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Psychocandy

The Jesus And Mary Chain

1985

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Psychocandy

Rating

2.87

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Am I insane? This album makes me so fucking angry. The distortion is so OTT it makes most songs unlistenable. Seriously, I had to switch my earphones to make sure my speakers weren't broken. If they blasted this in Guantanamo Bay it would be classed at cruel and unusual punishment. What makes it worse is the songs under the added effect sound pretty decent.

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this must've been hard to understand in 1985. i love it. the howling proto-guitar-wash running underneath everything, the kinda holdover-from-punk-rock tone they have, all mixed with the super calm, almost dead vocals, make for a fantastic soup of noise and love. it's like if daniel ash went to sing with lou reed, and i love it.

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thrashing around on your guitar is shit. Play...more...slowly stupid rock cunts

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5

Classic!

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Already knew a few of these. Famously ripped off the Fall on a number of tracks, but I'm not sure those were the ones I particularly cared for.

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4

Such a nice blend of noise and hook

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Liked it a lot. Very vibey, easy to get lost in the distortion and reverb. Some highs, some lows, some inbetweens, good for fair weather and foul.

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I’ve heard just like honey. But not much else from this band. Now I know where Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gets their schtick. I feel like this is perfect post punk, heavily distorted, the vocals blend like an instrument almost taking a back seat to the guitars. It’s like slow motion Ramones—“you trip me up” literally sounds like “blutzkrieg bop” in half time. The distortion and heavy vocal reverb makes for a hypnotic feel as the band jump a back and forth between soft and heavy. You can see the roots of shoegaze here, it’s like Sonic youth without all the avant garde shit. Only complaint is that it was a touch repetitive, could’ve cut like 3-4 songs. Loved it. Added to Spotify library.

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First impression: I think Lost in Translation could be a top 5 all time movie for me. Sure it's touching, funny, understated, but the unsung hero is the soundtrack. Was enjoying but halfway through knew I was missing something...it was volume. Once the bluetooth speaker was off and the headphones were in, this album transformed. Rich reverb soaked wall of guitar. Simple poppy melodies. Perfect. Done. "A" record. P.S I think there's a musical family tree that seeds with the Ramones, branches to The Jesus & Mary Chain, leafs to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and ultimately dies and drifts to the ground with BRONCHO.

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The first track of the album 'Just like honey' is the most played track of the album and this band all time, but it does no justice to this album and what it has to offer to the listener. The album was cohesive and the noise and monitor feedback sounds used as an extra layer and helping the album keep this cool and 'I don't care' sound. I really like it!

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Very good, and clearly very influential, sometimes a bit much on the ears though.

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Wow. It’s like a cross between the velvet underground and nirvana. Pretty unique. Their sound isn’t pleasant per se, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I haven’t really heard anything like this.

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On hearing this when it was first released I was a little disappointed that I wasn't blown away quite as much as I was with the first two singles. But they were such highs that it would always be hard to compete. This was a game changer when it came out in 1985 and has stood up to the test of time. JAMC never consistently reached these heights again.

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4.2 + I've revisited this record several times over the years, and have consistently left confused. There's hardly a music critic that doesn't fawn over it. Several things are immediately apparent and good: (a) the blown out guitars give a dry brightness, providing a fuzzy texture that swallows up most other contrasts in the middle, it makes me feel like standing in a desert at high noon with the sun illuminating everything in hot white with no shadow, (b) the songs themselves are simple, happy and poppy, almost 1950s bubblegum, which I suppose explains partly how they're able to keep the sound from going completely off-kilter, (c) it's impossible not to hear this album's fingerprints on "Loveless" and other shoegaze albums that would follow. Within the context of 1985, this album probably felt like a juggernaut and 35 years later it still sounds so fresh. For me, I feel like JAMC lean too heavily on the fuzzy, trebly, squealing guitar sound, and at turns I find it unpalatable. Songs like "In a Hole" hurt my ears. Still, I get why critically this album's a stunner and in small doses there is so much that speaks to me personally. It's a record that I currently admire more than love.

