Your Favorite Musician, Artist, or Band of the Decade (2010-19)

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Maybe it's too early to start talking about this. But probably not. Taking all musical output into account from 2010-18 (and eventually 2019) into account, which musician/artist/band would you cite as your #1 favorite (or "best," if you prefer) over the last ten years, collectively?

ilxor, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:50 (five months ago) Permalink

Father John Misty
Run the Jewels
Wooden Shjips/Moon Duo
Kurt Vile
Kendrick Lamar

(at least, based on what I've bought + listened to the most)

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:53 (five months ago) Permalink

CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar & The 1975.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:56 (five months ago) Permalink

For me it's either gonna be saxophonist JD Allen or guitarist Hedvig Mollestad.

Mollestad's first album with her trio, Shoot!, came out in 2011; their fifth (there's also been a live album) just came out in Norway, and will be out in the US in January.
Allen's been around since 1999 but launched his trio in 2008 - 2011's Victory!, their third album, was a real breakthrough and they've only improved since then.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:56 (five months ago) Permalink

Kendrick does makes a pretty strong case, right?

Overly Dedicated (2010)
Section.80 (2011)
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City (2012)
To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
Untitled Unmastered (2016)
DAMN. (2017)
Black Panther: The Album (2018)

ilxor, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:57 (five months ago) Permalink

If we're including bands that have reformed this decade and put out a string of albums that are up there with their earlier work, then Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Suede too.


Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:58 (five months ago) Permalink

Shearwater. Two great albums in the last decade, but three more in this decade so far (and probably another one to come before the end of 2019).

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Alongside Kendrick, I have to admit Future comes to mind for me personally... not all of these are excellent, per se, but he's put out so much music in the last 6-7 years that I feel like there's more substance than almost any other hip-hop/rap artist of the 2010s.

Astronaut Status (2012)
Pluto (2012)
FBG: The Movie (2013) – with Freeband Gang
No Sleep (2013) – with DJ Esco
Honest (2014)
Monster (2014)
Beast Mode (2015) – with Zaytoven
56 Nights (2015) – with DJ Esco and 808 Mafia
DS2 (2015)
What a Time to Be Alive (2015) – with Drake
Purple Reign (2016)
EVOL (2016)
Future (2017)
Super Slimey (2017) – with Young Thug
HNDRXX (2017)
Superfly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2018)
BEASTMODE 2 (2018) – with Zaytoven
Wrld on Drugs (2018) – with Juice Wrld

ilxor, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 18:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Ariana Grande-Butera

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 18:07 (five months ago) Permalink

kendrick, future, thug in some order

big crime for a SPECIAL WHATEVER (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 18:07 (five months ago) Permalink

Red Barked Tree (2010)
Change Becomes Us (2013)
Wire (2015)
Nocturnal Koreans (2016)
Silver/Lead (2017)
...and maybe one more in 2019?

The Black Watch:
Led Zeppelin Five (2011)
The End Of When (2013)
Sugarplum Fairy (2014)
Highs And Lows (2015)
The Gospel According To John (2017)
Witches! (2018)

Neko Case:
The Worse Things Get (2013)
Case/Lang/Veirs (2016)
Hell-On (2018)
...and all her appearances with New Pornographers

Strawberry (2011)
Duo EP (2013)
Attica! (2014)
Public Domain Vol. 1 EP (2015)
Forever Sounds (2016)
Getting Better EP (2018)
What Heaven Is Like (2018)

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 18:13 (five months ago) Permalink

Probably between Kendrick, Future, Dan Snaith/Caribou, Adrienne Lenker/Big Thief

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 18:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Probably Julia Holter.

Tragedy (2011)
Ekstasis (2012)
Loud city song (2013)
Have you in my wilderness (2015)
In the same room (2017)
Aviary (2018)

stranded, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Gareth Liddiard (Drones/solo/TFS), Joyce Manor, Kendrick, and assuming the next record keeps the streak up, Baroness.

