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SIGN or PLUS? Which is Better?  

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  1. 1. SIGN or PLUS - Which Do You Prefer Over The Other?

    • SIGN
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    • PLUS
      36
    • It's like choosing between children... I cannot
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    • Both are equally great
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    • I didn't like either
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We've been blessed with not one but TWO great AE releases in a short span of time, with 20 great tracks to consume, analyze, and absorb - but overall, which one is the better of the two?

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As much as I enjoy PLUS after living with them both for a bit can confirm SIGN is by far the better album for me. Think as others have said SIGN is so much more cohesive as an album and think its

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Oof. I hate to choose, but SIGN feels more visceral to me. Haven't listened to PLUS as much though.

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Where's AE_LIVE 16/18 as option?

Anywhoo, SIGN is definitely more fleshed out, well rounded and distinctive. PLUS is a great addition but in comparison a bit by the floating point numbers and as standalone rather uneven imo. That being said i'll probably still end up listening more to the latter, as i find the emo ride that is SIGN rather taxing.

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PLUS certainly.

It isn't shaping as an album at all and the SIGN-style offcuts feel way weaker than their siblings, yet the highlights are a little plentier on PLUS for my taste.

The best track stays M4 Lema with closest competition coming from ecol4 and X4

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If I had to choose I'd say I like PLUS slightly more. Ecol4 alone justifies this choice. I'm not really a fan of ranking albums, though. It's different vibes for different times.

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I'm going with PLUS only cause I prefer their beats over their ambient stuff, but I feel like SIGN is a better overall album. Feels like a perfectly packaged selection of songs, whereas PLUS has a lot of ambient tracks that didn't hit as hard after listening to SIGN. Still prefer PLUS cause ecol4, X4 and TM1 open are incredible and I would miss them more if I had to choose between both albums.

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The best track stays M4 Lema

Tend to agree. Had me go "woah" the most initially, and still does. Perfect mix of complexity and lushness, also super elaborate build up/ -down macro structure. Pretty much impeccable, basically.

More winner:

SIGN - si00, formz, r cazt

PLUS - marhide, TM1... Dr. Dre would be contender, but it's just too short to work as more than an intro, i'm afraid.

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Plus is more like the ae we know and love.

Sign is starting to grow on me.

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SIGN was more of a surprise and arguably a more cohesive and better album but PLUS is just more enjoyable, more fun. But this is only early, initial impression... 

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PLUS had a more visceral impact on first listen but I haven't even begun to fully internalize it yet, whereas SIGN I've already formed a really strong emotional connection to. so I have to vote S for now, even though P is still growing on me every day.

I feel like this pair will end up being my favorite material since Oversteps+MOT. I really enjoyed the contrast between those two releases, and I love that they did the same sort of thing here - an album of emotional catharsis followed by an album with a wide variety of bangers and a few nods to the melodic sound world of the former.

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What if they really are solo albums? Would we be unsuspectingly trying to choose between Sean and Rob? 😱

Have people dropped that theory yet btw?  It seems unlikely, but again we'd never know, especially as they've said how they like to try to imitate each other's styles.

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59 minutes ago, toaoaoad said:

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What if they really are solo albums? Would we be unsuspectingly trying to choose between Sean and Rob? 😱

Have people dropped that theory yet btw?  It seems unlikely, but again we'd never know, especially as they've said how they like to try to imitate each other's styles.

M4 Lema have both bob and sun behind (in one of the recent interviews it was said that bob has completely changed the beat of sun, which was initially more direct), hence the theory of solo albums falls 

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I like SIGN but I feel like I don't completely get it yet. Some of it is legit brilliant, a couple things I disliked, and most of it passed right through me. 

PLUS I've listened through once, and I disliked it. I'm guessing it'll grow on me, though. 

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I voted SIGN cause of the liquidy feels, but I think I need to sit with PLUS a while longer - def has some scruffy bangers. Think i’m gonna try the listening to both straight through in a playlist method  :catsalute:

 

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The album names combined make some snappy anagrams: slug pins, lisp guns, puls sing, snug slip, lung piss... oh, this wasn't Your pointless thoughts & observations.

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