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    For action gaming as in racing, Serious Sam, Starcraft, Dota and such there is this playlist: https://play.spotify.com/user/hampus...MSjC6aaYVbBcBc

    I can't recall where I was linked that playlist. Possibly in the comments section of some RPS article.

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    kesha die young

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    this is possibly one of the best noise I've ever heard! but seriously, I've come to like Squarepusher in this album even glitch is a bit iffy for me
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    I always kind of saw the first The Pretty Reckelss album as being a proof-of-concept. You've got this actor/model who has suddenly become this rock chick and singing about doing bad things to priests and stuff about hell. The whole thing felt a little bit silly and over-the-top, but I was impressed. Their first album had a lot going for it, but my main problem was that it was just damn short at 38 minutes long. None of the tracks were particularly long, albeit none of them being noticeably short either. Taylor Momsen's voice felt like it was naturally applied and despite, I think, the album having a few non-starter songs, I wanted more. So, four years later...

    They've been teasing this new album for ages and songs I thought were going to be on Going To Hell are not, which is a shame as many of them have been good, but what is on it is great. Going To Hell is basically The Pretty Reckless 2: Everything Is Just Much Better. My main problem from their debut of Light Me Up is immediately remedied; the whole thing is over ten minutes longer, tracks have a bit more life and depth with extra time time to them (one track (of ten) on Light Me Up went over 4 minutes, whilst 7 of the 12 on GTH are including one that just slips past the 5 minute mark) and there is a level of maturity to the music. I wouldn't say it feels very original, but it's certainly fresh in the current rock situation and Taylor Momsen's vocals are incredibly polished and still ridiculously well suited. She loves this stuff and it shows and goes a long way to getting past some of the things that will probably always be The Pretty Reckless in nature.

    What I mean by that is the subtlety. There is none. I've said in the last couple of posts where I've mentioned the band that their lyrics and videos demonstrate that subtlety is nowhere to be seen. This was present in Light Me Up, but GTH wastes literally no time; the front cover has Taylor Momsen sitting naked with a giant black arrow on her back pointing down. The first track opens up with the sounds of a couple embracing each other before launching off into Guitar-Certified Rock. I can really only laugh at it a little bit. I'm not sure if it's Momsen just having fun with it all (and I see that as being very likely) and/or not at all giving one iota of a fuck, but some of the stuff is ridiculous. Also, one of the songs is called "Why'd You Bring A Shotgun To A Party." The tone is well set.

    Anyhow, the actual music. It's good! Very good! Like I said, it's just a vastly superior product all around to the first album and it feels more...focused. You can tell with albums that have a clearly identifiable theme that things just work together well. I'm not explicitly talking about concept albums, mostly because you sort of expect by nature that they'll be jelling quite nicely, but just when there's a distinctive thing running between the tracks. Even when there's a heavy rock track followed by something acoustic or even just lighter on the harder layers, it follows on much smoother as opposed to Light Me Up which, again, felt more like tracks placed on a disc. So the variety is better applied as well as hosting better tracks regardless.

    So after saying a few hundred words of essentially nonsense, my conclusion after only a couple of listens is that if you liked Light Me Up you should absolutely get Going To Hell. If you want some straight Rock Music, you'll probably want this too. If you're looking for something a little deeper though or that really pushes in a certain musical direction, Going To Hell isn't that. It is exactly what it says it is; a big, loud, highly polished rock album. And I'm very happy about that!

    Highlight tracks: Follow Me Down (great opener that basically shows all of the improvements made between albums in just under five minutes of running time), Heaven Knows (ridiculous and NSFW video aside, it's a very solid anthem), Burn (basically Momsen showing off her voice). Favourite track: Sweet Thing, shows what extended track length can actually do.
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    Old hat! A Steam curator page focusing on Immersive Sims WIP
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    What the hell is happening, it's like half a dozen musical genres colliding with the aesthetic of post-apocalyptic steampunk and industrial;



    All the walls of the universe are collapsing.
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    50 cent Smoke

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    Now this is exactly what I needed today.



    Also, JG Man, I appreciate the effort you put into that post, even if the band isn't my thing. Good stuff.

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    Both soundcloud and bandcamp are not loading :'|
    Apparently this is the only youtube vid featuring the song

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    So (being all out of touch with western music) I picked up the Lorde album in the google play sale, having heard that it was 'pop'. I rather like it, but it doesn't seem very pop to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondDog View Post
    Also, JG Man, I appreciate the effort you put into that post, even if the band isn't my thing. Good stuff.
    Well, thank you! As an aside, I think it's kind of funny what The Pretty Reckless/Taylor Momsen choose to show off about themselves. In terms of a straight rock band that isn't already established, I'm struggling to think of any others. I really think they should leverage that fact because there really isn't much in the way of straight rock at the moment. Lots of alt rock and 'alt rock' in the mainstream, but not too much else.

    Also, I don't know what the hell Kings of Leon are, but they suck. This isn't really a grand point I'm making here, I just felt the need to say it. A friend told me about a Mighty Boosh routine that mocks them. It's hilariously accurate.

    Anyhow, I've been wondering what music I listen to might be remembered in 30/40/50 years time as being 'classic' from our generation. Listening to ...Like Clockwork (QOTSA) again just now for the umpteenth time, I have to know for sure that it will be. Such a brilliant album containing hit after hit and one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard. Lyrically excellent and musically likewise. It's impossible for me not to give it all my attention when I hear it and to tell everyone how great it is. Only took Josh Homme being dead for a few seconds for it to exist too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    Also, I don't know what the hell Kings of Leon are, but they suck. This isn't really a grand point I'm making here, I just felt the need to say it. A friend told me about a Mighty Boosh routine that mocks them. It's hilariously accurate!
    The first album is mostly good fun, the second is also pretty good. Thought the third album was alright at the time but can't listen to it anymore as it definitely marks the turning point from them doing some quite good fun southern inflected rock to them doing boring hackneyed shite. Made the mistake of buying the fourth album and have lost interest since then, only really noticing the ubiquitous Sex on Fire (used by many a town club DJ at closing time in conjunction with Mr Brightside by the Killers in an effort to say, "alright there you drunken eejits, none of you has got lucky, time to think of pissing off back home, eh?").

    But yeah even though Fielding's impression is accurate Joe's Head is still a tune:


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    Good candy coloured pop.


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    Yeah, the Kings of Leon are one of the few examples of a band actually getting worse with popularity, rather than it just being perceived that way by snobbish fans.

    Their first album was great fun, but as soon as they started filling arenas they tailored their sound to it, and started pumping out that dead-eyed, soulless brand of rock music that U2 peddles.

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