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Punishing Kiss

Ute Lemper

2000

Punishing Kiss

Album Summary

Punishing Kiss is a studio album by German singer Ute Lemper, released in 2000 by Decca Records. It is the product of a collaboration between Lemper and the Divine Comedy and includes songs by the latter artist, as well as Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, Philip Glass, Tom Waits, Scott Walker and Ute Lemper's signature artist, Kurt Weill. Most of the songs feature the Divine Comedy as Lemper's backing band. Neil Hannon and Joby Talbot also contributed two original songs and an arrangement of Brecht and Weill's "Tango Ballad", while Hannon sang two songs ("Tango Ballad", "Split") as duets with Lemper. The French version of the album includes a bonus CD with three songs in French. Arthur H sings with Lemper on "Maison Close", the translation of "Tango Ballad". The Japanese version of the album includes an additional track: "Lullaby", written by Scott Walker.

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Rating

2.45

Votes

4590

Genres

  • Pop
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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

This kind of cabaret-muzak tripe owes 99% of its sales to business entities. The "corporate communications" departments at outfits like the Marriott Group approve it as album of the month, and this moves a few hundred thousand units. It spends its 30 days of patronage on repeat in hotel lobbies and art gallery gift shops, and afterwards it ends up in op-shops. The corporate world then forgets about Ute Lemper because Norah Jones has a new album out, it's lounge jazz covers of Soundgarden songs and for some reason, hotel chain executives think that is a good idea. Meanwhile, the wider public remains mostly unaware of this album's existence. Maybe Ute will have another album in a few years that's picked up in the same fashion, but for the moment she goes back to whatever artsy-fartsy theatrical bubble she came from. Soon enough the op-shops, inundated with copies of an album no one's ever heard of - let alone care enough about to pay $2 for - give up on trying to sell copies of it as individual units, and include them in bulk lots that are offloaded to Chinese ebay merchants. The CDs remain in warehouses just outside Shenzhen, the ebay listings untouched. This repeats as bulk lots are shifted from reseller to reseller. But the CDs never sell, and after a while they end up in landfill. The booklets disintegrate and the plastic begins to slowly decompose. Climate change eradicates humanity long before the CD cases are broken down into their base elements. Eventually, as the universe expands beyond its ability to maintain thermodynamic energy, everything comes to a slow, frozen, irreversible halt. 2/5.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
1

You know when you were a kid, and your parents dragged you along to some event? And you sat there, quietly and politely, all the while withering away inside and wishing it was over so you could do literally anything else? I have never heard that feeling captured so impeccably into music as I did here.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
1

Awful in ways difficult to describe. A performance hammier than a telenovela set on a pig farm, wrapped in spun-sugar arrangements so saccharine they made my teeth melt. This has been, easily, my least favourite offering on this app so far. Punishing Kiss is ridiculous, but not in any kind of fun way - it feels like a horribly calculated misstep. I imagine this is in 1001 albums one must listen to, so that every now and again were are consoled that the sweet embrace of the tomb is not so far away.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

I listened to this while playing the Lord of The Rings game on my psp and eating mint aero so I think maybe it was situation that I'm giving a 4.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
1

Sounds like the soundtrack to a musical I don't want to see.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

If James Bond theme music was just about real life shit. This would be the theme music and I dig it

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Thu May 20 2021
4

I feel like this should be the soundtrack for Cats

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Dramatic! Some really excellent performances.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Music beds were awesome. Cool, jazzy, emotional, experimental. Vocals and lyrics were over dramatic. This seems like what theater kids listen to.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

man idk anymore

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

this is the sort of album that makes you feel small until you realise it's Vegas cabaret schmaltz, not decadent chaise-longue sophistication

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Unique!