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Extra special Scots band featuring a very young Bobby G.

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This is not an album that I feel should be one of the albums anyone needs to hear before they die. I have nothing against noise rock or lo-fi, but this album is not one of the best examples of that. The band obviously takes their inspiration from punk and the sound of groups like Velvet Underground and such, so it's not like they were the first or the last, and this album is not the best example of it either.

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It took a while to get through this. I've listened to Darklands a lot and enjoy it, though this is less moody and a lot more fuzz feedback. It it interesting to have it blended with pop harmonies, so I give them props even though it isn't an easy listen (i feels longer than 39 minutes).

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3

not bad, but fairly bland to me. had a hard time really differentiating these tracks or getting into them on a larger level...could be bad headphones though

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It was fine, not my taste

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Fully turned distortion pedals gnash into a wall of dream pop soundscapes. Songs call back to Troggs, Kinks, and Turtles hits. Contrast of harsh fuzz and bubblegum pop feels like listening to a Phil Spector album while a dentist fills in cavities.

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Thought something was wrong with my headphones

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I wanted to like this but Christ, they included some unpleasant noise in there.

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If you took Phil Spector’s wall of sound and replaced the lead instruments with wood shop machines you might get something like this. The opening beats to “Just Like Honey” sounded like a 60s girl group was about to sing, but instead we hear an ethereal male voice and a distorted, jangly guitar. I kind of liked “Just Like Honey,” but my ears started squinting almost immediately. “The Living End” continues on in this vein… I’m guessing the recording session went something like ‘DO YOU HAVE TO RUN THE TABLE SAW WHILE WE’RE TRYING TO RECORD OUR ALBUM?! Yes? Oh well fuck it go ahead and roll the tape.’ I’ve been known to enjoy distortion effects but I was not enjoying this much. I will say that listening on a good pair of headphones actually helped a little on a few of the songs. There are plenty of catchy hooks, beats and bass on this that I enjoyed (“Never Understand” was catchy - if someone would only turn off the grinder in the background). At times the distortion was more tolerable (“The Hardest Walk”, “Cut Dead”, “Sowing Seeds”), but I don’t see more of this in my future.

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Like a more depressing Stone Roses. Nothing to get excited about and nothing stood out. I’m being made feel like the guitar playing is progressive and ground breaking. Am I so out of touch? No. It is the children who are wrong. I found myself quite agitated by the end of this album. It was a laboured slog trying to get thru it and the ambiguity around where one song ended and the other began really added to frustration. One of the worst yet.

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"Just boost everything above 3k 10dB." - Producer (probably). Mix was tough to listen to, vocals were buried behind instruments and swimming in fx. Not a fun listening experience

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This is fucking my ears in the best way possible. The Reid brothers. Legends.

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5

Love this. Not sure it should work but it does and gets better with age

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5

Much better. What a unique sound.

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so fuzzy one of most beautiful songs (ever) has the refrain “I’ll be your plastic toilet” Perfection

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Ah, The Glasgow Beach Boys, love the abrasive use of Wall of Sound techniques to give that '60's feel with a grittier 80's post punk realism. Love "Just Like Honey" & "you Trip Me Up" A good choice for the list seeing as what the lads went on to do with Bobby G! I would have this in my collection

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Just like honeyyyyyyyy

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This album is expansive in a way that I wasn’t expecting from an 80s post punk/alternative band. The melodies were well developed and memorable as well. This album provided the groundwork for the shoegaze movement as well, which I’m a huge fan of. The guitars are over distorted and fuzzy but the vocals are clear. Though this album can be characterized as noise rock, it’s strong melodic tendencies elevate it to something else entirely.

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really beautiful shoegaze a bit too screechy, I get that that’s the point but no matter what volume I put it at, it felt like I either couldn’t hear it or I was hurting my ears still super beautiful album, 9/10

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preciosura

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So cool to hear the prototypes of my beloved grunge and garage rock. Love love alternative 80s.

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Buzzing guitars!

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Love it - sound like they definitely influenced Conor Oberst.

