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10.21.17 Musical Moments10.11.17 EMO CROWN 2 - Rnd 6: You're My Favourit
10.06.17 5 EVERYTHING09.16.17 EMO CROWN 2 - Rnd 5: Shut up and Smile
08.30.17 EMO CROWN 2 - Rnd 4: Do the Math08.27.17 REC ME CLASSICS
08.24.17 EMO CROWN 2 - Rnd 3: New Kid on the Blo08.23.17 Asleep's Top 100 Albums
08.21.17 EMO CROWN 2 - Rnd 2: Back 2 Basics08.04.17 Send Help
07.21.17 Just a few thoughts07.16.17 Belated Birthday
07.03.17 Too Much Music07.02.17 Writers Block
06.02.17 Being Wrong05.31.17 Finished University
02.09.17 Rec Me Anything12.24.16 A Sleepy 2016
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EMO CROWN 2 - Rnd 5: Shut up and Smile

RULES: The judges of this competition will be DeadlyNightShade, sincerelyaural, Frivolous, LandDiving, AsleepInTheBack. The competitors are as follows: Conmaniac, UniqueUniverse, Artuma. Each competitor will present 1 album per round. The judges will then rate the albums out of 5, using .1 increments. A new round will begin after the judges have completed ratings. 30 albums will be presented in total (i.e. 10 from each competitor, or 10 rounds). The winner will be determined by the highest average, but a tiebreaker system will be used if necessary; each judge will have one vote for the best rec.
1JANK
Versace Summer


Is it reeeaaally emo if it doesn't make my eyeliner drip all down my sad-sack face? Rec HAPPY emo please. Vague criteria I know, so lots of leeway. Have fun.
2Texas Is the Reason
Do You Know Who You Are?


Unique's Rec
Asleep: This is an incredibly pleasant record. It’s not that much more than pleasant though, which is a shame. Maybe it’s just because I’ve heard so many bands rip-off this style since these guys pioneered it, so its charm has worn off on me. I’m not sure. Still, I could see myself coming back to this a lot given quite how nice it is to listen to; maybe some hidden depth will be revealed. 3.2/5.

Jack: This, I assume, could make people smile because it is carefree. Unfortunately, the same aspect (the vox) that lends the album this feeling is the one that makes it grate against my perception of what is easy listening. I’m all for nasal, you’re-not-my-my-mom vocals, but something implacable about this dude’s voice makes this difficult to listen to. That sucks, because there are some cool riffs and anthemic choruses that I fall into on any other day. 3/5
3Texas Is the Reason
Do You Know Who You Are?


Frivolous: Yeah this was ok, I guess. The band didn’t really do anything to grab my attention throughout the album’s runtime. Instrumentation was decent, performances were decent, lyrics were decent, you get the idea. It didn’t really do anything bad, it just didn’t really do anything worth nothing imo. 2.9/5

Claire: This acts as a baseline for pleasantry, but I can’t say that I found any remarkable characteristics. It’s fairly standard fare, general major-key wholesomeness. I concur with Jack about the vocals - they’re a bit too grating. 3.0/5
4Prince Daddy and The Hyena
I Thought You Didn't Even Like Leaving


Con's rec
Asleep: An emotive and charismatic little bottle rocket of an emo record. Firey, scrappy and very matter of fact, it does what it sets out to incredibly well with flair and finesse. That guitar work is damn sublime (bluesy in places, maybe?), and those vocals teeter perfectly on the edge of anarchy. At moments it feels like it revels in its influences a little too much, but eh, there isn’t much to hate. 3.8/5.

Jack: Here are the vocals I think I probably wished for during the Texas… album: the kind where you could shred the throat in excitement, the kind that goes toe-to-toe with screeching feedback and dam-breaking walls of bass and guitar. The whole record was fun, but I agree with Friv: ‘I Forgot To Take My Meds Today’ does, indeed, “slap hard”. 3.9/5.
5Prince Daddy and The Hyena
I Thought You Didn't Even Like Leaving


Frivolous: Well that was fun time. My favorite part of this album is definitely the guitar work, which is really muscular, flashy, and super fun to listen to (sort of a classic rock feel to it almost, along with the bluesy-feel Asleep mentioned). The vocals took a minute to grow on me, but when they did, this album became an absolute blast. Oh, and ‘I Forgot to Take My Meds Today’ slaps hard. 4.0/5

Claire: This was an invigorating experience - it hooked me in from the first song and had me wanting to shuffle around awkwardly in the confines of my living room. The energy is almost palpable, and I can see myself returning to this during my downtime. Best of all, this album is name your price. Get yourself on it. 4.0/5
6Braid
The Age of Octeen


Arts rec
Asleep: The happiest sad album (or saddest happy album, depending on your disposition) I’ve ever heard; exactly what I’d expect from Art then when asking for a happy rec. Spectacularly ‘in the moment’ yet quite measured, frantic yet somehow also bashful, euphoric but pensive - it's a weird mix that I haven’t quite got my head around yet. An impressive, cute and (seemingly) influential muddle of a record. 3.5/5.

Jack: Thinking of deducting points for the fact that I can’t actually see where Asleep is coming from. I can find but a modicum of happiness across this album, instead coming across moments of despondency, typical emo angst, and even fear at some points. Don’t get me wrong, these are good tunes, with lovely octave-riffs, and lovelier anthems; it just so happens that those anthems are more lamentations than celebrations, more full of woe than joy. I won’t be too harsh with the deduction: 3.5/5.
7Braid
The Age of Octeen


Frivolous: For whatever reason, the vocals on this rubbed me the wrong way. His yelps just sort of grated on me consistently, and not in a good way either. Despite that, there was quite a bit to like here. The somewhat ambiguous mood of the album and the unusual way Braid structure songs made this an enjoyable listen. 3.2/5

Claire: I also found this to be more distraught than I would have expected for the round. There’s certainly threads of intriguing harmonies to be picked, though the vocals get a bit tedious. I’m perceiving some depth to the emotional scope of this record, yet I feel somewhat reluctant to dive in. 3.3/5
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