Sosuke_Arima
Sosuke_Arima
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96
AOTY Frontrunner

After an eight-year wait, Fiona Apple finally delivered to us her fifth opus, Fetch the Bolt Cutters. The album delivered sees Fiona at her most unshackled and most audacious hour; a rambunctious collection of thirteen tracks that has as much bite as it does poise.

Studying Fiona Apple’s catalogue, one of the most fascinating things that springs up is the how her music tends to be very personal. Her art strikes me as a mere vehicle for her thoughts and emotions; a ... read more
Sosuke_Arima -
100
For the past two weeks, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from this site. A site which I for so long adored using, I now find increasingly more annoying and vexatious. What brought about this change? Well, I’d be hard-pressed to say what exactly. Regardless, the last two weeks have been quite enlightening for me. Many of the things that nagged away at me subconsciously are now plain to see.

The first is how this site has affected my love for music. The way I listen to and ... read more
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“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.” – Brian Eno

Ambient music is one of the most fascinating genres of music in the modern music canon. Few other genres of music exist that are as impressionable as it – music that so heavily relies on the listener’s interpretation of what the artist is unveiling to them. As the infamous Brian Eno quote ... read more
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Having just completed my binge of Tim Hecker’s discography, I set myself with the task of writing about one of his albums. A deceptively simple premise that has led to me racking my brain trying to decide which of his many brilliant albums I would review. There’s of course the obvious choice of my favourite Tim Hecker project, ‘Ravedeath, 1972’, but I feel most people are very familiar with that album and have already solidified their opinions on it. A similar thing is ... read more
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The Proper 100 Followers Milestone Review

300th Rating

“The way I feel about music is that there is no right and wrong. Only true and false.”

Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart is indubitably one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the past three decades. Her enticing brand of art/baroque pop has produced some of the most essential records in the genre and her nigh-unparalleled artistic vision has pushed the genre ... read more
Jul 24, 2020
hope you're doing good chief x
Jul 19, 2020
Hi, I am working on a list and I would like to have as much views as I can. Here is my question, what are your top 3 albums from the last decade (January 2010 to dec 2019). I am not interest in what critics said or which ones were the most praised albums from that period, I want to know about your personal list. I will really appreciate your help. Cheers mate!
Jul 8, 2020
Which rapper do you think would be the best president?

(It's for a list you bozo 😹👎👎)
Jul 1, 2020
Hey! How've you been? Haven't seen you here in a few weeks!
Jun 6, 2020
Hello There! I have a new song out called "Lucy" it's not gonna be on my new album, but hopefully you will still like it

Anyways, here's the link to listen: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Qeo8QhWkJ7UY-s2lgSDFeee71RjDcZZ-

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/249495-the-dog-will-sing-tonight-lucy.php
Jun 5, 2020
...to you and what you enjoy, which I'm sure you know, it just can be easy to lose sight of that. In the end give the 100s to the albums that you have that emotional connection with and continue to rate music to find that next emotional connection. Thanks for having this wonderful conversation with me, I have truly enjoyed it!
Jun 5, 2020
it's about the experience, not the score. The score is just a way of sharing its quality and what you loved or didn't love about the music. Rating music is simply something that is done in the mind, carried out in action. It's true that we are naturally critical beings, we decide within a split something whether we like or do not like something. Rating music furthers that notion. Among all the arts, I believe music to be the most powerful, without any introduction the simplest note can evoke some of the most elaborate and deeply felt emotions. It can bring complete strangers together and unify nations. Achieved entirely by dancing invisible waves in the air.

That's true rating film is easier than music, because its easier to explain what is visible as opposed to what is audible. Reviewing music is all about the imagination, especially with post-rock and ambient music, because their layout is constantly changing and uncertain as to where its heading. What matters is what' important.
Jun 5, 2020
In a way, rating music below a certain grade refines one's taste in music, its a chance to clarify and organize exactly what you like and what you do not like. Which I think is healthy. When it becomes unhealthy is when you become overly critical of the pieces of music that you truly love. It's essential to know what you love and what you don't. I do think the whole idea of rating something is interesting, as the grounds for which someone rates something can be very complicating, when in fact I don't think it should be "complicated". I think it is also wise to rate after you have written a review so that you are not formulating a review around a score, but a score around a review. That way after thoroughly analyzing a piece of music, you will come to a more comprehensive score. But as you mentioned, it's important to create a rating system that you are comfortable and complements your taste. You are right, there is an aspect of rating music that is challenging, because in reality..


Jun 2, 2020
the discrepancy in my ratings. While I do consider the significance an album has had on musical culture, I don't really rate with that mindset (i try to cover that within my reviews), more along the aforementioned lines of "experience i had" and "quality of the album compared to the artist's other albums". I've discovered mainly through RYM many extraordinary experimental and avante-garde artists such as Morton Feldman, Keith Rowe, etc. With Keith Rowe however and EAI in general, some exploring through Bandcamp you can find many gold nuggets. There are many incredible music fans particularly in the Avante-garde realm that I have gotten many great recommendations from. Anyway that was a bit long-winded, but I hope i was able to explain some of the drastic changes I have made recently.
Jun 2, 2020
Necessarily a "negative" score means it its above average. However, the ingenuity and originality found in 80s 90, and even seventies are absent. More than numbers and rating systems, what comes before that is the enjoyability factor. Returning to my first sentences, in how I said that I felt I was overrating too many albums. I realized the likelihood of returning to many of those albums was not very high. So as you stated, I wanted to implement a "systematic" approach to ranking and rating music. I tried to separate the "good" albums from the excellent. I tried to reserve the eighties and nineties for the records that provided a unique and exclusive experience. As for Laughing Stock, Out to Lunch, those albums, as you also stated, "lack a certain experimental weight" that I exclusively reserve for the nineties, such as the music of Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor. I have taken influence from EMR, but this change in direction is something I noticed after realizing the...
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*Updating old ratings
Nerdy introvert who tends to get a bit obsessive with his interests. I'm not too stern with my scores and I have little interest in listening to music I'll most likely hate. Occasionally write reviews when I feel "inspired".

100: Masterpiece
99 - 90: Amazing
89 - 80: Very Good
79 - 70: Good
69 - 60: Decent
59 - 50: Average
49 - 40: Bad
39 - 30: Very Bad
29 - 20: Horrible
19 - 0: Trash

*I also consider my 98's & 99's to be masterpieces.
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