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A bit of me actually, moody but enjoyable

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Amazing album. Way before its time and obviously very influential to the alternative wave that would follow. Love every second

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Got slightly repetitive and some of the guitar effects were a bit much but other than that it's a solid album

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Very good

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A good noise.

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Psychocandy is the kind of album music critics tend to fawn over. Why? Because it's really basic rock 'n roll, so they don't have to talk about music or deal with any complexities. In Psychocandy's case, they can prattle on about the innovation of drowning the songs in echo and distortion and how brilliant it was to fuse Beach Boys melodies with Velvet Underground sonic violence. Even better, they can laud the album for setting up shoegaze, etc. The thing is, for once, I basically agree with the critics. These basic, basic songs, which would sound like nothing if they were recorded straight, are like a warm bath for me. I luxuriate in the swirl of noise. I wouldn't blame anyone for dismissing Psychocandy as style over substance and repetitious to boot, but to me, for what they're going for, it would be hard to improve on. One last point: this came out in 1985, arguably the nadir of Anglo music, so Psychocandy gets points simply for not sucking.

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Listened 4/10/21

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Kick. Kick-kick. Snare. If it ain't broke then don't fix it.

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Every song sounds like a variation of the 5 star opener 'just like honey' and that's fine by me.

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Very good, but sometimes a bit too abrasive and distortion-y, even for me.

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Jedna od definicija noise popa. Definitivno ako se ikad želi ući u taj žanr, ovaj će se album uvijek morat proć.

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Edgy and raw, with some excellent riffs

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Powerpop + distortion = this. Surprised me in a good way, though there were a couple of tracks I'd like to permanently delete. Best track: Some Candy Talking

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Killer mix of noise and pop music. It's wild hearing the influence of this album on such a diverse range of later music too.

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I've long held that Jesus and Mary Chain songs mostly sound the same, and that is the case for this album. However, it's a great sound, and it's not grating over a whole album. And that sound is really the epitome of Gen X cool :)

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Distortion. Extreme distortion. And, at times, heavy use of reverb. But some of the melodies are really nice. Standout: Just Like Honey. 3.5/5

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If you don’t like this, idk what to say, man. 4.0

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Noisy post-punk songs that reveal in the dark moodiness. What makes this album distinctly unique is the sort of proto-shoegaze sound that would influence the greats like My Bloody Valentine. The large, swooping sounds from The Jesus and Mary Chain are undeniable, using reverb and distortion to wield bizarre songs of lust, adrenaline, and a myriad of other fleeting feelings. Fantastic, in a word.

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Already listened to it

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Amazing! Love the screeching, nearly unlistenable, table saw sounding guitar that appears every now and then. A delightfully surreal atmosphere throughout. Very nearly 5 stars for me.

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Dirty but excellent!

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Interesting and unique album. Didnt love it, but I plan to come back to it.

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abrasive 80s dream pop. 'Just like Honey' is a classic. prefer their album 'Darklands' though

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I've liked some of the other music that I've heard from Jesus and Mary Chain, but this left me a little flat. I'm not sure what it was, but it didn't really grab me this time 3/5

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This was pretty good but it was quite long and I got a bit bored.

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Levy josta haluaisin tykätä enemmänkin. Tässä on monia hyvin toimivia elementtejä, mutta kokonaisuus jää jotenkin valjuksi ja biisit ei ole lopulta ihan riittävän laadukkaita.

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I was about to berate them for sounding exactly do like The Stone Roses until I realised SR was five years behind this release. Regardless I'm not a huge fan, pretty uninspired writing and it was all a bit claustrophobic.

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Crazy sounds, weird trip to listen to, but pretty solid.

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Interesting sonic document from the 80s, but I don't think I could return to it.

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Correct, j’ai vu de l’influence d evelvet underground parfois. Pas une ecoute pour le vibe que j’etais et rprobablemntpas de reecoute. 3

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Good album

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This might be a once every three months... got a good sound about it, but not more than that.

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Fuzzy jangly indie rock. The Stone Roses doused in feedback. Released in 1985 but sounds like it was straight out of the 90s. If I'd have listened in 1985 it may have grabbed me more, but given similar things came after, it doesn't seem as interesting or original as I'm sure it would have done at the time. Having said that, I quite liked it.

