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I want to say that this music video is too ridiculous, garish, and cheesy to be appropriate, but then I remembered what song I'm writing about. This song is ridiculous, garish, and cheesy, which is a big part of why my ears immediately perked up.

This is a modern song, and the first 14 seconds of it sound like they were legitimately transported forward in time from the late 70's slash early 80's. I really mean this, too, in the sense that there's a lot of bands that are clearly influenced by the 80's, and there's a lot of songs that sound like they're clearly stabbing toward sounding like an 80's song but just don't make it quite there. This song, on the other hand, plants a solid landing. This is an 80's track that has been influenced by modern production values, not the other way around.

Even the songwriting is appropriately groan-inducing, like the entire bridge which sounds like a rejected verse from Labyrinth:

oh honey now
don't you come crying to me
we're all gonna die here
but life will go on
down in the ocean of dreams

The rest of this Sylver Tongue EP is not very good, but this song is basically absolutely perfect as far as I'm concerned.

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The new METZ album is great. If you liked the first one, you should like this one. Pitchfork wasn't too thrilled about it, they seem to reject 'more of the same', but I think in the case of this METZ album there's just enough difference to make it memorable. No sophomore slump if you ask me.

In the run-up to II—the sophomore set from Toronto noisemakers Metz—frontman Alex Edkins promised three things: "We are not going to clean up our sound, we are not going to hire a big producer, we are not going to try to write a radio song." True to his word, II is another snarling beast of a record, 10 more all-lunging, all-screaming anti-anthems crammed into another chaotic, cloistered half-hour, every inch as grotty and combustible and unfriendly as its predecessor.

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  • > These songs are not "catchy" by any traditional metric; they don't so much get stuck in your head as get lodged in your... : amiantos

The new Faith No More album is pretty interesting. Latter half is better than the first half, I think, but I'm not sure yet. It's clearly Faith No More, sounds like Faith No More, feels like Faith No More. I just don't know if any of the songs are particularly great yet, though almost every song has a great moment or two in it. I think Sunny Side Up and Cone of Shame have the highest quantity of really great sections, very strong songs.

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  • Really growing on me. "Black Friday" reminds me of The Dandy Warhols. "Sunny Side Up" reminds me of Electric Six. "Cone of... : amiantos
  • I saw Faith No More live in 1989. Whatever that is worth. : TractorPilot
    • That must have been fun. All-nasal Patton-era. I have not seen FNM live so far in my life, I did not expect their new album... : amiantos
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