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I really like Mardröm. 🥰 It's simple and sweet. I learned it means nightmare in Swedish.
 

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I forgot how much more time it takes to listen to a bigger game (not that I do not want you all to stay for the next games 😅 ).

The first semi is lackluster at best. The second semi is better.
 

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Wanted to do reviews, but there are so many things that require my attention elsewhere right now.
 
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Oh dear - that's come around quickly. I remember now why I stopped playing. 😆
 

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There’s something funny about my songs being universally hated whenever I put genuine effort into sending one that week, but when I usually send a song without thinking too much and choose the first one from the top of my head it so often finishes inside the top ten.
 
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There’s something funny about my songs being universally hated whenever I put genuine effort into sending one that week, but when I usually send a song without thinking too much and choose the first one from the top of my head it so often finishes inside the top ten.
First instincts are usually the best.
 
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Je l'aime à mourir sounds really bad in french.
Sorry in spanishl is a masterpiece.
All versions.



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i don't, and you should come back for good.
That's very kind but I just don't have the time to play it properly.
 

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Je l'aime à mourir sounds really bad in french.
Sorry in spanishl is a masterpiece.
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You realize it’s a French song right ? 😬
 
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Some reviews:


SF1
Song One – Nicholas Britell – Agape: I remember watching If Beale Street Could Talk and thinking that the score did a good job meshing with the scenes to give that sense of entrapment about a reality that we can’t really choose for ourselves, much like I got from the James Baldwin’s books I read (not this one, for example) – it doesn’t do it in a way too-in-your-face like Glass’ score for The Hours does. OTOH, I don’t think it translates as well without context as Glass’.
Song Two – Zdzislawa Sosnicka - Aleja Gwiazd (Alley of Stars): It always surprised me the amount of Polish entries when there are not that many Polish players (and keen on sending Polish stuff at that) involved. I think the tastefulness of this entry relies on the fact that it seems to have come out five years later than it should, so it’s kind of a mixture between early and late 80s stuff.
Song Three – Clams Casino - All I Need: K, this one was a kind of interesting pick in the context of this SF… it really stands out as this kind of Witch disco track, one of the most bonkers of this game. Not really something I’d be keen on listening over and over, but a gutsy choice.
Song Four – Fugazi – Arpeggiator: I’ll have to confess I’ve never really saw what other people usually see about Fugazi. I do tend to like guitar-heavy instrumentals and find this one to be quite enjoyable (mostly since it’s not that hardcore-y), but it’s never really been up my league.
Song Five – Moon Martin - Bad News: This one is very much a product of its era, but I… quite… like… it…
Song Six – Mary J Blige - Be Happy: While I think that some of the stuff that she’s released in the last 15 years (I particularly think that her voice doesn’t mix so well with Autotune, but here we are) is pretty grating, I’m quite a sucker for miss Mary – she’s just so full of chutzpah.
Song Seven – Florence and The Machine - Big God: I think I’ve said it before (nah, actually I’m pretty sure I did), but Florence + the Machine is one of those acts that I enjoyed a lot back in the day (I’m talking the 2009-2013 timeframe) and then, all of a sudden, I didn’t feel like it anymore. Which is kind of weird since they haven’t relied on the fact that they’ve become a festival-arena act and produced some pretty laid back stuff like this one – Ceremonials relied heavily on the purely bombastic sounds, resulting in weird tracks like All This, and Heaven Too (I remember the What the Water Gave Me demo, despite the song being one that really asked for a fuller sound and succeeded in its final version, hinted at what they could sound if they didn’t go so baroque so often).
Song Eight – N.E.R.D. - Bobby James: OK, not a shocker for those that remind my entries and points allocation that I’m really into this track. That being said, this may be the only N.E.R.D. album I can listen to more than once.
Song Nine – Destroy All Monsters – Bored: This has Shved written all over. I think there’s a certain joyfulness in the sound right at the bridge-turned-outro that clashed so much with the lyrics it really enhanced the whole bang, hinting at Niagara being quite the role model for so many riot grrrl acts.
Song Ten – Kidsmoke – Colourfield: They’ve really listened to The Cure, and I do not mean it in a Joris-like way.
Song Eleven – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love: What’s there to say? No, I mean it, what’s there to say?
Song Twelve – Oby Onyioha - Enjoy Your Life: I’m not totally against sending uberlong, repetitive tracks since I’ve done more than once but I really got hooked on this one early on and right at the last two minutes or so I thought to myself that this was reeeeally starting to drag. Maybe with a bit more percussion…
Song Thirteen– Fiction Factory - Feels Like Heaven: Very radio-friendly. I don’t think I’ve actually listened to this track before, but I kind of like think I’ve heard it way-too-many-to-count times when traveling with my father when he turned to some classics-reliant station (Mía, Shopping Classics – welcome to Córdoba, Argentina).
Song Fourteen – The Fall – Frightened: This is more Joris-like. Quite a bad trip, and I do not mean it in a bad way. I once considered sending their cover of Lost in Music, which is fuck!ng hilarious.
Song Fifteen – Keith Hopwood & Malcolm Rowe - Giant In The Street: This one is so short and right after the The Fall track so it gets really lost in the crowd.
Song Sixteen – Rimon & Denzel Curry - Got My Back: I kind of feel Denzel rendered Rimon as the featured artist in this track despite his very short appearance, lol.
Song Seventeen – King Gnu – Hakujitsu: The great Doris Kareva once wrote “Hirm on hirmsaim / Gravitatsioon”. I unfortunately can’t say she was thinking about this when doing so, but the harmonies were pretty nice.
Song Eighteen – The Five Satins - In the Still of the Night: This one will surely find its audience. I just don’t think it will be me.
Song Nineteen – Francis Cabrel - Je l'aime à mourir: Y’all should listen the very famous Salsa version in Spanish, lol. It’s fine, though I’ve grown quite tired about it through the years. No offense.
Song Twenty – Twillingen – Mardrom: Wouldn’t this one actually be “Tvillingen” :p? Yeah, not really my thing, but I actually like the way the Dutch language sounds… which seems a weird thing to say.

