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* ''Music/{{Lemonade}}'' is ''Music/{{Beyonce}}'''s darkest work yet. The album is entirely based around AdultFear: what to do when your partner cheats on you, how to move on and the lasting effects it can have in a marriage. The songs go further and show this is a problem to have also happened to her mother and grandmother. The album has also been praised for it's exploration of black feminism and womanhood.
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* Music/LinkinPark. They started out with ''Music/HybridTheory'', which, aside from "One Step Closer" and "A Place for My Head", have no real screaming, though they did have angsty lyrics, and had no swearing. "Meteora" had angst, but no hard screaming or swearing. Then came ''Music/MinutesToMidnight'', when lead singer Chester Bennington and lead rapper Mike Shinoda swore like sailors, with several uses of the word "fuck", and had "Given Up", one of their darkest songs to date, with suicide references. After that was "A Thousand Suns", a concept album about nuclear destruction, along with several more uses of "fuck" and "shit". Then the band became LighterAndSofter with ''Living Things'', with only one "angry" song, "Lies Greed Misery", and no profanity.
* {{Music/Suede}}'s sophomore effort ''Dog Man Star'' saw them moving away from {{Britpop}} to a more art-rock, drug-influenced sound. The record got mixed reactions upon release and was fairly commercially unsuccessful, but is nowadays regarded as the band's best album.

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* Music/LinkinPark. They started out with ''Music/HybridTheory'', which, aside from "One Step Closer" and "A Place for My Head", have no real screaming, though they did have angsty lyrics, and had no swearing. "Meteora" had angst, but no hard screaming or swearing. Then came ''Music/MinutesToMidnight'', when lead singer Chester Bennington and lead rapper Mike Shinoda swore like sailors, with several uses of the word "fuck", and had "Given Up", one of their darkest songs to date, with suicide references. After that was "A ''A Thousand Suns", Suns'', a concept album about nuclear destruction, along with several more uses of "fuck" and "shit". Then the band became LighterAndSofter with ''Living Things'', with only one "angry" song, "Lies Greed Misery", and no profanity.
* {{Music/Suede}}'s Music/{{Suede}}'s sophomore effort ''Dog Man Star'' saw them moving away from {{Britpop}} to a more art-rock, drug-influenced sound. The record got mixed reactions upon release and was fairly commercially unsuccessful, but is nowadays regarded as the band's best album.



** ''Power Metal'' marked a change in the band's overall focus, with a new vocalist named Phil Anselmo adding an element of grit and aggression to the band's lyrics and image. The main crossover point was ''Cowboys From Hell'', where the band dumped the '80s glam fashion for a more adequate "street thug" look, and adopted a contemporary ThrashMetal sound combining the vocals and guitar sound of fellow Southerners Exhorder.

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** ''Power Metal'' marked a change in the band's overall focus, with a new vocalist named Phil Anselmo adding an element of grit and aggression to the band's lyrics and image. The main crossover point was ''Cowboys From from Hell'', where the band dumped the '80s glam fashion for a more adequate "street thug" look, and adopted a contemporary ThrashMetal sound combining the vocals and guitar sound of fellow Southerners Exhorder.



* Music/JudasPriest went here by releasing '' Painkiller'', an album full of hard-hitting power and speed metal, with none of the happy-go-lucky synthesizers and lyrics of their previous album ''Turbo'' (they did keep the synths, but only to evoke dark atmospheres). Subsequent albums (the Ripper Owens period especially) continued the trend, although most fans dismiss these albums (which seems to happen with more Ripper-sung albums; see Music/IcedEarth's albums ''The Glorious Burden'' and, less often, ''Framing Armageddon''.)

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* Music/JudasPriest went here by releasing '' Painkiller'', ''Painkiller'', an album full of hard-hitting power and speed metal, with none of the happy-go-lucky synthesizers and lyrics of their previous album ''Turbo'' (they did keep the synths, but only to evoke dark atmospheres). Subsequent albums (the Ripper Owens period especially) continued the trend, although most fans dismiss these albums (which seems to happen with more Ripper-sung albums; see Music/IcedEarth's albums ''The Glorious Burden'' and, less often, ''Framing Armageddon''.)



* The cover of ''Music/{{Imagine}}'' by A Perfect Circle is darker, edgier, and downright depressing. With a simple shift to a minor chord, the song [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning switches from hopeful and uplifting to cynical and depressing]]. "Imagine all the people sharing all the world! ...yeah, like that'll ever happen..." The change has been likened to going from a friendly, smiling hippie offering you peace and love and flowers, to a grim suicide bomber outlining his manifesto to a huddled, frightened crowd.

