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Post by Brad » Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:13 pm

Finally - the last week of the first round!
Vote for your favorite album in each match-up.
Remember, anyone can vote as long as the voter has heard both albums.
And please don't be afraid to vote in match-ups that don't include your own nominations!
Comments are encouraged but not absolutely necessary.
Deadline = July 6th at 10am EST.

Match-ups:
1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind
2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai vs. Silverchair - Diorama


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Post by whuntva » Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:43 pm

Plastic Beach

A nostalgic experimental album that ushered in the 2010s in style.

Cryoshell

I am aware Danish alt-metal is a VERY niche genre, but I feel giving it a good introduction was best. ALL my albums were knocked out first round, but Ill keep voting anyway. Besides, Nine Types of Light wasn't very good anyway. The albums before and after were better.
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Post by Henry » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:59 pm

1. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind is preferred over Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair is preferred over Can - Soon Over Babaluma

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Post by Jirin » Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:16 pm

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach 75-74
Can - Soon Over Babaluma 79-71
TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light 82-38

(Sorry, Cryoshell just reminds me too much of bands like Linkin Park and Evanescence.)

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Post by DaveC » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:16 pm

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind
2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

I haven't managed to hear Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai yet. (I wonder if it is on Apple streaming..)

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Post by PlasticRam » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:12 pm

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind
2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai vs. Silverchair - Diorama
I feel like that

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Post by Poliuks » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:45 pm

DaveC wrote:I haven't managed to hear Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai yet. (I wonder if it is on Apple streaming..)
It's on Spotify under English title You, Baby.

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Post by Honorio » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:46 am

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (2010) vs. Stevie Wonder - Music of My Mind (1972)
2. Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair (1985) vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma (1974)
3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell (2010) vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light (2011)
4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai (1971) vs. Silverchair - Diorama (2002)

Hardest decision of the week: Albarn vs. Wonder


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Post by Rob » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:20 am

Since the usual Spotify-playlist hasn't shown up yet, I made one. Better late than never:


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Post by Jirin » Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:51 pm

I'll abstain from the fourth vote. If it ends up in a tie I'll vote Silverchair.

Hard to listen to an album where somebody is just making sex noises through the whole thing.

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Post by DaveC » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:24 am

Poliuks wrote:
DaveC wrote:I haven't managed to hear Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai yet. (I wonder if it is on Apple streaming..)
It's on Spotify under English title You, Baby.
Thanks, I assumed that was a different album.

4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai vs. Silverchair - Diorama

Silverchair do sound rather generic, but they do it quite well.

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Post by Romain » Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:59 am

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind By far, the hardest choice since the beginning. Two album I love.
2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai vs. Silverchair - Diorama

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Post by phil » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:53 am

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind
2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai vs. Silverchair - Diorama

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Post by Rob » Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:11 pm

Not a terrible interesting week to close the first round, but not a particular bad one either.

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind
Difficult. I like the variety of Gorillaz once again, but i have to go with Wonder here. I listened to Music of My Mind sometime before, but put it away as a less interesting album than the other ones Wonder was making at the time. Turns out that was a mistake. It's very good.

2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
I'm not too fond of the typical eighties sound of Tears for Fears, but for its type it is actually pretty good, with some catchy songs. Still an easy victory for Can, whose work is more unique and awesome.

3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Both of these don't do much for me. Nine Types of Light has an amazing opening track and not much else that stands out. Cryoshell has no such powerhouse, but is better overall. However, I doubt I'll remember any of these two albums a year from now.

4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai vs. Silverchair - Diorama
Well, I'll remember Koukotsu no Sekai for sure. Only as the album with sexual moaning, but still. It sounds like Je t'aime moi non plus brought to full album length. It's funny at first, but too silly and too repetitive to be a good album for me. Diorama is far less a novelty and more a real album and wins this, although I should say that it joins Nine Types of Light and Cryshell in being not particularly memorable for me. It seems like a summation of many albums in this game.