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

This album is now on my list :)

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Mon Jan 04 2021
4

an hidden gem

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

The lyrics on the first song were so literal... Then I saw Nick Cave co-write and that made complete sense. I feel like this album would be a first draft pick in the middle of a manic episode.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Felt like a musical. The features are very noteworthy. Not the biggest fan of the vocals, but I loved the rest

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

interesting, more like a musical

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Surprised myself by how much I enjoyed this

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Ute is new to me. Such a powerful voice, and I loved the orchestration. They kind of feel like Bond tunes, with how dark and grand many of them are. Pleased to hear a couple Tom Waits tunes on the album.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

This is stunning...why am I late to this. 👏👏👏👏

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Haunting and visceral

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Tue Oct 06 2020
3

Respectable, but not my style

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Bit dramatic

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

What a bonkers album. Didn't sound particularly good, not sure if it gains or loses points for the song about the whorehouse. Either way a 4/10

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Ute Lemberg has a fantastic voice and the collaboration with The Divine Comedy is an interesting one but the album doesn’t have enough of a spark to sustain your interest.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

Brand new to me. First 2 songs YES! 3rd song not so much. As it goes along I still prefer the opening songs . Reminds me of Holly Cole at times. All in all there are some enjoyable moments, particularly The Case Continues and Split but in the end I'm left wondering as I have from time to time with this list; why this artist? why this album? 2.5 🌟

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

Thoroughly did not enjoy it

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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

Started off thinking it could be interesting and quirky but the singing quickly got annoying

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Fri Feb 11 2022
1

I would describe the process of listening to this album as "tortuous". Absolutely. Fucking. Miserable.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
1

Inorganic and stiff, nice execution but with as much soul as elevator or mezzanine music. Was going to give it a 2 for the execution but meh

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Fri Apr 08 2022
1

Proof that not every stage star should record an album. A voice that gyrates between annoying and awful with all of the appeal of fingernails scraping a chalkboard. This has a William Shatner meets William Hung element to it.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

weird!

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Una genialidad

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

вау вот это вау оч оч круто

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Heel wat James Bond gehalte. Weer een leuk album ontdekt

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Tango Ballad: Quando canta il tizio della Divine Comedy non so perché mi ricorda le colonne sonore di Akira Yamaoka, tipo quella di Silent Hill 4 In conclusione: Sono in difficoltà sulla votazione. I primi due pezzi m'hanno fatto pensare che questo album sarebbe stato un 5, purtroppo però manca di consistenza, che è anche comprensibile considerando la quantità di gente che ha partecipato. Ute Lemper è senza dubbio talentuosa, forse a tratti esce troppo la sua vena musical e diventa un po' patetica, però dall'altra parte il fatto che è anche attrice le dona un'interpretazione che quando funziona fa venire la pelle d'oca. Purtroppo nella maggior parte dei pezzi non fa click però con qualche eccezione tipo Little Water Song, The Case Continues o You Were Meant For Me. Che dire, peccato, nei punti più alti è sicuramente da 5, purtroppo però la media è così così. Mi sento comunque di premiarlo con un 4.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

I liked this alot. Zo rustig, zo mooi, een echt verhaal in het album, een beetje musical een beetje niet. Ik ga dat zeker nog eens opzetten. De tango ballad ging gewoon hard

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Последние два трека!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Rad and a little mad, this was epic

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

This was an interesting album. A bit slow for my taste but I enjoyed it nonetheless. A cool thing about this is how you can clearly hear the influences of the "guest" artists for each song

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

A genuine discovery through this project, really liked it.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Fantastic singing, poetry and writing. I think Ute gets too much credit here, though. She's got an amazing voice and is unique talent. But the people who wrote the songs, and the guy who re-envisioned them should get at least 50% of the credit, in my opinion. That aside, still a four star album.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Feels like a passionate musical

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Wow, what a voice! Each tune, although I guess very broadly in the "pop" category, is also sort of operatic/Broadway show-tune-y, and her talent is there to pull it off. Sounds like a very interesting person, too.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Wonderfully bonkers

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

A strong voice, a style of music you don't hear every day and an armada of famous songwriters.... This album has all the ingredients for a great experience and it doesn't disappoint

