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Dance Gavin Dance - Artificial Selection (2018)

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19 minutes ago, The Top Hat said:

Try Tides Of Man - Dreamhouse album. Tillian's old band and imo one of his best albums ever 

 

I have listened to that, I kinda counted that as solo work when I guess it really isnt. DGD's sound just suits him better imo

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On 6/2/2018 at 12:01 PM, xcblackdiamond said:

I think the album overall sounds like a mix of Happiness and Instant Gratification, but with worse lyrics. And therein lies my main issue. I think the lyrics for the entire album are significantly worse than Mothership. I've listened to the album about 10 times, but a lot of enjoying lyrics has to do with familiarity, knowing the certain lyric is coming and singing it loud. Maybe that's why, but I do think the lyrics still took a step back. No moment touches "if I fall, will you be there to catch me now?" from Philosopher King lyrically, nor does a song touch Inspire the Liars or Frozen One in general.

 

I actually somewhat disagree with this statement. I think there are some underrated parts of the album where the lyrics are immensely satisfying to sing, at least in my opinion. My biggest examples and most favorite parts of the album would be the entire chorus to Son of Robot, "Look the other way, darkness in the shade" in Count Bassy, or "Flourish in the pain" in Bloodsucker. However, overall, the album does have moments that definitely could have been improved on either by adding Jon or improving a melody on Tilian's part (e.g. Slouch's chorus). It was going to be really difficult to top the lyrics in Mothership, but I think that the different sound is great. I absolutely love the dark turn that this took in contrast to Mothership and Instant Gratification that really came out in Evaporate and Bloodsucker. But I also love the versatility in the slower songs as well such as Care or Gospel Burnout. 

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1 hour ago, The Top Hat said:

ArSe > IG > Happiness > Mothership > AS > DBM > Self Titled > DBM2 imo 

 

You are breaking my heart ?You must be a newer fan starting with Tillian 

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any list that doesn't have the Kurt albums in at least the top 3 are invalid

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I'm surprised I dont like this one like I thought. 

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29 minutes ago, Dkouki97 said:

 

You are breaking my heart ?You must be a newer fan starting with Tillian 

No, I started with Kurt on Happiness actually 

25 minutes ago, y2jayjk said:

any list that doesn't have the Kurt albums in at least the top 3 are invalid

Could not put Self Titled in top 3 because the screams were terrible imp 

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1 hour ago, Bad Dub said:

 

I have listened to that, I kinda counted that as solo work when I guess it really isnt. DGD's sound just suits him better imo

Ah, my apologies, but yes, DGD is the best Tillian

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Very good album, now that i have heard all of it. I enjoyed just about every song. The Rattler and Shelf Life were the only bad songs on the whole album, in my opinion. Definitely need to listen to the whole thing a few more times, but a solid 8.5/10.

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1.Son Of Robot 5/5

2.Midnight Crusade 5/5

3.Suspended In This Disaster 5/5

4.Care 5/5

5.Count Bassy 5/5

6.Flash 5/5

7.The Rattler 5/5

8.Shelf Life 5/5

9.Slouch 5/5

10.Story Of My Bros 5/5

11.Hair Song 5/5

12.Gospel Burnout 5/5

13.Bloodsucker 5/5

14.Evaporate 5/5

 

Okay so I'm just gonna go ahead and say I am head over heels for this album. I haven't been listening to DGD for that long but these guys are already in my top 5 bands for sure and this album is in my top three, not sure about number 1 yet but it would definitely be in 2nd place for sure. This album was just a true treat front to back I did not feel bored or sick of it at all It opens so strong and finishes just as strong if not stronger. I love how they explored more of the groovy part in their sound along with that this album has so many good choruses that will get stuck in your head that I personally couldn't help but hum or play in my head when I wasn't listening to the record. I loved the features on this Kurts was phenomenal and while I'm not familiar with Andrew and the band he sings for he did an amazing job for the closer. I know people said the album felt a bit long but I didn't really have that feeling, I love having alot of content to dig into so I was very happy to have close to an hour of new music from these guys especially. The guitar riffs on here are absolutely amazing on here as always along with all the instrumentation, I love how each instrument had a chance to shine even including the bass. This could be an AOTY for me easily and is my top contender. This album got me through a relentless 14 hour move so yea this album is a 10/10 easily, and for people wondering my top 3 albums are this one, Mothership and the self titled. My absolute favorite tracks on this besides the singles because those are favs as well are Suspended In This Disaster, The Rattler (Dude Jon is fucking insane on this one), Slouch, Hair Song, Bloodsucker and Evaporate. EDIT NOTE:I know that it was a run on at first I apologize for that. I was just very very tired and at that moment was not thinking about punctuation.

