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Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:26 am

Welcome to the December 2019 edition of Biggest Fan. Let me explain for those who only join now. It's about those songs that only got one vote in our recent All-Time Best Song Poll. There were over 13.000 of them! That's too much to get collectively into, but through this series we are going to introduce you to one of them every day. A randomly selected song, so you never know what you're gonna get.

There is also a game element, to make things more interactive. You can give a grade to each song, from 1 (for the worst of them) to 10 (the masterpieces). A 0 will be counted as a 1. Every 100 days I will calculate the average grades and post the current top 100. At the end of each year I'll post the whole list as is.

Some points of note:
- A topic for each song would be a little much, but all songs in one topic too. That's why I make monthly new topics for the entries of that month.
- There will be links to old topics in each new one, so you can easily go back. Once we have collected a decent amount of songs, I will also post a topic with all the songs listed and a link to their initial appearance.
- There is gonna be a Spotify playlist (see below). Each new song will be put atop of the playlist! If songs aren't on Spotify there will be a link to YouTube or any platform it's available on. I will contact the biggest fan through a message if I can't find the song anywhere.
- You can always still vote for each song, even months later. Just go to the right topic.
- You can always change your grade. Again, place it in the right topic.
- You don't have to vote for each song if you don't want to.
- I think this goes without saying but still: always name the artist and title of the song you vote for. I'm not going to guess for which song you vote.
- Comments on the song are more than welcome. Nobody is probably going to review them all, but if you have something to say, please do.
- I know some wanted to go faster. Two songs a day, 10 songs a week, something like that. I'm decided against this, because I wanted to keep it small. We can't deal with over 13.000 songs, so I'm not trying. I just want to give you all one small discovery (or re-discovery) for the day. We'll never get all these songs done before the next All Time Song poll rolls along, but we can have fun getting there.
- I'll try to get each new song up soon after awakening, so in most cases it should be here relatively early.
- Feel free to ask questions or make general comments about this poll if you think it could be better.

You can still vote for the songs of earlier months, but please so do that in it's own topic.

January
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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:28 am

When The Rolling Stones arrive, The Beatles can’t be too far away… Well, they can as this is their first appearance here. It ranks at AM on #7666 (for those of you keeping score, that’s much lower than yesterday’s Rolling Stones’ song!):

325. The Beatles – I’ve Got a Feeling
Year: 1970
Album: Let It Be
Biggest Fan: Zombeels (#408)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:15 pm

Rob wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:28 am
325. The Beatles – I’ve Got a Feeling
5

Thanks to Zombeels for turning us on to another obscure artist :mrgreen:

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:41 pm

Hymie wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:15 pm
Thanks to Zombeels for turning us on to another obscure artist :mrgreen:
Yes, it borders on the pretentious, but I am glad I discovered this band through him. Seems that The Beatles are a good electric blues band, a bit like The Rolling Stones yesterday. I give this song a 7. Perhaps I'll check out the album as well.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:05 pm

Rob wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:41 pm
Hymie wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:15 pm
Thanks to Zombeels for turning us on to another obscure artist :mrgreen:
Yes, it borders on the pretentious, but I am glad I discovered this band through him. Seems that The Beatles are a good electric blues band, a bit like The Rolling Stones yesterday. I give this song a 7. Perhaps I'll check out the album as well.
I'm surprised an obscure band like this even had an album. It's got to be their only one.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by mileswide » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:55 pm

Substandard Black Eyed Peas cover: 4 thumbs up.
Don't you make it my dying...cough

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:44 am

Fun fact: today’s artist was in the band from yesterday. Don’t thank me, I like to share such obscure facts. It ranks on AM at #6769:

326. John Lennon – Nobody Told Me
Year: 1984
Album: Milk and Honey
Biggest Fan: Live in Phoenix (#264)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Wezzo » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:52 am

325. The Beatles – I’ve Got a Feeling - 6.5
326. John Lennon – Nobody Told Me - 7

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:56 pm

Rob wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:44 am
326. John Lennon – Nobody Told Me
4

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Honorio » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:57 pm