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:47 (five months ago) Permalink


nxd, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:52 (five months ago) Permalink

I have no idea tbh.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:54 (five months ago) Permalink

it's absolutely Wednesday Campanella for putting out something like 8 albums of consistently inventive and exciting pop since 2013

second place is probably The 1975, then Gang Gang Dance, Paramore, and Sufjan Stevens as far as less prolific but consistently great acts go

ufo, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:05 (five months ago) Permalink

mewithoutyou, the 1975, paramore, deftones

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:23 (five months ago) Permalink

Two stand clear above the rest: some Geordie roustabout with a gift for the old magics, and some Missourian ultrapessimist who thinks nothing of adding frets to his guitars or letting dice share his compositional duties

imago, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:24 (five months ago) Permalink

Ha, I was thinking Jute Gyte might be my answer as well.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:36 (five months ago) Permalink

oh Deftones is a good answer

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:45 (five months ago) Permalink


obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:47 (five months ago) Permalink

jamal moss
ingrid laubrock
tim berne

massaman gai (front tea for two), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:52 (five months ago) Permalink

This thread has made me realize with horror how very, very little music I've even listened to from the past decade. Dear god, I'm officially old.

my hand is finally unglued from my face (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:57 (five months ago) Permalink

This thread has made me realize with bemusement that albums have mattered far more to me than bands over the past decade.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:58 (five months ago) Permalink

Can't forget Greta van Fleet

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:00 (five months ago) Permalink

That one goes without saying.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:01 (five months ago) Permalink

"albums have mattered far more to me than bands over the past decade"

yep, and individual songs also, plus I'm the least loyal person I know, so this is hard.

I'll say Possessed by Paul James

Of Montreal
Young fathers
White Denim

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:25 (five months ago) Permalink

> Gareth Liddiard (Drones/solo/TFS)

Gareth Liddiard - Strange Tourist (2010)
The Drones - I See Seaweed (2013)
The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free (2016)
Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace (2018)

Good call, an incredible body of work, and a reminder to revisit his solo album.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:35 (five months ago) Permalink

I have absolutely nothing to contribute to this thread.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Susanne Sundfør. She's made four beautiful albums including my album of the decade.

Miguel, Charli XCX, Julia Holter, Lana Del Rey and Jessie Ware are some of my other favourites.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:16 (five months ago) Permalink

Oneohtrix Point Never

frogbs, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:18 (five months ago) Permalink

though Vektroid and George Clanton are up there too

frogbs, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Le Butcherettes, Hedgehog.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:31 (five months ago) Permalink

It’s Wizkid for me (and this one’s totally about single(s) tracks - his few albums so far have been largely afterthoughts).
From 2011 onwards (although I would pick up on Afropop and him only the next year) he’s been a never-drying well of fantastic dance tracks and love jams, with great melodies, hooks and vibes, drawing from a large pool of homegrown and foreign influences, both with his own releases and through his contributions on other people’s songs, and after all this time he’s still only getting better. The past year has been his best ever. A true provider of musical happiness if there ever was one.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:12 (five months ago) Permalink

Steven R. Smith
Cate Le Bon
Heron Oblivion
Mats Gustafsson
Marisa Anderson

eva logorrhea (bendy), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:31 (five months ago) Permalink

Death Grips

5th Ward Weeaboo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:40 (five months ago) Permalink

Gareth Hulse

I Accept the Word of Santa (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:41 (five months ago) Permalink

dreesen, svn, sw, pg sounds and the rest of the acido / sued crew
sotofett, fett burger, jayda g, lns and the rest of the extended sex tags / wania family
kyle hall, jay daniel, big strick, generation next and the rest of the latest detroit wave
roza terenzi, dj zozi, and everyone else revitalizing the 90s breaks sound
kassem mosse

the late great, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:44 (five months ago) Permalink

what pomenitul said

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:46 (five months ago) Permalink

everyone gets their own answer but this is objectively Kendrick

alpine static, Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:02 (five months ago) Permalink