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Post by Michel » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:32 am

2. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
3. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

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Post by antonius » Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:45 am

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
2. Can - Soon Over Babaluma

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Post by Brad » Sun Jul 05, 2015 1:28 pm

My picks:

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind
2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai vs. Silverchair - Diorama

24-1/2 hours left to vote!

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Post by Brad » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:32 am

Everyone- I have a conflict tomorrow at 10am so results will be delayed a few hours. Feel free to vote until then!

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Post by Kingoftonga » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:35 am

Strong ending for the first round. Winners in red.

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind

Plastic Beach was better than I remembered, although not nearly as consistent as Demon Days. Still, I like the weirdness of the Gorillaz better than this Stevie Wonder offering.

2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma

I've always been a fan of The Hurting more than Songs From the Big Chair, although the singles on the latter are solid. But Soon Over Babaluma bookends a remarkable four-album run from Can.

3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

I've never understood why Nine Types of Light didn't seem to get a lot of critical respect. It's a great album.

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Post by Poliuks » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:19 am

2. Can - Soon Over Babaluma

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Post by Nassim » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:52 am

Brad wrote:Finally - the last week of the first round!
Vote for your favorite album in each match-up.
Remember, anyone can vote as long as the voter has heard both albums.
And please don't be afraid to vote in match-ups that don't include your own nominations!
Comments are encouraged but not absolutely necessary.
Deadline = July 6th at 10am EST.

Match-ups:
1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach vs. Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind
2. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair vs. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
3. Cryoshell - Cryoshell vs. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
4. Reiko Ike - Koukotsu no Sekai vs. Silverchair - Diorama


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1. Stevie Wonder - Music of My Mind
2. pass
I have listened to both a while ago and don't have strong memories of either. Songs From the Bigh Chair was fairly low on my 80s poll ballot but I remember it being quite ok, and Soon Over Babaluma is bar far the Can album that made the weakest impression, but it's still Can... no time to listen to both once more before the deadline unfortunately.
3. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Sorry whuntva, I know how it feels to have all your albums kicked out on the first round (I've been quite lucky this time around), I actually stopped nominating albums from certains genres, it was too frustrating to see great hip-hop albums be eliminated by run of the mill rock albums.
Anyway, I'd have happily voted against Nine Types of Light has I don't find it any special, but I found Cryoshell pretty bad. I should be one of the AMers most likely to enjoy it, as I still have a bunch of nü metal albums in my top 100, but that one is really not good, the riffs are very repetitive, the Linkin Park style rap is terrible, the lead voice reminds me of Evanescence and Lacuna Coil and I don't want to be reminded of them... at best it's a tampered down Within Temptation, and that's not very high praise. Doesn't sound like a very niche album to be honest (I mean it's not grindcore or death metal), more of one aiming for making the cover of Kerrang and getting heavy radio rotation, but 10 years late for that.

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Post by Brad » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:02 pm

15 participants this week:
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Brad
DaveC
Henry
Honorio
Jirin
Kingoftonga
Michel
Nassim
phil
PlasticRam
Poliuks
Rob
Romain
whuntva

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach over Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind 7-6
2. Can - Soon Over Babaluma over Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair 8-5
3. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light over Cryoshell - Cryoshell 8-3
4. Silverchair - Diorama over Reiko Ike - Koukotsu 4-3

Round 2 starts real soon!

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Post by Honorio » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:37 pm

After the first round I'm going to post a lot of stats (that I hope you find interesting):

a) RYM Rating:
When I was looking for the styles of the selections in Rateyourmusic I was surprised to see that almost every album was ranked there between 3 and 4. In fact this could be the perfect definition of "Moderately Acclaimed Album": an album with a RYM rating between 3,00 and 3,99. The mean value of our selections was 3,65. On the next graphics you can see the distribution of the RYM ratings, most of the albums were more exactly placed between 3.51 and 4.00.