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3 hours ago, Prototype539 said:

1.Son Of Robot 5/5

2.Midnight Crusade 5/5

3.Suspended In This Disaster 5/5

4.Care 5/5

5.Count Bassy 5/5

6.Flash 5/5

7.The Rattler 5/5

8.Shelf Life 5/5

9.Slouch 5/5

10.Story Of My Bros 5/5

11.Hair Song 5/5

12.Gospel Burnout 5/5

13.Bloodsucker 5/5

14.Evaporate 5/5

 

Okay so I'm just gonna go ahead and say I am head over heels for this album I haven't been listening to DGD for that long but these guys are already in my top 5 bands for sure and this album is in my top three not sure about number 1 yet but it would definitely be in 2nd place for sure this album was just a true treat front to back did not feel bored or sick of it at all It opens so strong and finishes just as strong if not stronger I love how they explored more of the groovy part in their sound also this album has so many good choruses that will get stuck in your head that I personally couldn't help but hum or play in my head when I wasn't listening to the record also I loved the features on this I loved both features on here Kurts was phenomenal and while I'm not familiar with Andrew and the band he sings for he did an amazing job for the closer I know people said the album felt a bit long but I didn't really have that feeling I love having alot of content to dig into so I was very happy to have close to an hour of new music from these guys especially the guitar riffs on here are absolutely amazing on here as always and all the instrumentation I love how each instrument had a chance to shine yes even the bass this could be an AOTY for me easily and is my top contender also this album got me through a relentless 14 hour move so yea this album is a 10/10 easily and for people wondering my top 3 albums are this one, Mothership and the self titled and my absolute favorite tracks on this besides the singles because those are favs as well Suspended In This Disaster, The Rattler (Dude Jon is fucking insane on this one), Slouch, Hair Song, Bloodsucker and Evaporate 

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4 hours ago, Prototype539 said:

1.Son Of Robot 5/5

2.Midnight Crusade 5/5

3.Suspended In This Disaster 5/5

4.Care 5/5

5.Count Bassy 5/5

6.Flash 5/5

7.The Rattler 5/5

8.Shelf Life 5/5

9.Slouch 5/5

10.Story Of My Bros 5/5

11.Hair Song 5/5

12.Gospel Burnout 5/5

13.Bloodsucker 5/5

14.Evaporate 5/5

 

Okay so I'm just gonna go ahead and say I am head over heels for this album I haven't been listening to DGD for that long but these guys are already in my top 5 bands for sure and this album is in my top three not sure about number 1 yet but it would definitely be in 2nd place for sure this album was just a true treat front to back did not feel bored or sick of it at all It opens so strong and finishes just as strong if not stronger I love how they explored more of the groovy part in their sound also this album has so many good choruses that will get stuck in your head that I personally couldn't help but hum or play in my head when I wasn't listening to the record also I loved the features on this I loved both features on here Kurts was phenomenal and while I'm not familiar with Andrew and the band he sings for he did an amazing job for the closer I know people said the album felt a bit long but I didn't really have that feeling I love having alot of content to dig into so I was very happy to have close to an hour of new music from these guys especially the guitar riffs on here are absolutely amazing on here as always and all the instrumentation I love how each instrument had a chance to shine yes even the bass this could be an AOTY for me easily and is my top contender also this album got me through a relentless 14 hour move so yea this album is a 10/10 easily and for people wondering my top 3 albums are this one, Mothership and the self titled and my absolute favorite tracks on this besides the singles because those are favs as well Suspended In This Disaster, The Rattler (Dude Jon is fucking insane on this one), Slouch, Hair Song, Bloodsucker and Evaporate 

Please ad those ,.,.,.,.,.,., wherever you feel like it. Can't get much worse.

