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Old 04-12-2014, 08:59 AM   #71 (permalink)
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Yikes YorkeDaddy, you didn't even give me time to say that I updated the questions slightly.


I like the enthusiasm though (and I too am enthused for this album)!
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:46 AM   #72 (permalink)
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Sorry, late on the review. This is for the Eiffel 65, Contact! album. I'll submit my review for Tipper later on.

1. What were your VERY FIRST impressions on listening to the album, say from the first five minutes in (first time)?
Uhm, kinda mixed feelings in the first 5 minutes. The starting track was really bad. Didn't like anything about it. But the next track seemed to give me hope for this album.

2. Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
Yep, sure did. The very first song was terrible. But every song after that was either really bad or bad.

3. Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?
The first 2-3 songs starting from the second track. Although the album is pretty long, the closing 2-3 songs might have been my pick, it just got boring and by the end of the album and I really cbf.

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.
No. Not going to listen to this again. A very slim maybe to listening to some tracks though. But not the whole album.

5. What is your favorite track from the album, if you have one?
"Life Like Thunder"

6. What is your least favorite track from the album, if you have one?
"Lucky (In My Life)"

7. Did you change your favorite or least favorite track as you listened to the album?
Nothing changed.

8. How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
I couldn't really tell the sounds of the previous songs I listened to after half way through the album. No variety at all, but I didn't expect anything else from a "three-piece Italo dance/Eurodance group."

9. What is the overall mood on this album?
Upbeat, Party hearty. You get the odd sounding songs that break away from the overall happy sound but happy none the less.

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?
Not the whole album, no. But maaaaaaaybe I'd chuck on, "Life Like Thunder", for when I'm feeling cheesey.

11. How well do you already know the band/artist?
Not that well. Only through their hit single, "Blue (Da Ba Dee)".

12. If you are familiar with this band/artist, how would you compare this album to any of their earlier/later material?
Not familiar with anything else they've done, except for "Blue". Can't really tell any differences between that single and this album as a whole.

13. Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
Better production, singing and songwriting.

14. Would you recommend this album to others?
No.

15. Are you interested in listening to more albums by this band?
Probably not. This album has sealed the deal.

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

17. (NOTE: This question may only apply to certain albums.) Did you like the vocalist? Hate him/her? Any impressions?
I didn't like him. Especially the effects he used on his voice. Really annoying. I don't hate him though.

18. 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

19. What do you think of the production?
Boring. It made me realize the true potential of my psychic abilities as I could predict how each song would build.

20. Any other thoughts you had about this album you would like to share?
Wish I never listened to this. I can never listen to "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" ever again knowing the same guys that made that song made this album.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:30 AM   #73 (permalink)
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I listened to both albums this past Saturday but instead of coming to answer questions about them I got distra...oooh squirrel!

1. What were your VERY FIRST impressions on listening to the album, say from the first five minutes in (first time)?
Since I went into the album with a negative impression of it the first track didn't help to change that any.

2. Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
I feel like when I was getting near the end of the album. The album just seemed to get so much better. Usually it is the other way around. Albums like to shoot their load too quickly and leave nothing for the end but this album knew how to work that endurance and build up to a nice conclusion.

3. Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?

I wouldn't say the ending three songs specifically but some of the songs near the end were pretty damn great imo. If I did listen to the album again I would just go straight to those and skip over the ones near the start.

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.
Such a long album that I was being grumpy about so I don't think I would end up listening to the album more than once and if I did go back to the album it would only be for a few tracks.

5. What is your favorite track from the album, if you have one?
"Losing You"

6. What is your least favorite track from the album, if you have one?
"Lucky (In My Life)"

7. Did you change your favorite or least favorite track as you listened to the album?
Negative

8. How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
Non-existant pretty much. I don't know I checked in and out throughout the course of listening to the album and it just seemed very much of the same.

9. What is the overall mood on this album?
Non-stop Party. Don't stop the beat.

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?
People of Tomorrow, Journey and Losing You will definitely get some replays from me but that's about it.

11. How well do you already know the band/artist?
Just from their hit in the 90s, Blue

12. If you are familiar with this band/artist, how would you compare this album to any of their earlier/later material?


13. Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
Better production but the singing was okay in my books.

14. Would you recommend this album to others?
No.

15. Are you interested in listening to more albums by this band?
No thanks but I gave it a shot.

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

17. (NOTE: This question may only apply to certain albums.) Did you like the vocalist? Hate him/her? Any impressions?


18. 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

19. What do you think of the production?
For such a long album, I wish they would have taken more risks with it but alas they didn't. They stuck to a tried and true formula.

20. Any other thoughts you had about this album you would like to share?
It isn't really as bad as I thought it was going to be based off of other's opinions but I don't really have the patience to listen to this album in its entirety again. It just validates my opinion of long albums/songs.
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18. Your overall album rating on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers please. Also, please BOLD or otherwise make this rating easy to see)?

3.5
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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)?
Since I went into the album with a negative impression of it the first track didn't help to change that any.
LOL. Well, I guess you could say that's what you get for being late. jk.


Also, I'm shocked you guys didn't like "Lucky." I thought that was one of the best on that album.
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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 really enjoyed Surrounded so I had high expectations. The first few tracks were a little underwhelming.

2. Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?

I gradually started liking it more to be honest. Pretty slow start.

3. Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?

The back half for sure.

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.

Didn't listen again.

5. What is your favorite track from the album, if you have one?

I really liked "Tit For Tat" but basically the last 5/6 tracks.

6. What is your least favorite track from the album, if you have one?

Honestly can't remember.

7. Did you change your favorite or least favorite track as you listened to the album?

Not really.

8. How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.

There's not as much variety as I expected to be honest.

