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Best and Worst in Music of 2017

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Top 5 Albums

 

05. Taylor Swift - Reputation

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04. Lorde - Melodrama

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03. Goldfrapp - Silver Eye

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02. Ryan Adams - Prisoner

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01. The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful

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Artists that disappointed me

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Haim started so well with a clip of Right Now before the release of the first single. It was so raw and emotional. However, later it turned out the song was reworked for the album. Many songs are too light and jolly. The worst part is that they sound the same. It isn't a bad album overall, but after a cool debut, I expected more. This was too commercial for Haim.

 

The 4th album of Hurts becomes even more commercial sounding. Songs have cliche lyrics and basic production. Hurts are the best when they get darker lyrically and production wise. 

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Well, not that you just have good taste when it comes to ( British ) sitcoms and horror movies, but your music taste is standing on strong legs as well. jj2 This isn't news though, it is more of a confirmation. bey7

 

I always wanted to check Killers and Goldfrapp seems like something I would like to listen to.

 

What are your overall sentiments of reputation and Melodrama? How do you see them in comparison to Taylor's and Lorde's previous work? 

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On 12/24/2018 at 12:48 AM, Ghostface said:

Well, not that you just have good taste when it comes to ( British ) sitcoms and horror movies, but your music taste is standing on strong legs as well. jj2 This isn't news though, it is more of a confirmation. bey7

 

I always wanted to check Killers and Goldfrapp seems like something I would like to listen to.

 

What are your overall sentiments of reputation and Melodrama? How do you see them in comparison to Taylor's and Lorde's previous work? 

Have you finished watching You Rang M'Lord? Did you like it? eve1 

 

If you like synthpop/electropop, then Goldfrapp is something you shouldn't skip. Goldfrapp also made some different albums, which weren't my cup of tea, although I liked Tales of Us.

If you like 80s music, you might enjoy The Killers. I am not a stan, but Wonderful Wonderful is their first album I truly liked.

 

I didn't include Lana's album, which was good. I just did a top 5 and was too lazy to write anything. While 1989 was a classic pop album with 80s influence, Reputation was an album where Taylor was more creative. She experimented, but still delivered catchy bops. She was making big statements, which I liked.

I didn't like Lorde's debut, but she caught my attention with Yellow Flicker Beat and The Hunger Games soundtrack which she curated. She chose Grace Jones and Haim to be on it, so that was a good sign for her artistry. I enjoyed Melodrama and objectively it is better than the debut. The lyrics, production, melodies... everything was good. The music is weird. It sounds old and modern at the same time. She did something very creative, which can't be said for works of other popular female artists who keep dominating charts.

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13 minutes ago, Nocturn said:

Have you finished watching You Rang M'Lord? Did you like it? eve1 

 

If you like synthpop/electropop, then Goldfrapp is something you shouldn't skip. Goldfrapp also made some different albums, which weren't my cup of tea, although I liked Tales of Us.

If you like 80s music, you might enjoy The Killers. I am not a stan, but Wonderful Wonderful is their first album I truly liked.

 

I didn't include Lana's album, which was good. I just did a top 5 and was too lazy to write anything. While 1989 was a classic pop album with 80s influence, Reputation was an album where Taylor was more creative. She experimented, but still delivered catchy bops. She was making big statements, which I liked.

I didn't like Lorde's debut, but she caught my attention with Yellow Flicker Beat and The Hunger Games soundtrack which she curated. She chose Grace Jones and Haim to be on it, so that was a good sign for her artistry. I enjoyed Melodrama and objectively it is better than the debut. The lyrics, production, melodies... everything was good. The music is weird. It sounds old and modern at the same time. She did something very creative, which can't be said for works of other popular female artists who keep dominating charts.

I finished it watching weeks ago ( I even re-watched most of the episodes, if not all ), but was lazy ( and busy ) to write all my sentiments about it. But, I do like it. I will get to it in that thread soon. jj2

 

Judging by what you are saying about Goldfrapp, I will definitely need to give it a listen. Also, I do enjoy the 80's, so Killers will have to be checked as well.

 

I agree about reputation and even more with everything you said regarding Melodrama. I share opinion that it is better than Pure Heroine and that is weird mix between nostalgic and modern. It is definitely great album all around with every song being crafted and brought to perfection.  

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10 minutes ago, Ghostface said:

I finished it watching weeks ago ( I even re-watched most of the episodes, if not all ), but was lazy ( and busy ) to write all my sentiments about it. But, I do like it. I will get to it in that thread soon. jj2

My favorite character is Lady Lavander. Scenes where she throws plates of food at Ivy were funny. fall4 

You have watched Allo Allo, right? 

What is next? The Vicar of Dibley? Absolutely Fabulous? Miranda? oprah2

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3 minutes ago, Nocturn said:

My favorite character is Lady Lavander. Scenes where she throws plates of food at Ivy were funny. fall4 

You have watched Allo Allo, right? 