SF2
Song Twenty-One – Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me: Based on previous results from anniversary themes… quite the contender for the win. I don’t think I can say much more about Marvin, maybe that this my favorite album of his. That and that I once sent The Andantes doing back vocals for LaBrenda Ben and bombed in the semis.
Song Twenty-Two – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy): The title of the song is a metaphor for Australian cinema. Jokes aside, I kind of dig this slice of Australiana.
Song Twenty-Three – Róisín Murphy - Murphy's Law: I really expected someone to send this one for the incoming 2020 game. I’m not sure I can say much more about this track – Róisín (particularly Moloko) has a big fanbase here; Incapable was a terrific lead single for this album… Not much more.
Song Twenty-Four – Miriam - My Love Has Gone: Perhaps the most obscure entry in this game? It’s a lovely little track.
Song Twenty-Five – Kim Wilde - Pop Don't Stop: I’ve never been one to give points to Kim Wilde and this doesn’t seem to be the song to start doing so. Good to see Kim still doing her thing with the same energy, though!
Song Twenty-Six – The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink: While this is a case where the song preceded the film, I see that there are quite a few film-related tracks in this game. I like Psychedelic Furs and can’t say much more.
Song Twenty-Seven – Maggie Rogers – Retrograde: Is Jen playing this game? Didn’t check. Maggie Rogers debut album was a bit all over the place, but taking its tracks individually there were some very enjoyable state-of-the-art pop songs like this one.
Song Twenty-Eight– Auktyon, feat. John Medeski & Marc Ribot - Rogan Born: In this case I think the live version submitted played against the instrumentation of the track. It wasn’t quite my thing anyway… dare I say Perun?
Song Twenty-Nine – Dissonant Nation – Sauvage: It’s actually harmless but this semi hits quite heavy and this one gets lost in the back. The lead singer can have my number whenever he wants, though.
Song Thirty – Intars Busulis – Slieksnis: Yeah, no. Sorry. Pass. Not my thing.
Song Thirty-One – Jim White - Static On The Radio: Aaaand another one where the track preceded the film. I love, love, love Aimee Mann and she does wonders along with Jim White.
Song Thirty-Two – Cheree – Suicide: A very niche entry (I can see a parade of twelves and big fat zeroes for this one). Quite possibly my favorite one of this game.
Song Thirty-Three – Sheila E. - The Glamorous Life: These last three tracks have been great, easily my favorite section of the game. The full version is better, though.
Song Thirty-Four – R.E.M. - The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite: Never been a fan of R.E.M. – I think I got tired of Losing My Religion and Everybody Hurts being used over and over. But I’m sure it will find its audience.
Song Thirty-Five – Matia Bazar - Vacanze Romane: One of the candidates for most bonkers entries in this game. Surprised to see it was a Sanremo entry, not surprised to see it lost to the way more conventional (and forgettable) Sarà quel che sarà (though the way weirder Alice & Battiato’s Per Elisa managed to beat Maledetta primavera just two years before, so…).
Song Thirty-Six – The Police - Walking On The Moon: I found The Police to be way more bearable than Sting’s solo career, but then again I may not be saying much. I appreciate the somewhat off-beat feeling of it.
Song Thirty-Seven – Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie: I don’t see many bonkers entries, so the sheer camp confectionery of it is clearly standing out. And looking at previous anniversary games results (classics galore), it is an actual contender for the title if it doesn’t prove to be too overtly divisive.
Song Thirty-Eight – Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good: It doesn’t pack enough punch lyrically but musically and vocally it talks the talk and walks the walk.
Song Thirty-Nine – IU - 가을 아침: Good idea to change our conceptions of what K-pop sounds like (the BTSs and the Blackpinks and the other idol bands), but other than that I’m still not a fan of it.
 

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Florence and the Machine is one of the most overrated bands ever.
Annoying lead singer and suicide music.
I will never give a single point to them.
Go to Hell!!
I love Mercy Mercy me, even the Lisa Standfield version.
Yes sir I can boogie has to win, amazing hit, voices and feeling.
A pity I doesnt nominate it.
 
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