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I finally got through the album and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It probably will be in my top 10 AOTY's, but there's no way it'll be number one (atleast not for me). Technology by Don Broco still has that title so far ?


 

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Definitely not the first time you'll hear this lol, but this is actually my AOTY so far. Can't guarantee it'll stay that way since there's still half a year left, but I absolutely love this album. It's not my favorite by them, but I would definitely put it up there somewhere. Songs like Gospel Burnout, Flash, Story of My Bros, and Evaporate are my favorites from the album I think. This was definitely easier to get into than Mothership too (which I eventually got fully into). It is definitely a long one, which takes away from it just a tad (even tho I still love it greatly). I also think they ended the album perfectly with Evaporate, while throwing it back to their past songs with the last few lyrics. This and State Champs will definitely compete with my favorite album for June, but I definitely feel as this will stay that favorite at least. DGD continue to stay consistent with their albums (with me at least) and also be ten steps ahead all their peers in the scene, and it's why I love them so much. 

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Something about this band has always rubbed me the wrong way and I've never really been able to pinpoint it. They're really awesome tho and I've been trying to listen to more of their stuff and get into it. Before this album, their self-titled was my favorite of theirs but the singles for this were outstanding and so is the rest of the album. This will probably become my new favorite. 

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1 hour ago, Voinolin said:

Please ad those ,.,.,.,.,.,., wherever you feel like it. Can't get much worse.

 It's been fixed man, sorry was just very tired when I wrote that and wasn't really thinking about punctuation at that time.


 

 

 

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best dgd album since the new guy came in. rattler is pretty sick

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On 6/2/2018 at 12:01 PM, xcblackdiamond said:

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Dance Gavin Dance has been a mainstay in the scene for over a decade now and their discography spans about 10 projects. That itself is impressive, given many bands call it quits after 3 LPs or so. Somehow throughout all of their albums, they maintain amazing quality and variation Their last album, Mothership, is probably one of my top 5 favorite albums ever. The question is: will that trend continue with Artificial Selection? I'm going to give my opinion on that in a track-by-track analysis.

 

Son of Robot: Ah, the continuation of the 'Robot' series. Though in my opinion, it's more like a successor to 'We Own the Night'. There's a lot to unpack in this opening track. It's layered with Nintendo-esque riffs accompanied by aggressive parts during Jon's verses. This song is the strongest single for me. Tilian uses his voice so well and has done so for years in the way that he raises and lowers his pitch over one use. This song also arguably has one of the best choruses. "It's the way that she combs my hair" is a vintage DGD lyric, and Tilian nails the melody as he sings the last word of the chorus, "coma". One of the many instances on this album where Tilian shows that he still has new things left in the tank.

 

Midnight Crusade: The first single from ArSe understandably raised some concern. It's easily the safest song on the album, so it was a good single to release. There's a very subtle riff during the chorus that I implore everyone to pay attention to. Overall, solid lyrics and high energy. I suspect it'll be especially great live. Also, dat ending. 

 

Suspended in this Disaster: Wow, this song. This song provided one of my best first impressions on the album. Classic DGD riffs to start off, Jon and Tilian trading off verses perfectly too. The way the pre-chorus melds into one of the best choruses I've ever heard is straight up beautiful. Tilian flexes on every vocalist ever on this chorus, wow. Could've ended a liiiittle better, but I can easily forgive that.

 

Care: This song had to grow on me quite a bit. Will Swans kills it with the subtle guitar licks throughout the entire song. Tilian and Jon work together so well on this chorus as well. Lyrically, one of the most relateable songs on the record.  Some might find Care a bit hard to vibe to, but I think it's really chill and provides some summer vibes. Shoutout to the underrated lyrics of "The parasites wont go away, they live inside you." Of course I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the great funky bridge/outro. It brings the more chill song to a stunning climax. I absolutely love the bell/alarm thing before Tilian breaks it down too. 

