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Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

I really appreciate the deadline extension!

Match 29:

Bang Bang Machine- "Geek Love"

The Tori Amos song was fine, a example of that musician at her best, but I have grown familiar with the Tori Amos sound over many years, and I respect it but don't always prefer it over more interesting sounds. This Geek Love was the most unique discovery of this round. It's a little shoegazy but with a strong vocal presence. Didn't know anything about this band before the round.

Match 30:

Joanna Newsom- "Colleen"

Visage's song was really good new wave... maybe top 2 or 3 of this week. But I have not made it a priority to hear Joanna Newsom's EP, and as I'm continually liking Have One On Me, hearing another creative variation of her sound made her the winner.

Match 31:

Curtis Mayfield- "Right on for the Darkness"

A week win for Curtis. No one does this drawn out funk like him, but I found myself a little bored by it, compared to the other songs. I still have to give it the edge over Jack Johnson's pleasant but rather straightforward song.

Match 32:

OK Go- "A Million Ways"

Trying to separate the OK Go songs without imagining what funky video goes with it is hard! They are great at making tight fun sounding songs, I'll give them that but not much else. It still beats a Van Halen song that didn't do much for me. I'm surprised that their 3rd studio album dropped so much of the acclaimed radar before 1984 picked them up again.

To whom it is relevant I hope everyone enjoyed their Turkey Day!

Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

Match 29:

pass : I liked both songs but found none exceptional, I might enjoy The Flying Dutchman a bit more but Geek Love surprised me in a good way

Match 30:

Joanna Newsom- "Colleen" : Fade to Grey is great musically but the sung and spoken parts are rather annoying, on the other hand Colleen might be the 2nd best Joanna Newsom song I ever heard

Match 31:

Curtis Mayfield- "Right on for the Darkness"[/url]

Average Jack can not stand the competition here, Curtis can pretend to win the final game with such a great song

Match 32:

OK Go- "A Million Ways"
"And the cradle will rock" is a bit annoying while I find OK Go singles enjoyable even though not great

Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

Just to repeat,my votes were for:

Bang Bang Machine- "Geek Love"
Visage- "Fade to Grey"
Curtis Mayfield- "Right on for the Darkness"
Van Halen- "And the Cradle Will Rock"

Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

Match 29:

Tori Amos- "Flying Dutchman": My brother is a huge Tori Amos fan, so I've heard a lot of her stuff. This one I hadn't heard before, and it's quite nice! I can appreciate Tori in small doses, and this was a nice reminder of that. She's definitely more worthy of appreciation than what I give her, and I can't quite figure out why that is, but I enjoyed this.

Bang Bang Machine- "Geek Love": I enjoyed this one a bit more. Perhaps it was because I had never heard of it or Bang Bang Machine before, but this was good early-90s fun.

Match 30:

Visage- "Fade to Grey": It should come as no surprise that I would pick the 80s synth pop song to advance. This song totally deserves it, though, with the great vocals, video and atmosphere.

Joanna Newsom- "Colleen": I understand that Joanna Newsom is a real talent, but her material has never greatly appealed to me, and this is no exception.

Match 31:

Curtis Mayfield- "Right on for the Darkness": Holy wow! What a score! I don't really know any Curtis Mayfield, and this was an awe-inspiring introduction, filled with gorgeous vocals, lavish funk and exciting transitions. I need to get some Curtis Mayfield, like, yesterday!

Jack Johnson- "Flake": Never stood a chance.

Match 32:

OK Go- "A Million Ways": I prefer this song to "This Too Shall Pass". The video still seems like a big gag, and that kind of turns me off, but the catchiness of the song still earns it a victory here.

Van Halen- "And the Cradle Will Rock": For as much hair metal as I loved in the 80s (and I still dig Mötley Crüe), I never took to Van Halen, at least with David Lee Roth as the lead. Give me some "Poundcake" all day over David Lee Roth's stuff, as horrifying as such an opinion may sound! This song wasn't bad, but it didn't really make me reconsider my position of which brand of VH I prefer.

Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

Just a reminder- I still don't have ako's votes tallied, as I can't seem to find them.

Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

Match 29
Tori Amos - Flying Dutchman: A truly beautiful song. I was a bit dubious about the six and a half minutes length beforehand and it certainly is a bit of a show piece, which would make me turn it off in another mood; but its extravagance at times is required, to match its intricacy. A fairly straightforward winner here, which isn't to take anything away from Geek Love, a decent song.

Match 30
Visage - Fade to Grey: If I were to have pinpointed the exact year of this song, I'd have got it spot on. Extremely 1980, but in the end it just overcomes Joanna Newsom's more idiosyncratic weirdness.

Match 31
Curtis Mayfield - Right On for Darkness: Absolutely loving this song, though it does drag on a bit. Jack Johnson is capable of more; there doesn't seem much in Flake.

Match 32
OK Go - A Million Ways: This is actually quite a strong track (with an underwhelming video by their standards!); the Van Halen song ventures dangerously towards the territory of Dad Rock.

Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

There is a tie. I'll give ako the chance to decide it (I can't find what ako's votes were), but if ako does not confirm it within the next 24 hours, the tie will be broken by the next person to vote!

Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

I found ako's votes! This means that voting for this week has closed.

I will copy and paste them here:

Match 29:
Tori Amos - "Flying Dutchman"
This was a though bracket and the vote has gone back and forth during the week. Still Tori gets the vote, even though it is note one of her best. It gets the job done in this bracket against a song that i found intresting at first, but it has slowly faded.

Match 30:
Visage - "Fade to gray"
Gets the victory of nostalgic reason. This is one of the first songs i really hooked on to when i developed a music awerness as young.
I am a hugh fan of Newsom. This makes it hard to vote against her. However "Collen" is an average song with her standards and would not make my top-10.

Match 31:
Curtis Mayfield - Right on for Darkness
Curtis is one artist still on my todo list. This song makes it even more urgent.
"Flake" gets an average score in my book.

Match 32:
OK Go - "A Milion Ways"
In a bracket without a personal favorit, the lesser known wins the coin toss. This weeks weak bracket.

Re: Unacclaimed Week 8

Here are your results for Week 8!

Match 29:

Tori Amos - "Flying Dutchman": 14
Bang Bang Machine - "Geek Love": 4

Tori Amos stormed out of the gate and never looked back, although Bang Bang Machine scored a few late votes to prevent a total annihilation.

Match 30:

Visage - "Fade to Grey": 10
Joanna Newsom - "Colleen": 9

The closest match of the week went to the very end. Joanna Newsom established an early lead, but the icy synths of Visage allured a lot of late voters, and it earned the narrowest of victories.

Match 31:

Curtis Mayfield - "Right on for the Darkness": 17
Jack Johnson - "Flake": 2

A blowout to end all blowouts, Curtis scored the biggest victory of the first round, earning nearly 90% of the votes.

Match 32:

OK Go - "A Million Ways": 8
Van Halen - "And the Cradle Will Rock": 11

Van Halen raced out to a sizable early lead, but OK Go made it close in the end.

The winners advance to the Winners Bracket 1 (W1), while the losers can take heart in the fact that they are not out of the game yet, and move to Losers Bracket 1 (L1).

Up-to-date brackets are available here.