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* The cover of ''Music/{{Imagine}}'' by A Perfect Circle is darker, edgier, and downright depressing. With a simple shift to a minor chord, the song [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning switches from hopeful and uplifting to cynical and depressing]]. "Imagine all the people sharing all the world! ...yeah, like that'll ever happen..." The change has been likened to going from a friendly, smiling hippie offering you peace and love and flowers, to a grim suicide bomber outlining his manifesto to a huddled, frightened crowd.



** Manson satirized the trope itself in the song "This is the New Shit".
* Dope's cover of Dead Or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)".

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** Manson satirized the trope itself in the song "This is Is the New Shit".
* Dope's cover of Dead Or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like A a Record)".



* Progressive metal band Music/DreamTheater subtly evolved in this direction lyrically, vocally, and musically; in terms of lyrics, the band started to explore slightly darker themes over time, and the occasional curse word started popping up, but this change has been mostly for the better, as their softer songs don't really portray the technical brilliance of the instrumentalists: vocals such as "The smile of dawn/Arrived early May/She carried a gift from her home/The night shed a tear/To tell her of fear and of sorrow and pain, she'll never outgrow" (from 1992's ''Images And Words'') stand in stark contrast to guitar riffs and drumming which wouldn't be out of place in a Music/{{Metallica}} song. The vocals also got darker over time, due to James' vocal injury and an increasing presence of Mike Portnoy's backing vocals. As well, their music has gotten heavier over time, with an increased use of seven-string guitars.

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* Progressive metal band Music/DreamTheater subtly evolved in this direction lyrically, vocally, and musically; direction; in terms of lyrics, the band started to explore slightly darker themes over time, and the occasional curse word started popping up, but this change has been mostly for the better, as their softer songs don't really portray the technical brilliance of the instrumentalists: vocals such as "The smile of dawn/Arrived early May/She carried a gift from her home/The night shed a tear/To tell her of fear and of sorrow and pain, she'll never outgrow" (from 1992's ''Images And and Words'') stand in stark contrast to guitar riffs and drumming which wouldn't be out of place in a Music/{{Metallica}} song. The vocals also got darker over time, due to James' vocal injury and an increasing presence of Mike Portnoy's backing vocals. As well, their music has gotten heavier over time, with an increased use of seven-string guitars.



** The so-called "ditch trilogy" - ''Time Fades Away'' (1973), ''On the Beach'' (1974), and ''Tonight's the Night'' (recorded in 1973, released in 1975) - also qualify. They are the product of Young struggling to deal with the pressures of fame as well as the recent deaths of two close friends: Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, both of whom succumbed to heroin addiction. ''Time Fades Away'' was recorded live and is generally a hard rock album, but it feels unpolished and abrasive even by Young's standards and deals implicitly with themes of loneliness and loss. ''Tonight's the Night'', which was recorded in 1973 but only came out in 1975, bears every indication that it was written and performed by someone in the process of grieving - Young even sounds like he's on the verge of breaking down in some of the album's tracks. Reprise Records was initially hesitant to release ''Tonight's the Night'' because of its harsher tone, and it is still widely considered the darkest record in Neil Young's catalogue. Although ''On the Beach'' was released almost a full year before ''Tonight's the Night'', it was recorded about half a year after the latter. While not quite as acerbic as either of the other two albums in the ditch trilogy, ''On the Beach'' is still an all-around despondent collection of songs.
* Much, though not all, of Music/JohnLennon's songwriting took this direction in the late sixties due to a combination of drug use (especially heroin), the influence of Music/YokoOno, and a growing disillusionment with his role as a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle]]. This culminated in three experimental AvantGardeMusic albums, ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo1TwoVirgins'', ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo2LifeWithTheLions'' and ''Music/WeddingAlbum'', which are all basically a combination between NoiseRock and [[LeaveTheCameraRunning Leave The Recorder Running]]. His 1970 solo album ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand'' in which, under the influence of [[AndIMustScream primal scream therapy]], he expressed his childhood traumas and adult pain starkly and directly in a way that he couldn't do with the Beatles, but this time far more accessible. While Lennon continued to write hard-edged songs afterward, most of his subsequent work was more pleasant and hopeful in tone.

