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Old 04-04-2014, 11:12 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I can't believe that was the first album. Lol. I'll join but I'm not bothering with the first album.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:49 AM   #42 (permalink)
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I can't believe that was the first album. Lol. I'll join but I'm not bothering with the first album.
Oh well aren't you just a ray of sunshine? Thanks for the vote of confidence in my album picking skills.

I haven't listened to the album yet and have you heard it before or are you just going by what YD and Goofle have said?
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:55 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Oh well aren't you just a ray of sunshine? Thanks for the vote of confidence in my album picking skills.

I haven't listened to the album yet and have you heard it before or are you just going by what YD and Goofle have said?
I've heard it before. I listened to them when I was like, 12 onwards when I was listening to radio music. Contact didn't chart well from my memory. I think Blue came out when I was 10-11 and I recorded it on my casette player to relisten a million times because it was partially and introduction into electronica for me. So I'm not being negative without a good reason. Their music is very basic, not a lot of effort was put in production wise. I'm saying this after 15 years of listening to electronica artists.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:01 AM   #44 (permalink)
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I've heard it before. I listened to them when I was like, 12 onwards when I was listening to radio music. Contact didn't chart well from my memory. I think Blue came out when I was 10-11 and I recorded it on my casette player to relisten a million times because it was partially and introduction into electronica for me. So I'm not being negative without a good reason. Their music is very basic, not a lot of effort was put in production wise. I'm saying this after 15 years of listening to electronica artists.
I see..alright, Vanilla, welcome aboard. I'll add you name to the members list.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:03 AM   #45 (permalink)
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I see..alright, Vanilla, welcome aboard. I'll add you name to the members list.
Thanks bb. I'm sure no one will be surprised that I will be ravaging the electronica albums that are suggested.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:29 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Oh man, that was really bad. I couldn't even finish the album tbh. I pretty much agree with what Goofle and YD said: too plastic, too simple, too cheesy, not catchy or creative. That's all I really have to say about the first five tracks I listened to besides 1/10.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:32 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Funny story, I accidentally downloaded Eiffel 65's self-titled release and listened to it all the way through thinking it was Contact!. For those of you who were unimpressed by Contact! all can say is that the self-titled is a far, far worse album. I think it helped me a bit by setting the bar so low that I enjoyed Contact! more.
  1. What were your VERY FIRST impressions on listening to the album, say from the first five minutes in (first time)?
    My first impression was that I was thrilled that the singer's voice was much more processed on this album than on the s/t. He's much more listenable on this release.

  2. Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
    No, it was pretty consistent.

  3. Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?
    The opening tracks I guess, mostly because I thought the second track, "New Life", was one of the best on the album.

  4. On repeated listens (if you did so), did you find you liked the album more, or less? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
    I haven't listened to it a second time so far. If I do, I'll post an updated reply.

  5. What is your favorite track from the album, if you have one?
    "New Life" or any similar track. I thought the album was the strongest on the songs that leaned in more of a house direction.

  6. What is your least favorite track from the album, if you have one?
    Not sure.

  7. How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
    Not much variety. Mostly funkier, house-ier tracks and filler.

  8. What is the overall mood on this album?
    Sweaty dudes grinding with each other.

  9. Is this an album you would listen to again all the way through (for personal, recreational use, outside of listening to it for this club), or are there just a few songs that you would listen to?
    Maybe. It's the kind of thing I might listen to if I was in Kylie Minogue mood but had run out of good Kylie tracks to listen to.

  10. How well do you already know the band/artist?
    Well, like I mentioned above, I heard their self-titled album right before this. Prior to that my only exposure to them was a thread here on MB where it was discovered that people above a certain age (i.e. me) had never heard of them despite their apparent popularity among the elementary school crowd while I was in college.

  11. If you are familiar with this band/artist, how would you compare this album to any of their earlier/later material?
    Much, much better than that other half-assed piece of crap I listened to. At least this feels like they put some time into it.

  12. Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
    Less singing, performed by a better singer. More depth to the production.

  13. Would you recommend this album to others?
    Probably not.

  14. Are you interested in listening to more albums by this band?
    Only if they put out something shockingly different.

  15. What sub-genre, if any, would you assign this music to?
    Europop.

  16. Your overall album rating on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers please. Also, please BOLD or otherwise make this rating easy to see)?
    4/10 for having some serviceable dance tracks.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:02 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Hey guys, sorry it took me so long, but here's my review. I'm gonna go listen to AC/DC to try and forget about this album as best I can.

