Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

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Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Brad » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:35 pm

Welcome to the round 3.4 of Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018... the last group before we head to the Sweet 16!

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 = October 2nd at 10am EST.

Here's a link to the bracket for the entire tournament:
http://www.bracketmaker.com/tlist.cfm?tid=469154">Moderately%20Acclaimed%20Albums%209%20(2018)

Match-ups:
1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde vs. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
2. Soulwax - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts vs. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain vs. Dolly Parton - Jolene


Tie from last week:
Julia Holter - Ekstasis vs. Beach House - Depression Cherry TIE! 7-7!
Next vote from someone who has not already voted in this match-up wins!


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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Bang Jan » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:40 pm



As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2

2 | Pixies | Trompe le Monde
5 | Pet Shop Boys | Actually

4 | Soulwax | As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
1 | Ennio Morricone | The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

3 | The Knife | Deep Cuts
8 | Paavoharju | Laulu Laakson Kukista

7 | Songs: Ohia | Didn't it Rain
6 | Dolly Parton | Jolene
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Re: Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:32 pm

Trompe le Monde
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Finnish one
Jolene
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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby acroamor » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:42 pm

I keep popping into this tournament to break ties. Julia Holter over Beach House

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby fasbjd » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:12 pm

Pixies | Trompe le Monde
Ennio Morricone | The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Knife | Deep Cuts
Songs: Ohia | Didn't it Rain

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Brad » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:21 pm

acroamor wrote:I keep popping into this tournament to break ties. Julia Holter over Beach House

Thanks acroamor! Maybe come a day earlier?
Julia Holter moves on!

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Postby DaveC » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:27 pm

1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
2. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain

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Re: Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby FrankLotion » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:20 pm

1. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
2. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts
4. Dolly Parton - Jolene
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Re: Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby fasbjd » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:23 pm

FrankLotion wrote:1. Pixies - Pet Shop Boys - Actually


Now that’s an album I’d like to hear :P

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Re: Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby FrankLotion » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:50 pm

fasbjd wrote:
FrankLotion wrote:1. Pixies - Pet Shop Boys - Actually


Now that’s an album I’d like to hear :P


Damn! Haha I always seem to do that, I can’t even imagine how crazy a Pet Shop Boys/Pixies collab would sound :music-guitarred: either way, I’ll try and edit that here when I get a chance

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Honorio » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:42 pm



3. Pixies - Trompe le Monde (1991) vs. 4. Pet Shop Boys - Actually (1987)
Pixies: The Rock Album. The noisiest and rockiest Pixies album pales in comparison with "Surfer Rosa" and "Doolittle," the two masterpieces of the Boston indie heroes, but nonetheless got a sound of its own and many charms, with its share of addictive melodies and their trademark sheer weirdness. "Actually" is also very good, with peaks as high as "It's a Sin." Anyway I prefer the 1990s Pet Shop Boys (my favourites songs could be "Being Boring" and "Se a vida é") to the 1980s ones. It's a sin, I know.

2. 2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 (2002) vs. 1. Ennio Morricone - Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)
I was tempted to vote for 2 Many DJ's, their brilliant mash-up album has been THE discovery of the game for me. The fact that it wasn't available on Spotify was finally an advantage, listening to it in an-hour sitting while looking at the visuals enhanced undoubtedly the experience. But listening again to the Morricone masterpiece I had to vote for him, his music is so unique, so imaginative and so powerful. The title theme is absolutely mythical but oh, "L'estasi dell'oro" is, ahem, pure gold.

7. The Knife - Deep Cuts (2003) vs. 8. Paavoharju - Laulu laakson kukista (2008)
The Nordic battle of electronic vs. organic (not completely, Paavoharju had many electronic elements too). Yes, "Deep Cuts" is the album of "Heartbeats." Nobody can deny the greatness of the opening theme (although I maybe prefer –sacrilege!– the José González cover) but none of the songs that come after can match its brilliance (even if "Pass This On" with their trademark steel drums sound comes close). The ethereally weird sounds of Paavoharju are also remarkable but lose the Nordic battle.

5. Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain (2002) vs. 6. Dolly Parton - Jolene (1974)
Trad vs. Alt-Country. "Didn't It Rain" is one of the last milestones of the subgenre Sadcore, "characterised by bleak lyrics, downbeat melodies and slower tempos" according to Wikipedia. There are several moments of sheer beauty throughout the album that justify my choice despite the brilliance of the Dolly Parton offering. If the choice had depended on the best song, "Jolene" (the song) would have won by a landslide, a song that it's a genre on itself (First Aid Kit built their career from it).


For this this round I haven't listened again to the whole albums but instead to the songs with more streams on Spotify enough to fill 18-20 minutes of music, so I became interested in the numbers of Spotify streams of every album. I summed up the Spotify streams and came up with the following list (the 2 Many DJ' album is not included obviously):
1 | She's So Unusual | 445.542.114
2 | Trouble Will Find Me | 277.227.446
3 | Jolene | 159.635.409
4 | Magnolia | 151.756.287
5 | Depression Cherry | 91.561.688
6 | Seven Swans | 89.008.407
7 | Speaking in Tongues | 82.857.740
8 | Deep Cuts | 71.834.901
9 | Actually | 46.107.291
10 | The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | 39.890.303
11 | Michigan | 35.826.502
12 | The Life Pursuit | 32.642.645
13 | Deltron 3030 | 31.866.726
14 | Z | 27.255.318
15 | Trompe le Monde | 21.071.455
16 | My Favorite Things | 20.503.758
17 | Hold Time | 16.575.730
18 | The Woods | 8.591.219
19 | New Magnetic Wonder | 7.118.785
20 | Mirage | 5.257.114
21 | Made in Japan | 4.522.553
22 | In Concert 1964 | 4.160.037
23 | Washing Machine | 3.788.342
24 | Fordlândia | 3.432.175
25 | One Beat | 3.096.091
26 | Ekstasis | 2.425.310
27 | Idjagieđas: In the Hand of the Night | 1.858.035
28 | Didn't It Rain | 1.814.018
29 | Velocity: Design: Comfort | 886.445
30 | Sexwitch | 874.686
31 | Laulu Laakson Kukista | 435.577