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** The so-called "ditch trilogy" "Ditch Trilogy" - ''Time Fades Away'' (1973), ''On the Beach'' (1974), and ''Tonight's the Night'' (recorded in 1973, released in 1975) (1975) - also qualify. They are the product of Young struggling to deal with the pressures of fame as well as the recent deaths of two close friends: Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, both of whom succumbed to heroin addiction. ''Time Fades Away'' was recorded live and is generally a hard rock album, but it feels unpolished and abrasive even by Young's standards and deals implicitly with themes of loneliness and loss. ''Tonight's the Night'', which was recorded in 1973 but only came out in 1975, bears every indication that it was written and performed by someone in the process of grieving - Young even sounds like he's on the verge of breaking down in some of the album's tracks. Reprise Records was initially hesitant to release ''Tonight's the Night'' because of its harsher tone, and it is still widely considered the darkest record in Neil Young's Neil's catalogue. Although ''On the Beach'' was released almost a full year before ''Tonight's the Night'', it was recorded about half a year after the latter. While not quite as acerbic as either of the other two albums in the ditch trilogy, ''On the Beach'' is still an all-around despondent collection of songs.
* Much, though not all, of Music/JohnLennon's songwriting took this direction in the late sixties due to a combination of drug use (especially heroin), the influence of Music/YokoOno, and a growing disillusionment with his role as a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle]]. This culminated in three experimental AvantGardeMusic albums, ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo1TwoVirgins'', ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo2LifeWithTheLions'' and ''Music/WeddingAlbum'', which are all basically a combination between NoiseRock and [[LeaveTheCameraRunning Leave The the Recorder Running]]. His 1970 solo album ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand'' in which, under the influence of [[AndIMustScream primal scream therapy]], he expressed his childhood traumas and adult pain starkly and directly in a way that he couldn't do with the Beatles, but this time far more accessible. While Lennon continued to write hard-edged songs afterward, most of his subsequent work was more pleasant and hopeful in tone.



** ''Music/BlueTrain'' is many things, but it is in no way simplistic. Look at the chord progression to "Moment's Notice," for example, and you'll see that it's an early iteration of ''Coltrane changes'' - the substitutions that would eventually result in ''Music/GiantSteps''. Although Coltrane hadn't yet gotten to what would later be called his famous "sheets of sound", ''Blue Train'' is still a seminal album in the history of jazz.

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** ''Music/BlueTrain'' is many things, but it is in no way simplistic. Look at the chord progression to "Moment's Notice," Notice" for example, and you'll see that it's an early iteration of ''Coltrane changes'' - the substitutions that would eventually result in ''Music/GiantSteps''. Although Coltrane hadn't yet gotten to what would later be called his famous "sheets of sound", ''Blue Train'' is still a seminal album in the history of jazz.



** [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in that most of the songs on ''Can't Be Tamed'' are about ''empowerment'', or about Miley missing her boyfriend on the road. [[ContractualPurity But the media's focus]] on the mild ThreeMinutesOfWrithing and (relatively) saltier language ([[FelonyMisdemeanor she uses "hell"]] [[PrecisionFStrike in a song]]) and revealing clothing in her music videos has overshadowed the empowerment themes.

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** [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] {{Downplayed|Trope}} in that most of the songs on ''Can't Be Tamed'' are about ''empowerment'', or about Miley missing her boyfriend on the road. [[ContractualPurity But the media's focus]] on the mild ThreeMinutesOfWrithing and (relatively) saltier language ([[FelonyMisdemeanor she uses "hell"]] [[PrecisionFStrike in a song]]) and revealing clothing in her music videos has overshadowed the empowerment themes.



* Music/{{Weezer}}'s release after their self titled debut, Music/{{Pinkerton}}, contained a more abrasive and darker sound than their previous album.

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* Music/{{Weezer}}'s release after their self titled debut, Music/{{Pinkerton}}, ''Music/{{Pinkerton}}'', contained a more abrasive and darker sound than their previous album.



* The 80's albums from British band ''Music/{{Madness}}'' progressively got more serious as time went on. Their first album, ''Music/OneStepBeyond'', featured reggae covers and songs about singing and dancing, any potentially serious subject matters (such as the chorus in "Mummy's Boy" that reveals the song's main character to be a pedophile) sung purely tongue-in-cheek. By their sixth album (the tellingly titled "Mad Not Mad"), they were singing critiques of the modern song industry itself, cynical parodies of Americanism and a surprising number of completely serious songs about child abuse. Their post-90's comeback albums have largely subverted this trend though.

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* The 80's '80s albums from British band ''Music/{{Madness}}'' progressively got more serious as time went on. Their first album, ''Music/OneStepBeyond'', featured reggae covers and songs about singing and dancing, any potentially serious subject matters (such as the chorus in "Mummy's Boy" that reveals the song's main character to be a pedophile) sung purely tongue-in-cheek. By their sixth album (the tellingly titled "Mad Not Mad"), they were singing critiques of the modern song industry itself, cynical parodies of Americanism and a surprising number of completely serious songs about child abuse. Their post-90's comeback albums have largely subverted this trend though.