Laurel Halo, Oneohtrix, Autechre

Dan S, Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Parquet Courts

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:14 (five months ago) Permalink

what tlg said. off the top of my head i'd add pender steet and mood hut, blondes, demdike stare, dj sprinkles, and prince of denmark et al

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:28 (five months ago) Permalink

lol jimmy eat world

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:30 (five months ago) Permalink

this might actually be Beach House for me:

Teen Dream (2010)
Bloom (2012)
Depression Cherry (2015)
Thank Your Lucky Stars (2015)
7 (2018)

Bee OK, Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:35 (five months ago) Permalink

Miranda Lambert
Vince Staples
Vampire Weekend
Eric Church
Kendrick Lamar

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:42 (five months ago) Permalink

Janelle Monae
The Mountain Goats
Laura Marling

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Vampire Weekend
Frank Ocean
Ty Dolla Sign
The 1975
Chief Keef
Miranda Lambert
Kendrick Lamar

austinb, Thursday, 13 December 2018 02:13 (five months ago) Permalink

baby shark

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 13 December 2018 03:21 (five months ago) Permalink

hey hatrack had an album out this year iirc. not heard it tho

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Friday, 14 December 2018 20:12 (five months ago) Permalink

Cate Le Bon
Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees/OCS

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 14 December 2018 20:29 (five months ago) Permalink

marc baron
olivia block
jürg frey
laurel halo
graham lambkin
michael pisaro
john tilbury

(if i had to choose one)

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 14 December 2018 20:32 (five months ago) Permalink

xp to Robert I think there's a new HTRK full length coming soon, FYI

brimstead, Friday, 14 December 2018 20:37 (five months ago) Permalink

I have absolutely nothing to contribute to this thread.

general theme at the Steve Hoffman music forums (re: 2010s)

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 14 December 2018 20:39 (five months ago) Permalink

I mean in terms of raw material Autechre has got to be #1 but it's hard to consider them "of the decade"

Oversteps ain't a bad start

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 14 December 2018 20:41 (five months ago) Permalink

My favorite artist tends to be whoever made the last album I fell in love with. I have a hard time thinking in terms of a decade. I don’t feel like any one artist was that dominant. I guess I’m saying I have nothing to contribute to this thread.

o. nate, Friday, 14 December 2018 21:32 (five months ago) Permalink

Really excited about the new Deluge Grander album. Havent heard it yet.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 14 December 2018 21:36 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Look, I'm old (going to be 40 later this year!), but I definitely try to stay current. I spend hundreds of hours a year, every year, listening to artists’ born in the 90s. And that investment absolutely pays off for me every year with regards to my most listened-to genres: hip hop, pop, electronic, and indie-rock genres. I see no reason to change the way I discover music given the results I always receive.

All that blathering leads me to my favorite artist of the 2010’s - The War on Drugs. Each of their albums from this decade will most likely land in my top 50 for that decade - with Lost in a Dream and A Deeper Understanding landing in my top five.

It’s a strange place for me to be in. Up until this point, my all-time favorite artists have always been pretty universally-endorsed by general audiences. Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, Wu Tang, Outkast, Christian Fennesz, Robyn and Junior Boys, just to name a few from the top of my dome.

The War on Drugs - while not totally original - have adopted the styles of some of my favorites, such as Bob Dylan’s singing, Pink Floyd’s more proggy-stylings, Bruce Springsteen’s everyman lyrics (and the E-Street’s keyboards), with a shade of Kevin Shields’ shoegaze production.

I never thought I’d find a band’s record (or records) that fully satiates my needs as a consumer. This may sound absurd, but after 2014’s Lost in a Dream, followed by 2017’s A Deeper Understanding, I can, if I want, stop listening to music altogether. I’ve hit a pivotal point that I didn’t think was possible. I thought I’d already discovered all that I would’ve loved, as far as all-time albums go, but clearly, I’ve still have room to grow.

