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11:53 AM on 12/31/10
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The "realization of potential" thing you kept harping on felt really forced. To do it better, you should have compared it to their last record. I.e. where on their last record...the upsides...
I don't feel like I was really harping, it was only mentioned twice. But to be totally honest, I really didn't listen to their old material much, because I really didn't care for it. It was, as I stated, mediocre (at best). To me, there wasn't a gradual progression to the point where they are now, they just sort of got everything right all the sudden. Thanks for the feedback! This is the first review I've written for the site, good to see people are at least reading it.
01:14 PM on 01/01/11
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harping was probably the wrong word, but it felt very forced.
you can't talk about their progression and ignore what they progressed from. end of story

The word "progression" was not used in my review. "transform" was used, referencing the fact that, to me, this record came out of nowhere. There is no comparison to any past material, because it doesn't compare in any way, shape, or form.
01:19 PM on 01/01/11
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I think this review just sums up all of what is wrong with record reviews on this site
94% = are you fucking kidding me
yeah, the record has a good message behind it and yeah, i guess it is pretty decent compared to other records released this year in the genre but by no means does it deserve 94%. Every record I listen 2 I do personal reviews for them and the highest I've ever given a record is 9.2 or 92%, and that was for Clarity, and the upsides is not nearly as good

The score is relative. Clearly, I think this album is not only the best of the year, but one of the best I've heard in a long time. I don't score albums that I "like" highly, I score albums that I LOVE highly. What's the difference between you scoring a record that you love a 92% and me scoring a record that I love a 94%? Thats two points difference, so I really don't see your point.

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