 

Count Bassy: Only the second new song in the first. I'll say right off the bat that this is one of my favorites. You'd think from the title that it is going to one of their more funky songs. It has a subtle funky vibe, but it's more so on the R&B side I guess, but very spacey. Jon doesn't come in till around 2:40, pretty late for him. Jon is used for the bridge to bring the song to a crescendo and it works so well. The outro is hauntingly beautiful as well, rare group vocals from DGD.

 

Flash: One of the more hyped ones on the KL exclusive preview, I can't say I agree completely. A solid song overall, and has vintage sex-oriented DGD lyrics. Chorus does go hard, but I can't vibe with it as much as many did with the preview. I love the more basic, fast paced chords layered with some of Swan's licks.

 

The Rattler: Jesus Christ, Jon Mess. Many could tell by the title that Jon would go off on this song, many would be correct. He lets it all loose with some of his best lyrics. "I'LL USE YOUR FACE LIKE A DUMB ASS RATTLE." There's some prominent bass at parts and it sounds sooo nice. Tilian's parts, especially on the bridge, work off of Jon's aggression really well. Then it leads back into one of the most heavy moments on the album. Those tones, damn son.

 

Shelf Life: KURT TRAVIS FEATURE. It absolutely sounds like a Happiness song. Kurt is used liberally in such a dream state way while Tilian seems like he's the featured artist instead. This song is a nice come down after the intensity of The Rattler. It has some Eternity Forever vibes too. Not one of my favorites, but it fits really will in the tracklist overall.

 

Slouch: Nice bassy intro and Jon starts it out strong. I think this song will benefit from a quality update the most. There's a lot going on underneath the hood. This is probably my least favorite song on the album, to be honest with one of Tilian's weakest choruses ever. I just don't think the instrumentals and the vocal melodies work together well, I feel nothing from it all. Jon has some solid parts though. I do really like the instrumental bridge though and then Jon kinda saves the whole thing.

 

Story of My Bros: This song is so fun. Absolutely is their pop-punk song, thus I will be blasting this all summer. The intro riff really sets the tone for the song and the drumming reminds me of TSSF. Also "I'm smoking weed out of a pussy filled with money, I like this" is one of my favorite Mess lyrics on the album. Tilian's verse at 1:40 is classic Tilian era DGD lyrics as well.

 

Hair Song: Great tune here. Seems like it'd fit well in a jumpy live setting, so the title of the track fits. 1:15ish starts an exceptional Tilian part. I think overall, this is an average DGD song but some parts really shine. I'd maybe like to read Mess's lyrics to grasp it better.

 

Gospel Burnout: Most of you have heard this one already thanks to the Lord. I do love this song. It's one of the softer ones, but the guitar and bass work are awesome. Tilian has some unique vocal melodies, and Jon does as well. Tilian is sampled in an electronic way and Mess is too actually and it works so well. Ends on a great note too.

 

Bloodsucker: I hope people end up loving this song, because it's certainly one of my favorites all the way at track 13. Jon absolutely slays right off the bat. I think it's awesome and one of the best songs on the record, but I also think this one could use a quality update especially. Lyrically, this song seems one of the more face value, specific ones. Something about corporations or the government taking advantage of people maybe. Tilian's chorus is absolutely infectious and he matches Jon's aggression perfectly. Also 2:00. Wow. Shoutout to the 4:20 run time too.

 

Evaporate: And here we are at the closer, and the longest song on the record as per usual for DGD. It immediately sets itself up to be one of their more unique songs. As most of their closers do, this song has a "larger than life" sound. Andrew of Eidola absolutely helps with that fact as he nails his feature. "You always see right through my, my masquerade" is one of Tilian's best vocal deliveries on the album, maybe ever? The last minute is just pure amazing-ness. Also Jon at 4:24 "I do, I do" reminds me of the song Acceptance Speech, I wonder if it's an intentional callback.