9. What is the overall mood on this album?

Chilled and minimal, maybe to a fault.

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?

I probably won't listen to it again. So much music man.

11. How well do you already know the band/artist?

As I said before, I love Surrounded. Not listened to anything else though.

12. If you are familiar with this band/artist, how would you compare this album to any of their earlier/later material?

Not as good.

13. Do you see any way the album could have been improved?

Not really. I think he hit the sound he was going for pretty well, I just didn't vibe with it all that much.

14. Would you recommend this album to others?

Yes.

15. Are you interested in listening to more albums by this band?

For sure.

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

IDM.

17. (NOTE: This question may only apply to certain albums.) Did you like the vocalist? Hate him/her? Any impressions?


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

6/10
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:20 PM   #77 (permalink)
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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 intrigued. It sounded very different from the one other Tipper album, Wobble Factor, that I was familiar with.

2. Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
It got better in the sense that, the more tracks went by, the more I realized how much I liked everything I was hearing.

3. Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?
Impossible to choose, I love this album from beginning to end.

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.
More. The more I've listened, the more amazing details I notice.

5. What is your favorite track from the album, if you have one?
Hard to say, I literally like every single song on the album, but I guess "Big Question small head", "Cuckoo", "Brocken Spectre", "Dead Soon", "Tit for Tat" and "Hourglass Infringement" are all contenders for the top slot.

6. What is your least favorite track from the album, if you have one?
None.

7. Did you change your favorite or least favorite track as you listened to the album?
Sort of. As I indicated above, I have a lot of favorites on this album.

8. How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
Extremely varied while still feeling like a single united work. There's this whole pan-asian thing going with this album that I like, which pops up via a wide range of instrumentation throughout the album, and that's only one piece of the puzzle. There's classical influence here and jazz and steel drums and digital artifacts and even a hint of the Beach Boys.

9. What is the overall mood on this album?
It's like exploring a giant greenhouse satellite orbiting a gas giant in some far away solar system. Each section of the greenhouse contains plant life from all the different planets these space horticulturalists have visited, and you can almost get lost in the lush forests aboard, but above you there is always the glass dome and the stars and planets hanging silently beyond it.

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?
Yes, I would listen to it all the way through and have done so many times since my first listen last week.

11. How well do you already know the band/artist?
I owned his album Wobble Factor for several years and really liked it, though for whatever reason I never got around to checking out anything else by him. When it was my turn to pick an album for this club, I figure now was a good time to check out another one of his releases.

12. If you are familiar with this band/artist, how would you compare this album to any of their earlier/later material?
I've listened to several of his releases now and so far I'd say this one is my favorite, though everything I've heard from him is very good.

13. Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
Maybe if it were a double album. I just wish the trip were longer.

14. Would you recommend this album to others?
Yes!

15. Are you interested in listening to more albums by this band?
Yes, and have already done so.

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

17. (NOTE: Ignore this question if the album does not have lyrics.) Did you like the vocalist? Hate him/her? Any impressions?
n/a

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

19. What do you think of the production?
I love the production—lush and layered with a great sense of space. It's the kind of production style I can really get lost in.

20. Any other thoughts you had about this album you would like to share?
Nope.
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Right, I am downloading it and will post my review by Friday, I'm excited about it as Jans gave it a good review.
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Ohhhh I like how we're divided, Goof liked it but didn't love it while Jans and I clearly thought it was spectacular. Makes things interesting :P
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Sorry for being so late guys.
1. What were your VERY FIRST impressions on listening to the album, say from the first five minutes in (first time)?
My first thoughts weren't great because I didn't like the first track, but then I thought the album got better with the second track, which was really good.

2. Did your first impressions change, i.e., did the album get better or worse as you listened to it (first time)?
My impressions got worse, than they got much, much better as the album drew to a close.

3. Which was stronger in your opinion, the opening tracks (first 2-3 songs), or the ending tracks (last 2-3 songs)?
100%, absolutely, no question, the ending tracks. "Hourglass Infringement," and "Reality Harshness Defender" make this an easy question.

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 did not listen to it again (mostly because I'm behind on doing this review!)

5. What is your favorite track from the album, if you have one?
Too tough to decide between three of my favorite tracks from this album.

6. What is your least favorite track from the album, if you have one?
"Cinder Cone"

7. Did you change your favorite or least favorite track as you listened to the album?
Well, "Cinder Cone" was my most disliked as soon as I heard it, but my favorite track was "Herriot Method" until "Neuron Huskie" and "Hourglass Infringement" where I couldn't decide between them.

8. How would you describe the variety of tracks available on this album? Feel free to be very detailed if you like.
Alright so the variety is interesting for this album. I would say that the first six songs were not highly varied, but the last half of the album sounded vastly different compared to the first six songs. The difference was noticeable too, it was like I suddenly started listening to a different album entirely. I would say that the album has some variety, but the number of songs could be shortened very slightly by maybe one or two, and this would increase the variety a great deal.
"Herriot Method" introduced some acoustical elements that were very different and cool.

9. What is the overall mood on this album?
The mood is..exploratory and chill, If that makes any sense. Songs like "Cuckoo," "Herriot Method," and "Neuron Husky" make me think of space and/or spacing out.

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?
Just a few songs, (though there's a lot of them).

11. How well do you already know the band/artist?
Never heard of him.

13. Do you see any way the album could have been improved?
Shorter maybe, other than that, it's pretty damn good.

14. Would you recommend this album to others?
Oh absolutely.

15. Are you interested in listening to more albums by this band?
Uh, maybe.

16. What sub-genre, if any, would you assign this music to?
I'm not that familiar with electronic genres. I don't know.

18. Your overall album rating on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers please. Also, please BOLD or otherwise make this rating easy to see)?
7/10
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