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Post by Brad » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:23 pm

Welcome to the round 1.4 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 = April 23rd 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. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning vs. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun


Also, there's this from last round:
Oval - 94 Diskont vs. blink-182 - Enema of the State TIE! 12-12.
***Somebody who hasn't already voted in this match-up please break the tie!***


Which do you choose
A hard or soft option?
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Post by DaveC » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:32 pm

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning vs. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun

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Post by bonnielaurel » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:46 pm

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Crowded House - Crowded House
Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun

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Post by Nassim » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:33 pm

1. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. The Velvet Underground - VU

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Post by Rdwdbob » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:37 pm

BRIGHT EYES - I'M WIDE AWAKE, IT'S MORNING

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Post by Rdwdbob » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:03 pm

CROWDED HOUSE - CROWDED HOUSE

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Post by Jirin » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:21 pm

A Crow Looked At Me 92 - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning 75
VU 85 - Crowded House 73
It's My Way 89 - Stranger In The Alps 86

Need help finding Tokyo Jihen.

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Post by madzong » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:15 pm

1. Bright Eyes - In Wide Awake - It's Morning
2. Crowded House - Crowded House
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger In The Alps
4. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun

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Post by Honorio » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:33 am



2. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005) vs. 3. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me (2017)
8. Crowded House - Crowded House (1986) vs. 1. The Velvet Underground - VU (1985)
6. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps (2017) vs. 5. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way! (1964)
4. 東京事変 - 教育 (2004) vs. 7. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun (2003)

Favourite song from every album:
Old Soul Song (For the New World Order) | Ravens | Don't Dream It's Over | Stephanie Says | Funeral | Universal Soldier | 御祭騒ぎ | Today Is the Day

Favourite song of the week: Stephanie Says

Awesome week, the best so far! It hurts to put Yo La Tengo at #7

Jirin wrote:Need help finding Tokyo Jihen.
It seems that the studio versions are not available in the US. I've only found live versions of the songs:
1. Ringo no Uta
2. Gunjō Biyori
3. Jusui Negai
4. Sōnan
5. Crawl
6/7. Genjitsu ni Oite / Genjitsu o Warau
8. Service
9. Ekimae
10. Omatsuri Sawagi
11. Bokoku Jōcho
12. Yume no Ato

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Post by StevieFan13 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:58 pm

1. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku
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Post by acroamor » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:55 pm

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps

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Post by andyd1010 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:32 pm

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. Crowded House - Crowded House

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Post by Brad » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:38 pm

Anyone want to break the tie from last week?
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Post by BobPatience » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:34 pm

Brad wrote:Anyone want to break the tie from last week?
I will report back in 2 hours
Festina Lente

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Post by Bang Jan » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:22 pm



8 | Bright Eyes | I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
1 | Mount Eerie | A Crow Looked at Me

4 | Crowded House | Crowded House
2 | The Velvet Underground | VU

7 | Phoebe Bridgers | Stranger in the Alps
3 | Buffy Sainte-Marie | It's My Way

5 | Tokyo Jihen | Kyōiku
6 | Yo La Tengo | Summer Sun

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Post by Safetycat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:47 am

4. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning > 6. A Crow Looked At Me
1. Crowded House > 2. VU
7. Stranger in the Alps < 5. It's My Way
3. Kyoiku > 8. Summer Sun

Crowded House was always going to be my top pick, one of my favourite albums of all time. Pretty great group all around this week, the only one I wasn't into was Yo La Tengo but I've never quite "got" them.
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Post by madzong » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:34 am

Safetycat wrote:4. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning > 6. A Crow Looked At Me
1. Crowded House > 2. VU
7. Stranger in the Alps < 5. It's My Way
3. Kyoiku > 8. Summer Sun

Crowded House was always going to be my top pick, one of my favourite albums of all time. Pretty great group all around this week, the only one I wasn't into was Yo La Tengo but I've never quite "got" them.
Crowded House was one of my picks for the competition because it doesn't seem to get as much international acclaim compared to 'Woodface'.

Yo La Tengo have grown on me. Try 'Fade' great album.

