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  1. Andrew received reputation from kyle1020 in Andrew's 2016 Retrospective   
    15. "Kiss It Better" - Rihanna - 'ANTI'
    It really irritated me when Good Charlotte's new single took a potshot at there being no guitars on the radio, even though their song was as flat, insipid, and guitar-less as a bunch of other shit.  You know what song has rocking guitar?  This kick-ass Rihanna single.  This is the best she's been in almost ten years.
    See Also: "Same Ol' Mistakes" "Desperado" | Further Research: "Cold Case Love"
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    14. "Believe" - Normandie - 'Inguz'
    This was a really good year for clean vocal bands in the vein of Hands Like Houses.  In their debut record, Normandie dropped some absolute jams, the best of them all being the thunderous "Believe," an addicting sing-a-long tune with great use of falsetto to bring the hook home.  This record is jam-packed with a lot of great songs, but this was the one I kept coming back to.
    See Also: "Collide" "Loop Hole"
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    13. "Trainwreck" - Banks - 'The Altar'
    If there was anything Banks WASN'T good at on her first record, it was producing a legitimately loud banger, not that she tried mind you.  Still, color me surprised when on her follow-up she produced a track as overwhelmingly emphatic as "Trainwreck," a legitimate dark dance hall song that showcases Banks' signature brood in a whole new light.  While Banks was still great at her moody downtempo ballads on her sophomore success, but songs like "Trainwreck" really demonstrated her evolution.
    See Also: "Fuck With Myself" "This Is Not About Us" | Further Research: "This Is What It Feels Like"
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    12. "I Always Knew/Slow Me Down" - Issues - 'Headspace'
    Though it doesn't particularly FEEL like an album closer, "Slow Me Down" succeeds as one by being the song on the new Issues record, a tough task to achieve on an album full of surprisingly great cuts.  Issues really came into their own in 2016 with a legitimately great follow-up to a guilty pleasure debut.  "Slow Me Down" is a titanic song that has a great intro to build into it, before it dazzles with an emotional build into a powerful chorus that the band has never matched in their previous works.  Tyler Carter's prowess as a vocalist has  never been more clear than in this stunning display.
    See Also: "The Realest" "Made To Last" | Further Research: "Disappear (Remember When)"
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    11. "Wasteland" - Against The Current - 'In Our Bones'
    Wouldn't be one of my lists without a trademark foray into female power pop.  Against The Current wasn't as strong as some of the previous bands I've obsessed over, but their album was a significant grower for me over 2016, and their legitimately great songs like "Wasteland" stack up with some of the best cuts of the year.  This mid-tempo tune manages to do a good job with the balancing act of quiet to loud, eventually climaxing with a cinematic bridge and an explosive finale.  This one went blow for blow with "Running With The Wild Things" for this spot on my list, but ultimately won out thanks to it's impressive scope.
    See Also: "Running With The Wild Things" "Chasing Ghosts" | Further Research: "Gravity"
  2. Andrew received reputation from kyle1020 in Andrew's 2016 Retrospective   
    23.
    "Division Symbols" - Hands Like Houses - 'Dissonants'
    I've talked a lot over the last year about promising hardcore and metalcore bands turning in their creativity cards for the sake of radio play, and how the troubling trend has tanked a lot of recently promising albums.  While some of their contemporaries give up what made them so great to get into the spotlight, the Australia-based Hands Like Houses have pushed themselves into the active rock scene without compromising their intriguing sound.... too much, anyway.  There's no denying that 'Dissonants' is a more straight-forward rock album than Hands Like Houses have previously produced, but flourishes of their original sound are still present in songs like "Division Symbols."  The new album is famously more hooky than previous efforts and "Division Symbols" is among the main culprits, but it's a truly great hook brought together by Trenton Woodley's amazing vocals and a string of lyrics that flow smoothly off the tongue.  One of the Hands Like Houses' greatest strengths is their ability to craft great lyrical hooks without repetition and that's never more clear than on this track, which manages to be absurdly catchy despite a chorus that gets from point A to point B with a very diverse road.  The furious bridge is just that, a perfect bridge from new to old Hands Like Houses, staying loyal to the roots of their sound without selling out TOO hard.  This band deserves to be huge.
