listened to four Merzbow releases from 2022 (including Merzbow & Lawrence English’s stunning Eternal Stalker) so I am not making up very much ground. Antimonument is a very early album and it’s notable because it isn’t a wall to wall feedback squall noise album. On “Bardo Song”, you can hear the influence of early industrial music in the song’s unsettling mechanical clanks. The midsection of “Sansei Kan No Owari / Pleasure Dome Grid Module” sounds like sound effects from a cartoon run through a delay before shifting into the sonic crunch of a squealing TV signal and thudding, distant war drums.

“Bardo Song”:

Lou Reed Words & Music, May 1965 (2022): A beguiling look into Lou Reed’s home demos that would become some of the Velvet Underground’s most well known songs (and some that would not). These demos were recorded in Reed’s parent’s home in 1965 with John Cale harmonizing on vocals. I didn’t know what to expect with these demos and the most shocking aspect to me is how normal these songs sound in their mercurial state. The proto-punk violent chug of “I’m Waiting For The Man” is nowhere to be found here, it is instead written as a blues song that has a country & western tinge. “Pale Blue Eyes” doesn’t feel much different from the ballad on the 1969 version on The Velvet Underground except for its wafting folkie harmonica. “Buzz Buzz Buzz” is a demo that never materialized into a studio song and sounds a little like late 50s rockabilly. “Men Of Good Fortune”, unassociated with the song of the same name on Reed’s 1973 Berlin, sounds like an Appalachian folk song with a country rock treatment that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Neil Young album. “Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams”, famously recorded by Nico on her 1968 album Chelsea Girl, already has an eerie sound with a monotonous vocal. If I have my timeline correct, this demo was recorded before Nico met the members of the Velvet Underground (in May of 1965, Nico released the single “I’m Not Sayin’”, produced by Jimmy Page and written by Gordon Lightfoot, which drew her into Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable collective). This demo was found as part of a larger effort to archive Lou Reed’s work and it acts as an intriguing peek into how these songs formed. Lyrically there are almost no major changes from what is on tape to what would be recorded later by the Velvet Underground but, tonally and aesthetically, there would be a huge shift when the recording of The Velvet Underground & Nico took place, starting only 11 months after these recordings.

“Men Of Good Fortune” (Demo):

Suzi Analogue Infinite Zonez (2022): I have loved Chicago juke music since hearing the first releases by DJ Nate in 2010. The music was wild and flexible and was able to pull in disparate elements from other forms of club music around it and remold it in its image. Since the death of scene leader DJ Rashad in 2014, I feel like a lot of juke and juke-adjacent music has become very streamlined and homogenous, too reliant on the music’s club focused strengths and relinquishing the wide-eyed energy of its early days. This album feels extra exciting because it breaks out of the current day confinement of what juke music typically sounds like. Analogue is not a Chicago insider and so her music draws from a broader palette while staying in the realm of juke. She does collaborate with Chicago producer DJ Taye and iconic juke progenitor RP Boo on the skippy “She’s Gonna”. What I like is that there are no easy ways to describe this album, it goes in so many directions that no song feels definable with one easy genre description, it doesn't box itself in. Highly recommended.

“Nnow Flexx”:

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Rip Ramsey Lewis, one of the best to do it

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I returned from Detroit after seeing Spiritualized. They were intense. It's psychedelic gospel with influence of free jazz thrown in. If you're not familiar with them I'd suggest looking them up on Spotify. I've also been listening to Jungle's new album Loving in Stereo. It's brilliant.

An older song from spiritualized, it's called medication. here and my personal favorite song from them cop shot cop

Jungle is an electronic band and here's their song Keep Moving

Edit Dr. John is on the piano for Cop Shot Cop Sorry just saw this typo

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Just Say No to Brogaze

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The Black Angels - Wilderness of Mirrors - Austin Psychfest/Levitation mainstays first album in a while. Topically pretty obviously written during the pandemic and reflects some of the more downtrodden attitudes of that time. This leads to some of the band's best material in a while, ditching some of the more mainstream-friendly-ish psych of the last few albums in favor of something darker... but something about it doesn't fully work for me. The vocals are a bit too subdued where on Passover there was more of a seething anger about the topics it covered. I'm not sure how much of the album was finished during the pandemic (I know it's been in the works for a while), but I get the sense that maybe the vocals were done much later.

Tenka - Hydration - Ambient with looped nature sounds, or at least sounds implying nature. The cascading rain sounds are very good at creating a soothing effect, but the album as a whole is fairly limited in what it does, especially on the second half.

:zoviet*france: - Digilogue - ZF moves from analogue sound sources to digital. This seems like a very controversial period for this band, but as a fairly abstract ambient dub release I think it's fairly unique. I would put it ahead of a couple of their earlier albums.

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I thought Hydration was just okay, it never really got off the ground for me. I am pretty ambivalent to the music they have made as Meitei. Hydration is in the same realm where the constituent parts are well produced and pretty but the album as a whole meanders.


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