Experimental Sequencing

Five days ago, I blogged a status update about my goal of getting from 500 completed Two Thous-Ton movie evaluations to 600 completed Two ThouCentennial movie evaluations, with that status entailing that I’m currently at 546 completed Two ThouCentennial movie evaluations. And since I’m still at 546 with a somewhat insane amount of movie assessments/re-assessments left to do, I officially have decided to not blog another status update until I’m at 550 completed Two ThouCentennial movie evaluations.

However, that doesn’t mean I can’t not blog about this next project before my 13-day vacation away from updating this website. Especially when this next project was very fresh on my mind two days prior to the initial production of this entry.

Okay, so if it isn’t movie related, then you most likely are wondering what type of project this is, right?

Well as you all know, my number one in anything music is Sevendust, because they are a band that doesn’t put anything bad out, along with the fact that Lajon Witherspoon (their lead singer) makes any song that he’s a part of a great song. Plus, I’ve reviewed all of their studio albums, their live acoustic album and all but four of the non-studio album songs that he (Witherspoon) or the band did. And with the studio album aspect being said, that brings me to the topic of this entry.

You see, Sevendust has 13 studios, with seven of those albums having exactly 12 songs on them. And although not all of their albums have exactly 12 songs on them, it became more of a trend when Alpha came out, as that album and five of the six subsequent albums each have that many songs. And if you count Track 1 (Memory) of the Black Out The Sun album as an intro to Track 2 (Faithless), then I guess you can count that album as another one that has 12 songs on it.

Sevendust perfectly sequences their albums from beginning to end, making each and every album uniquely tremendous in its own way. But what if I made a list of their best first track through best twelfth track in a typical one through twelve track sequencing for experimental sake? Would each song mesh well together one through twelve or would it be a pointless tinkering of already perfect music sequencing?

Well, we’ll find out via the list below, as well as subsequent listening after this entry.

But before I begin, here are the rules for this list:

  1. All songs from Home and the aforementioned Black Out The Sun don’t meet the criteria, due to two interludes giving the former of the two albums thirteen tracks and the latter of the two albums having that intro as Track 1.
  2. There won’t be a one through thirteen structure, as such a structure is rare with Sevendust albums. So unfortunately, Angel’s Son (the Animosity version) and The Day I Tried To Live (their cover of the Soundgarden song of the same name) don’t meet the criteria.
  3. Sevendust albums that don’t have the typical 12-track infrastructure can still be included in this list as long as they are in a traditional track setting, i.e. anything from their self-titled album, one through twelve of the aforementioned Animosity, Next and one through twelve of Blood & Stone.

Okay, so that now the rules have been established, it’s time for this one through twelve track experiment to commence via the chart below:

Track NumberSongAlbumWhy Chosen
1BlackSelf-Titled AlbumThis was the song that started it all for this band, so it’s only fitting to have this song slotted as the first track of this list.
2PraiseAnimosityIt’s arguably their biggest hit of all-time, along with the fact it was the first ever song of theirs that I heard. And with that fact being said, Praise has to be on this list, because there would be no Sevendust in my life if I never made the effort to listen to it.
3SeasonsSeasonsThis title track is softer sounding compared to what are slotted at both one and two, so it can mesh perfectly with both of them. Plus, this song gave this band more staying power for me, in terms of which artist or group I listen to on a regular basis.
4CrucifiedAnimosityI was going to go with Unforgiven (Track 4 of All I See Is War), due to it working well in tandem with the next song on this list. But the chorus of this song gives it the edge as the best Number Four track for this band.
5SicknessAll I See Is WarThe album itself one through twelve is perfectly sequenced, but this is the song that really causes it to take off. Cease And Desist or What You’ve Become would have been a good pick here as well, but those songs don’t cause their albums to really take off the way that this song does for its album.
6FailureNextThis Life is both one of the most heartfelt songs for this band and the most heartfelt song of this album, but this song really causes this album to take off.
7Skeleton SongSeasonsRisen really adds a lot of second half boom to All I See Is War, but this song is just too heartfelt to not be in the seventh slot of this list.
8Kill The FlawKill The FlawOf all the slotted number eight tracks of this band, this is the best one.
9Burned OutSeasonsIt’s the best slotted nine track of this band and it meshes well with the eight songs listed before it.
10NeverNextThis is the epitome of late album magic by this band.
11GoneSeasonsThis is my second favorite song of theirs, period.
12The TruthAll I See Is WarMy favorite song of theirs, period.

Well, that’s my experimental list of best slotted Sevendust songs via a one through twelve sequencing. Do you agree with this experimental list, whether you’re someone whom has listened to all of their album songs or listened to these 12 particular songs via this particular sequence? Well, vote in the poll below and/or leave a comment in the comments section below.

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