1. The Rolling Stones | Love in Vain | 8
2. The Beatles | I've Got a Feeling | 7
3. The Crickets | You've Got Love | 7
4. John Lennon | Nobody Told Me | 6
5. Eagles | Best of My Love | 6
6. Jimmy Eat World | You with Me | 5
7. Prince | U Know | 5

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:06 pm

John Lennon – Nobody Told Me: 7

May not go in history as one of his more innovative tunes, but there is energy here and the lyrics are very good.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Schüttelbirne » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:09 pm

325. The Beatles - I've Got a Feeling: 7/10
326. John Lennon - Nobody Told Me: 7/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:14 pm

Rob wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:06 pm
John Lennon – Nobody Told Me: 7

May not go in history as one of his more innovative tunes, but there is energy here and the lyrics are very good.
I can agree that Yoko is a "most peculiar mama."

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Brad » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:08 am

325. The Beatles – I’ve Got a Feeling - 8.75 (#2213 on my all-time list)
326. John Lennon – Nobody Told Me - 6

Thanks!

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Live in Phoenix » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:10 am

The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain: 7
The Beatles - I've Got a Feeling: 7

I'll have to look up if that bug band recorded anything else. It seemed like they were on to something.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:44 am

Warning: extremely obscure pick ahead! According to Discogs this group only released three singles. It is not of Spotify:

327. The Kidds – Down In Mexico
Year: 1956
Released as a single (B-side to Miss Lucy)
Biggest Fan: Hymie (#209)
The song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n4F80P17RI

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:50 pm

Rob wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:44 am
326. The Kidds – Down In Mexico
10

The group was also known as the Pelicans as well as the Kidds. Disregard what Discogs says about the single. This is an unissued track recorded in 1955 and first issued on album sometime in the 1980s. The Post single you found is a bootleg that someone made after the album came out. It's not a real release.

Post 2010 is actually a Clifton Chenier single.

I just fixed the release on Discogs. It now shows it an unofficial release.
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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:47 pm

The Kidds – Down In Mexico: 7

Whatever it's release date and method, it is still an overlooked track, but undeserved, as this is quite good. Really good use of backing vocals.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:34 pm

Rob wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:47 pm
The Kidds – Down In Mexico: 7

Whatever it's release date and method, it is still an overlooked track, but undeserved, as this is quite good. Really good use of backing vocals.
(Shocked) bud glad you like it!

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:07 am

328. Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between The Lines
Year: 2016
Album: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Biggest Fan: Acroamor (#486)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:48 pm

Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between The Lines: 8

I hadn't heard A Sailor's Guide to Earth since 2016, but after hearing this song I immediately went back to it. That is a great album, isn't it? Keep It Between the Lines is also a stand-out track. My favorite moment is when a guitar solo threatens to turn into a glam metal version of Beethoven's Ode to Joy, but quickly turn more mellow, followed by the entrance of some brass. Great stuff.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:34 pm

Rob wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:07 am
327. Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between The Lines
4

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by andyd1010 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:48 pm

The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain: 7.5
The Beatles - I've Got a Feeling: 7
Sturgill Simpson - Keep it Between the Lines: 6.5
John Lennon - Nobody Told Me: 5
Eagles - Best of My Love: 4.5

...

