Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Round 3.4

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Welcome to Round 3.4 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 = October 15th 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. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles vs. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
2. Pink Floyd - Animals vs. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella
3. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever vs. St. Vincent - Marry Me
4. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons vs. The Sound - Jeopardy


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1. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles vs. 2. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
Hard hard hard... two excellent albums, very different but my rediscovery of Echo and the Bunnymen in ths game leads me to vote for them.

3. Pink Floyd - Animals vs. 5. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella
Once again; two albums I like. Pink Floyd win by a hair.

6. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever vs. 8. St. Vincent - Marry Me
St. vincent has always left me cold.

7. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons vs. 4The Sound - Jeopardy
I like both. I prefer The Sound by a good marging.
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1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
2. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. St. Vincent - Marry Me
4. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons
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1. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles vs. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
2. Pink Floyd - Animals vs. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella
3. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever vs. St. Vincent - Marry Me
4. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons vs. The Sound - Jeopardy
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2. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles v. 7. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
6. Pink Floyd - Animals v. 1. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs for Drella
5. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever v. 3. St. Vincent - Marry Me
8. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons v. 4. The Sound - Jeopardy

Strongest week of Round 3 since the first!
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Echo & The Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Pink Floyd - Animals
Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever
Heatmiser - Mic City Sons
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ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN - CROCODILES
PINK FLOYD - ANIMALS
ST. VINCENT - MARRY ME
THE SOUND - JEOPARDY
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1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
2. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. St. Vincent - Marry Me
4. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons
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1. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles vs. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
2. Pink Floyd - Animals vs. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella
4. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons vs. The Sound - Jeopardy

My two favorites this week are in the same match (4).
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Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
Pink Floyd - Animals
St. Vincent - Marry Me
Heatmiser - Mic City Sons
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6. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles (1980) vs. 4. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (2012)
This has been my first exposure to "Crocodiles," strange when the Bunnymen were one of my favourite bands during the 1980s (I owned three albums and saw them live in 1984). The elements I loved then were already in place but they made better things later. Instead, the last installment of the short but brilliant Fiona Apple discography is in my opinion her best effort. Raw is the word that appears most frequently on the Wikipedia selection of review quotes. So my vote goes to raw Fiona…

3. Pink Floyd - Animals (1977) vs. 1. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs for Drella (1990)
"Animals" would be my second to last Pink Floyd album of the 1970s in order of preference (only after "Obscured by Clouds") but they released only masterpieces on that decade. Maybe the lyrical content is cliché but certainly not the music, with complex structures and layered sounds. Just the opposite of "Drella," musically a sparse affair but lyrically a brilliant (and roughly chronological) tribute to Warhol, completely devoid of sentimentalism but showing affection, admiration and respect.

7. The Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever (1992) vs. 5. St. Vincent - Marry Me (2007)
Like I told before, Boo Radleys are one of the few shoegaze bands I like, mainly because amidst the dreamy-noisy atmospheres typical of the genre they retain a pop core, with some sixties harmonies and even some jazzy-bossa chords now and then. But I prefer St. Vincent debut, with most of her music traits already in place from the very beginning, with her unique brand of art pop making here its first steps firmly. Take the title track as an example, equidistant between sweetness and weirdness.

2. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons (1996) vs. 8. The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)
When I began to listen to "Mic City Sons" on Round 1 I thought "these guys sound a lot like Elliott Smith." A quick google and I realized that Heatmiser was Smith's original band. So I was no surprised to find Smith jewels like "Plainclothes Man" or "Half Right." The main surprise was Neil Gust, his songs were almost as good as the Smith ones. On the other hand, I hate to put The Sound last again, especially when "Jeopardy" is a vivid snapshot of the moment when new wave pop morphed into goth rock.
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1. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles (10) vs. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...(6)
2. Pink Floyd - Animals (9) vs. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella (5)
3. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever (9) vs. St. Vincent - Marry Me (7)
4. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons (9) vs. The Sound - Jeopardy (7)


A rather polarized week for me - but all the winners are classics !
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Crocodiles 87 - Idler Wheel 84
Songs For Drella 94 - Animals 90
Everything’s Alright Forever 85 - Marry Me 75
Jeopardy 96 - Mic City Sons 73
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7. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles vs. 2. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
6. Pink Floyd - Animals vs. 1. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella
5. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever vs. 3. St. Vincent - Marry Me
8. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons vs. 4.The Sound - Jeopardy

I remember that in round 2 I thought the last week was outstanding. You see this in these results, with the second placements winning each time. My favorite album of whole round 3 is Songs for Drella, but it seems it will be completely annihilated by Animals.
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My picks:
1. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles vs. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
2. Pink Floyd - Animals vs. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella
3. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever vs. St. Vincent - Marry Me
4. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons vs. The Sound - Jeopardy

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1. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
2. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever
4. The Sound - Jeopardy
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Im not gonna vote because I simply havent heard enough from all but considering my love for Animals, Animals is the best one here in my opinion. Pink Floyd's magnum opus.
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3. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever vs. St. Vincent - Marry Me
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2 | Echo and the Bunnymen | Crocodiles
5 | Fiona Apple | The Idler Wheel...

8 | Pink Floyd | Animals
3 | Lou Reed/John Cale | Songs For Drella

4 | Boo Radleys | Everything's Alright Forever
7 | St. Vincent | Marry Me

6 | Heatmiser | Mic City Sons
1 | The Sound | Jeopardy
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3. Crocodiles > 5. The Idler Wheel...
2. Animals < 1. Songs For Drella
8. Everything's Alright Forever < 4. Marry Me
7. Mic City Sons < 6. Jeopardy
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1. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
2. Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella
3. Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever
4. The Sound - Jeopardy
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18 total voters this week:
acroamor
Bang Jan
bonnielaurel
Brad
CupOfDreams
DaveC
FrankLotion
Honorio
Jirin
Listyguy
madzong
mileswide
Myself
Rdwdbob
Rob
Romain
Safetycat
spiritualized

Winners:
1. Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles over Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel... 12-6
2. Pink Floyd - Animals over Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella 11-7
3. St. Vincent - Marry Me over Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever 10-8
4. The Sound - Jeopardy over Heatmiser - Mic City Sons 10-8

Round 4 begins soon!
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