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

4/5 this is some good shit. very powerful

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

WTF is this? Lush, orchestral pop songs about sexual violence? It's certainly a unique concept and the performances are solid. It's exactly what I expect to be included in a list of 1001 Albums. There are a variety of songwriters on the album and Ute's skill as an actress is put to good use. She fits her voice to styles of Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and others. If this album was meant to have a single, "Split" might be it. Ute's voice sounds great and it's upbeat.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

This is beautifully arranged. Vocals are very emotive and the storytelling is really nice. Very intimate. VERY caberet. Feels like I'm in a latenight candlelit club filled with smoke. Purely for vibes, I like it. The songwriting just makes it better.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

This album is fucking hilarious. Ute Lempter is the female German version of John Mulaney. I feel like this is a in a 57 minute SNL skit of cabaret absurdity. For example... "your head is a big red balloon" "my pretty breasts are piled high with stones ... and tiny little fishes enter me" "if sex were an Olympic sport, we would've won the gold..." and from the whorehouse song... "I got the brain, and she supplied the breast ... " It's all so terrible. If this is supposed to be serious, then it's really sad and ... terrible. But if this is a huge joke (which it seems to be), then it's great. It did get tiresome after the first 30+ mins., but this album was a welcome bit of levity on 1001.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Unexpectedly I really enjoyed this. 4*

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

6/10 FT: split

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

This lacks a bit of life, which keeps it from being as beautiful a set of songs as it hints at. Lemper has a good voice, but the recordings seem a bit by-the-numbers. Ditto with the instrumentals, though they have nicely sharp bits. It's certainly cozy, though, and I can see myself returning if I become fonder of any of the non-Scott Walker writers or listen to more Lemper or Divine Comedy. The closing song is a great Walker suite, but it speaks to his strengths more than it reinforces the rest of the album.

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Wed Sep 23 2020
3

Classy, pretty interesting. Favourite song: The Case Continues

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

I would never have heard this without this project, I maynever hear it again, but it was a nice listen while it was here. There are a couple of wonderful songs, and a couple of almost unbearable ones. Those couple of wonderful ones are so wonderful they make up for the rest. The woman has a killer voice too.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

good sound but not really what I'm ever looking for

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Interesting idea for an album but the music just didn’t sit well with me. 5

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

Eerie and beautiful. I don't think I'll revisit it, but the haunting sound here will stick for a while.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

6/10. Weird that there was a duet about missing the good old days when they were living in a whorehouse.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

5/10. This was so weird, the vocal performance was great but the songs were so cheesy and I only liked a few of them

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Buen disco. Tiene algún tema maravilloso y otros demasiado grandilocuentes y agotadores

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Is this a musical? Very wierd, but interesting. A lot of drama. Music was a little... cabaret for me at times, but also quite beautiful. A lot of big names on here...I don't really understand what's going on, but it kept me semi intrigued

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Great voice; the lyrics dig into deep narrative and character development. Tho it sometimes falls into too much edgy cynicism for my taste

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Sun May 09 2021
3

This has strong musical vibes. Which for me means I sort of hate it. I love to listen to the soundtrack for a musical if I know the songs and can sing along. It’s a chicken/egg situation.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Did listen, and quite liked. If you were into this go see Camille O’Sullivan if ever things open up enough for gigs to be played.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Complex and odd (in a bad way) but I did like passionate fight

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Very interesting cabaret style album

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Wow I actually like this album (Apple Music previews), but it's not available here :(

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Dramatic, ominous showtunes. A good time!!

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Sounds like it are musical songs All songs are good, but feel like there from a musical 3,5/5

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

A strong vocal performance from Ute Lemper. My first time listening to any of her work, but I'm very much intrigued to hear more of her music.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

So theatrical. A bit surprised to see some Tom Waits covers but it sort of makes sense. I generally do not get into this sort of thing, but she's clearly talented.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

weird album. not bad just weird

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

I feel like I *should* like this... I like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Elvis Costello quite a bit, I like this style of cinematic 60s belter... it just doesn't connect for me. Maybe it's the darker modern production and the heavy leaning on strings over brass in the arrangements... this needs some big ol' Henry Mancini swells or something. This style of music is self-aware enough to wink at the audience but it's being blended with songwriting so self-serious that it keeps its winking behind closed doors. However, I could see this album being a grower worth revisiting.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Nah I'm skipping this one, who is this person and why should I care lol I'm sorry if this is pretentious but like cmon