What is next? The Vicar of Dibley? Absolutely Fabulous? Miranda? oprah2

Well, it will have to be settled here, right? jj2

I generally like the layout and the story behind Meldrum family. They got historical and settings points right and is actually beautifully shot. ALL ( and I do mean all ) characters are very well written. Everyone has got something you will definitely remember for: George's love for wealth and not so apparent selfishness; Teddy's obsession with servant girls ( hilarious how he has 5 children from 5 different maids scattered around; I would say pretty realistic for royalty ); Lady Lavender's eccentricity ( she is completely laid-back, doesn't care that much about wealth, because she has got and always has a plan if day needs to be saved - like with the money she hid and gave to her Cissy in order for factory to be saved after bankruptcy; also her relationship with captain/parrot leaves strong impressions, especially she made whole house hold a funeral for it; and there is her booze and cocktails ). I like how fleshed out were both George's daughters: Cissy is one of my favorite characters ( she is rational, sensible, caring and all around kind person who wishes best for everyone ) and little spoiled brat Poppy - Cissy's complete opposite ( one of the funniest scenes with her were the one in the last episode where she is throwing seripous fit in fron of her father, because he gave all money to Cissy for factory to be restored with new equipment ). 

Regarding servants, Ivy was among them what was Cissy for lords: tender, soft, sweet person always wanting everything to be settled. Her naivety is probably why most of the people would relate to her. James and Alf are kind of turn offs ( one is greedy, one is snob, but both of them are actually similar when you think about it, just have different ideas how to get to something they want ). Mrs. Lipton is also someone I dislike. She seems sweet, but you can see how classist she can be thorugh her relation to Mabel ( which ironies are always delivered with her iconic "that'd be nice" ). Also, I figure that what most people would think while watching the series would be similar to how Henry sees situations. He is also sarcastic, but he is always right. He is noticing how constable Wilson is always there on scrounge, how royalty always gets what they want even though they are not always right, he just is very aware of his surroundings for his age especially ( e. g. he has got upper moral compass when it comes to George's affair with lady Agatha, etc. ). 

It is important to note that the whole show is more comedy drama than standard sitcom ( maybe it has something to with the epsiodes' length and how they are written ). What also matters is that many jokes and funny situations revolve around are actually inside jokes. They reference UK based and rooted stuff, so they can actually fall flat if one is not familiar with what is at question. So, I learned few things here and there thanks to this show. jj2

 

This is the shortest I could write. I planned more, but you finally cornered me about this. jj5

 

And yes, I watched Allo, Allo. It is legendary show which some of the national televisions in my country have transmitted up until recently. It never gets old.

 

Next is The Vicar of Dibley. tehe2

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14 minutes ago, Ghostface said:

Well, it will have to be settled here, right? jj2

I generally like the layout and the story behind Meldrum family. They got historical and settings points right and is actually beautifully shot. ALL ( and I do mean all ) characters are very well written. Everyone has got something you will definitely remember for: George's love for wealth and not so apparent selfishness; Teddy's obsession with servant girls ( hilarious how he has 5 children from 5 different maids scattered around; I would say pretty realistic for royalty ); Lady Lavender's eccentricity ( she is completely laid-back, doesn't care that much about wealth, because she has got and always has a plan if day needs to be saved - like with the money she hid and gave to her Cissy in order for factory to be saved after bankruptcy; also her relationship with captain/parrot leaves strong impressions, especially she made whole house hold a funeral for it; and there is her booze and cocktails ). I like how fleshed out were both George's daughters: Cissy is one of my favorite characters ( she is rational, sensible, caring and all around kind person who wishes best for everyone ) and little spoiled brat Poppy - Cissy's complete opposite ( one of the funniest scenes with her were the one in the last episode where she is throwing seripous fit in fron of her father, because he gave all money to Cissy for factory to be restored with new equipment ). 

Regarding servants, Ivy was among them what was Cissy for lords: tender, soft, sweet person always wanting everything to be settled. Her naivety is probably why most of the people would relate to her. James and Alf are kind of turn offs ( one is greedy, one is snob, but both of them are actually similar when you think about it, just have different ideas how to get to something they want ). Mrs. Lipton is also someone I dislike. She seems sweet, but you can see how classist she can be thorugh her relation to Mabel ( which ironies are always delivered with her iconic "that'd be nice" ). Also, I figure that what most people would think while watching the series would be similar to how Henry sees situations. He is also sarcastic, but he is always right. He is noticing how constable Wilson is always there on scrounge, how royalty always gets what they want even though they are not always right, he just is very aware of his surroundings for his age especially ( e. g. he has got upper moral compass when it comes to George's affair with lady Agatha, etc. ). 

It is important to note that the whole show is more comedy drama than standard sitcom ( maybe it has something to with the epsiodes' length and how they are written ). What also matters is that many jokes and funny situations revolve around are actually inside jokes. They reference UK based and rooted stuff, so they can actually fall flat if one is not familiar with what is at question. So, I learned few things here and there thanks to this show. jj2

 

This is the shortest I could write. I planned more, but you finally cornered me about this. jj5

 

And yes, I watched Allo, Allo. It is legendary show which some of the national televisions in my country have transmitted up until recently. It never gets old.

 

Next is The Vicar of Dibley. tehe2

Great post and I agree.  Yes, Cissy was so cool and great.

It is interesting that the show apparently wasn't well received by the critics in the 90s. I don't know if it was a hit among general public. It has been rarely repeated on British television and probably the length of episodes was a big deal to some people.

You will have so much fun with The Vicar of Dibley. Dawn French is fantastic. So many funny characters. 

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