[imgsize 450x270]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... YM%201.png[/imgsize]

Only 1 album of the 128 nominated albums was not ranked on RYM (the one by My Glorious). And only 5 albums of the other 127 were outside of the range, 4 of them got a rating higher than 4 and only one a rating lower than 3 (a scarce 2,49). Any guesses? I'll wait two or three days to give the names of these albums.

[imgsize 450x270]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... YM%202.png[/imgsize]

b) Year of release:
Our selection showed a very interesting distribution by decades: more centered on recent releases, with few early albums (only 5 albums from the 1960s) and a lot of albums from the XXI Century, including 22 albums from the 2010s (and we're only half way through the decade!). The mean value was 1992 and on the graphic you can see the distribution by decades.

[imgsize 450x270]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... /Years.png[/imgsize]

c) Music genres:
We had here also a very interesting distribution. As everyone could expect the style more frequently selected was Rock but we had a wide representation of genres, including (alphabetically ordered) Ambient, Classical Music, Electronic, Experimental, Film Soundtrack, Folk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Regional Music, Rock, Singer/Songwriter and Ska. I used the classificaction of styles published in RYM (see here). By the way, it's surprising (but refreshing) to see that maybe the best music genre classification out there comes from an amateur (user-based) site. You can see our distribution of styles on the next graphic.

[imgsize 450x251]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... Styles.png[/imgsize]

If we analyse also the sub-styles, the more represented is Alternative Rock with no less than 26 albums (by the way it seems odd calling still Alternative Rock a style that includes almost every rock album released on the last 30 years other than metal). Other substyles with 3 albums or more were Contemporary Folk, Pop Rock, Soul, Country, Metal and Progressive Rock.
You can see the complete list of styles and substyles on our list here:

[imgsize 500x549]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... %201_1.png[/imgsize]
[imgsize 500x464]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... es%202.png[/imgsize]
[imgsize 500x327]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... es%203.png[/imgsize]

d) Album length:
I also have been keeping track of the albums length (like I did last year). Here there are the Top 10s of longer and shorter albums:

Longer albums:
1. Natural Snow Buildings - Shadow Kingdom (159'33")
2. Pete Seeger - We Shall Overcome: The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert, June 8, 1963 (121'46")
3. Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile (103'40")
4. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions (79'24")
5. D'Angelo - Voodoo (78'55")
6. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz (74'48")
7. Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark (72'34")
8. Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld (72'34")
9. The Roots - Things Fall Apart (70'13")
10. Swans - Children of God (69'55")

Shorter albums:
1. Golpes Bajos - Golpes Bajos (15'28")
2. Ólafur Arnalds - Living Room Songs (23'08")
3. Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand the Rain (27'14")
4. Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II (30'04")
5. The Adverts - Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts (31'55")
6. Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Malik (32'53")
7. Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician (32'37")
8. Jane Birkin - Ex fan des sixties (32'53")
9. Djeli Moussa Diawara - Djeli Moussa Diawara (33'22")
10. The Kills - Midnight Boom (33'59")

And here's a graphic showcasing that most of the albums were between 30 and 50 minutes: the mean value was 47'49"

[imgsize 450x270]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... Length.png[/imgsize]

e) Nationality:
One of the great things about this Forum is the open-minded attitude of the participants. You only need to see the many different nationalities represented in our nominations, coming from no less than 22 different nationalities. As expected USA and UK had the main share of the cake (58 and 33 respectively). On the next two graphics you can see the most represented nations (a) and the nations with only 1 album (b). The most glaring absence was in my opinion Brazil.

[imgsize 450x270]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... lities.png[/imgsize]
[imgsize 450x307]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... nality.png[/imgsize]

And on the next graphic you can see the distribution by continents. The most surprising thing to me was Asia defeating Africa.