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Pas trop mon style mais belle voix. Je n'ai pas écouté jusqu'au bout. 3

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Esta chido... pero como que le hecha mucha crema a la voz y termina enfadando.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Musicals. Not for me. She has a good voice though. Very musicals

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

A bit odd, a bit musical, a bit over the top in places. Had never heard of this person but don't mind the album.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

A German cabaret singer who I heard in my childhood in Hunchback of Notredam. (see Spotify most listen) Again, I wonder why it's one of the 1001 albums? (6/10) FT: Tango Ballad, The Part You Throw Away

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Too theatrical to my liking, but there's no denying the singer's presence.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

3 stars. Nothing interesting here to talk about. Just a lengthy pseudo-musical record that doesn’t do much for me

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

I think it's really fun. The vocals fucking rip honestly. Maybe the writing isn't exactly the best. But it's super fun, feels like dramatic as it gets.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Interesting sound with lots of good collaboration.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

So I was going to give this a 4, I really was. But that was before it went on and on way longer than it should have. I enjoyed it at first but I got tired of the same relentlessly dramatic style that felt tedious and redundant during the whole second half. Super theatrical, which would have been cool if it had ended 30 min earlier.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

I agree with the one review that says "Respectable, but not my type of music". It's very well done, but it's not my type of music. Favorite Songs: Couldn't You Keep That to Yourself, The Part You Throw Away, Purple Avenue, Scope J.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Förvånandsvärt bra? jag var livrädd att det skulle vara trist swing yehaw det svänger katten ^.^ men det här var mer gothhhh. men fortfarande covers så lame zz.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Lite häftig men också lite enspårig. Coolt ljud!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Eh

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

This is the kind of thing that is so unexpected that ends up being a good experience. I'm not a fan of "The divine comedy", but these versions and songs are pretty much cool. They are not quintessential for music, but I already received many worst things on this list, so, this is nice.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

What a mixed bag. I wasn't sure what to expect going in but I saw names like Tom Waits and Nick Cave so I was hopeful. I think this music works better in small doses. I could see myself listening to more of her work and some of the songs on this album again. Ute has a nice voice and the music is generally good but sometimes the songs drag a bit. At about an hour I was ready for it to be over even if it was a mostly pleasant experience.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

On first listen, I didn't love this as much as I expected to but I suspect it will grow on me with repeated listening.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

A solid album with variety, good writing and every song is decent. I loved the musical composition and orchestration. And the features are very noteworthy, esp. Nick Cave, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. Only thing that keeps me away from giving 4 stars is her vocals. FT: The Part You Throw Away Little Water Song  Punishing Kiss  Purple Avenue  The Case Continues  Passionate Fight

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Like listening to a string of Bond theme songs which I'd never heard before. She's CLEARLY a stage singer - everything sounds Broadway. Didn't add - though I did listen to chunks of her other THREE DOZEN albums.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

6/10 Best Song - Punishing Kiss

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Fri May 06 2022
3

Beautiful voice, music behind it was uninteresting

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

This album doesn't live up to its billing. If you listened to it cold, you would never guess that the singer is the former star of a major production of Cabaret (playing Sally Bowles!). My friend compared it to a Moira Rose concept album, which is hilarious, if a bit unkind. Not totally inaccurate, though. There were a couple of tracks I really liked, but most were bland and uninspiring. Best track: You Were Meant for Me

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Fancy, but somewhat boring

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

This was interesting. I like the world that the album creates; makes me feel like I'm wearing a bit into a different time. Ute's singing though was often the best or worst part of the song.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

3, dramatic

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Ultimately disappointing: a great voice obviously, but with three or four notable exceptions, the choice of material doesn't match the potential of the possibilities.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Quite strange to include what is essentially a covers album on here, but it was an interesting listen, a lot of the arrangements are lovely