** The band's sophomore album ''Music/RideTheLightning'' is quite a bit darker than their debut "Kill'em All", shedding most of the youthfulness and camp of its predecessor in favor of songs centering around death and fate.

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** The band's sophomore album ''Music/RideTheLightning'' is quite a bit darker than their debut "Kill'em "Kill 'Em All", shedding most of the youthfulness and camp of its predecessor in favor of songs centering around death and fate.



** And in the 2000's, the band returned to the darkness of their 80's material with "St. Anger" and "Death Magnetic."

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** And in the 2000's, the band returned to the darkness of their 80's material with "St. Anger" and "Death Magnetic." Magnetic".



%%* [[TastesLikeDiabetes "Put Your Hearts Up,"]] inspired Music/ArianaGrande to go this route.



%%* Music/DarkAngel becomes a lot heavier on their album ''Darkness Descends'', at least compared to ''We Have Arrived'' or anything released after.
12th Jun '17 5:23:56 PM 4444jdm
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* Music/{{PSY}}'s earlier singles [[OlderThanTheyThink when he debuted in 2001]] (''Bird'' and ''The End'' for example) were full of SarcasmMode against cynical social phenomenon spewing with some Korean cuss words and sarcastic sentence, but at least it is somewhat colorful despite its cynical tone. Then come to his 2005 single, ''Urbanite'', which deals with one of the most-cynical phenomena, {{Workaholic}} stress and city life issues. This single was rendered in monochromatic effects complete with RidiculouslyHumanRobots or ArtificialHumans replacing natural workforces.

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* Music/{{PSY}}'s earlier singles [[OlderThanTheyThink when he debuted in 2001]] (''Bird'' and ''The End'' for example) were full of SarcasmMode against cynical social phenomenon spewing with some Korean cuss words and sarcastic sentence, but at least [[BlackComedy it is somewhat colorful despite its cynical tone.tone]]. Then come to his 2005 single, ''Urbanite'', which deals with one of the most-cynical phenomena, {{Workaholic}} stress and city life issues. This single was rendered in monochromatic effects complete with RidiculouslyHumanRobots or ArtificialHumans replacing natural workforces.
11th Jun '17 6:39:53 PM 4444jdm
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** PSY's version of "Urbanite" itself is a DarkerAndEdgier remake of Korean rock band [=N.Ex.T's=] 1992 song of the same name, with faster pace and stronger tones. Nevertheless, it's the darkest song PSY has ever made.
29th Apr '17 5:19:56 PM Kurtis
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** The so-called "ditch trilogy" - ''Time Fades Away'' (1973), ''On the Beach'' (1974), and ''Tonight's the Night'' (recorded in 1973, released in 1975) - also qualify. They are the product of Young struggling to deal with the pressures of fame as well as the recent deaths of two close friends: Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, both of whom succumbed to heroin addiction. ''Time Fades Away'' was recorded live and is generally a hard rock album, but it feels unpolished and abrasive even by Young's standards and deals implicitly with themes of loneliness and loss. ''Tonight's the Night'', which was recorded in 1973 but only came out in 1975, bears every indication that it was written and performed by someone in the process of grieving - Young even sounds like he's on the verge of breaking down in some of the album's tracks. Reprise Records was initially hesitant to release ''Tonight's the Night'' because of its harsher tone, and it is still widely considered the darkest record in Neil Young's catalogue. Although ''On the Beach'' was released almost a full year before ''Tonight's the Night'', it was recorded about half a year later than the latter. While not quite as acerbic as either of the other two albums in the ditch trilogy, ''On the Beach'' is still an all-around despondent collection of songs.

