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My friend loves puzzles, and one day I walked into her room while she was listening to music. I asked what she was listening to, and she listed off the albums in her playlist:

Accustomed to Nothing - Accustomed to Nothing
After Everything Now This - The Church
Doggumentary - Snoop Dogg
Eph Reissue - Fridge
Radio-Activity - Kraftwerk
Scarlet's Walk - Tori Amos
Scripted - Icon For Hire
Trench - twenty one pilots

I asked if it ever got repetitive, but apparently she listens to it on shuffle. She likes listening to the playlist while solving a certain type of puzzle, saying it was "an essential component" to her success, and that I should be able to figure out what type of puzzle it was curated for.

What type of puzzles is this eclectic playlist for?

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  • $\begingroup$ How much knowledge of the songs is required? Titles, artists, lyrics, music videos, etc.? $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Mar 13 '21 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ I can't really say much without giving the puzzle away, but I can safely say you don't need to watch any of the music videos or listen to any of the songs (although I would personally recommend Trench!) $\endgroup$
    – samm82
    Mar 13 '21 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ @bobble Also just to clarify, this list is of albums, not songs. Regarding my last comment, I'm not sure if the [enigmatic-puzzle] tag would be appropriate - again, can't really explain further without ruining the puzzle :/ $\endgroup$
    – samm82
    Mar 13 '21 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ If "what do I do to start" is an essential part of the puzzle, then [enigmatic-puzzle] applies. Sorry about mixing up songs and albums; I know almost nothing about music. $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Mar 13 '21 at 21:08
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This playlist serves as inspiration to your friend when she attempts to solve:

Cryptic clues

Why? Firstly, note that:

Each of these albums contains a track named after a Periodic Table element:

Accustomed to Nothing = Einsteinium (Es)
After Everything Now This = Chromium (Cr)
Doggumentary = Platinum (Pt)
Eph Reissue = Yttrium (Y)
Radio-Activity = Uranium (U)
Scarlet's Walk = Carbon (C)
Scripted = Iodine (I)
Trench = Chlorine (Cl)

Finally:

Take the symbols that usually represent these elements and rearrange ('shuffle') them thus to spell out the answer:

Cr-Y-Pt-I-C-Cl-U-Es!

PS Note a small hint concealed in the text:

An "essential component" - a synonym for 'component' is 'element'!

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