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    As a music critic, particularly a critic in the Indie scene, it can be tantamount to suicide to say that you don’t get an album or an artist, especially when that artist is beloved by many and arguably launched a genre on their own.  Which is why it’s hard for me to admit that, for the longest time, I didn’t get Grimes.

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    I LOVE BILLIE EILISH.  There.  I said it.  Lambast me in the notes, question my credibility as a reviewer, deny my father, refuse my name, I will die before you take the most interesting person in pop music away from me.

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    It’s rare that a rap album can really make me think.  This is not a knock on the genre as a whole, but it does seem to have been overflowed by people who want to do nothing but turn up and regret their life choices the next morning.  Now, I realize that I am the odd one out here, what with the popularity of trap music on the pop charts, but sometimes you need to sit down.  How ironic then that clipping, with their second album, chose to create something so deeply sci-fi and calm that it was nominated for a hugo.

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    I think it’s fair to say that without Dan and Tim, the modern music scene would look very different.

    If Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails popularized the idea that you could go independent and still have great success as an artist, then Dan and Tim’s project Have A Nice Life was the proof of concept.  With their 2008 album Deathconsciousness coming out of nowhere to become one of the most beloved independent albums of the 2000s, they showed that the music industry’s grip on the public’s ears was slipping. However, this left another question.

    Was Have A Nice Life any good?

    That question was answered in 2014 with their follow up The Unnatural World, which proved that, despite being two guys with a drum machine and a home tape recorder, they could rock like the best of them.  Tracks such as Defenestration Song proved that they had the chops.  However, this still left another question.

    Could Have A Nice Life keep it up?

    For a while we didn’t know.  Dan and Tim would part ways to focus on their own projects for five years, and we got almost no news on Have A Nice Life in the interim.  However, we would eventually get our answer.

    Yes.  Yes they could.

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