    See Also: "Colourblind" | "Motion Sickness"
    Further Research: "A Fire On a Hill"
  3. Andrew gave reputation to Mike in Got (Wrestling) News   
    I have a few questions about this women's MITB match tonight...
    - Who is the jackass who decided on this match instead of six guys from Raw coming over for their own MITB match?
    - Will they use a smaller, Hornswoggle-esque ladder?
    - Will a referee or another man come in the ring to set up the ladder for them when needed?
    - How many of these girls will get hurt during this match?
    - What percentage of internet fans will praise this as a MOTY candidate no matter how much it sucks?
  4. Andrew gave reputation to RainbowDragon in Got (Movie/TV) News   
    Take your fake looking CGI apes and stick them up your ass. The guy who said they are seemless is fucking lying. If you cant tell they are CGI you must be really young and or stupid.
     
     
  5. Andrew received reputation from NinjaNick101 in General Music Discussion   
    Not really worthy of a new thread since they're saying it's a standalone song, so here's a new Dance Gavin Dance video.
     
  6. Andrew received reputation from Ruiner in General Discussion   
    To be fair, no one takes any of the dudes in that clip seriously at all, except maybe Big Sean.  Most of the critically acclaimed rappers in today's day and age have plenty that makes them unique and interesting.  Kendrick, Logic, J.Cole, Chance, Drake, etc.
    Signed, the guy who continues to be tired of people generalizing that "All rap today sucks"
  7. Andrew received reputation from Mike in Got (Wrestling) News   
    Boy, yeah, that'll be tough.  Dodging Japanese wrestling spoilers is always tricky.
  8. Andrew received reputation from Lucas in Nothing More // The Stories We Tell Ourselves   
    http://nothingmore.net/

    More info coming soon, presumably
  9. Andrew received reputation from Lucas in Linkin Park - 'One More Light'   
    I'd like to take a moment to walk back on something I said and admit that Stormzy as it turns out is a pretty huge deal, at least in the UK right now.  Not much of a name in the American scene and I've fallen out of touch with UK hip hop.
    That said he's fucking dope and I'd like to thank this record for bringing him to my attention because holy shit.
  10. Andrew gave reputation to Vigo in World News   
  11. Andrew gave reputation to Ruiner in World News   
    I just don't know that the white community is vocal enough about these white supremacist attacks. If they're really a peaceful race, why don't they speak out against crimes committed in its name? How are we to know that they aren't complicit? They just can't be trusted until this mess is sorted out. 
  12. Andrew received reputation from Vigo in MM2017 Round 1, Set 1: Andy Black vs. Good Charlotte   
    I didn't care much for either of these but Andy Black was a little less offensive
  13. Andrew received reputation from Lucas in Linkin Park - 'One More Light'   
    A. You clearly have no idea what the current state of pop music is, and while the quality varies, there are definitely a lot of different sounds in the mainstream right now.  The pop EDM of the Chainsmokers, the folksy POP ROCK of Ed Sheeran, the quirky alternative of Twenty One Pilots, the traditional vocal powerhouses like Ariana and Katy, the dreary hip hop of Drake and Future, the cheesy throwbacks of Bruno Mars, etc etc.  Pop music is a lot of things right now, but samey it is not, and all you have to do is turn on a radio for twenty minutes.
    B. Relying on hot rappers?  There's one track with rapping and neither of the names are what you would call "hot."  Were you this grumpy when they teamed with fucking JAY-Z ten years ago?
  14. Andrew received reputation from Nixon in Movie Log   
    Baby Driver is gonna be so fucking good.  The game has missed Edgar Wright.
