I thought of making this thread in the light of the Jonas Brothers reunion, since it got most of us thinking about other teen pop acts from years ago, including Aly & AJ. While Aly & AJ have already made their comeback in 2017, I just wanted to point out not only are they back, but they also still sound really great. Out of any teen pop act from my generation I've had the most nostalgia towards, it was for this group. IMO, some of their older material has still aged well, preferably "Chemicals React" and "Potential Breakup Song." However, I highly recommend their newer material, whereas the duo have reinvented themselves as a synthpop band with "Take Me, "Church," and "Good Love" being my current favorites.
Before I start the final half of my countdown, let’s review my standings for each year-end list of the 2010s so far… 1. 2013 2. 2015 3. 2017 4. 2011 5. 2012 6. 2018 7. 2010 8. 2016 9. 2014 My final standing for the year 2018 in pop music is complex to say the least. While I thought the year somewhat felt like pop on autopilot for most of the way, it still manages to outperform other previous years. 2016, like the other year-end lists for the even-numbered years, had quite a slew of awful hits but some of its bad hits were at least more interesting to talk of more than the bad stuff of 2018, however. Then of course, the year-end list for 2018 is not without its own greats, as it managed to barely beat out 2010 because despite not having a very iconic set of hits on its list, its assortment of good songs were very strong. As for 2014, yeah…it still goes unchallenged for having the worst year-end list of the 2010s due to how disposable most of its selections were, it’s nothing really new. Given my pre-reboot Star Trek movie styled rankings for each of the 2010s’ year-end lists that should guarantee that 2019 might be very well above 2012 or even higher for me, right? Well, this year around, I want the quality of 2019 to feel like a bit of a surprise. I don’t want it to disappoint me, but I also want to see if it could end up being different in comparison to the quality of the other odd-numbered years. Okay, back on topic of 2018. Forming my top 10 was more difficult than forming my bottom 10 as there were a lot of songs in which I wasn’t sure whether to keep or cut from the list proper. Some of my final choices are very diverse and IMO, most of the greatest hits from 2018’s year-end list are mostly hidden, underrated gems. Let’s finish this year once and for all…but first, I have to talk about some of the greatest hits of 2018 that did exceptionally well on the charts, but just couldn’t hack it…: Honorable mentions: Steel’s Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 2018 Full rankings:
truth or square gets any higher and i'll make a video essay lecturing you all about the true masterpiece that it is.
In addition to that, the stock music that DiC replaced most of the songs from the SMB3 cartoon with is actually great, especially the vocal mix: As for your write-ups, Wumbo, they are great as always. I'm also going to give you credit for the long piece you wrote about the whole argument towards separating art from the artist. It's really on-point as I get that the idea of such is difficult to come to terms with because of the balance between appreciation towards an artist's expressiveness and moral standards. There's one good example I can name where the idea is suggested. Pixar is one of my favorite film-making studios (and most likely of all-time), and it was formerly co-headed by someone who turned out to be, in simplest terms, a creep. On top of that, that person in particular, John Lasseter, was a major contributor to the rest of Disney's animated filmography before his leave (well...outside of continuing work as a consultant). While I can't ever see myself writing him out, I don't put moral standards out of the equation either when it comes to me appreciating any piece of work that Lasseter was involved in. In my mindset, when I see myself appreciating a work of art that's accomplished by more than just one person, I liken them as a group effort than the work of one genius. Considering that the sum would make up mostly of more tolerable folk and that there are few people like Lasseter in the same sum, the latter is overtaken by that equation by that method, giving me the kind of conformity that I would have and need to continue enjoying anything by Pixar or other Disney film studios. It's a complex kind of method I go by, but as I should say, I always focus on moral standards as equally as the quality of a particular piece of media through that method. When it comes to the topic of artists by themselves, however, that is harder to justify. As you said though, it's already good advice to enjoy, talk of, or justify something responsibly, so that's the least that I could say on the matter.
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And because clubs in general aren't so active and because I'm going to be posting something new in that topic sporadically, I strongly suggest following said topic for those who really want to see more from it.
Sorry it's been months since my last update. Again, I've been trying to get myself into the habit of drawing, so here I am today to give you guys a new drawing for one of my spin-offs OCs. This time around, I've drawn Levi. (Sub-Tropical Academy) Not much about my drawing skills have changed after all those months clearly enough. This is not my proudest design since I felt that I've drawn Levi's eyes too big. Everything else looks fine to me, however. It already made sense that I would draw him next since I've been accustomed to drawing human characters. Likewise with Titan and Levi, the first batch of characters I'm going to be drawing are going to be my most primary, so the next one that I'm going to draw is definitely going to be Strezz (Rebirth of a Storm) or Koamalu (Tiki Land), but they will take a while if I want them to turn out really good. I will be posting here sporadically but I don't want to keep it inactive and make you people expect a new drawing every five months or so, so I'll try to get myself more active in drawing by then and I'll guarantee that my next drawing will come sometime around this month or next month.
Well, since I've taken partial responsibility for being called immature in this topic, it's time for me to be earnest. I have not listened to a an album by Madonna in full, but I'll at least mention the self-titled album, for I've enjoyed its singles the most out of the rest of her discography. (Also, while my previous comment was mostly in jest, I said it as a joke towards how I felt the topic was going to turn into a trainwreck like the old Frozen 2 topic for example. I don't want to cause any more nonsense in this topic, so I'll leave it here.)
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