Moderately Acclaimed Albums 7 - Round 1.13

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Moderately Acclaimed Albums 7 - Round 1.13

Post by Brad » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:12 pm

Welcome to another round of Moderately Acclaimed Albums 7!

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 = June 21st at 10am EST.

Match-ups:
1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso vs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu vs. Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat
4. The Like - Release Me vs. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay


BONUS- A Tie-Breaker from the last round!:
El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead vs. Anita O'Day - Pick Yourself Up With Anita O'Day ***TIE! 5-5! Next Vote WINS!!!***
Anyone who did not vote for this particular match-up during the last round is eligible to break the tie!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 7 - Round 1.13

Post by Bang Jan » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:15 pm



Tom Waits | Frank's Wild Years
Radiohead | Hail to the Thief
Saint Etienne | Tiger Bay
Cortex | Troupeau Bleu
Adele | 21
The Like | Release Me
Charanjit Singh | 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat
Harry Belafonte | Calypso
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Post by whuntva » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:59 pm

Frank's Wild Years
Hail to the Thief

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Post by luney6 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:02 pm

21

Frank's Wild Years

Troupeau Bleu
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Post by DaveC » Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:47 pm

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso vs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu vs. Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat
4. The Like - Release Me vs. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay PASS FOR NOW - I haven't yet been able to listen to the entire Tiger Bay album.

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Post by Bang Jan » Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:54 pm

"The first word in this song is discorporate. It means to leave your body."

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Post by babydoll » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:41 pm

I will try to listen to more albums, but I've already heard these two so I'll put my vote in.
1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
An album featuring four songs that I would want if I was a singer OR an album that is quite bad made by a band that people obsess over? Hmm... 21 is a weak album, but Hail to the Thief is pretty damn bad.

EDIT: I also just wanted to say that Hail to the Thief doesn't even feature any good songs except for "There, There" and both "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" are stronger compositions.
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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 7 - Round 1.13

Post by Jeff » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:27 pm

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Hail to the Thief is the worst Radiohead album for me (excluding their pre-OK Computer guitar-rock stuff) so I am far more likely to listen to 21, even though I am not a big Adele fan.

2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso vs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
The best of Belafonte beats a merely good Tom Waits record.

I have not had time for the others, although 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat sounds promising.

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Post by DaveC » Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:45 am

4. The Like - Release Me vs. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
Thanks for the link Bang Jan. Probably not in with a chance, but I'm really enjoying the fun earworms from The Like.

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Post by bonnielaurel » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:16 am

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso vs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu vs. Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat
4. The Like - Release Me vs. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay

Song of the week: Harry Belafonte - Jamaica Farewell
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Post by Honorio » Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:20 pm

[imgsize 150x150]http://rymimg.com/lk/f/l/0719069ae617ee ... 400757.png[/imgsize] [imgsize 150x150]http://rymimg.com/lk/f/l/9efd654eff5cbd ... 524058.jpg[/imgsize]
1. Adele - 21 (2011) vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief (2003)

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2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso (1956) vs. Tom Waits - Franks Wild Years (1987)

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3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu (1975) vs. Charanjit Singh - Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat (1982)

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4. The Like - Release Me (2010) vs. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay (1994)

Favourite song from every album:
Rolling in the Deep | Where I End and You Begin | Day-O (Banana Boat Song) | Way Down in the Hole | La rue | Raga Bhairavi | He's Not a Boy | Marble Lions

Favourite song of the week: Way Down in the Hole

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Post by BleuPanda » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:20 pm

Adele - 21
Harry Belafonte - Calypso

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Post by PlasticRam » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:38 pm

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief


2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso vs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years

Album with themes of animal rights and feminism. Very progressive for the 50s.
I feel like that

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Post by DocBrown » Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:44 am

Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

While I recognize her pop appeal, Adele's voice has a bit of nails on chalkboard effect for me.

Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years

Calypso was one of my mother's favourite albums when I was very young. I looked forward to revisiting it after an absence of 40+ years against a lesser Tom Waits album. My overwhelming impression was how inauthentic it seems. Sorry mum.

Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat

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Post by Gillingham » Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:53 am

1. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

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Post by acroamor » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:18 pm

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso vs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu vs. Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat

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Post by Jirin » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:59 pm

Radiohead 87-65
Tom Waits 99-30
Cortex 82-77
Saint Etienne 81-74

FWY is in my top ten all time and I'm afraid I don't get Calypso at all. It's just so corny and gimmicky. It reminds me of that style of song in Inside Llewyn Davis 'Don't send me into outer space!'

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Post by jamieW » Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:59 pm

All very good albums this week, and all were very close matchups.

Adele - 21
Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat
Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay

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Post by Sweepstakes Ron » Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:35 am

I want to listen to Tiger Bay, but there seems to be a bunch of different track listings... which one is the "correct" version???
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Post by Brad » Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:40 am

Sweepstakes Ron wrote:I want to listen to Tiger Bay, but there seems to be a bunch of different track listings... which one is the "correct" version???
The version in the link (not spotify) that Bang Jan provided above... the original from 1994.

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Post by Kingoftonga » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:30 pm

Winners in red.

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

I think both of these albums are somewhat overrated, but I'll choose Adele's best over one of Radiohead's weakest.

2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso vs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu vs. Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat

An album so ahead of its time that people thought it was a hoax when it got a rerelease a few years ago.

4. The Like - Release Me vs. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay

Closest match this week - Release Me is a lot of fun, but Tiger Bay is more ambitious and stylistically diverse.

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Post by Sweepstakes Ron » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:29 pm

4. The Like - Release Me
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Post by GucciLittlePiggy » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:49 pm

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

Personally, very surprised that this race is so close. I thought the Radiohead love here was too strong.
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Post by Brad » Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:00 am

My picks:

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
2. Harry Belafonte - Calypso vs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu vs. Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat
4. The Like - Release Me vs. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay

Thanks!

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Post by spiritualized » Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:45 am

1. Adele - 21 vs. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Rated these two a good 4.0 stars upon previous listens. Adele doesn't cut it though. It has some really great songs, but too few. Hail to the Thief, in spite of being one of Radiohead's lesser albums, is still a great listening experience

2. Harry Belafonte - Calypsovs. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
Two weak contenders for me, Tom Waits edges it for his raspy voice, although Harry's Day-O brought back some fond memories of Beetlejuice :)

3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu vs. Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat
Two new discoveries, and I quite like Cortex (although "Colchique dans les prés" ??? meh), but I am blown away by Charanjit Singh. It is indeed unbelievably ahead of its time, this could have been released a few years ago, easily. Best new discovery this week

4. The Like - Release Me vs. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
Two decent releases - and both deserving to move onto the next stage. The Like is a discovery and I knew Tiger Bay from its original release. However The Like is too stereotypical - so the award goes to St Etienne's indie pop.

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Post by Brad » Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:07 pm

20 voters this week:
acroamor
babydoll
Bang Jan
BleuPanda
bonnielaurel
Brad
DaveC
DocBrown
Gillingham
GucciLittlePiggy
Honorio
jamieW
Jeff
Jirin
Kingoftonga
luney6
PlasticRam
spiritualized
Sweepstakes Ron
whuntva

Winners:
1. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief over Adele - 21 11-8
2. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years over Harry Belafonte - Calypso 12-4
3. Cortex - Troupeau Bleu over Charanjit Singh - 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat 7-5
4. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay over The Like - Release Me 7-3

Round 1.14 up real soon!

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Post by babydoll » Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:02 pm

Brad wrote:Winners:
1. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief over Adele - 21 11-8
We will destroy Hail to the Thief during the second round, right?

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Post by whuntva » Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:47 pm

babydoll wrote:
Brad wrote:Winners:
1. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief over Adele - 21 11-8
We will destroy Hail to the Thief during the second round, right?
Perhaps. I like Hail to the Thief, but it's still three Radiohead. I just found 21 to be a thoroughly mediocre album up against a barely passable one.

It all depends on who's in round two.
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Post by BleuPanda » Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:49 pm

I mean, Hail to the Thief did make our top 250 albums during the last forum poll, so...

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Post by Brad » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:22 pm

Depends on the winner of the current MA match-up #1 for me. I like Hail To The Thief quite a bit.

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Post by babydoll » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:25 pm

But Hail to the Thief is just mediocre. I feel most of the praise for this album is due to the fact that it's Radiohead. If this had been done by The Libertines or Blur or some other band, this would have probably not received as well.

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