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I know it was their thing......but the songs would be much better without all the feedback muddying the melodies

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Levyn eka biisi on tietysti tuttu Lost in translationista. Joskus silloin aikanaan latasin tämän levyn, mutta ei oikein iskenyt. Vähän negatiivisella asenteella lähdin siis kuuntelemaan nyt. Kyllä tämä kuitenkin kolmoseen nousee, unenomaista tunnelmaa ja reilusti säröä. Sowing seeds jäi mieleen hyvänä biisinä.

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Very noisy and can't really hear anything that he is saying, but I enjoyed it. Big Stooges vibes. In a Hole is a standout

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FUZZ raincoat rock. BT: Just Like Honey, Taste The Floor, In a Hole,

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Interesting

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Not bad but not for me. Also album too long guys, c'mon

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Approachable punk band, I like it, but I would have to be in a specific mood to listen to this type of music. It is an exceptionally long album, for which I believe the one song that got them famous is Just Like Honey, which is excellent.

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Love the distorted feel. Solidly catchy throughout, but nothing wowed me.

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Generally vibey and I had no idea this record is from the early 80's. I always assumed they were a mid 90's band.

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Este álbum cuenta con buenas canciones que tienes un buen ritmo pegadizo, me gusta pero no lo suficiente. (:

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Couple of big tunes, but dull otherwise

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Meh, not great. Pretty average noisy post-punk. Nothing really stood out to me.

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DNF - a bit dull

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Теперь понятно, чьей музыкой вдохновлялся Егор Летов, когда сочинял альбом "Инструкция по выживанию"

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Das ist schon besonders aber zum Teil auch etwas dumpf im grundbrummen

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That took me back to the 90s

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Very 80s rock vibe with a heavy guitar. I like it! Cut Dead is sooo easy to listen to. There is this like whistling guitar sound that I don't much care for in some of the songs like Inside Me.

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Interesting take on folk with a little psychedelic mixed in.

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Another band I have instant name recognition on but I don't know I ever knowingly listened to. I didn't hate this but thought the sound was a little muddled and overall pretty monotonous.

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This is fine. Not really my thing but not unpleasant. I listened twice. Probably won't listen again.

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I remember hearing of this band in my younger days, and I did recognize the first track on the album. Other than that, it was new territory...and I don't think that I will revisit that territory again. At first, I thought that I just might like the album. The sound was a little coarse, but not too difficult to listen to. Then it got kind of noisy...more than I like to hear. But I listened a second time, but I liked it even a little less...anxious for it to end so that I could find something else to listen to. I don't think I would storm out of a room if I heard it playing, but I would not choose to listen to the album again.

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šta sam čuo, oke

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I first bought this album just before moving to Manchester. Hearing it sends me straight back into a bare white flat, owning almost nothing but a battered old CD and cassette player, and hearing this echo around the empty room. In "Psychocandy", the Reid brothers take both "noise" and "pop" to the extreme, in a way which is hard to appreciate initially. After a few listens though, the warm and welcoming hearts of tracks like "Just Like Honey" and "Cut Dead" start to emerge. The distortion and noise here are really going to turn a lot of people off, and the band are obnoxious enough to let you know they really don't care. For me, "Taste The Floor" and "In a Hole" are the most challenging sonically, where the fuzzed out, buzzsaw guitars are highest in the mix: it's not so much a production style as actively intruding on the songs by that point, and simply getting through is the hardest thing that I could do. Packed into the rest of the album are the sugariest of pop melodies and most simplistic of chord progressions. However distorted they are, tracks like "The Hardest Walk", "My Little Underground" and "You Trip Me Up" are bubblegum tunes at heart, and the noise becomes a device to make them noteworthy, more interesting. There are some more highlights, but ultimately there's little range to The Jesus and Mary Chain. Not only do they make the ballsy move of reusing "Just Like Honey" nine tracks later ("Sowing Seeds") but they would also later re-use "Something's Wrong"'s main riff in their follow-up album Darklands. Repetition is hardly a crime in rock - many rock-n-roll artists did the same with the 12 bar blues, and AC/DC and the Ramones had basically one song - but when it's this noisy, it's quite hard to stomach. I enjoy a lot of the songs in "Psychocandy", but it's one of those albums best saved for a certain mood.

