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While an individual song on its own is certainly a work of art, a song that demonstrates its importance and significance to the album as a whole is essential for the level of cohesion that I’m looking for. It’s easy to listen to an isolated track and determine whether or not you like it, but understanding that track within the context of the album gives it a whole new meaning.
I leaned forward because, as one of the students who erroneously thought Shiva was a she, I had a theory, but I wanted to hear what the others said first; and someone, one of the male students, confessed, “Final Fantasy VII!” So I was correct.
There’s a scene in the oft-overlooked Ben Stiller film Tropic Thunder in which an actor (playing an actor) tells another actor (playing an actor) that when portraying a developmentally disabled character in a blockbuster-sized movie, one should never “go full-retard.” Rather, one is advised to “go half-retard;” going “full-retard” puts one at the extreme risk of looking, basically, like a dumbass.