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    Trilogy songs: Ranked best to worst

    Curious to see how people would rank the trilogy songs as a whole.

    Here's my ranking:

    The Idea of You
    The Background World
    Ahead of Ourselves
    Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
    Shit Mirror
    This isn't the place
    She's Gone Away
    Branches/Bones
    Less Than
    Dear World,
    Over and Out
    Not anymore
    I'm not from this world
    God Break down the door
    The Lovers
    Play the Goddamn Part

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    The Idea of You
    The Background World
    Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
    Branches/Bones
    Ahead of Ourselves
    Shit Mirror
    Not Anymore
    She's Gone Away
    Dear World,
    Less Than
    This Is Not the Place
    Over & Out

    I'm Not From This World
    God Break Down The Door
    The Lovers
    Play the Goddamn Part

    I'm not too far off from you. This Is Not The Place doesn't work nearly as well for me on the EP as it does live. Dear World is a cooler song than Less Than for me. I'm into heavy music mostly so Not Anymore has to be higher.

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    Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
    The Background World
    Ahead of Ourselves
    Shit Mirror
    Not Anymore
    God Break Down the Door
    She's Gone Away
    Over and Out
    The Idea of You
    Less Than
    Branches/Bones
    Dear World,
    The Lovers
    This Isn't the Place
    I'm Not From This World
    Play the Goddamned Part
    Last edited by mauro995; 01-07-2019 at 05:57 AM. Reason: The Background World deserved the be higher

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    I like them all, so I wouldn't necessarily call this a best-to-worst list, but...

    This Isn't The Place
    Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
    Less Than
    The Background World
    The Lovers
    She's Gone Away
    Shit Mirror
    Branches/Bones
    God Break Down The Door
    Dear World,
    I'm Not From This World
    Over And Out
    Ahead Of Ourselves
    Not Anymore
    The Idea Of You
    Play The Goddamned Part

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    Wow, not much love for Dear World,.

    The Background World
    Burning Bright (field on fire)
    Dear World,
    I'm Not From This World - Over and Out (has to be together)
    Branches / Bones
    Ahead of Ourselves
    This Isn't The Place
    Less Than
    Shit Mirror
    The Lovers
    She's Gone Away
    God Break Down The Door
    Not Anymore
    Play The Goddamned Part
    The Idea of You

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    1. Branches/Bones
    2. Shit Mirror
    3. The Idea Of You
    4. Not Anymore
    5. Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
    6. Ahead Of Ourselves
    7. Dear World,
    8. She's Gone Away
    9. Less Than
    10. This Isn't The Place
    11. The Background World
    12. God Break Down The Door
    13. Over And Out
    14. I'm Not From This World
    15. Play The Goddamned Part
    16. The Lovers

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    I need to work on the full list, but my least favorite from all three is "I'm Not From This World". Hands down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbie solo View Post
    The Idea of You
    The Background World
    Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
    Branches/Bones
    Ahead of Ourselves
    Shit Mirror
    Not Anymore
    She's Gone Away
    Dear World,
    Less Than
    This Is Not the Place
    Over & Out

    I'm Not From This World
    God Break Down The Door
    The Lovers
    Play the Goddamn Part

    I'm not too far off from you. This Is Not The Place doesn't work nearly as well for me on the EP as it does live. Dear World is a cooler song than Less Than for me. I'm into heavy music mostly so Not Anymore has to be higher.
    Damn, I thought I was reading my own list there for a second, haha.

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    I reserve the right to change my mind about this list, but for now this is my ranking:

    The Idea of You
    Ahead of Ourselves
    This Isn’t the Place
    Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
    Over and Out
    The Background World
    Shit Mirror
    Branches/Bones
    The Lovers
    Not Anymore
    She’s Gone Away
    Less Than
    God Break Down the Door
    Dear World,
    Play the Goddamned Part
    I’m Not From This World

    *Disclaimer: This trilogy represents (to me, at least) some of the most exciting NIN material since the '90s, so I love ALL of the songs, including the ones I ranked at the bottom of the list.
    Last edited by sonic_discord; 01-08-2019 at 11:41 PM. Reason: Swapped 2 songs.