I wasn't surprised at all about the lowest ranked album (Paavoharju's) and the highest ("She's So Unusual"), album that included the song with more Spotify streams, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" with 207,781,454 (only this song got more streams that the complete 20 last albums on the list). But there were some surprises to me (from positive to negative):
- The popularity of The National (more than 250 millions of streams!) and Dolly Parton (the song "Jolene" got more than 100 millions!).
- The (relative) high position of Talking Heads.
- The streams of "Seven Swans" almost triplicating the streams of "Michigan."
- The few streams of classic albums like "Made in Japan" (less than 5 millions), with obscure albums like the one by Apples in Stereo with more streams!
- The very low positions of the Sleater-Kinney albums ("One Beat" got little more than 3 millions).

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Jirin » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:29 pm

Actually 82 - Trompe le Monde 75
As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt 2 84 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 75
Laulu Laakson Kukista (#184 AT) - Deep Cuts (#611 AT)
Jolene 87 - Didn't It Rain 83

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:57 pm

1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde vs. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
2. Soulwax - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts vs. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain vs. Dolly Parton - Jolene
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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby hectorthebat » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:32 pm

1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde vs. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
2. Soulwax - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts vs. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain vs. Dolly Parton - Jolene

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Rob » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:21 am

Honorio wrote:I wasn't surprised at all about the lowest ranked album (Paavoharju's) and the highest ("She's So Unusual"), album that included the song with more Spotify streams, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" with 207,781,454 (only this song got more streams that the complete 20 last albums on the list). But there were some surprises to me (from positive to negative):
- The popularity of The National (more than 250 millions of streams!) and Dolly Parton (the song "Jolene" got more than 100 millions!).
- The (relative) high position of Talking Heads.
- The streams of "Seven Swans" almost triplicating the streams of "Michigan."
- The few streams of classic albums like "Made in Japan" (less than 5 millions), with obscure albums like the one by Apples in Stereo with more streams!
- The very low positions of the Sleater-Kinney albums ("One Beat" got little more than 3 millions).


To me the biggest surprise initially was the extremely high ranking of Magnolia, but I guess that is due to the two Supertramp songs, as well as Dreams by Gabrielle. Those three take up roughly 137 million of the streams, whereas only 3 songs by Mann herself crack a million streams (One, Wise Up and Save Me). I'm not sure if it is fair to put Magnolia as high on the list, as the streams for Supertramp and Gabrielle are mostly derived elsewhere (streams for songs from different sources are combined after all).

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Romain » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:41 am

1. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
2. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain

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Postby Brad » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:16 pm

My picks:
1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde vs. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
2. Soulwax - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts vs. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain vs. Dolly Parton - Jolene

Thanks!

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Postby Jirin » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:28 pm

I'm surprised The Woods is so much lower than the other big indie names. I would have expected Sleater-Kinney to be on the same level as names like Belle & Sebastian or My Morning Jacket for overall popularity.

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Postby Honorio » Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:04 pm

Rob wrote:To me the biggest surprise initially was the extremely high ranking of Magnolia, but I guess that is due to the two Supertramp songs, as well as Dreams by Gabrielle. Those three take up roughly 137 million of the streams, whereas only 3 songs by Mann herself crack a million streams (One, Wise Up and Save Me). I'm not sure if it is fair to put Magnolia as high on the list, as the streams for Supertramp and Gabrielle are mostly derived elsewhere (streams for songs from different sources are combined after all).

Well, you're right, without these three songs the total streams are 15.155.250 that put the album on the #16 position.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby PlasticRam » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:03 am

1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde vs. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts vs. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
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Postby Rob » Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:20 am

7. Pixies - Trompe le Monde vs. 5. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
2. Soulwax - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. 1. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
4. The Knife - Deep Cuts vs. 6. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
8. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain vs. 3. Dolly Parton - Jolene

Another very good week. Not as exceptional as the last one, but nothing to be ashamed of. Too bad about the second match-up.

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Postby Brad » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:35 am

Less than 12 hours left to vote!

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Postby CupOfDreams » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:52 am

Pixies - Trompe le Monde
Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
The Knife - Deep Cuts
Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain

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Postby Kingoftonga » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:11 pm

Winners in red:

1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde vs. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
2. Soulwax - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 vs. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts vs. Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
4. Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain vs. Dolly Parton - Jolene

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Re: Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2018 - Round 3.4

Postby Brad » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:00 pm

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

Winners:
1. Pixies - Trompe le Monde over Pet Shop Boys - Actually 9-6
2. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly over Soulwax - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 11-3
3. The Knife - Deep Cuts over Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista 10-5
4. Dolly Parton - Jolene over Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain 9-5

That's right... Dolly won "9 To 5":
https://youtu.be/UbxUSsFXYo4

Round 4 begins next!

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Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:04 pm

Lol at the Dolly win.
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