Avenged Sevenfold - Fiction: 9.5
Nick Drake – Saturday Sun: 9.5
Middle Kids - Edge of Town: 9.5
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See: 9
Blink-182 - Stay Together for the Kids: 9
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream: 8.5
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know: 8.5
Ray Charles - (The Night Time) Is the Right Time: 8.5
Prince - Free: 8.5
Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue: 8
Big Thief – Shark Smile: 8
Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar: 8
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now: 8
Elvis Costello – Hand in Hand: 8
Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop: 7.5
Big Thief – Mythological Beauty: 7.5
Radiohead - The Numbers: 7.5
Dusty Springfield - Goin' Back: 7.5
The Libertines – Up the Bracket: 7.5
The Coral – In the Morning: 7.5
Beyoncé – Pray You Catch Me: 7.5
The Band – King Harvest (Has Surely Come): 7
The National - Ada: 7
The Mills Brothers - Paper Doll: 7
Sarah McLachlan - Adia: 7
Blurry - Puddle of Mudd: 7
Rush - YYZ: 7
The Rolling Stones – Soul Survivor: 7
Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E.'s in Love: 6.5
Bob Dylan – To Ramona: 6.5
Orelsan – Suicide social: 6.5
Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues: 6.5
Eminem - Drug Ballad: 6.5
Belle and Sebastian – The Act of the Apostle (I): 6.5
My Chemical Romance - Famous Last Words: 6.5
Elliott Smith – Christian Brothers: 6
Green Day – In the End: 6
The Notorious B.I.G. – Suicidal Thoughts: 6
Minnie Riperton - Inside My Love: 6
Adele – Hometown Glory: 6
Otis Redding – Rock Me Baby: 6
Vampire Weekend – I Think Ur A Contra: 5.5
Muddy Waters - Good News: 5.5
JJ Cale - Magnolia: 5.5
Fiona Apple - Limp: 5
David Axelrod - Holy Thursday: 5
Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys: 4.5
Fleet Foxes - Kept Woman: 4.5
Simple Plan – Welcome to My Life: 4.5
The Jam – English Rose: 4.5
Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois: 4.5
Elton John - Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock & Roll): 4
The Spaniels - Baby It's You: 4
AC/DC – Who Made Who: 4
Daniel Ceasar, featuring Kali Uchis – Get You: 4
Slick Rick – Hey Young World: 4
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Hardware Store: 3.5
Los Saicos - Demolición: 3.5
R.E.M. – Little America: 3.5
Janet Jackson - If: 3.5
Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This: 3
Queen - Good Company: 3
The Stooges - Fun House: 3
Fergie, featuring Ludacris - Glamorous: 3
Aphex Twin - On: 2

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Schüttelbirne » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:02 pm

326. The Kidds - Down in Mexico: 7/10
327. Sturgill Simpson - Keep It Between the Lines: 7/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:23 am

Little note about this one. All the versions are called (re)mixes, but not one in particular is stated by Setherex. I added the radio mix to the Spotify list, as that description makes it sound like the most standard version, but I feel the need to say that the Hitman’s Club Mix is far more popular. If Setherex reads this and has a preferred version, plays say so.

329. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo
Year: 1996
Released as a single
Biggest Fan: Setherex (#728)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Wezzo » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:02 am

326. The Kidds - Down in Mexico - 6
327. Sturgill Simpson - Keep It Between the Lines - 7
328. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo - 5

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:09 pm

Rob wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:23 am
328. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo
3

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:46 pm

Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo: 6
Hmm, maybe that popular Hitman's Club Mix is a little better, but the original fares quite well. For what is essentially a dance track it is surprisingly bare. That turns out to be a double-edged sword: it doesn't feel quite as catchy as it should be, but makes the declarations of love seem acts of real affection.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:52 am

Only last week we had The Rolling Stones appear and here they are again. Trying to catch up to Prince? In this case I thought the song would be famous enough to get more votes in the poll, but apparently not. It ranks at #2985 on AM:

330. The Rolling Stones – Lady Jane
Year: 1966
Album: Aftermath
Biggest Fan: Bonnielaurel (#535)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Safetycat » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:05 am

325. The Beatles – I’ve Got a Feeling: 4
326. John Lennon – Nobody Told Me: 7
327. Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between The Lines: 8
328. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo: 3
329. The Rolling Stones – Lady Jane: 6

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Schüttelbirne » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:29 pm

328. Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo: 6/10
329. The Rolling Stones - Lady Jane: 7/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:05 pm

Lady Jane -5

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:48 am

Thought I'd voted yesterday, but apparently not:

The Rolling Stones – Lady Jane: 6

This the Stones trying an acoustic folk ballad. Although the sparse arrangements create an atmosphere and Mick Jagger has a surprisingly good voice for this there is something about this song that fails to truly grab me. Maybe at heart it is a bit of a bore, by a band who at that time excelled in being anything but boring.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:52 am

331. Four Tet – Smile around the face
Year: 2005
Album: Everything Ecstatic
Biggest Fan: Nassim (#763)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:31 pm

Rob wrote:
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330. Four Tet – Smile around the face
This was torture.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Live in Phoenix » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:11 pm