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    Dear World,
    Less Than
    Over and Out
    Shit Mirror
    Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
    God Break Down the Door
    The Background World
    The Lovers
    This Isn’t the Place
    Branches/Bones
    Ahead of Ourselves
    The Idea of You
    Play the Goddamned Part
    She’s Gone Away
    Not Anymore
    I’m Not From This World

    Very hard to rank the stretch from The Background World -> Ahead of Ourselves.

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    Here is how I rank all the songs from most enjoyable (can listen to endlessly), to tracks I really couldnít care if I ever hear again. The ones in bold I definitely couldnít do without. The other four... meh.

    1) Iím Not From This World
    2) Over And Out
    3) Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
    4) Shit Mirror
    5) Ahead Of Ourselves
    6) The Idea Of You
    7) Not Anymore
    8) The Background World
    9) This Isnít The Place
    10) Sheís Gone Away
    11) Branches/Bones
    12) The Lovers

    13) Play The Goddamned Part
    14) God Break Down The Door
    15) Less Than
    16) Dear World,

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    Branches/Bones
    The Idea of You
    Ahead of Ourselves
    God Break Down the Door
    Not Anymore
    Shit Mirror
    This isn't the place
    Less Than
    Over and Out
    The Lovers
    The Background World
    She's Gone Away
    Dear World
    I'm not From This World
    Play the Goddamned Part
    Burning Bright

    Also, WOW! Look at us, actually typing out whole song titles!

    Edit: I wanna see rankings from @kleiner , @RocketScience , @heavenly_bearded , @thelastdisciple , @Halo Infinity . You are hereby nominated to participate.
    Last edited by elevenism; 01-09-2019 at 07:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    I wanna see rankings from @kleiner , @RocketScience , @heavenly_bearded , @thelastdisciple , @Halo Infinity . You are hereby nominated to participate.
    Fine.

    Shit Mirror (because Robin fucking kills it live)
    Over and Out (because xylophone Robin)
    Ahead of Ourselves (should be the theme song for all the immature idiots in NIN FB groups)
    The Idea of You
    God Break down the door
    Less Than
    The Background World
    Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
    This isn't the place
    Branches/Bones
    Dear World,
    Not Anymore
    I'm Not From This World
    Play the Goddamn Part
    The Lovers (because holding a tape recorder to the mic is very underwhelming)
    She's Gone Away (I hate the repetitive bassline and the severe depression this song puts in my head, maybe that will change with time but I don't think so)

    Of course my opinion means nothing and will probably change over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_guyet View Post
    I need to work on the full list, but my least favorite from all three is "I'm Not From This World". Hands down.
    This is my #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katara View Post
    This is my #1.
    Same here. Iíd describe it as The Predator, or a similar menacing-looking alien creature, giving you a guided tour of the areas of its space ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katara View Post
    This is my #1.
    VERY interesting... I don't hate it, it's just my least favorite of the sixteen EP tracks, although if INFTW was stacked up against all the other NIN instrumentals, it wouldn't rank very high. I just feel like not enough happens for a nearly seven minute track. I really dig 'Play The Goddamned Part' though.

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    I feel personally attacked by anyone who put Burning Bright dead last, or put The Lovers in the bottom few. Will contribute my own ranking when I'm feeling more decisive, but the cliff notes version is that the entire Bad Witch LP will be tied for last place. Try as I might, I still just can't get into it. NTAE hit me pretty much right away, Add Violence took a couple spins before it finally clicked. Even after seeing most of it live, though, Bad Witch still just hasn't resonated with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theimage13 View Post
    I feel personally attacked by anyone who put Burning Bright dead last
    Isn't that... Isn't that JUST me?

    I'm not personally attacking you. It's just the one I like the least.