[imgsize 450x270]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... inents.png[/imgsize]

And there were all the stats about the nominations round. Now something about the first round…

f) Participation:
I complained on the first week of this edition that on previous editions there were more people willing to nominate albums that willing to listen other people's nominations. This time it was not an exception, with nominations coming from 24 different voters but with a maximum peak of 20 voters (on the third week). Moreover many voters only voted on selected match-ups, sometimes the ones that included their own nominations (nothing wrong with that, it's a free forum).
The only ones that voted on each and every one of the 64 match-ups were Brad, DaveC and me. Well, I should include Rob in this group, he voted on every match-up except one (because he couldn't get to listen to NPG's "Exodus"). jamieW was also on this selected group but he missed the last 2 weeks (if I remember well you are a teacher and June is not a good month for you, am I right?). And Jirin voted every week but abstained on some match-ups. And many others voted on more than half of the weeks (Kingoftonga, Maschine_Man –the one that provided the extremely useful playlists-, Nassim, phil, PlasticRam, Poliuks, Romain and whuntva).
We had a total of 27 voters with different degrees of participation. On the next graphic you can see the number of participants-per-week, the first line was the total (ranging from 13 to 20, mean value 15.5) and the second line the total of voters on the 4 match-ups per week (ranging from 6 to 14, mean value 8.1).

[imgsize 450x270]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... pation.png[/imgsize]

g) Winners:
Like I did last year, I've been keeping track of the "winners," the ones with more of their nominations passing to the next round. The first time I participated on the game (Moderately Acclaimed 4) three of my nominations came to semifinals, something that did not happened the following editions, including this one.
Oddly 2 of the Top 3 winners were not regular voters, especially the absolute winner on this first round, our beloved webmaster Henrik, with 6 of his 7 nominations passing to the second Round. Kingoftonga and TimmyWing were tied on second position, followed by Rob and Romain and with host Brad barely missing the Top 5.
And yes, none of the nominations of whuntva passed to the second round (I'm sorry about that but I should admit that I only voted for one of your nominations, Swans' "Children of God").
The table:

[imgsize 450x516]http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss34 ... 0Round.png[/imgsize]

And finally not a statistic but a personal list. This could be the Top 10 of albums I'm going to miss the most on the Second Round (excluding my own nominations):
1. Style Council - Our Favourite Shop
2. Joni Mitchell - Hejira
3. Pepe Deluxe - Queen of the Wave
4. Ennio Morricone - The Mission
5. American Football - American Football
6. Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan
7. The Roots - Things Fall Apart
8. Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair
9. Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand the Rain
10. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
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Post by Brad » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:47 pm

This is outstanding. Thank you Honorio... Truly awesome!

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Post by Listyguy » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:47 pm

Wow my nominations got destroyed this year. Last year I think I was 6/7 or something like that. Which of my nominations made it, Brad? I haven't been paying close enough attention. :whistle:

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Post by whuntva » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:13 pm

^^I was completely shut out!

I dunno if I just have different taste or I didn't pick right.

Great stats Honorio! I would love if you tried something like that for Unacclaimed or something.

But I do wnat to point out My Glorious is Austrian and they weren't included in the "one Album" bit.
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Post by Kingoftonga » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:19 pm

It's sort of a crap shoot, and it's also dependent on luck of the draw; an album with not a lot of support can squeak by in a weak bracket, where strong albums can get shut out by forum favorites. I think last year or the year before only one of my picks moved on, so this is a nice change...

I hope people don't make picks based on what they think will move on; I like the diversity of the current set-up. Some albums are doomed to get shut out, but they can still be interesting listens. And even if my Timewind pick didn't advanced, convincing 10 others to listen to Klaus Schulze is its own reward...

