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A preface, before the pretentiousness:
I sound overtly-fancy in this entire review, not only because this record's material is just so opaque that I think it needs this type of analysis and wording, but the record itself is also pretentious. For that, I do apologize. However, this was the hardest thing I've ever had to write. Over the course of two months, I've tried my hardest to collect and control my thoughts on this brilliantly fascinating experience. These have been difficult, gripping, ... read more

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Nov 22, 2020
I am not playing with you my swagger!
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 20, 2020
I was gonna do my own grand 7 list 'list week' up to Christmas day - those lists are private at the moment. I will set a date of the 15th December to have my top 50 all re-rated for you, if that's ok?
Nov 20, 2020
Abso-fucking-lutely! Nearly all of my top 50 have been rerated.
Nov 20, 2020
Same question as Kengoji, would you be able to fit me in the aggregate? I'm already hard at work ordering my top 100!
Nov 19, 2020
do you still have openings for the year end list aggregate? I would like to be included.
Nov 18, 2020
Thanks for the response, you've been added!
Nov 18, 2020
Yeah, I'm interested in being included, that'd be nice. Sounds like a fascinating concept, though granted none of the records in my top 50 would land on the aggregate list.
Nov 18, 2020
what’s your favorite album of the year? i’m making a list
Yep, I'm that one dude who hears colors.
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Part of the musical duo Orchid. Linked below!
I use an equation to get my ratings, which favors emotional fulfillment and technical innovation.
⭐Current binge: CFCE 87.8⭐

100: Masterpiece
99-90: Exceptional
89-80: Amazing
79-75: Great
74-70: Good
69-60: Decent
59-50: Impartial
49-40: Mediocre
39-30: Bad
29-20: Horrendous
19-10: Dreadful
9-0: Unacceptable
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