The Rolling Stones – Lady Jane

9

This makes me think of what the Rolling Stones would have been like hundreds of years ago. (Notice there are 3 women worked into the song.) This is in fact the borrowed tune from Neil Young's "Borrowed Tune," from the Tonight's the Night album.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Schüttelbirne » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:53 pm

330. Four Tet - smile around the face: 5/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Nassim » Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:47 pm

Hymie wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:31 pm
Rob wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:52 am
330. Four Tet – Smile around the face
This was torture.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:12 pm

Four Tet – Smile around the face: 8
Far from torture for me. It is a vital, playful, almost funny piece. Belongs to the more unique tracks that have appeared here and certainly in a good way.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Safetycat » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:35 pm

330. Four Tet – Smile around the face
6 - I watched it with the music video first and I don't think I can separate them now. They seem very tied together. I quite like it, might be a grower.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:09 am

This late addition to the Steely Dan discography is bubbling on AM:

332. Steely Dan – Things I Miss the Most
Year: 2003
Album: Everything Must Go
Biggest Fan: Red Ant (#452)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:11 pm

Rob wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:09 am
331. Steely Dan – Things I Miss the Most
4

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Henry » Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:15 pm

331. Steely Dan – Things I Miss the Most - 6

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:46 am

333. Beth Orton – Best Bit
Year: 1997
EP: Best Bit
Biggest Fan: Akhenaten (unranked)

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Wezzo » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:47 am

329. The Rolling Stones – Lady Jane - 8
330. Four Tet - smile around the face - 5
331. Steely Dan – Things I Miss the Most - 7.5
332. Beth Orton – Best Bit - 6

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Honorio » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:35 pm



1. Sturgill Simpson | Keep It Between the Lines | 8
2. The Rolling Stones | Lady Jane | 7
3. Steely Dan | Things I Miss the Most | 7
4. The Kidds | Down in Mexico | 7
5. Ghost Town DJ's | My Boo | 7
6. Four Tet | smile around the face | 6
7. Beth Orton | Best Bit | 6

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Schüttelbirne » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:45 pm

331. Steely Dan - Things I Miss the Most: 7/10
332. Beth Orton - Best Bit: 6/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Hymie » Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:01 pm

Rob wrote:
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332. Beth Orton – Best Bit
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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:36 pm

Steely Dan – Things I Miss the Most: 5
This has the classic Steely Dan sound: classy, tasteful and also a little dull for my personal taste.

Beth Orton - Best Bit: 8
Love the way she sings. It's very singular and gives the song almost it's own rhythm.

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Re: Biggest Fan - December 2019

Post by mileswide » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:36 pm

John Lennon - Nobody Told Me 4 Not as numbingly bland as some of his latter-day output but still nondescript.

The Kidds - Down in Mexico 5 As Rob highlights, nice use of vocals, kind of acting like an instrument, but doesn't grab me otherwise.

Sturgill Simpson - Keep It within the Lines 6 My enjoyment of most genres, particularly country, depends on the singing but Simpson is at least a moving target, careening into Southern soul here and he sounds at home.

Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo 6 Staying on a subjective theme, the RnB songs I like the most tend to be the ones I have memories associated with but haven't heard to the point of exhaustion, rather than any inherent quality. While I can't say either applies here, there's an endearing amateurism to proceedings (albeit one that's inexplicable given Jermaine Dupri's involvement).

The Rolling Stones - Lady Jane 5 Stones do Greensleeves just because they can, Jagger goes full Renaissance Faire-actor and is the weakest element of the song (genuinely not often you can say that about a Stones track). Borrowed Tune improves on this as Young is more emotionally invested but LJ is still amusingly silly...

Four Tet - smile around the face 8...as is this tune but in a more intentional way. Yet another Kieran Hebden track to make me want to dive further into his discography (I really should this time), this lands somewhere between Lemon Jelly's twisted nursery-rhyme electronica and Bonobo's organic chillout. It's also the track I've played most in the last few days, top find!

Steely Dan - Things I Miss the Most 4 This must be a case of having to have lived like Fagen & Becker to truly appreciate the lyrics. The complacency of the music doesn't help.

Beth Orton - Best Bit 7 There's an untutored quality to Orton's vocals, which is neutered by the session musician sound to the first half of the song for me. Thankfully, by the time the violins come in, the production takes it into more airborne territory.
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