'Ohm' is a pretty accessible song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4imAJRvvOw8

'Super Kiwi' for something a bit different;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KoUHAdyfjc

They also do some pretty mean covers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZvWf5KSZxc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os-_CyWGOQo

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Post by Safetycat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:54 am

madzong wrote:
Crowded House was one of my picks for the competition because it doesn't seem to get as much international acclaim compared to 'Woodface'.
And on the flipside I picked Woodface for strategic reasons since it's the most acclaimed one (even if I think CH is a better album) :mrgreen:

Thanks for the Tengo suggestions, I'll check them out!
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Post by hectorthebat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:42 am

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Crowded House - Crowded House
Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun

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Post by FrankLotion » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:50 pm

1. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House
3. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku

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Post by jamieW » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:11 am

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
The Velvet Underground - VU
Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps

Only 4 weeks in and there have already been 2 matches I couldn't participate in. This one hurts, because those live versions of Tokyo Jihen that Honorio provided are great and I love Shiina Ringo. I wanted to buy the album, but the cheapest I can find is nearly $50. (Well worth it, I'm sure, but that'd be a fun one to explain to my wife, given how much money I already spend on music.) I'm pretty sure Tokyo Jihen would win; but Yo La Tengo is formidable, so I'll just pass and hope I can find it before next round (if they survive).

Favorite album I couldn't vote for: Probably Tokyo Jihen ... or, maybe, Yo La Tengo. :P

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Post by Brad » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:21 am

I have a CD copy of Tokyo Jihen that I'd be happy to send out to anyone who needs to hear it, preferably to someone in the U.S.. I got my copy a couple of days ago and have downloaded it so would be fine passing it on. Unfortunately, I don't think I could get it to anyone in time for this round, but it's a great album and worth hearing anyway (plus may move on to the next round!). Also, I only have one copy and no blanks to burn it onto, unfortunately... PM me if interested. Maybe someone else can make copies or just keep passing this one around - that works!

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Post by Rob » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:45 am

Brad wrote:I have a CD copy of Tokyo Jihen that I'd be happy to send out to anyone who needs to hear it, preferably to someone in the U.S.. I got my copy a couple of days ago and have downloaded it so would be fine passing it on. Unfortunately, I don't think I could get it to anyone in time for this round, but it's a great album and worth hearing anyway (plus may move on to the next round!). Also, I only have one copy and no blanks to burn it onto, unfortunately... PM me if interested. Maybe someone else can make copies or just keep passing this one around - that works!
Can't the download files be shared through WeTransfer or something? In that way you could send it directly and quickly to people who ask for it, while keeping it in this group and not put it out illegally for the whole internet to see.

The album is amazing and worth the effort to give it a spin!

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Post by CupOfDreams » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:38 pm

1. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
4. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun

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Post by spiritualized » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:25 pm

Bright Eyes | I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (8/10) - one of these albums I knew I should listen too but never did. Good thing this game exists !
Mount Eerie | A Crow Looked at Me (6/10) I appreciate the artistic and emotional value of this record, but this is far too bleak emotionally speaking and sparse musically speaking for me.

Crowded House | Crowded House (6/10) : The weakest of the CH albums I have listened to. Not a real surprise, this is mid-80s stuff after all
The Velvet Underground | VU (9/10) : A classic

7 | Phoebe Bridgers | Stranger in the Alps - TBA
3 | Buffy Sainte-Marie | It's My Way - TBA

5 | Tokyo Jihen | Kyōiku - TBA
6 | Yo La Tengo | Summer Sun - TBA

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Post by acroamor » Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:59 pm

4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku

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Post by madzong » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:15 pm

spiritualized wrote: Mount Eerie | A Crow Looked at Me (6/10) I appreciate the artistic and emotional value of this record, but this is far too bleak emotionally speaking and sparse musically speaking for me.
Yes, I felt the same way in regards to this album. It was too minimalist for my taste and way too bleak and emotionally draining.

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Post by madzong » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:25 pm

I did like the VU album and the Velvets are one of my top 20 artists. I like the songs on this album but to me it is just a collection/comp. A guy called Soniclovenoise runs a website called 'Albums That Never Were'

http://albumsthatneverwere.blogspot.com ... e.html?m=1

where he reconstructs albums that were never finished or canned for whatever reason. I much prefer his track listing and attempts to make it a 'proper album' where he removes the John Cale songs (as they didn't fit the recording period, loses the instrumentals and adds songs from A Different View as well as a version of Ride Into The Sun which has Lou Reed on vocals. This creates one of the great lost Velvets albums (depending on which VU member is being quoted) but I certainly like it better and it's definitely more cohesive. Track listing as follows btw:

Side A:
1. We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together
2. One of These Days
3. Andy’s Chest
4. Lisa Says
5. Ferryboat Bill
6. Foggy Notion

Side B:
7. I Can’t Stand It
8. Coney Island Steeplechase
9. I’m Sticking With You
10. She’s My Best Friend
11. Ocean
12. Ride Into The Sun

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Post by Listyguy » Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:21 am

Might submit a vote for match #2 if time permits.