I just wanted to post this as someone who knows he’s in limbo, or stasis, as far as all-time favorites go.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Friday, 8 March 2019 01:45 (two months ago) Permalink


AIA: Dream Loss / Alien Observer
"Water People" b/w "Moving Machine"
Violet Replacement
The Man Who Died in His Boat
The Original Faces (w/ Helen)
"Headache" b/w "I'm Clean Now"
Grid of Points
After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house (as Nivhek)

flappy bird, Friday, 8 March 2019 04:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Adrian Younge

ABSOLUTELY NO SCRUBS WHATSOEVER, Friday, 8 March 2019 05:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Mary Halvorson

Rad Macca (Craig D.), Friday, 8 March 2019 12:49 (two months ago) Permalink

(maybe tied with Mica Levi)

Rad Macca (Craig D.), Friday, 8 March 2019 12:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Julia Holter and Colin Stetson.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Friday, 8 March 2019 13:04 (two months ago) Permalink

I think Diddy Dirty Money/Kalenna/Dawn Richard if I can consider them one.

Will (kruezer2), Friday, 8 March 2019 20:40 (two months ago) Permalink

this might actually be Beach House for me:

Teen Dream (2010)
Bloom (2012)
Depression Cherry (2015)
Thank Your Lucky Stars (2015)
7 (2018)

Think might be for me too. Which is odd cause I hardly listen to anything else in their genre.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 8 March 2019 22:07 (two months ago) Permalink

nicolas jaar / against all logic / darkside

wild nothing

bibio if i can include his 2009 breakout record

theres a lot of acts i like that peaked from like 2007-2013 which makes a strict decade time window awkward

ciderpress, Friday, 8 March 2019 22:29 (two months ago) Permalink

oh i forgot ELDER

and wye oak i guess

ciderpress, Friday, 8 March 2019 22:37 (two months ago) Permalink


they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Friday, 8 March 2019 23:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Lush (2012)
Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013)
Bury Me at Makeout Creek (2014)
Puberty 2 (2016)
Be the Cowboy (2018)

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Friday, 8 March 2019 23:14 (two months ago) Permalink


It's not even close

Squamch, Saturday, 9 March 2019 09:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Most likely Kendrick.

I want to make a case for Beach House, but Bloom is the last record of theirs I've enjoyed front to back. That's not to knock the highs that came after, but each album has had fewer deep cuts, more the feel of filler.

If D'Angelo releases another Black Messiah tho...

KPH, Saturday, 9 March 2019 23:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Mica Levi easy

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 10 March 2019 01:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Oneohtrix Point Never, for all the reasons already stated upthread

Daniel O'Sullivan, for Mothlite, Miracle, Grumbling Fur, and solo (new one out next month)

Tim Bowness has had a strong latter-career run with his four albums in the past five years

doug watson, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:17 (two months ago) Permalink

dawn richard definitely the answer to this whatever i said upthread

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Wussy, no one else close (even if 3/7 of their 6/7 near-perfect discography goes back to the previous decade).

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:50 (two months ago) Permalink

looked back at my top tens for names that appear more than once...

Julia Holter, Kelela, Girlpool, Laura Veirs, Dawn Richard, Kendrick, Owen P, Devon Williams, Deerhunter, Joanna Newsom

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:57 (two months ago) Permalink

but the actual answer is The Radio Dept.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Robert Glasper.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Friday, 15 March 2019 18:11 (two months ago) Permalink

The bloom may be off him but Drake had an exceptional decade.

dinnerboat, Friday, 15 March 2019 18:24 (two months ago) Permalink

probably st. vincent, which feels weird to say as i didn't really like her last one, but she's probably had the most influence on me as a person over the course of the decade

the scientology of mountains (rushomancy), Friday, 15 March 2019 22:10 (two months ago) Permalink

It's Grouper. But it's a weird question for her because we're still not really sure of when this music is coming from right?

kraudive, Friday, 15 March 2019 22:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Overall though been a pretty wack fucking decade musically imo

flappy bird, Saturday, 16 March 2019 04:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, Joanna Newsom

Dan S, Saturday, 16 March 2019 04:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Shabaka Hutchins - three Sons of Kemet albums, two Comet is Coming, one for the Ancestors, two with Melt Yourself Down, pretty sure he played on the final Polar Bear record, plus numerous guest appearances and is great live in every incarnation.

