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Sharon Van Etten gets a 4:

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Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

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0 voters

1 Like
  • Fanfare For The Comic Muse
  • Liberation
  • Promenade
  • Casanova
  • A Short Album About Love
  • Fin De Siècle
  • Regeneration
  • Absent Friends
  • Victory For The Comic Muse
  • Bang Goes The Knighthood
  • Foreverland
  • Office Politics

0 voters

  • Lucy
  • Something For The Weekend
  • Songs Of Love
  • Becoming More Like Alfie
  • The Frog Princess
  • Everybody Knows (Except You)
  • Generation Sex
  • The Certainty Of Chance
  • National Express
  • The Pop Singer’s Fear Of The Pollen Count
  • Gin Soaked Boy
  • Love What You Do
  • Bad Ambassador
  • Perfect Lovesong
  • Come Home Billy Bird
  • Absent Friends
  • Diva Lady
  • To Die A Virgin
  • A Lady Of A Certain Age
  • At The Indie Disco
  • I Like
  • Catherine The Great
  • How Can You Leave Me On My Own
  • To The Rescue
  • Queuejumper
  • Norman And Norma
  • Infernal Machines

0 voters

  1. I hate them. I cannot even (national) express why. There’s just something I really dislike about them. I think it might be an element of smugness that I find unbearable.
10 Likes

4 for me. Although ive not even heard all the albums, I think the man is a genius. Listen to The Certainty of Chance, Lady of a Certain Age or Our Mutual Friend and tell me otherwise

2 Likes

When the Absent Friends album came out, there was a giant banner of the artwork hung on the outside of the building I worked in. Any natural daylight in my office was obliterated by Neil Hannon’s enormous canvas arse for a couple of weeks. I can’t score them anything other than a one after that.

9 Likes

Even when I get hay-fever I find
I may sneeze but I don’t really mind
As long as I’m in love with the summertime

1/5

21 Likes

It’s a 5 from me. I think they’re/he’s fucking brilliant. Not listened to the last couple of records more than once but they weren’t bad. At their best (mainly on their 90s singles output) they’re absolute gold.

4 Likes

Also did this which is worth a 5 by itself

7 Likes

Only song I recognise on there is national express. Hate it. 1

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Never had you down as a cricket fan funky

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A band as bad as RHCP but for very different reasons.
That knowing, witty and arch that they go for comes across as the worst kind of smug while playing utterly dull music.

I hate the singer so much I have to turn off anything he turns up on. Luckily for me, that’s not much these days.

0 if I could.

2 Likes

It’s the worst.

I’m a walking ball of constant surprises my friend.

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Yeah hated this when I tried to listen to it.

Like @Shoebox1976uk I just cannot stand them and I think it is definitely something smug about him.

OTOH I feel bad about slamming a 1 just for that as mucho skills at work so I guess it’s a 2 for me.

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It’s a song about a particular ball bowled in a cricket match 30 years ago from a cricket-themed concept album; it’s not for everyone :wink:

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What sticks in my mind is some time when they were blowing up an interview with him saying that the next album would be good but he was currently writing the album after that and it would be amazing, which just felt like the most horrendous thing ever aged 23 or whatever I was. Looking back it seems hilariously clever but I don’t think they ever recovered from how annoyingly smug it felt for me.

Oh I meant the album. Unless that’s the first song in which case sure.

But I hated it because I loathed the music and delivery etc. I am really terrible at picking out lyrics from songs. Two fingers to Pulp always for their assumption that reading the lyrics while listening to the music is somehow bad.

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That sort of raconteurish storytelling style is very unlikely to be my sort of thing even if perfectly executed tbh. 1 from me.

Bit surprised by the strength of negative opinion so far. Never struck me as smug so much as just a bit of a knowingly posh but charming entertainer with a great knack for a tune - though I only base that on the music, never really been one for watching or reading interviews of musicians.

I’ve voted 4, though that’s based on my assumption that what I don’t know is all filler, as what I do know are great songs. Might revise the score it I listen to an album or two.

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