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    The Background World
    Dear World,
    Over and Out
    Less Than
    Burning Bright
    The Lovers
    Shit Mirror
    God Break Down The Door
    Branches/Bones
    This Isn't The Place
    Ahead of Ourselves
    The Idea of You
    She's Gone Away
    Not Anymore
    Play The Goddamned Part
    I'm Not From This World

    Quote Originally Posted by Erneuert View Post
    Same here. I’d describe it as The Predator, or a similar menacing-looking alien creature, giving you a guided tour of the areas of its space ship.
    I firmly believe there's a massive, like beyond Dig It-levels of Alien Covenant influence on it. This doesn't make it a bad track, but an example of that "yeah, been there, heard that" reaction that's otherwise pretty rare upon first encounters with new NIN.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Microwave Jellyfish View Post
    I firmly believe there's a massive, like beyond Dig It-levels of Alien Covenant influence on it.
    Beyond the ideas of a background pulse and ambient washes throughout the track, there's little resemblance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katara View Post
    Beyond the ideas of a background pulse and ambient washes throughout the track, there's little resemblance.
    We ought to start an INFTW fan club.

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    The Idea of You
    Shit Mirror
    Ahead of Ourselves
    Branches/Bones
    Not Anymore
    God Break Down the Door
    Less Than
    The Background World
    She's Gone Away
    Dear World
    Burning Bright
    Play the Goddamned Part
    I'm Not From This World
    Over and Out
    This Isn't the Place
    The Lovers


    Something like that i think.

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    Relax guys here is the correct list:

    01 The Background World
    02 She's Gone Away
    03 Less Than
    04 This Isn't The Place
    05 Over And Out
    06 Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
    07 The Lovers
    08 Shit Mirror
    09 Branches/Bones
    10 Ahead Of Ourselves
    11 The Idea Of You
    12 God Break Down The Door
    13 Not Anymore
    14 Dear World,
    15 Play The Goddamned Part
    16 I'm Not From This World

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    One thing that I am noticing is that I'm Not From This World is generally not faring well in this contest. But that makes sense. It's part of an album. As a single it doesn't do well. Is Pinion at the top of anyone's list? Is Black Noise?

    It's like asking people what their favorite chapter of a book is. In some ways it's a weird question. It's not about a track as much as it is about the whole thing together and how it all fits.

    I'm not saying to stop this, by all means have fun, but just pointing out why some tracks might not be doing well when considered in this way.

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    It may not rank super high on my list, but I really do like I'm Not From This World a lot. It's so tense and uneasy, like a sonic journey through a war zone. Obviously if you're into the more traditional rock tracks it's not going to appeal to you as much (as evident by some of the lists that have been posted), but for someone like me who really loves those long musical trips, that track is solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    Is Black Noise... at the top of anyone's list?
    Yes.

    Here's my contribution:

    I'm Not From This World
    The Background World
    Dear World,
    Branches/Bones
    Ahead Of Ourselves
    She's Gone Away
    Shit Mirror
    God Break Down The Door
    Not Anymore
    Less Than
    Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
    This Isn't The Place
    Play The Goddamned Part
    The Idea Of You
    The Lovers
    Over And Out

    I'd like to add that all of these tracks are really fucking good. It was tough putting some of these near the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katara View Post
    Yes.

    Here's my contribution:

    I'm Not From This World
    The Background World
    Dear World,
    Branches/Bones
    Ahead Of Ourselves
    She's Gone Away
    Shit Mirror
    God Break Down The Door
    Not Anymore
    Less Than
    Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
    This Isn't The Place
    Play The Goddamned Part
    The Idea Of You
    The Lovers
    Over And Out

    I'd like to add that all of these tracks are really fucking good. It was tough putting some of these near the bottom.
    INFTW first and Over And Out last?! To me they just need to be side by side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erneuert View Post
    INFTW first and Over And Out last?! To me they just need to be side by side.
    This is a ranking of favourite to least favourite, not a playlist.

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    This Isn't The Place
    The Lovers
    Dear World,
    Burning Bright
    Not Anymore
    Ahead of Ourselves
    She's Gone Away
    Shit Mirror
    I'm Not From This World
    Branches/Bones
    Over and Out
    The Idea of You
    God Break Down The Door
    Less Than
    Play The Goddamned Part
    The Background World

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    One thing that I am noticing is that I'm Not From This World is generally not faring well in this contest. But that makes sense. It's part of an album. As a single it doesn't do well. Is Pinion at the top of anyone's list? Is Black Noise?

    Well, I do think Black Noise is better than most of the songs off HM, so yes, I am one of those people.

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