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Welcome to Round 2.2 of Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019!

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 = August 6th at 10am EST.

Here's a link to the bracket for the entire tournament:
http://www.bracketmaker.com/tlist.cfm?t ... Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019

Match-ups:
1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There vs. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet vs. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku


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1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State
3. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku
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1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
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4 | Sharon Van Etten | Are We There
7 | Bright Eyes | I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

8 | blink-182 | Enema of the State
1 | The Velvet Underground | VU

6 | Buckingham Nicks | Buckingham Nicks
3 | Buffy Sainte-Marie | It's My Way

2 | Gavin Bryars | Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
5 | Tokyo Jihen | Kyoiku
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1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There vs. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State vs. The Velvet Underground - VU

Hoping to vote on the others later in the week
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1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State
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Are We There
Enema of the State
It's My Way
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
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1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There vs. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet vs. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku
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2. blink-182 - Enema of the State vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
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Are We There 86 - I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning 75
VU 85 - Enema Of The State 55
It’s My Way 89 - Buckingham Nicks 87
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SHARON VAN ETTEN - ARE WE THERE
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4. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (2014) vs. 3. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005)
8. blink-182 - Enema of the State (1999) vs. 1. The Velvet Underground - VU (1985)
7. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks (1973) vs. 6. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way! (1964)
2. Gavin Bryars with Tom Waits - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1993) vs. 5. 東京事変 - 教育 (2004)
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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - VU
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Hymie, now's your chance to take out The Velvet Underground!
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1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Even though I have always liked Digital Ash In A Digital Urn more, IWAIM is Bright Eyes more iconic album and the band in general deserves much more attention than they are given. IWAIM is no doubt one of the best acoustic albums of the 2000s and Conor's songwriting really shines through here.

2. Blink 182 - Enema Of The State

I am not a big Blink 182 fan. My favorite type/movement of punk was the skate punk and pre-pop punk from around 1988-1997 with bands like Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Rancid, Operation IVY, etc... and I have always felt that Blink 182 was one of the main bands that killed that subgenre by popularizing the pop punk and emo of the 2000s. All of that being said, if any album deserves credit from Blink, it is Enema Of The State and as much as I hate to admit it (for personal reasons) Enema Of The State almost singlehandedly flipped the switch and kicked open the door for pop punk and emo bands in the 2000s and also singlehandedly ended the relevance of many 90s punk bands that I hold close to my heart.

All of that being said I still perfer them to The Velvet Underground. I never understood the hype around VU.

3 & 4

I havent listened to the others.
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1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State
3. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
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Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
The Velvet Underground - VU
Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
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Sharon Van Etten vs. Bright Eyes

Tough. I'm Wide Awake has been a top 10 for me since its release but Are We There is a revelation, one of the many discoveries I've made already on this godsend of a site, it's got that woozy after-hours feel that's hit me on first listen.

In one way, music is the winner when the competition is this good. In a more conclusive way, I'm Wide Awake It's Morning is the winner over Are We There.

My results for the other albums to follow soon, not necessarily as detailed as above...
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too hard to find Kyoiku to listen to again (it seems to be removed from youtube). I will pass this week on that match-up as a result
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BUCKINGHAM NICKS - BUCKINGHAM NICKS
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1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
2. The Velvet Underground - VU
3.Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
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Velvet Underground
Buckingham Nicks
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Rdwdbob wrote: Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:20 am too hard to find Kyoiku to listen to again (it seems to be removed from youtube). I will pass this week on that match-up as a result
Never mind - found it in my library and i will vote for it:

KYOIKU - TOKYO JIHEN
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VU is better than it has any right to be, I Can't Stand It particularly is up there with Heroin & Rock and Roll.

Enema of the State is just as I expected! Bright major key melodies but, as Edre says, there have been many punk bands before and since more worthy of success.

To paraphrase Lou Reed, VU's outtakes are worth more than Enema of the State's diamonds.

More to follow...
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My picks:
1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There vs. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet vs. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku

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3. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
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Buckingham Nicks has Rumours' DNA throughout (Lola was even apparently one of the three songs spliced to make The Chain), albeit without the same immediacy, not necessarily a bad thing, definitely not with the vocal interplay of Don't Let Me Down Again.

While I'm not fond of Buffy Saint Marie's voice, her original of Cod'Ine on this album is hypnotic, far superior to Gram Parsons' cover, which I'm more familiar with.

Buckingham Nicks just pips it at the expense of It's My Way!
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5. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There vs. 6. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
8. blink-182 - Enema of the State vs. 3. The Velvet Underground - VU
7. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks vs. 2. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet vs. 1. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku
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This week was odd - none of the albums are likely to make my all-time list, but I also think they're all good in their own ways. It's My Way was a stand-out this week, I was surprised by how enjoyable I found it on a re-listen.

7. Are We There < 3. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
8. Enema of the State < 1. VU
5. Buckingham Nicks < 2. It's My Way
6. Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet < 4. Kyoiku
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1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (7/10) vs. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (8/10)
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State (7/10) vs. The Velvet Underground - VU (9/10)
3. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks (7/10) vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way (5/10)
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (3/10) vs. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku (7/10)
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1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There vs. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet vs. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku

I don't get Jesus' Blood at all.
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Even Tom Waits can't make Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet enjoyable and he can breathe new life into the likes of Waltzing Matilda or Auld Lang Syne! Interesting more as an experiment for me.

Once you get used to the singer's voice, Kyōiku is an entertainingly arty noise. Don't know if it was my complete unfamiliarity with Japanese but the songs went in directions I couldn't predict, particularly like the clashes between plaintive piano and raucous guitar in Ekimae and Omatsuri Sawagi.

Kyōiku schools Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet.
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Winners in red:

1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There vs. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. blink-182 - Enema of the State vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet vs. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku
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mileswide wrote: Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:57 pm Once you get used to the singer's voice,
Wow, Sheena Ringo's voice is exactly what sold me immediately to her work (and this album). Unusual for Japanese music I've heard she seems to be influenced by rock girl from particularly America, at least on the vocal front.
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Rob wrote: Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:37 pm Wow, Sheena Ringo's voice is exactly what sold me immediately to her work (and this album). Unusual for Japanese music I've heard she seems to be influenced by rock girl from particularly America, at least on the vocal front.
I wasn't throwing shade, honestly! Ringo's voice did start to grow on me and I came to see it as a good fit for the music, apart from on the last track where it felt too exposed for me. On balance, though, it is an album I'll take a lot of enjoyment from listening to again :-)
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1-1/2 hours left to vote!
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23 total voters this week!:
acroamor
andyd1010
Bang Jan
BobPatience
bonnielaurel
Brad
DaveC
Edre Peraza
FrankLotion
hectorthebat
Honorio
Jirin
Kingoftonga
Listyguy
madzong
mileswide
PlasticRam
Rdwdbob
Rob
Romain
Safetycat
spiritualized
StevieFan13

Winners:
1. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There over Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning 12-9
2. The Velvet Underground - VU over blink-182 - Enema of the State 15-7
3. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way over Buckingham Nicks - Buckingham Nicks 12-7
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku over Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet 10-7

Round 2.3 up next!
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