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Not a big fan of the noises and distorted guitar. Has some good songs so overall not a bad album. Favourite songs: - Just like honey - Some candy talking - Sowing seeds

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I enjoyed the album.

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Decent, and sometimes annoying. These guys got better on later albums when they didn't try to have so much feedback. Check out their 1987 album Darklands (fairly solid, April Skies and Happy When it Rains are highlights) or the song Head On on their 1989 album Automatic. Just Like Honey is cool and more on par with their later, more "subdued" stuff. The next 4 tracks are similar, not quite as good but decent. Things take a turn at In a Hole until Inside Me, way too much distortion and pedal use (Some Candy Talking wasn't so bad). That's where they go over the top like other cringey shoegaze pioneers like My Bloody Valentine. The last five tracks toned it down again (except You Trip Me Up and It's So Hard...nails on a chalkboard). So, one-third of the album was tough to listen to, the rest was alright and sometimes quite good (first track, The Hardest Walk, Sowing Seeds).

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first listen very sleepy, did not hold my interest

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Cet album ne m'a procuré aucun intérêt particulier, ressemblant comme deux gouttes d'eau à de nomrbeux autres groupes moyens entendus jusque là. J'en profite pour adresser un message à Robert: nous traversons actuellement une crise du générateur sans précédent, et réclamons les Red Hot très rapidement, sans quoi nous n'hésiterons pas à migrer la population générateurienne sur l'un de mes générateurs pirates. A vos actes monsieur Dimery.

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Vous avez probablement entendu parler de cette affaire récemment mais je suis entré en conflit avec le PDG de Spotify, le très gentil et néanmoins suédois Daniel Ek. Je vous explique ce qu'il s'est passé. Depuis quelques années, je paye mon abonnement à la plateforme au tarif étudiant. Et pourtant, ce mois-ci, 9,99€ m'ont été prélevés sur mon compte, il est vrai, extrêmement bien approvisionné. J'appelai pourtant Robert en lui demandant de me passer Daniel immédiatement. Une fois ce dernier au bout du fil, j'entamai une réprimande de plusieurs dizaines de minutes. Tout y passai : reproches, insultes, menaces de mort... Daniel vécut sans doute le pire moment de sa vie. Quelques instants après avoir raccroché, je reconsultai mes prélèvement et le tarif avait été corrigé.

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Better than Darklands and I would argue better than Loveless.

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I think this record was quite innovative when it came out and that's why it found itself here in this list. There's some nice songs and guitar tones, but I don't find much interest in the product as a whole.

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I was scare at first, but I end it up founding this album pretty interesting. The only things is that I kept looking if my speakers were'nt broken !

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I get it, it's a pretty daring record for 1985 and I can see why it's praised. But even at under 40 minutes, it got a bit tiring and samey in the second half.

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Второй альбом этой группы для меня в списке. Он же дебютный. И он куда лучше показывает суть шугейзинга как жанра. Не могу сказать, что альбом понравился, но есть идеи, которые спустя годы разовьют другие группы.

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I love that this probably made no sense when it was released. Got those distinctive 80s vocals with shoegaze-style distortion sounds. Pretty good, but I do kind of like the listenability of Darklands better.

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'Just Like Honey' is a classic and is a 5/5. The rest of the album doesn't compare and is more of a 3/5. I'm rating based on the majority of the tracks.

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Prefer the less abrasive sounding later stuff, though I like the songs.

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Nice alternative band. Good non-tuned type sound with lots of feedback and spacey vocals.