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** The so-called "ditch trilogy" - ''Time Fades Away'' (1973), ''On the Beach'' (1974), and ''Tonight's the Night'' (recorded in 1973, released in 1975) - also qualify. They are the product of Young struggling to deal with the pressures of fame as well as the recent deaths of two close friends: Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, both of whom succumbed to heroin addiction. ''Time Fades Away'' was recorded live and is generally a hard rock album, but it feels unpolished and abrasive even by Young's standards and deals implicitly with themes of loneliness and loss. ''Tonight's the Night'', which was recorded in 1973 but only came out in 1975, bears every indication that it was written and performed by someone in the process of grieving - Young even sounds like he's on the verge of breaking down in some of the album's tracks. Reprise Records was initially hesitant to release ''Tonight's the Night'' because of its harsher tone, and it is still widely considered the darkest record in Neil Young's catalogue. Although ''On the Beach'' was released almost a full year before ''Tonight's the Night'', it was recorded about half a year later than after the latter. While not quite as acerbic as either of the other two albums in the ditch trilogy, ''On the Beach'' is still an all-around despondent collection of songs.
27th Apr '17 7:48:15 PM Kurtis
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** The so-called "ditch trilogy" - ''Time Fades Away'' (1973), ''On the Beach'' (1974), and ''Tonight's the Night'' (recorded in 1973, released in 1975) - also qualify. They are the product of Young struggling to deal with the pressures of fame as well as the recent deaths of two close friends: Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, both of whom succumbed to heroin addiction. ''Time Fades Away'' was recorded live and is generally a hard rock album, but it feels unpolished and abrasive even by Young's standards and deals implicitly with themes of loneliness and loss. ''Tonight's the Night'', which was recorded in 1973 but only came out in 1975, bears every indication that it was written and performed by someone in the process of grieving - Young even sounds like he's on the verge of breaking down in some of the album's tracks. Reprise Records was initially hesitant to release ''Tonight's the Night'' because of its harsher tone, and it is still widely considered the darkest record in Neil Young's catalogue. Although ''On the Beach'' was released almost a full year before ''Tonight's the Night'', it was recorded about half a year later than the latter. While not quite as acerbic as either of the other two albums in the ditch trilogy, ''On the Beach'' is still an all-around despondent collection of songs.
10th Apr '17 3:56:05 PM MasterNecromancer
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* Music/BlueOysterCult was called a satanic band for good reasons. These include suicide pacts, possession, the dead rising, people dying in the dessert, and the last person on earth.

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* Music/BlueOysterCult was called a satanic band for good reasons. These The topics featured in their songs include suicide pacts, demonic possession, the dead rising, people dying in the dessert, desert, and being the last person on earth.
13th Feb '17 10:19:10 AM ctempire
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* The Italian disco group Easy Going went darker and edgier in their second album ''Fear''. Their self-titled first album with two (nude) men in a fight may be a small group of campy songs with little or no homosexual references overall in the lyrics ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymZcUpPAisQ "Little Fairy"]] may have such clues), but ''Fear'' clearly brought the LGBT theme to the songs. According to author [[https://books.google.com/books?id=3GDoCQAAQBAJ&pg=PA79 Francesco Cataldo Verrina]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK7MsQshW1g "I Strip You"]] is about a man confessing to a woman on his homosexuality, and in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq5F1sQkImM "Fear"]] a man discovers his homosexuality while courting a girl. The latter song is more deserving of being the group's darkest song, as it includes a grim tone, lyrics mentioning varieties of pain hurting the male character, and a sequence with a screaming woman and a siren. The group's last album ''Casanova'' returns to a general tone closer to the original album's, with potentially gay references limited at least or only to the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mdte2eNFJo "A Gay Time Latin Lover."]]
7th Dec '16 6:31:26 AM crazysamaritan
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* Compare the album "The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp" to anything that Music/KingCrimson's done, ever. The first King Crimson lineup ''was'' Giles, Giles and Fripp, plus Greg Lake and Ian McDonald.

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* Compare the album "The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp" to anything that Music/KingCrimson's done, ever. The first King Crimson lineup ''was'' Giles, Giles and Fripp, plus Greg Lake and Ian McDonald.[=Ian McDonald=].
31st Oct '16 2:01:12 AM 4444jdm
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* Music/{{PSY}}'s earlier singles [[OlderThanTheyThink when he debuted in 2001]] (''Bird'' and ''The End'' for example) were full of SarcasmMode against cynical social phenomenon spewing with some Korean cuss words and sarcastic sentence, but at least it is somewhat colorful. Then come to his 2005 single, ''Urbanite'', which deals with one of the most-cynical phenomena, {{Workaholic}} stress and city life issues. This single was rendered in monochromatic effects complete with RidiculouslyHumanRobots or ArtificialHumans replacing natural workforces.

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* Music/{{PSY}}'s earlier singles [[OlderThanTheyThink when he debuted in 2001]] (''Bird'' and ''The End'' for example) were full of SarcasmMode against cynical social phenomenon spewing with some Korean cuss words and sarcastic sentence, but at least it is somewhat colorful.colorful despite its cynical tone. Then come to his 2005 single, ''Urbanite'', which deals with one of the most-cynical phenomena, {{Workaholic}} stress and city life issues. This single was rendered in monochromatic effects complete with RidiculouslyHumanRobots or ArtificialHumans replacing natural workforces.workforces.
--> ''This is the CITY LIFE!''
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