  15. Andrew received reputation from Paul in Too Close To Touch - 'Haven't Been Myself'   
    I've been revisiting this a bit and man, how did I overlook how fucking good "What a Shame" is?
  16. Andrew received reputation from Paul in Too Close To Touch - 'Haven't Been Myself'   
    I've been revisiting this a bit and man, how did I overlook how fucking good "What a Shame" is?
  17. Andrew received reputation from Lucas in Chris Cornell dead   
    Cobain, Staley, Weiland, Cornell.  The voices of grunge keep dropping. This shit sucks
    Chris was fucking amazing.  Will be missed.
  18. Andrew received reputation from Lucas in Chris Cornell dead   
    Cobain, Staley, Weiland, Cornell.  The voices of grunge keep dropping. This shit sucks
    Chris was fucking amazing.  Will be missed.
  19. Andrew received reputation from Ruiner in Got (Gaming) News   
    Fixed
  20. Andrew received reputation from Ruiner in General Discussion   
    Yeah that.
    No but real talk I just sort of challenged myself to unplug for a while and leave behind the strong bindings of the internet.  I learned a lot about myself a person, and by that I mean I read more books and played a ton of Zelda.
    Anywho it's good to be back I guess.
  21. Andrew received reputation from Ruiner in General Discussion   
    Yeah that.
    No but real talk I just sort of challenged myself to unplug for a while and leave behind the strong bindings of the internet.  I learned a lot about myself a person, and by that I mean I read more books and played a ton of Zelda.
    Anywho it's good to be back I guess.
  22. Andrew received reputation from Ruiner in Got (Wrestling) News   
    I mean to be fair, I think a lot of companies would freak a little if they found out you've been jizzing on company property.
  23. Andrew received reputation from Mike in Movie Log   
    Audience reviews should genereally be ignored because there quite simply is rarely a significant spike in data one way or the other.  As Ruiner astutely pointed out, all but the most heinous of dreck gets average to high audience favoritism, easily in the 70-80 range on Rotten Tomatoes.  The point there being, how can you ever take audience reviews as any sort of sign of quality if every available product gets the same general score?  No one reports on it because it's like saying it's raining in Seattle.  "Iron Fist, does however, have an 80% audience rating, because of course it does, every show on the website has an 80."  It's redundant, pointless information.
    The perception that the show is a failure is completely true, if you're to say it is a critical failure.  A number of people who have made lives out of critiquing the content of media have found substantial flaws in Iron Fist that they did not find in all the other shows.  You may not relate to critics, but it's all the same people who reviewed Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil.  There is no substantial shift, so either you believe that for some reason every critic in the world decided to get together and come up with reasons to dismiss Iron Fist, or they all found legitimate gripes with the presented content that they did not see in the previous works.  Mike seems to be a big believer of the former, do you wanna lump yourself in with that guy, or perhaps acknowledge that not everyone is so easily pleased.
    It's also worth noting that the flaw in the Tomatometer system is present here in that a 17% or whatever does not indicate it is a 1.7 out of 10 show, it simply indicates that it received less than favorable reviews from 83% of critics, but that doesn't mean it's awful.  Of course, Metacritic's 37 score for it isn't super ideal either, since that ACTUALLY summarizes most of the scores which means more critics than not are putting it in the low ranges for scoring.  It's also got a 6.1 from the users of the same site, which actually DOES indicate that even the layman is finding more to criticize in Iron Fist than in the past shows (8.3 for Luke Cage, 8.1 for Jessica Jones, 8.7 and 8.9 for Daredevil).
  24. Andrew received reputation from Ruiner in Got (Wrestling) News   
    I mean to be fair, I think a lot of companies would freak a little if they found out you've been jizzing on company property.
  25. Andrew received reputation from Ruiner in Got (Wrestling) News   
    In the business we call it a "tripod"