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning vs. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
Both of these albums belong to a pretty similar genre, but the lyrical content of the two is vastly different. I didn't like either much more than the other, but I think the Bright Eyes album has some more interesting music ideas happening, and my favorite song on any album this week in "First Day of My Life."

3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
It's My Way was one of my nominations, and my second favorite album of the pre-1965 era of music. It's everything a great folk album should be, and there is no shortage of killer tracks: "Universal Soldier," "Cod'ine," "Now That the Buffalo's Gone," etc. The Bridgers album has some great moments, but also has moments where it sounds like very generic 2010s indie music. She's certainly someone to keep an eye on in the future though.

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Post by Rob » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:59 am

An amazing week, the likes of which we probably won’t see again. The top 4 are all huge masterpieces if you ask me and the number 5 is close enough. There are also no bad albums here. Too compare: the top 4 albums would be the top 4 in any week before. Sadly, this also means some of these will have to go already.

Also, funny that Phoebe Bridgers and Bright Eyes are in the same week, with the two artists (Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes) now having formed a duo (and Obers having a guest appearance on Stranger on the Alps).

8. Crowded House – Crowded House
There is a downside to a week like this, because albums that aren’t amazing may even seem weaker. Crowded House’ debut is decent and I can see how for people with a different taste than mine could head a masterpiece in this, because it is pretty consistent (the only song I don’t like is Tombstone). I only knew Don’t Dream It’s Over before, next to the Woodface album, so I always linked them to a more mellow-like sound; a Beatles for 20-25 years later. This album rocks a lot harder than that and that caught me off guard. No problem, I like hard rock, but this is mostly rock filtered to an ultra-slick 80’s pop filter and I was disappointed how many times Finn sung in that overdramatic eighties style that I just don’t like all that much. The most interesting thing is how Crowded House blends sixties and eighties music. Later in their career they would turn clearly to the former and for me personally that was for the best. Still, there is some stuff to enjoy here and these guys can write a good melody. Don’t Dream Is Over is the obvious highlight (and a bit of an outlier, soundwise), but I also liked Mean To Me and Hole in the River.

7. Yo La Tengo – Summer Sun
Yes, this is the sound of the Summer sun, even on the track Winter A-Go-Go. This is as mellow as it gets. That is sometimes a curse, as there were moments that I forgot the music was playing. There are songs on the track list I know I heard twice, but I couldn’t bet my life on it. Mostly though, the calm sound is a blessing. This album is just very warm and nice to listen too and for the most part it is just fine with me that it floats like a baby elephant. Still, it would be nice to have more tracks like the ten minute Let’s Be Still, where the music seems deeper and more textured. Also, Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo was welcome to shake things up.

6. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
In a way I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning suffers from the same problem as the Crowded House album, even if I like it a lot more: the competition in the week is too strong. There are four singer/songwriter albums competing this week, so there is more directly going against this one. Bright Eyes’ one is easily the most famous of the group and might end up getting the most votes, but in my opinion the other three are huge masterpieces, while Conor Oberst has to settle for just being very good.
I’m not going to make a comparison here with Buffy Saint-Marie, who is really going for something else, but in its existential despair I’m Wide Awake treads the something of the same ground as A Crow Looked At Me (although that one is more direct in its subject and closer to the bone in a way) and especially Stranger in the Alps. Conor Oberst actually performs on Stranger in the Alps and has now formed a duo with Phoebe Bridgers in Better Oblivion Community Center. Obers specializes in a sort of philosophical yet personal despair, brought with uneasy melodies and a voice that constantly sounds like it is shattering into pieces. He does this very well, but maybe the way Bridgers treats her terror with a horrified gasp and a wistful release, just seems less affected and more natural to me, and therefore more touching.
I wouldn’t be writing all this if the album appeared in another week, but this is just one of those coincidences in where two albums that make easy comparison are set off against each other (and I consciously avoid Mount Eerie here for the moment). Yet Bright Eyes deserve more defense than I have given it. What strikes me most is how Oberst indeed seems to teeter on the edge of some dark abyss, but can alleviate bits somewhat by burst of life or moments of beauty. We Are Nowhere and It’s Now is the best track if you ask me, but The First Day of My Life grows more touching with each year and although I initially felt it should have been the first track, I now get its special effect in the middle, as a bit of sunlight when you thought the night would go on forever (poetic words are kind of a must when dealing with Oberst). It is followed by Another Travellin’ Song, that is also one of his best and funnily defiant. I even managed to like Road to Joy by now, which I initially thought would never be possible.