 

And that's all they wrote. Based on my track-by-track analysis, one would think that I love this album. I do, but not as much as I wanted to love it. My review is vastly positive because DGD can't really write a bad song, they're all really good or better. But DGD, at least for me, has insane standards to live up to. As I mentioned, Mothership is one of my favorite albums ever. I tapered my expectations by telling myself it wouldn't beat it, but still. I did the same for Instant Gratification and they DID beat it. I think the album overall sounds like a mix of Happiness and Instant Gratification, but with worse lyrics. And therein lies my main issue. I think the lyrics for the entire album are significantly worse than Mothership. I've listened to the album about 10 times, but a lot of enjoying lyrics has to do with familiarity, knowing the certain lyric is coming and singing it loud. Maybe that's why, but I do think the lyrics still took a step back. No moment touches "if I fall, will you be there to catch me now?" from Philosopher King lyrically, nor does a song touch Inspire the Liars or Frozen One in general. I'd liked to have seen Slouch or maybe Hair song be cut to make it a more complete project. This makes me not as emotionally invested as I am with Mothership or Instant Gratification. Furthermore, instrumentally it's amazing of course. However, I think they're less...catchy/impactful than in the past. I can respect the skill, but I dont vibe with them as much as I'd have liked. Lastly, I think Jon and Tilian took a step back in working together, despite them doing it really well again. It seemed more like they were exchanging verses in Artificial Selection, rather than the PERFECT synergy they had on Mothership. Don't get me wrong, though. It's an amazing album and I'm happy with it, as evident by my track analysis. I just wanted to discuss some gripes at the end. I'm sure I'll love it more as I get acclimated to it too. Rank-wise, I'd go Mothership > IG > ArSe > AS, and I'm someone that loves AS more than the average DGD fan. In fact, there's a chance that I do like Acceptance Speech more than this, well see. Number-wise, I'm gonna go with an 8.5 for now. Thank you if you read this, and enjoy the album! Oh and favorites: Son of Robot, Suspended, Count Bassy, The Rattler, Story of My Bros, Bloodsucker.

This is bugging me, what song does "it's the way she combs my hair" come from outside of Son of Robot?

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12 hours ago, y2jayjk said:

any list that doesn't have the Kurt albums in at least the top 3 are invalid

r/gatekeeping much?

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On 6/2/2018 at 8:27 PM, The Top Hat said:

Jon has improved a lot however, was atrocious on Self Titled 

He wasn't in the band during self-titled. That was Will Swan filling in. 

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Disappointed, But surely not expected that this would top Mothership, Thanks For The leak

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40 minutes ago, joewidd said:

He wasn't in the band during self-titled. That was Will Swan filling in. 

Nope, he was in the band on Self-Titled. Will Swan just did the vocals on Happiness

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4 hours ago, joewidd said:

This is bugging me, what song does "it's the way she combs my hair" come from outside of Son of Robot?

I think he meant its a very dgd feeling song 

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1 hour ago, joewidd said:

He wasn't in the band during self-titled. That was Will Swan filling in. 

LKA is correct. It was Happiness that Jon wasn't on


 

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1 hour ago, LKA said:

Nope, he was in the band on Self-Titled. Will Swan just did the vocals on Happiness

Oh, guess I was remembering wrong. My b

11 minutes ago, The Top Hat said:

I think he meant its a very dgd feeling song 

Oh, that would make more sense lol. 

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I'm gonna jam this out when it's released in 320 kps.

I don't understand why some people want a shorter DGD album. If an album contains 14 epic songs then hell yes it should be long!! It shows the band has talent and puts forth massive effort. The longer the better. ;) 

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It's very good but that was a given no? Still not better than Happiness or IG, at least not to me.  Better than Mothership though.

 


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@RavenXIII I actually noticed there's alot more call backs on evaporate than I thought lol 

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I think the lyrics are kinda better this time around? a lot of them hit home and this album has some of the best lyrics Tilian wrote in DGD imo

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Much mature than before :fap:

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