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Really good album. Just Like Honey is a great haunting track. Love it. The rest of the album has a great sound and I'm still getting used to it. For now, I think it's great. 3.5 /5

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Malgré une structure pop, le côté noise fait en sorte que ça ne plaira pas à tout le monde. Personnellement j’aime bien ce mélange et j’aime beaucoup les couches sonores créées par les effets de guitare. Un album qui a définitivement influencé Nirvana et d’autres band. Cet album mérite bien sa place dans cette liste.

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It's ok

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Also mn oren de hele tijd dicht zitten. Het suist maar door. Maar best ok verder.

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It's really fuzzed-up, the guitar kind of rides over top of the vocals which makes it a little hard to listen intently to. Maybe I need to give it more of a shot without headphones, just pretty difficult to listen to.

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One-trick pony. Feedback guitar og skraldet lyd, uden bas og max diskant. Ender med at lyde som The Ravonettes afspillet på en radio på et badeværelse som ikke er indstillet ordentligt.

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Not my cup of tea. A bit too much post punk

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Couple of good songs, his voice is very dreary though

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grungy but not in a good way. this album is a hard listen.

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Not a big fan. Very liberal use of feedback, and it was too much. If I heard this when it came out, I may have liked it, but I have heard the same sound done so much better.

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Not really for me. I can see the appeal of it for anyone into the the new wave/goth scene but it doesnt do it for me. 5 stars for the quality of the music but only 2 stars for how I relate to it.

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I didn’t really enjoy this. A few of the more melodious, dream pop type songs were good but I just couldn’t stand the ones that were heavily distorted, washed out sounding noise. 2 stars.

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This is a band I've always wanted to like, but the distorted guitars just can't match up with the vibe, and it always just sounds unnecessarily noisy to me.

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El showgaze mai m'ha acabat de fer el pes. Aquest àlbum és un dels fundadors d'aquest estil, el primer dels The Jesus and Mary Chain, i tot i que té un inici potent, es va desinflant i acaba atabalant una mica. Curiós descobrir que el seu bateria va convertir-se després en el líder de Primal Scream.

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NOISE NOISE NOISE

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MBV, but it makes your ears a little tired

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They used to perform live with their backs to the audience. Based on this album the audience should turn their backs on the band. Noise isn’t music.

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Hmmmmmmm Yeahhhhhhh no MIGHT relisten in the future tho Final Thoughts: 2/5

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Very of its time. I didnt hate it, but I couldn't sing you any of the songs! Bobby Guilespe of Primal Scream on drums seems such a funny concept when he can't even clap in time! Haha.

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Some of the songs are good, some not. Just Like Honey, The Hardest Walk, Cut Dead are the only songs I really liked. The others were mostly unlistenable in all aspects. I struggled to get through the whole album.

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Hvid støj, herrefedt, men lidt for meget pitch og hyletoner. Ville gå godt på 1000fryd, men lidt for meget støj til mig. Et par fede numre, især i starten af albummet.

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It was a bit rough. Not terrible but not my style.

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This is one of those albums that reminds me I didn't grow up in the 80s or 90s. It's an album that sounds like the 90s, but was made in the 80s. I don't care for it honestly, Felt pretty bland. But it wasn't unlistenable. I get that some people might be really into it, but for me? That's a nah. Probably won't ever listen again.

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Forgettable

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Not my vibe

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interesting opener just like honey I like the progression of the singer and the music together in the first few tracks odd pop mix with lots of music feedback and noise You got me chasing honey bees in a hole is too much + Taste of Cindy guitarist allowed to go too far in a few songs but I think the rest was interesting enough to keep me interested 2.5

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Electric guitar is a good thing, but the old saying was right after all: you really can have too much of one.

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Meh. Same energy as Velvet Underground & Nico, which could be a good thing, but with the chaotic grating production of the Pixies.

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This sounds like it was recorded in an alley. Ugh.

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its starts with decent noise rock/punk and then starts incoorperating these earbleeding screeches that just want me to turn it down

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Not a fan of the white noise guitar effects on this one

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Not my kind of music

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It’s obvious they like their distortions and feedbacks much more than I do. Couldn’t stand it by the fourth song

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Puh…

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Rating: 5/10

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It's not for me. The waily guitars churning out the same two chords for an hour just gives me a headache

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Decent, showgaze vibes.