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  1. What were your VERY FIRST impressions on listening to the album, say from the first five minutes in (first time)?
    I was impressed by the first two tracks. The songs are simple, but catchy.

  2. Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
    YES my impressions changed, this album has NO VARIETY!

  3. Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?
    I'm sure if I actually listened to the last two-three songs I would find that there's not much difference between the last or opening tracks, but I'll say the opening tracks only because at the beginning you find the songs to be entertaining untill you realize there's no variety.

  4. On repeated listens (if you did so), did you find you liked the album more, or less? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
    I will absolutely never listen to this album again.

  5. What is your favorite track from the album, if you have one?
    It's probably a tie between Lucky, I Don't Wanna Lose, and World in the World.

  6. What is your least favorite track from the album, if you have one?
    Probably Losing You, because it showed that the band apparently thought they could introduce some variety by having a different singer, but the song STILL sounded the same as the rest of the album.

  7. Did you change your favorite or least favorite track as you listened to the album?
    No. Nothing changed.

  8. How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
    After the fourth song, I no longer remembered what the previous songs sounded like save for the first song. The variety was not enough for me to distinguish between songs.
    For the last 5 songs except World in the World, I listened to maybe the first minute of them and then skipped them because there was nothing new.
    There were some interesting downtempo or breakdown sections in some of the songs on the album, but there really was not that much variety that lasted enough to make the entire album bearable.
    I'm sure I could pick out maybe four songs that had enough variety between them, but if you include the other thirteen songs, those four songs are lost among the ****storm of blandness.

  9. What is the overall mood on this album?
    Happy, I'd say. There's some slower songs like I Don't Wanna Lose that sound more sorrowful, but overall the album mood is happy.

  10. Is this an album you would listen to again all the way through (for personal, recreational use, outside of listening to it for this club), or are there just a few songs that you would listen to?
    Definitely just a few songs. I may consider buying Lucky, I Don't Wanna Lose, World in the World, and maybe I DJ With the Fire, but I can't see myself listening to any of the other songs.

  11. How well do you already know the band/artist?
    I've heard of Blue of course, but I do not know any other Eiffel 65 songs.

  12. If you are familiar with this band/artist, how would you compare this album to any of their earlier/later material?
    It's pretty different, some songs like One Goal, and in a limited sense I DJ With the Fire, sound similar to Blue. Other than those, it sounds more like Daft Punk than Eiffel 65.

  13. Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
    Once I got to Far Away the album really got stale because only a few songs were truly different than the rest, and the album was too long. They should have focused on making a 10 song album and trying to make all the songs sound different.
    Something like an instrumental track or something thrown in would have added some much needed variety, but instead, it was all the same song structures over and over again.
    Quantity over quality describes this album pretty well.

  14. Would you recommend this album to others?
    I would only recommend it to people that like simple electronic dance music, and I don't know anybody like that.

  15. Are you interested in listening to more albums by this band?
    Ha ha, no not for a long time. This album was pretty terrible, and I would like to forget it as soon as possible.

  16. What sub-genre, if any, would you assign this music to?
    Electronic pop music.

  17. Your overall album rating on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers please. Also, please BOLD or otherwise make this rating easy to see)?
    4.

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  18. Did you like the vocalist? Hate him/her? Any impressions?
    I didn't hate him, but there was seriously no variety in his voice. He either sung normally, or there was some distortions in his voice. No difference between songs other than that.

  19. What did you think of the lyrical content?
    Ugh, the vocals were so bland I tried to ignore them as best I could and focus on the instrumentation.

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Alright, I'll post some condensed thoughts here for this album:


Aggregate club rating: 28%

Ruling: Distasteful

Takeaways: With an astounding seventeen tracks, Contact! has considerable problems with providing enough variety for each of its songs to be dissimilar from the next.
Our members could not decide which song was the worst or best from the album, but this is probably due to members not remembering which song they liked or disliked the most because those songs were lost among the incredible length and lack of variety present on this album (or in many cases members could not bare to finish listening to the album).


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Goofle11's overall album rating: 2/10


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  • Your overall album rating on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers please. Also, please BOLD or otherwise make this rating easy to see)?
    2/10

  • How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
    The variety is basically non-existent.

  • Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
    Yes, as I didn't like it much. It's too fake and bouncy, without being particularly catchy.

  • Did you like the vocalist? Hate him/her? Any impressions?
    I didn't hate him but I certainly didn't like him.

  • What did you think of the lyrical content?
    Probably would have been better without lyrics.


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YorkeDaddy's overall album rating: 3/10


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  • Your overall album rating on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers please. Also, please BOLD or otherwise make this rating easy to see)?
    3/10.

  • Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
    Not really, the album is WAAAAAAAY WAY WAY WAY WAY TOO LONG.

  • Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?
    The songs were so uninteresting and similar that I honestly cannot differentiate any of the songs off the top of my head in any way. Also this is the most pointlessly long album I've ever heard. Just thought I'd mention that again.

  • How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
    Oh god, there basically is no variety whatsoever. Be ready for some of the most cookie cutter boyband electropop you've ever heard.

  • Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
    Come up with more interesting melodies, use anything besides the most basic foundational trance synths that exist.

  • Would you recommend this album to others?
    Not unless they really enjoy simple dance music.


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Jaszoon's overall album rating: 4/10


Spoiler for EDITED REVIEW:
  • Your overall album rating on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers please. Also, please BOLD or otherwise make this rating easy to see)?
    4/10

  • Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
    No, it was pretty consistent.

  • How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
    Not much variety. Mostly funkier, house-ier tracks and filler.

  • Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
    Less singing, performed by a better singer. More depth to the production.

  • Would you recommend this album to others?
    Probably not.

  • Are you interested in listening to more albums by this band?
    Only if they put out something shockingly different.


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Oh man, that was really bad. I couldn't even finish the album tbh. I pretty much agree with what Goofle and YD said: too plastic, too simple, too cheesy, not catchy or creative. That's all I really have to say about the first five tracks I listened to besides 1/10.


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Wpnfire's overall album rating: 4/10


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  • Your overall album rating on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers please. Also, please BOLD or otherwise make this rating easy to see)?
    4/10.

  • Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
    YES my impressions changed, this album has NO VARIETY!

  • Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?
    I'm sure if I actually listened to the last two-three songs I would find that there's not much difference between the last or opening tracks, but I'll say the opening tracks only because at the beginning you find the songs to be entertaining untill you realize there's no variety.

  • How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
    After the fourth song, I no longer remembered what the previous songs sounded like save for the first song. The variety was not enough for me to distinguish between songs.
    For the last 5 songs except World in the World, I listened to maybe the first minute of them and then skipped them because there was nothing new.
    There were some interesting downtempo or breakdown sections in some of the songs on the album, but there really was not that much variety that lasted enough to make the entire album bearable.
    I'm sure I could pick out maybe four songs that had enough variety between them, but if you include the other thirteen songs, those four songs are lost among the ****storm of blandness.

  • What is the overall mood on this album?
    Happy, I'd say. There's some slower songs like I Don't Wanna Lose that sound more sorrowful, but overall the album mood is happy.

  • Is this an album you would listen to again all the way through (for personal, recreational use, outside of listening to it for this club), or are there just a few songs that you would listen to?
    Definitely just a few songs. I may consider buying Lucky, I Don't Wanna Lose, World in the World, and maybe I DJ With the Fire, but I can't see myself listening to any of the other songs.

  • Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
    Once I got to Far Away the album really got stale because only a few songs were truly different than the rest, and the album was too long. They should have focused on making a 10 song album and trying to make all the songs sound different.
    Something like an instrumental track or something thrown in would have added some much needed variety, but instead, it was all the same song structures over and over again.
    Quantity over quality describes this album pretty well.

    __________

  • Did you like the vocalist? Hate him/her? Any impressions?
    I didn't hate him, but there was seriously no variety in his voice. He either sung normally, or there was some distortions in his voice. No difference between songs other than that.

  • What did you think of the lyrical content?
    Ugh, the vocals were so bland I tried to ignore them as best I could and focus on the instrumentation.

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Old 04-09-2014, 05:23 PM   #50 (permalink)
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I'd like to make a thread (preferably a sticky if it proves worthwhile) in either the 'members journal' or the 'album reviews' sub-forums with the edited reviews from members for the albums we do here.

That way, if anyone wants to see what we thought of the albums, they do not have to dig through this thread to find our finished reviews.

Goofle, Janszoon, you guys are mods, what do you think about this?
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