5. The Velvet Underground – VU
The worst you can say about VU is that The Velvet Underground made four better albums. The thing is that this is hardly a worse album than their big classics. What I like most here is how loose it feels at times, something only approximated By Loaded. There is a swagger behind Lou Reed’s performances here, especially on the second half, starting with the great Foggy Notion. I don’t think I ever heard him having so much fun. It is that attitude that makes him get away with something as silly as Andy’s Chest (though heard outside of the album it might work less well). I’m Sticking With You is perhaps taking things a little too far, but before that you have a Velvet Underground album that is not as challenging as their best work, yet certainly more fun (the fact that The Velvet Underground has actually one of the brighter albums of the week is somewhat funny to me).

4. Buffy Sainte-Marie – It’s My Way!
Only a year after The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan and in the same year as The Times They Are A-Changin’ we get this, one of the most powerful protest albums I ever heard. Sainte-Marie’s voice is reminiscent of Sandy Denny, a feeling enforced by that this specific folk sound is very similar to the one by Fairport Convention, but Denny never felt the need to come at you with such force. In fact, Sainte-Marie has such power and conviction in her delivery that she matches Dylan at his most furious. Here is a voice that could maybe for a minute inspire fear in the hearts of her enemies. She was banned from the radio of course.
The songs themselves are universally great too, including the few that aren’t outright protest songs. Really, it is a pretty simple album to explain, but that is part of why it is so strong: there is no doubt were she is coming from and were she wants to go. “It’s My Way!” indeed! That song is very close to the later, similar sounding My Way made famous by Frank Sinatra, but the way it is sung and her position as a native American makes it something different. And how great are Where the Buffalo’s Roam and Universal Soldier. A great discovery for me.

3. 東京事変 - 教育
Otherwise known as Tokyo Jihen (and as Tokyo Incidents) – Kyōiku.
Man, this album rocks! From the get-go the band sets a pace and after a few songs you wonder if they will ever let up. There is an energy and looseness here that is more common on a live album. Above all else, this feels like a celebration album. This could be a wrong interpretation: I don’t speak Japanese and for all I know Shiina Ringo might just describe things more desperate than on the Mount Eerie album (the one English language song reminds me more of something the riot grrrrl movement might consider, although a little milder). Regardless the words, the sound is just so empowering. This might become one of my favorite energizers.
Half-way there is a piano ballad that lasts one minute to give audiences some respite, but the next song picks up the pace again. Still, there is some difference in the second half, were more different sounds are tried out and I hear some jazz influences. One track (sorry, I can’t recall which track is which, because of the Japanese song titles) reminds me of Fiona Apple at the beginning, but with birthday party elements, before changing gear midway and become a speed rocker. The second to last song seems to have carnival elements in them. There is a great variety here and the band tries things, but make no mistake about it’s real motive: it rocks!

2. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
Opinions are personal and stuff, but somehow it strikes me as weird that people can not think A Crow Looked at Me as anything other than a masterpiece. Yes, that is a bold statement and should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, grief is such a natural part of life and to me no album or any other work of art catches the feeling of grief in such an unfiltered, naked form. There is no beauty here, nothing to sooth the mind or the soul and no attempt to put things in another perspective. “Death is real. Someone’s there and then they’re not.”
Of course this album is too much, too painful. Here is a masterpiece I never feel like putting on. But that is very much why it is so valuable. By removing any idea of art (as Phil Elverum literally states in the opening song: death is not for making into art; it makes all poetry look dumb) it is just a guy with a guitar putting into words as good as he can how it is if someone just vanishes from your life. Of course, everybody deals with it differently and not everybody seems to fall into the total despair that Mount Eerie describes, but it’s inevitable that you will lose someone close sometime and A Crow Looked at Me is the pit in your stomach that you are likely feel at least once.
The way Mount Eerie approaches this both lyrically and musically – without a sense of art, feels to me extremely innovative, even if it is an innovation I do not necessarily want to see copied much. One A Crow Looked at Me is enough (I haven’t actually been able to start with follow-up Now Only, or the live After). Yet I think it is important that every now and then a complete black hole of music is released. We may not like to sink into it, but not everything that makes us human has to be liked.

1. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
“Jesus Christ, I’m so blue all the time”. I seem to have strange soft spot for melancholy music and up till now I haven’t actually encountered an album that so perfectly captures the feeling of melancholia as completely as Stranger in the Alps. Sure, this week’s A Crow Looked At Me is sadder, but there the source of sadness is easy to pinpoint, even if that doesn’t make it easier to cope with. Melancholy tends to be more of inexplicable, more indirect and goes with more mixed feelings than straight sadness.
Stranger in the Alps is basically Phoebe Bridgers dealing with the feeling of indeed being blue all the time. Written like this it might sound like a self-pitying album, but other people play too bigger apart in the lyrics narratives to let it fall into that trap. Indeed, Bridgers knows that at least a part of her ongoing sadness is unearned. In Funeral, my number 1 song of 2017, she directly sets her blues in sharp relief to the passing of someone’s kid at a young age (it also contains some lines about a wonderful friendship). If the album itself the ultimate statement of melancholy (if such a thing could exist), Funeral is the album in song-form. Together they put the self-pity of many other such albums to shame, to say nothing of the countless albums that are self-aggrandizing that are completely in vogue at the moment. Forget about all that, Bridgers knows that we all don’t matter, but damn it if we don’t feel things.
Yes, that sounds all pretty bleak and this is far from a happy album, but like all melancholy a feeling of relief or fleeting happiness sometimes creeps in. The biggest relief comes from the beauty of the album, that goes far beyond the words contained here. The arrangement are smooth and wistful, but also beautiful. Bridgers own voice is it’s finest components; I can listen to her sing all day. Certainly, among the huge slew of female singer/songwriters of this day she hardly has any equals on the vocal department. Laura Marling has a greater variety in range and use of her voice and Joanna Newsom is more idiosyncratic and unique, but of all singers only Lana Del Rey (who is really part of a different genre) has to me a voice with such natural beauty.
On my end-of-year list of 2017 I ranked Stranger in the Alps “only” at 9. I didn’t know the lasting impact it would have on me then, but in the time that passed since then, some 14 months, it easily became my most listened album. I put it on rather frequently. It’s biggest competitor for the number 1 spot of that year is this week’s A Crow Looked At Me. An impossible decision; my head gives the prize to Mount Eerie, but my heart says Phoebe Bridgers. Both will certainly end up in my top 10 of the decade.
On a side-note, I nominated this album, but rather low on my nomination list (I don’t rank them on appreciation, but on tip value), so someone else must have nominated it too. I’m curious who did.


A simple overview of my votes:

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning vs. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun

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Post by Rdwdbob » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:32 pm

PHOEBE BRIDGERS - STRANGER IN THE ALPS

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Post by PlasticRam » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:06 am

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning vs. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
I feel like that

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Post by Rdwdbob » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:15 pm

TOKYO JIHEN - KYOIKU

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Post by Brad » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:37 pm

My picks:
1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning vs. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun

Thanks!

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Post by Sweepstakes Ron » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:20 pm

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning vs. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun
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Post by Brad » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:05 am

12 hours left to vote!

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Post by jamieW » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:26 am

Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku

Thanks, Brad! That one definitely lives up to the hype.

If anyone else still needs to hear Tokyo Jihen, let me know and I can get it out to you.

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Post by Brad » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:22 pm

jamieW wrote:Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku

Thanks, Brad! That one definitely lives up to the hype.

If anyone else still needs to hear Tokyo Jihen, let me know and I can get it out to you.
Glad you got it in time... looks likely to move on to the next round at this point!

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Post by Kingoftonga » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:39 pm

Winners in red:

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning vs. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
2. Crowded House - Crowded House vs. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps vs. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way

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Post by Brad » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:00 pm

23 total voters this week:
acroamor
andyd1010
Bang Jan
bonnielaurel
Brad
CupOfDreams
DaveC
FrankLotion
hectorthebat
Honorio
jamieW
Jirin
Kingoftonga
Listyguy
madzong
Nassim
PlasticRam
Rdwdbob
Rob
Safetycat
spiritualized
StevieFan13
Sweepstakes Ron

Winners:
1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning over Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me 12-11
2. The Velvet Underground - VU over Crowded House - Crowded House 12-10
3. Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way over Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps 11-9
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku over Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun 11-5

Round 1.5 up real soon!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Round 1.4

Post by Rob » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:28 pm

I'm somewhat bummed about the loss of Mount Eerie and Phoebe Bridgers (and it really messes up my predictions), but at least they put up a good fight. Outside of the fourth match-up they were all very close.

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Post by jamieW » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:46 pm

Rob wrote:I'm somewhat bummed about the loss of Mount Eerie and Phoebe Bridgers
Ditto! They might not be "feel good" albums, but they sure pack an emotional punch.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Round 1.4

Post by rumpdoll » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:33 am

sadly i couldn't post my vote over the easter holiday, it would have resulted in a draw for Mr. Oberst and Elverum

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