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Post by Honorio » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:41 pm

Brad wrote:This is outstanding. Thank you Honorio... Truly awesome!
whuntva wrote:Great stats Honorio! I would love if you tried something like that for Unacclaimed or something.
Many thanks, Brad and whuntva.
Of course I can do this on other threads, in fact it's almost done for the classical poll. I was planning to include Centuries, Styles (Romantic, Baroque) and Nationalities. The most difficult part is the latter because of the historical changes on the borders of many countries in Europe. For instance Beethoven was born in Bonn, now Germany but then capital of the Electorate of Cologne part of the Holy Roman Empire. So I thought including the nation where the village or city where the composer was born now takes part. But then I found out that the village where Austrian composer Gustav Mahler was born now is part of the Czech Republic. And Hungarian composer Béla Bartók was born in a village now part of Romania. So I still have to decide which approach I should take.
I could include some graphics too in the (fantastic) AM Songs Poll hosted by BleuPanda but the problem is not making the graphics but compiling the information. It was quite easy doing it for the 128 nominations of this game but it's hard to do it for 1000 songs. At least I can elaborate the stats that JimmyJazz is providing.
Listyguy wrote:Which of my nominations made it, Brad?
Traveling Wilburys' "Volume 1"
Kingoftonga wrote:I hope people don't make picks based on what they think will move on; I like the diversity of the current set-up. Some albums are doomed to get shut out, but they can still be interesting listens.
Amen to that. That's the best part of this game, to being "forced" to listen some albums that I surely won't get to listen spontaneously. And finding interesting aspects in all of them!!
whuntva wrote:But I do wnat to point out My Glorious is Austrian and they weren't included in the "one Album" bit.
Corrected, I just edited the stats. Since there was no information on Wikipedia, Rateyourmusic and Allmusic (the sources I used) I searched on the web and I found (incorrect) information that located them on the UK. Now I checked it again and I found information on the Deutsch Wikipedia that confirms they are Austrians. Sorry.

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Post by Listyguy » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:59 pm

Honorio wrote:
Listyguy wrote:Which of my nominations made it, Brad?
Traveling Wilburys' "Volume 1"
I actually forgot I nominated that :?

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Post by Blanco » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:37 am

Amazing information, Honorio! Hey, do you think it would be asking too much if I ask you to show us a comparison between the nationality of the albums in the first round and those who passed to the second? That would be more than great. Whatever the answer, thank you very much. Your graphics are awesome.

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Post by Romain » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:56 am

You are a crazy man Honorio.


And I like that ! It's a very pleasant surprise to see these stats.


And for the albums rank higher than 4 : Stevie Wonder for sure is one of them. And maybe "My Morning Jacket" and "Gorillaz".

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by TimmyWing » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:16 am

I think you might have successfully guilt-tripped me into voting properly from now on... :?
It is perhaps unfair that I should pop in just to see "my precious" nominations get through, since they mean so much to me, but other people could feel the same about theirs and they wouldn't have gotten through!

So, to express my gratitude for so many of my nominations doing so, I'm gonna try my best to listen to every album in the second round and vote regularly from now on. :-)

Galaxie 500 - On Fire vs. Kate Bush - The Dreaming is kind of devastating... I mean, I know which one I'll vote for, but it could go either way...

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Rob » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:47 am

Kingoftonga wrote: I hope people don't make picks based on what they think will move on; I like the diversity of the current set-up.
I also think this can't be stressed enough. Nobody is going to like all the albums included, but diversity is key to the appeal of this game. If you're afraid people won't like an album, still give it a chance. I like to be put out of my comfort zone here, even if it means I sometimes have to sit through an album I can't stand. As it is now I like the mix of albums that are right up my alley, pleasant surprises, interesting oddities and the occasional album that doesn't work for me.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Honorio » Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:33 pm

Blanco wrote:Hey, do you think it would be asking too much if I ask you to show us a comparison between the nationality of the albums in the first round and those who passed to the second?
Of course, Blanco. As you can see USA performance was not too good (from 58 to 24 albums) compared with UK (32 to 20 albums). And we stll have 15 different nationalities on the second round.

