Compare and contrast: The Tragically Hip edition

A new album from The Tragically Hip came out this week. I'm listening to it now. I bought it from Amazon, and I just went to Amazon to see if the fine folks there could recommend any related artists for me. Today, after I searched for the band, Amazon offered a link to the "Tragically Hip Store", where "a fan can be a fan." I'm a fan, and I sure do want a place to be a fan, so let's check it out!

Here's The Tragically Hip Store at Amazon:

Now, don't get me wrong, I like Amazon (it's where I bought the new album, after all), but I'm very surprised to see that there's no recommendations on the page. There's links to the albums, but wouldn't a fan who's looking for a place to be a fan already have the albums and possibly be looking for other music?

Over there is The Tragically Hip on the Explaura where the it's all about the recommendations, and a fan can find other things to be a fan of.

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