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

I really wanted to recognize this album for its remarkable collection of songwriting, and while I did enjoy the music at times, it started to feel long and slow and a bit underwhelming. Balances out to an average 3.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

This came out of left field, in a good way. Lemper's stage musical singing chops really shine, and the musical compositions are top notch. I was unaware of Lemper's pedigree as the (THE) modern interpretive authority on Kurt Weill and "Tango Ballad" is perhaps the most interesting interpretation on an album of very interesting interpretations. Not sure I'd listen to this on repeat, but when in the mood this album hits all the right spots.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

像是个音乐剧,歌剧,有些口白之类的感觉,还是蛮有趣,华丽的。

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Ihan makee setti. Harvemmin tulee kuunneltua tollasta... no en itse asiassa tiiä miksi tota kutsutaan, mut kuitenkin. Tykkäsin.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Osa kappaleista oli komeita kuunneltavia ja työpaikan avokonttori ei tehnyt olosuhteena kunniaa levylle. En kyllä tiedä mikä olisi oikea hetki tälle, ehkä jonkun videopelin taustamusana tms.. Taipuu kolmosen puolelle.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

It's well arranged, produced, played and sung and is certainly in it's own niche. Stylised and theatrical which characterises all the artists featured. It doesn't deserve some of the bad reviews hurled at it considering some of the other stuff I've had to listen to but it does sound like film music and lacks a soul in my opinion. Maybe that's part of the package? It feels like musicians being paid to go through the motions. Very accomplished musicans but integrity goes a long way.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

eh

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

Never heard of Ute or this album, but obviously do know a lot of her contributors. It's been absolutely trashed on the site, but I really quite like it. It's not exactly groundbreaking, but it's lyrically clever, her voice is beautiful, and she tells some really fun stories. The people who compare this to hotel background music clearly haven't been listening properly, it's way too hard-hitting for that. Shades of musical theatre and bombastic Bond theme tunes in places, pretty melancholy in others, I think this is great. 3, pushing close to a 4.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

meh, not my vibe

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

очень скучно

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Wed May 26 2021
2

In no mood for this radio 2, Elaine Page crap today. More international box ticking?

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

I wasn't feeling this. Not really paying attention, but it also wasn't speaking to me.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Chansons, chansons! Felt a bit like a musical. Not bad, but not my jam.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Beautiful voice, but not quite my thing. Maybe if I was sitting in a lounge in Paris.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

ei mun mieleen vaikka jazzia onkin, kuulostaa enemmän joltain oudolta musikaalilta

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

Not for me.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Bland is kind. 2*

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

Very weird. Has some interesting moments but the overall theatricality gets a bit too much after a while.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Non lo conoscevo, inizialmente credevo mi sarebbe piaciuto poi però ho avuto molte difficoltà a sopportarlo, eccessivamente teatrale come ascolto. Il suo modo di cantare è un polpettone letale.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

not my cup of tea

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Pros: alcuni arrangiamenti orchestrali li ho trovati interessanti. La cantante è molto tecnica ed espressiva. Cons: spesso mi è sembrato di ascoltare qualcosa di troppo pacchiano, lei è brava ma a un certo punto si accolla. Atmosfera da musical noioso.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Musical feel. Heavy, somber. Couldn’t get into it.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

not my jam...

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Sun Aug 08 2021
2

I did not enjoy this. Don't particularly like her obviously proficient voice. The production is too crisp and clean for my taste. Ohh man I really don't like when the male vocalist comes in at all. It's funny cause the selection of material tries to come off hard edged and cynical but the execution makes it seem so inauthentic and unbelievable. I don't buy it. Most interesting track was the last; Scope J. If more of the album was like that one I'd be more interested.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
2

Weird, like a theatre score or musical film music. Each song like a story. Out there, different, not surprising given that Nick Cave features. Intriguing though, not bad,but also not my kind of thing. 2/5

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

11th August 2021 Started while our getting lunch when I went in to the office for our team day. Finished the morning after. Very strange, was it written for a show? Hugely dramatic, gothic, you could tell from the first song that nick cave had his hands on it.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

Not my bag but appreciated some of the tunes

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Mon Oct 04 2021
2

puf, menudo rollazo. Por los nombres de los autores pintaba bien, pero ...