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TimmyWing wrote:So, to express my gratitude for so many of my nominations doing so, I'm gonna try my best to listen to every album in the second round and vote regularly from now on. :-)
That's fantastic! I'm sure you will enjoy the trip. There are great albums on this second round…
Rob wrote:I like the mix of albums that are right up my alley, pleasant surprises, interesting oddities and the occasional album that doesn't work for me.
You hit the nail, that's an exact description of how I feel too about the whole list.
Romain wrote:And for the albums rank higher than 4 : Stevie Wonder for sure is one of them. And maybe "My Morning Jacket" and "Gorillaz".
Nope, none of them. I'm going to give a clue: "RYM users like prog".
And no guesses for the lowest ranked album? The one with a rating of 2.49… A clue: it was rated by 1133 users, so it may be a popular album.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Romain » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:54 am

Honorio wrote:
Romain wrote:And for the albums rank higher than 4 : Stevie Wonder for sure is one of them. And maybe "My Morning Jacket" and "Gorillaz".
Nope, none of them. I'm going to give a clue: "RYM users like prog".
And no guesses for the lowest ranked album? The one with a rating of 2.49… A clue: it was rated by 1133 users, so it may be a popular album.
Yes, this prog oriented RYM site is incredible. I don't have any idea wich albums can have more than 4 stars now.

Honorio, I just count four French album in the original list. Where is the fifth? (Noir Désir, Jacques Higelin, Jane Birkin, Lafayette Afro Rock Band and...)

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Poliuks » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:53 am

Romain wrote:
Honorio wrote:
Romain wrote:And for the albums rank higher than 4 : Stevie Wonder for sure is one of them. And maybe "My Morning Jacket" and "Gorillaz".
Nope, none of them. I'm going to give a clue: "RYM users like prog".
And no guesses for the lowest ranked album? The one with a rating of 2.49… A clue: it was rated by 1133 users, so it may be a popular album.
Yes, this prog oriented RYM site is incredible. I don't have any idea wich albums can have more than 4 stars now.

Honorio, I just count four French album in the original list. Where is the fifth? (Noir Désir, Jacques Higelin, Jane Birkin, Lafayette Afro Rock Band and...)
Natural Snow Buildings are from France (despite singing in English).
Two albums with average rating >4 must be Meddle and Selling England by the Pound, others I'm not sure about.

EDIT: Ah, 2.49 album is surely Back to Bedlam.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Honorio » Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:09 pm

Poliuks wrote:Natural Snow Buildings are from France (despite singing in English).
Two albums with average rating >4 must be Meddle and Selling England by the Pound, others I'm not sure about.
EDIT: Ah, 2.49 album is surely Back to Bedlam.
Exactly, Poliuks, 100% of correct answers:
- Natural Snow Buildings are from France.
- "Meddle" and "Selling England by the Pound" are two of the 4 albums with a RYM higher than 4 (4.01 the former and 4.08 the latter).
- "Back to Bedlam" was the 2.49 album, exactly.
Clues for the other two albums:
- One of them is named after a Greek meal.
- The other one (the one with the higher rating) is only "moderately" acclaimed mostly because of its release date.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Romain » Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:12 pm

Poliuks wrote: Natural Snow Buildings are from France (despite singing in English).
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Thanks Poliuks, I don't know this.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Brad » Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:05 pm

Honorio wrote:- One of them is named after a Greek meal.
Souvlaki!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Brad » Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:07 pm

Honorio wrote:- The other one (the one with the higher rating) is only "moderately" acclaimed mostly because of its release date.
SMILE Sessions?

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Honorio » Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:42 pm

Brad wrote:Souvlaki!
Brad wrote:SMILE Sessions?
Exactly, Brad!!!

Those were the big four:
1. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions (RYM rating 4.30, #87 of all-time according to RYM)
2. Genesis - Selling England by the Pound (rating 4.08, #115 all-time)
3. Slowdive - Souvlaki (rating 4.07, #112 all-time)
4. Pink Floyd - Meddle (rating 4.01, #83 all-time)
Note: I just noticed that RYM all-time list is not ordered by rankings alone, probably their formula includes the total number of ratings too.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 6 - Round 1.16

Post by Blanco » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:22 am

Honorio wrote:And we stll have 15 different nationalities on the second round.
Thanks, man! Hopefully the variety of nationalities will continue.

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