Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

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Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by Brad » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:04 pm

Welcome to the round 1.13 of Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018!

Vote for your favorite album in each match-up.
Remember, anyone can vote as long as the voter has heard both albums.

Good-spirited comments are encouraged, but not absolutely necessary.
Deadline = June 19th at 10am EST.

Here's a link to the bracket for the entire tournament:
http://www.bracketmaker.com/tlist.cfm?t ... 9%20(2018)

Match-ups:
1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Rufus Wainwright - Want One
3. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber vs. The Knife - Deep Cuts
4. Lavender Country - Lavender Country vs. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain


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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by Bang Jan » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:11 pm



As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2

5 | The Moody Blues | Days of Future Passed 
1 | Pixies | Trompe le Monde

7 | Soulwax | As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
2 | Rufus Wainwright | Want One

3 | Melody's Echo Chamber | Melody's Echo Chamber
4 | The Knife | Deep Cuts

8 | Lavender Country | Lavender Country 
6 | Songs: Ohia | Didn't it Rain

Favourite song of the week: The Knife | Heartbeats
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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by Honorio » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:44 pm

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6. The Moody Blues with The London Festival Orchestra - Days of Future Passed (1967) vs. 2. Pixies - Trompe le Monde (1991)
1. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 (2002) vs. 3. Rufus Wainwright - Want One (2003)
5. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber (2012) vs. 7. The Knife - Deep Cuts (2003)
8. Lavender Country - Lavender Country (1973) vs. 4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain (2002)

Favourite song from every album:
The Night | Alec Eiffel | No Fun/Push It | Oh What a World | I Follow You | Heartbeats | Cryin' These Cocksucking Tears | Didn't It Rain

Favourite song of the week: Heartbeats

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by Jirin » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:25 pm

Trompe Le Monde 75 - Days of Future Passed 74
Melody's Echo Chamber 85 - Deep Cuts 84
Didn't It Rain 83 - Lavender Country 82

All very close for me this week. Didn't vote in the other matchup because I couldn't find it on either Spotify or a good Youtube version for Soulwax.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by Sweepstakes Ron » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:43 pm

I don’t think this link is quite right. The tracks are mislabeled and cut off at the wrong times. I found a good Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/93039571
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Post by DaveC » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:56 pm

1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
3. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain

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Post by Romain » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:39 pm

What a week!

1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
2. Rufus Wainwright - Want One
3. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
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Post by hectorthebat » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:45 pm

1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Rufus Wainwright - Want One
3. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber vs. The Knife - Deep Cuts
4. Lavender Country - Lavender Country vs. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by FrankLotion » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:04 pm

1. Moody Blues - Days of Future Past
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn’t it Rain

This was really hard this week! I feel like all the albums were surprisingly great so my choices are probably pretty dubious at this point. Kudos to the nominators!

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Post by PlasticRam » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:51 pm

1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
I feel like that

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Post by jamieW » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:15 am

An all-time personal favorite:
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed

Very good:
Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain
Lavender Country - Lavender Country
Pixies - Trompe le Monde

Good:
2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
The Knife - Deep Cuts
Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber

Okay:
Rufus Wainwright - Want One

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by Brad » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:32 pm

My picks:
1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Rufus Wainwright - Want One
3. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber vs. The Knife - Deep Cuts
4. Lavender Country - Lavender Country vs. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain

About 23-1/2 hours left to vote!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by Rob » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:57 pm

Can’t agree with the consensus that this is a particularly good week. It’s certainly not a bad one, but it mostly consists of solid, but to me inessential albums. My two highest rankers really stand out.

8. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Melody’s Echo Chamber
This is an album I should love more, because it seems to fall right in my taste, with it’s dreamy sound and ethereal vocals. Yet twice now it has completely passed me by without making even the slightest impression. Maybe it is too light. I feel that the titular echo sound might be part of the problem. It makes Melody seem not quite there and it doesn’t even quite achieve the atmosphere it might get. The only thing that caught my attention where Endless Shore basically becomes Let It Happen by Tame Impala. Kevin Parker of Tame Impala is the producer and instrumentalist of Melody’s Echo Chamber… Make of that what you will.
By the way, I’m not sure if people noticed, but this very week in which we got to vote for Melody’s Echo Chamber, she released a new album, only her second. Perhaps people who loved this one might like that one too.

7. Songs: Ohia – Didn’t It Rain
Another album I should love more, but don’t. Lo-fi singer-songwriter misery? Count me in! But not this time really. Maybe the album was too lo-fi? Maybe I was in too good a mood for this despair? Who knows, but at least I feel that in contrast to Melody’s Echo Chamber this might be a grower. For now it is only mildly interesting, though.