Four Tet - his own albums and his production work, especially the last two Neneh Cherry records.

These New Puritans

I’m sure there are others if I go looking through the collection.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 16 March 2019 06:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Half of these are unfamiliar to me and that's fine/expected when music is so big but I do worry that my current journeys I'm so engrossed in somehow wont insect with new exciting movements I might like.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 16 March 2019 11:55 (two months ago) Permalink


It's not even close

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 16 March 2019 12:31 (two months ago) Permalink

kanye sucked ass this decade

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 16 March 2019 13:09 (two months ago) Permalink

First thought best thought (in this instance):
The World of Arthur Russell (reissued several times this decade)
Laurie Anderson: Life of a Dog, Landfall (w Kronos)
Allen Ginsberg: The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience
Guerilla Toss: Gay Disco, Smack The Brick
Death Grips: Government Plates
Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole En Espaňol
Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes Complete
Rough Guide To Ethiopian Jazz
Rough Guide To African Disco
Willie Nelson
Miranda Lambert
Pistol Annies
Harriet Tubman

dow, Saturday, 16 March 2019 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

but the actual answer is The Radio Dept.

― geoffreyess, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:57 AM (four days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Clinging to a Scheme is all-time great. I had to stop listening to that album for fear of burning out on it.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Saturday, 16 March 2019 20:35 (two months ago) Permalink

I think my vote's gonna have to go to saxophonist JD Allen:

Victory! (Sunnyside, 2011)
The Matador and the Bull (Savant, 2012)
Grace (Savant, 2013)
Bloom (Savant, 2014)
Graffiti (Savant, 2015)
Americana: Musings on Jazz and Blues (Savant, 2016)
Radio Flyer (Savant, 2017)
Love Stone (Savant, 2018)

Grace and Bloom are the only albums from that list that I don't absolutely love, and that's because he swapped out his regular band (Gregg August on bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and Nir Felder on guitar on Radio Flyer and Love Stone) for some other folks.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 16 March 2019 21:13 (two months ago) Permalink

there was quite a lot of good music but only few artists who delivered regularly. especially my old heroes yo la tengo disappointed me totally. my top three:
- low
- julia holter
- jessie ware (when she hit it she hit it)

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 16 March 2019 22:05 (two months ago) Permalink

I feel like this isn't a great way to judge the decade. If I try to think of artists who were consistently great through the whole 70s or 90s I would think of one or two for each - and my favourite artists of all time were at their peaks then. For this decade, I only can think of Julia Holter, everyone else started too late, tailed off at the end or simply didn't release enough music.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 16 March 2019 22:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Cate Le Bon

(in large part based on live performances)(Drinks an unnecessary diversion, much as I love both of them)(new album announced today)

and then:

Ty Segall
Susanne Sundfør
Jane Weaver

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 14:51 (two months ago) Permalink

This had to have been a more lively topic in the days when most artists released an album a year or so. You could have a more dazzling track record.

Chris L, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:08 (two months ago) Permalink

(I know, there are exceptions I like who still maintain that pace)

Chris L, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I agree, I chose artists who have most affected me during that time, not some quantum of achievement or untarnished greatness.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Jane Weaver has made 3 great albums the second half of the decade but I wasn't into the first 3 between 2010 and 2013.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 20:59 (two months ago) Permalink

"Sad Song" is one of my favorite songs by anybody

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

"Slow Song" i mean

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 21:10 (two months ago) Permalink

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