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Die Fantastischen Vier – Fornika

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  1. Mehr nehmen: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  2. Ernten, was wir sΓ€en: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. Einfach sein: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  4. Yeah Yeah Yeah: πŸ‘πŸ»
  5. Nikki war nie weg: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  6. Fornika: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  7. Du mich auch: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  8. Mission Ypsilon: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  9. Ichisichisichisich: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  10. Einsam und zurΓΌckgezogen: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  11. FlΓΌchtig: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  12. Du und sie und wir: πŸ‘πŸ»
  13. Was bleibt: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

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  1. Rehab: πŸ‘πŸ»
  2. You Know I’m No Good: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. Me & Mr Jones: πŸ‘πŸ»
  4. Just Friends: πŸ‘πŸ»
  5. Back to Black: πŸ‘πŸ»
  6. Love Is a Losing Game: πŸ‘πŸ»
  7. Tears Dry on Their Own: πŸ‘πŸ»
  8. Wake Up Alone: πŸ‘πŸ»
  9. Some Unholy War: πŸ‘πŸ»
  10. He Can Only Hold Her: πŸ‘πŸ»
  11. Addicted: πŸ‘πŸ»

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Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

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  1. Sigh No More: πŸ‘πŸ»
  2. The Cave: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. Winter Winds: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  4. Roll Away Your Stone: πŸ‘πŸ»
  5. White Blank Page: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  6. I Gave You All: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  7. Little Lion Man: πŸ‘πŸ»
  8. Timshel: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  9. Thistle & Weeds: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  10. Awake My Soul: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  11. Dust Bowl Dance: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  12. After the Storm: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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The Budos Band – The Budos Band I

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  1. Up From The South: πŸ‘πŸ»
  2. T.I.B.W.F.: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. Budos Theme: πŸ‘πŸ»
  4. Ghost Walk: πŸ‘πŸ»
  5. Monkey See, Monkey Do: πŸ‘πŸ»
  6. Sing A Simple Song: πŸ‘πŸ»
  7. Eastbound: πŸ‘πŸ»
  8. Aynotchesh Yererfu: πŸ‘πŸ»
  9. King Charles: πŸ‘πŸ»
  10. The Volcano Song: πŸ‘πŸ»
  11. Across The Atlantic: πŸ‘πŸ»

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Fever Ray – Fever Ray

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  1. If I Had A Heart: πŸ‘πŸ»
  2. When I Grow Up: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  3. Dry and Dusty: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  4. Seven: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  5. Triangle Walks: πŸ‘πŸ»
  6. Concrete Walls: πŸ‘πŸ»
  7. Now’s the Only Time I Know: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  8. I’m Not Done: πŸ‘πŸ»
  9. Keep the Streets Empty For Me: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  10. Coconut: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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Kanye West – 808s and Heartbreak

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  1. Say You Will: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  2. Welcome to Heartbreak: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  3. Heartless: πŸ‘πŸ»
  4. Amazing: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  5. Love Lockdown: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  6. Paranoid: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  7. RoboCop: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  8. Street Lights: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  9. Bad News: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  10. See You In My Nightmares: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  11. Coldest Winter: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  12. Pinocchio Story: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

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Ronald Jenkees – Disorganized Fun

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  1. Disorganized Fun: πŸ‘πŸ»
  2. Fifteen Fifty: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. Guitar Sound: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  4. Synth One: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  5. Throwing Fire: πŸ‘πŸ»
  6. Minimal MC: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  7. Stay Crunchy: πŸ‘πŸ»
  8. Inverted Mean: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  9. Outer Space: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  10. Let’s Ride (Rap): πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  11. It’s Gettin Rowdy (Rap): πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

I kind of wonder if three stars is one too many for this album. I was expecting more of the same for Ronald Jenkees’ second album (I listened to his first Monday), and that’s pretty much what I got. I honestly don’t know if the mixing improved over his last effort or if it was just not nearly as god awful as Ed Sheeran’s. It sounded better, but by comparison with what? It definitely wasn’t ever good, but often it also wasn’t bad which is something I wasn’t expecting. I’m sure if there are any readers and they are not audiophiles these complaints will seem trivial. I’d respond with this: at one point the mixing on Fifteen Fifty sounded so off that I honestly wondered if my headphones were broken. The low ended sounded like it could have been that the wiring in them was starting to fray inside the cable.

It occurred to me while listening to this album that his songs are sort of an exercise in hope; hoping that the song ends before it shifts to something worse. Most of his songs start out fairly catchy, but they have a tendency to shift dramatically. Outer Space for instance starts out very spacey but then all of a sudden there’s a harpsichord.

I’ve been trying to actively listen to these albums, which is to say pay attention to them while I’m listening to them, and not just tune them out and focus on other things. I found myself failing to do that today. Doing so I realized that his music is better when you aren’t giving it your full attention. When my brother recommended these albums to me, he specifically said that he would listen to this while he was working on homework when he was in school. I totally get that. I think I would enjoy this music (if I can tune out the bad mixing) while I was coding. This project is all about discovering or rediscovering music, and knowing what I can listen to when I need to focus on work is definitely a win. I often listen to instrumental jazz when programming, because I don’t like lyrics to distract me. Now I’ll have something else to reach for if I need a change of pace. I’d call that a win.

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Ronald Jenkees – Ronald Jenkees

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  1. Derty: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  2. Neptune: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  3. Canon In D Remix: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  4. Clutter: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  5. Super-Fun: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  6. The Rock Song Remixed: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  7. Snap: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  8. The Sunfish Song: πŸ‘πŸ»
  9. Loui: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  10. Gold Spinners: πŸ‘πŸ»
  11. Remix to a Remix: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  12. Almost Undamaged: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  13. 56K (Rap): πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  14. Ain’t No Thang: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

Remember when I was talking about how I don’t like a lot of hip-hop, rap, or pop music because they don’t use real drums and/or their synth drums don’t sound like real drums? Ronald Jenkees’ self-titled album is chock full of exactly the kind of thing I was talking about. That and his bad mixing made this album really hard for me to enjoy.

In my notes on the very first track, I wrote “Sounds like the music that plays during the credits of a Jason Statham movie.” That rang true for the whole album. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that. If it hadn’t been for the bad mixing and the fake-sounding drums, I think I might have liked quite a few of these songs.

Starting with Clutter, a lot of these tracks were just way too busy. I had a hard time keeping up with everything that was going on. Given that this guy is a self-produced YouTuber, I should give him some credit. His YouTube videos show him playing all this stuff on the fly, which makes him more talented than the EDM folks who stand on stage in weird costumes while their pre-populated playlists run their course.

In all, I think this dude could really benefit from three things:

  1. A real drummer
  2. An engineer to mix his tracks
  3. SomeΒ Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

    Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.