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

It sounds like the kind of music that would get played in Debenhams at Christmas. 2 stars because she looks a bit like Gillian Anderson in the cover photo and I thought that deserved recognition.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
2

Took a couple of listens - obviously clever stuff but washed over me really

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

not my cup of tea

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

The music is pretty cool, but then the singing comes in. A VERY polarizing style of lead vocal. A bit too melodramatic for these ears. 2.5/5.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

I started out on board with this album, and the first two songs are interesting and enjoyable. But the album just goes big broadway extravagence song after song that is a bit more obnoxious than entertaining. I want to give it a 3 for effort, as Ute has a pretty amazing voice, but i actually was getting irritated by the time i made it to the end of the album.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Her voice is a bit hypnotic, and the band plays true. Nothing overtly objectionable.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

A bit of an uphill struggle to listen - very cabaret-y and wasn't too impressed by it.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
2

First listen. Kinda Showtunesy... hard to like, hard to dislike. 2/5

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Not my cup of tea

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

La propuesta me parecía interesante, además me gustan The Divine Comedy pero el disco me ha parecido más o menos aburrido. No creo que sea algo a escuchar obligatoriamente en la vida. Le voy a dar 2 estrellas ** pero podría haber sido una, no por malo, sino por aburrido.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

A little Dresden Dolls-esque, crossed with Kurt Weill. Rich orchestrating and a very strong German vocal. Too theatrical for me, but it was nice to listen to once.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

Hm. Well. What this lacks in terms of being interesting it tries to overcompensate with being overly dramatic I guess. Anyway, I really didn't care for this one.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

So-so. I liked it better than The Divine Comedy's solo albums but still not my cup of tea

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

What is this? A collection of show tunes?

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Sat Jan 08 2022
2

lol no

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

Clearly everyone involved in the making of this album are excellent musicians and skilled players, but overall I just wasn't swept away by the compositions.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

Nah

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

The way she sang kinda irked me at times; there was this kitschy, overly dramatic quality to her voice. She sounds the way I imagine a melancholy Cruella de Vil would sing while reclining on a long leather sofa in a dingy Paris nightclub smoking from a classy cigarette holder. If Cruella ever wrote a musical it would sound like this. Still, some of the music was pleasant and well-written, I can respect the work and creativity that went into the album. It sounds like a 1980s popstar decided to write a 1940s cabaret album. I didn't dislike it too much, but I probably won't return to this one.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

This is just so much

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

I’m not quite sure who this is for? Kind of a collection of songs that would play during movie scenes that last a little too long? I didn’t turn it off (which is my criteria for a 1) but I did a lot of checking to see how close to the end I was

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

Not for me

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Torchsong album that mostly fizzles.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

An exercise in technical appreciation, rather than enjoyment.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

First two tracks are cool Bond themes, the rest are melodramatic tripe. Why is this on the the list?

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

Instrumentalmente bueno, pero falto de intensidad. No es ni pop.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

no

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Mon May 16 2022
2

Ive scraped worse from the sole of my shoes tonight. A complete waste of Nigel Spackman's time and money. I'd rather fuck a mouse.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

El disc comença prou bé, amb 'The Case Continues' i 'Tango Ballad', dos temes que impressionen pels seus arranjaments i la veu portentosa de Lemper. Pero de mica en mica el disc va afluixant. El concepte es prou bo; versions de temes punyents però poc coneguts d'artistes de primera línia, passats pel filtre obscur i tenebrós de la veu de Lemper. Però l'execució, malgrat els mèrits inqüestionables, no està a l'alçada

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Sun Jun 26 2022
2

I could have hated it a little more. Although by the time I was slogging through Scope J I was well and truly done.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

Not really for me, not bad.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
2

Very weird, fairly bad, better than a few others. Sounds like sarcastic Bond themes, sung by someone who has been in every musical. Not for me