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This time, the more I heard this, the angrier I got at it. I liked the first song, "Just Like Honey." I was looking forward to more of this. I thought it had a very cool 80s sound to it. I really liked the vocals. And then, so much horrible, ear splitting noise! I seriously checked to see that I hadn't messed up the playback with some terrible setting. I couldn't even hear the vocals! "Never Understand" sounds like the neighbor in the next door apartment is listening to a catchy song, the other neighbor is trying to log in to AOL, and 10 garbage trucks with bad brakes are emptying all the squeaky-hinged dumpsters behind your building. Why? It's a shame, it made me more and more sensitive to all the overuse of feedback noise in the album. A shame, because, underneath it all, I really liked the music.

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If this album is some kind of lo-fi post-punk on purpose, I really didn't get it. To me, it looks like bad songs with the worst recording process. "Jesus and a Mary chain" looks better on paper than in the real world.

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I enjoyed the more mellow tracks like Just Like Honey, Cut Dead, Sowing Seeds, My Little Underground, but the harder stuff like The Living End, In A Hole, etc I didn’t like as much. Overall, it’s just not my kind of thing, but I can 100% understand how this album would be very influential for a lot of punk and grunge bands and all that.

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I bet I would have enjoyed this more if it wasn’t so distorted. As an audiophile (sometimes), this was a tough listen.

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Pretty ok album. Blended together a lot though. Favorite Song: Just Like Honey

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If you are into punk rock, I'm sure this is fabulous. A lot of it sounded like noise to me. If your song is overwhelmed by speaker feedback, I'm probably not going to like it much, but maybe that's just me.

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Quite bland

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On wikipedia, it says 'the music has been described as "bubblegum pop drowned in feedback"...' This seemed pretty accurate. In fact the feedback was so bad I could barely tell the songs. The noise was just too much. And can we talk about the recording itself? It sounded like it was in a garage, or an echo chamber. I could barely hear the singer. It was awful. I'm sure there's something there, maybe it's like the Sonic Youth the first time I heard them. I don't know, it just seemed like the band thought the waves of feedback would make them more endearing, but really it just annoyed me.

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You know how you can tell your headphones are on the verge of breaking because everything sounds pinched and crackly? And how when this happens you get really pissed off because you go "damn now I need to go get new headphones because all this music sounds like total shit"? Well, what if your entire album sounded like that on purpose apparently?

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I guess not for me

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Couldn't finish. Except for "Cut Dead", it was just an aural assault. Obviously, didn't add.

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Average rock music with too much feedback.

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Look, I know you're cool and everything, Mr. Jack Black, but recommending this album in a feature film was a moment of real cringe.

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I liked the first half and then I hated it.

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Thrashy, chaotic and unpleasant

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Why is adding white noise to music desirable? Mostly simple, uninteresting tunes that just faded into the background for me.

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Sludgy. Druggy. Droney

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I could only find the extended version on Spotify. The cover is pretty boring for an album with Psycho in the name. Matches the bland vocal delivery. Which I actually like, but mostly fails to stay adequately above the noise, which again would be fine, but in a different context. Except for the first track, Just Like Honey, which is already familiar, the rest blurs into a smear of sound. My favorite on the album, past Just Like Honey, was the alternate version of Never Understand. Considering that song on its own, the contrasting noise and Beach Boys like chorus are interesting and fun. But 27 songs worth of similar stuff is crushing. I can understand the appeal to kids who didn't feel like Duran Duran represented their deep inner turmoil. I wasn't one of those kids.

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I remember nothing from listening to this. It was a blur. Nothing notable, nothing too terrible (I guess?). Don't see myself picking this up again. There are a zillion better droney/fuzzy indie rock records out there.

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Maybe if I has listened to this when I was much younger, I'd have been impressed, but at this particular stage of my life, I'm not really looking towards listening to a music that purposely goes out of it's way to add lots of noise and distortion.

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Gen X goes to the mall. 2/5.