6. Rufus Wainwright – Want One
In 2007 Rufus Wainwright released the song Going to a Town, a song that despite it’s unconventionality got major airplay around these parts. And I hated every second of it. I couldn’t see the appeal of this guy who sounded like he was nagging and yawning at the same time. Every now and then I would hear another song by this guy somewhere and every time he knew how to get on my nerves. Wainwright’s voice had the same effect on as Bob Dylan’s or Tom Waits’ had on many others: it’s just unpleasant. So now I was forced to listen to this guy for a whole album! And what do you know, it is not the worst of the week. In fact, I kind of liked it. It seems that the more baroque arrangements bring out the best in his voice. He actually creates some good tunes and classy atmosphere every now and then. There are still songs on which he sounds annoyingly like Tom Yorke if Tom Yorke had no deep feeling, but mostly, this was a good set.

5. Lavender Country – Lavender Country
Now this a real oddity. An album completely devoid of any obvious connection to the time and place it was recorded in. This is country music from the year 1973, but it is also a jolly and very gay album – and proud of it! As far as I know nothing else like this exists; certainly not from that time period. Bandleader Patrick Haggerty basically quit the music scene right after releasing this as his only album and wouldn’t give us something new until 2000, right after this album had been rediscovered by people interested in queer history in music. How is the album itself? It took me a couple of songs to get used to it (I hadn’t done a bit of research about it, so I didn’t know what to expect). I actually thought for a second the first track was a sarcastic putdown of homosexuality. But it wasn’t and eventually I was able to get into the good spirits of Lavender Country. Not a record I will probably revisit much, but a nice discovery regardless.

4. The Pixies – Trompe le Mondo
An essential Pixies album? Undecided. A good one? Definitely. I feel there is less to say about this one than the preceding albums, like it is simpler and more straightforward. Just a good rocker that gets rough at the right times.

3. The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
Fun trivia: this was the first album I ever listened to on Spotify! Why? Because I had just discovered the utterly romantic Nights in White Satin, which is boringly called The Night on the album for some reason. Oddly, I never listened to the album again. It was certainly not that I didn’t like it, because I do. It just didn’t happen. What we have here is a band discovering pop could possibly be inspired by classical music and the results are suitably Romantic (yes, as the art period of the 19th century, not as in lovestruck).

2. The Knife – Deep Cuts
Once again, let’s start of with a clear statement: Pass This On is the best Knife track ever.
So, now we have got that out of the way and everybody agrees we can move onto what else is on this album. Like Heartbeats, a very good song that somehow has overshadow Pass This On – the Objectively Best Knife Song -, because people are mad. There are a lot of good tracks with a tropical atmosphere. Little darkness here yet and the electronics are not as heavy as in the later works. I’m actually surprised this isn’t as acclaimed as other Knife albums. Sure, two or three songs fail to lift off, but there is much greatness to be found among these deep cuts.

1. 2 Many DJ’s – As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
Goodness, it’s nice to be reminded how great mash-ups can be. And although this album is divided into songs, it sounds just like one big mashed up track. It took too many DJ’s to pull this off, but it is a damn electrifying collection of rhythms, beats and riffs, many of which make unlikely partners at first, but fit each other like a glove. A love letter to music and it is especially great these guys went everywhere for inspiration: classic rock, pop hits, dance favourites, hip-hop greats and underground sounds.

My votes in a simple overview:
1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Rufus Wainwright - Want One
3. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber vs. The Knife - Deep Cuts
4. Lavender Country - Lavender Country vs. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 1.13

Post by StevieFan13 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:33 pm

1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain
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Post by Sweepstakes Ron » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:38 am

I need to stop cutting it so close...

1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Rufus Wainwright - Want One
3. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber vs. The Knife - Deep Cuts
4. Lavender Country - Lavender Country vs. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain
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Post by Brad » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:49 pm

One more hour!

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Post by Kingoftonga » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:03 pm

Winners in red:

1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Rufus Wainwright - Want One
3. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber vs. The Knife - Deep Cuts

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Post by Brad » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:01 pm

14 total voters this week:
Bang Jan
Brad
DaveC
FrankLotion
hectorthebat
Honorio
jamieW
Jirin
Kingoftonga
PlasticRam
Rob
Romain
StevieFan13
Sweepstakes Ron

Winners:
1. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde ***TIE!!! 7-7! Next vote from someone who has not already voted for this matchup wins!!!***
2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 over Rufus Wainwright - Want One 10-2
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts over Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber 7-6
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain over Lavender Country - Lavender Country 8-3

We have a TIE this week:
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed vs. Pixies - Trompe le Monde ***TIE!!! 7-7! Next vote from someone who has not already voted for this matchup wins!!!***[/b]


Round 1.14 up soon!
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Post by spiritualized » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:15 pm

Pixies - Trompe le Monde

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Post by Brad » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:17 pm

Thanks, spiritual one!

Pixies takes it!

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Post by jamieW » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:55 am

Disappointed that the Moody Blues lost. But since I didn't expect the match to be remotely close (it was the Pixies, after all), I can take some consolation in how close they came to actually winning...

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