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

A mix between chanson (which I don't like at all) and songs like they come from a musical (which I don't usually like). Very theatrical, as if part of some larger narrative. Maybe they would sound better if I was watching the full production, but not interesting to listen to in isolation. Just way too melodramatic and souless, with uninteresting melodies. Basically I don't like this at all.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

Rejected James Bond/Twin Peaks songs. Insufferable.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

This isn't for me. These tracks sound like they're straight out of a musical and I'm just not a musical guy. Lemper has a fantastic voice, but I keep expecting to get accosted by giant anthropomorphic cats, and it's making me jumpy.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
2

“Oh the first song is actually really good, I like the arrangements” *checks credits and sees The Divine Comedy and Nick Cave* I’m so tired of this silly ass esoteric music! Who is this for!!! Who listens to this? Imagine you’re in the car and one of your homies grabs the aux and starts playing “Die Driegroschenoper”. That dude is walking home.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

Le Mis for goths. I kept feeling like I was watching a musical with my ears, and was slightly entertained, but ultimately left feeling bored.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

I was going to say, this is a bit too Disney musical for my taste, and then I read that Ute is a cabaret and musical singer. So that makes sense.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

Ok, but not interesting

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Mon Sep 12 2022
2

What the hell is this, man. Just listen to Nico's "Desertshore" if you want sorta-gothic avantgarde German music. How did the guy making this list even dig something like this up? It kind of has a weird charm I guess. Songs like "The Case Continues" and "Split" were sort of nice, but the longer it went on, the more I was filled with an unbridled rage, and that final 10 minute long track felt like a time warlock's curse. I'm not saying I hated this, I'm just never going to think about this album's existence ever again.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Not vibing with most of it. A bit too old times in style

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

I am afraid I’m just not a fan of cabaret music. Technically very good I can hear, but just not my bag

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

I hate it. It’s both vaudeville and vapid. The performances are meh. I can’t stop listening it’s so awful like watching tornado videos ripping through farmland

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

Not for me

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

I don’t even know what to say about this one. If I wanted to be trapped in a musical I would have gone to broadway

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Why

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

weird

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

I fully believe the lyrics were written by a teenager making their first attempt at erotic fan-fiction and you cannot convince me otherwise.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

meh

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Punishing is right

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

I can’t take any album in which the line, “… and she supplied the breast…” appears (Tango Ballad). The guy singing that song is terrible as well. I like when Ute sings some of the time because she sounds like a Bond villainess. But she also says, “If sex were an Olympic sport, we'd've won the gold.” I just can’t take this seriously.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

Well that was weird. Initially didn't like it but played louder it did grow on me. Bit Bond-themey...

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Thu Nov 17 2022
2

if it was instrumental it would have been wonderful, but what is she on about? 2.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

Not my taste, but beautiful music!

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Thu Dec 01 2022
2

Boring songs sung by a technically good but boring singer, with boring arrangements.

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Thu Oct 22 2020
1

2000. Key Song: Little Water Song

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Mon Sep 28 2020
1

Connor: showtunes. boring ones.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
1

I really didn't like this album. I forced myself to listen through it because it was, admittedly, very different from my tastes. At best, some songs were nothing special. There were more than a few that I found almost discordant.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

Utter tripe

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Thu Jun 17 2021
1

didnt like it

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Sun May 02 2021
1

no no no

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Wed May 26 2021
1

Not great

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Thu Jan 21 2021
1

Just no

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Wed Apr 07 2021
1

false

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Mon Feb 08 2021
1

Enya meets Phantom of the Opera. Very poetic, but not in the way I like. Jazzy showtimes was the vibe I got, and then I read she started in Chicago. It's all making sense. Talent but not what I'm into

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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

Tosh. Surprising considering people involved.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
1

This was the worst garbage I’ve ever forced myself to listen to.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
1

Not my kinda of music

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Wed Jun 16 2021
1

Strangely reminiscent of peri peri.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
1

"1001 albums you must hear before you listen to this"

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Thu Oct 07 2021
1

I did not dig it

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