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Le vocal est intéressant. Je n’ai pas porté attention aux paroles par contre. Le mix a la qualité de volontairement déplaire à un public qu’ils ne veulent pas. Ça devient une affirmation et c’est louable. Par contre, le guitariste et le batteur sont mauvais et je pense que le mix sert aussi à cacher ça. En fait, si l’album était mixé d’une façon plus classique, ça donnerait un genre de New Wave un peu beige. L’emballage est donc plus important que le contenu.

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better than Darklands, still the most over-rated band of their era

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This one didn’t really do it for me. Shame!

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nope

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too grungy for me

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Not good to be honest. I listened to Aretha Franklin afterwards. Now she can sing 😍

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I appreciate this was a very important album, the dawn of shoegazing. It even got 'best debut album of 1985' in one list and makes lots of other lists put together by music journos of the time, trying to jump on the next bandwagon and not caring whether it sounds good just as long as it's new and hip. Admittedly it is strangely hypnotic and some of it is very good, but overall it just feels like a walI of sound fell on my head. A lot of it is also just unlistenable. 1985 must have been a really bad year for new artists.

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I'm okay with quiet rock, I'm okay with noise (love Nine Inch Nails!), but this was terrible. Maybe relevant in its time, but I'm fine to never listen again.

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not my cup of tea at all really. Only song I liked was Sowing Seeds

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has a couple OK songs. mostly just noise

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Definition one hit wonder

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Overdrive wasn't cool then, and it sure as hell isn't cool now.

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If I wanted to listen to metal screeching noises I would go to an old, rusty playground. There are some truly awful sounds I never expected to come out of instruments in this album. Adding in the fact its mixing is horrid and that there's no clear tone the band is going for makes for a less-than-pleasant experience.

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Words alone cannot describe how much i hate this shit. No favorite track.

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Just not for me.

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Das Leben ist zu kurz, um Scheiß Musik zu hören. Nach dem fünften Song ausgemacht. Kann ich nicht im geringsten ernst nehmen.

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Repetitive and not understandable… stopped after 3 songs.

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Bad sound, not good album, sounds like a tape recorded live. Bad quality audio

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Mumble rock. Really it's just that the vocals are way back in the mix and the tracks sound like they're being played in an empty elementary school gym.

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I wasn't interested. Not my cup of tea. A lot of bland and simplistic songs. There were too many songs just lazily shuffled between 2 chords the majority of the time, such as "Something's Wrong". and WHY ON EARTH is there so much ear rape on this album? A large fraction of this album was too painful to enjoy. The music wasn't nearly good enough to warrant the ear-ache. Best experienced at a low, low volume. I was hoping it would be like the Cure or Depeche Mode or something but I enjoyed it much less. I kinda liked the vibe of the singer's voice, but the music was just boring and/or painful and got in the way. If ur into 80s alt or goth rock there are definitely better albums than this. Only decent song imo: "Sowing Seeds"

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Basic instrumentals paired with low effort vocals make this album incredibly boring. The heavily distorted guitars are the only good thing about this album, and they’re not even present on every track. 2/10.

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p540. 1985. 1 star Dull indy rock that thinks noise+feedback = edgy+important. Would have helped if the singer didn't sound doped. Nearly every track sounds the same. Listened to the entire album and nothing stuck or left an impression. This is just noise. Move on, nothing to see (or hear) here. Not sure why this is on the "must hear" list, as there is nothing new or innovative here - the Velvet Underground did this kind of thing better 20 years earlier.

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Ei tätä ulinaa ja särinää oikeesti kestänyt kuunnella, oikeesti fyysisesti tekee vähän pahaa. Dnf. Harmi, koska ilman särinöitä ja vähän kirkkaammalla soundilla ois oikeesti mahkuja olla ihan jees.

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How does everyone love this album so much? Probably doesen't deserve only a 1 but I don't care too much. 1

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Well this album feels long. A lot of it is unpleasant to listen to. In fact, none of it is pleasant to listen to.

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No me gusta

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Dit is wel heel erg veel van hetzelfde. Lijkt wel alsof de drummer maar 1 drumbeat kent.

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Nada mais que ruído.

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cool

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