Rank the 2018 ROTMs!!!

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  1. Drumminreno41

    Drumminreno41 Well-Known Member

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    May 2018 Essentials: Clipse — Lord Willin’

    Music: 8/10
    Cocktail: 9/10
    Artwork: 7/10
    Sleeve: 9/10
    Color: 8/10
     
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    Is there an easy way to filter your 'Cogs to just show the VMP sclusies? Because I bought more than is probably considered healthy this year...
     
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    Search your collection for “vinyl me please” gets them.
     
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    You reminded me I needed to find my happy place tonight.

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    June 2018 Essentials: TV on the Radio

    Music: 10/10
    Artwork: 9/10
    Cocktail: 8/10
    Sleeve: 9/10
    Color: 8/10
     
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    Glad you enjoy it. One mans Happy Place is another mans... well I don't viscerally hate this album so it doesn't make me angry or anything I just find it boring in the worst way and I honestly tried several times, it just never clicked. But like I said I'm glad people enjoy it and I LOVE the color of the actual records.
     
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    This year was my most swapped year for essentials. Personally, I think it's been the weakest of the 4 years I've been a member.

    1) Silvertones
    2) Arctic Monkeys
    3) Mavis Staples
    4) Clips
    5) Feist
    6) Queen

    All 6 good choices and I'm stoked to have them in my collection.

    Classics > Essentials by a long, long way.

    1) The Lightmen Plus One
    2) Max Roach - Percussion Bittersweet
    3) Miles Davis/John Coltrane
    4) William Bell
    5) Lafayette Afro Rock Band
    6) Darrell Banks
    7) Eddie Floyd
    8) Sarah Webster Fabio
    9) Donald Byrd
    10) Muddy Waters
    11) Koko Taylor
    12) James Booker

    The only classics I didn't like was James Booker which was a proper meat and potatoes honkey tonk snoozefest. I'll probably never spin it again. But classics is a completionist thing for me, I need them all in my collection. Team no swap.

    Rap & Hip Hop had a glorious first half but really tailed off at the end. Just can't stop swapping this track at the moment.

    1) Open Mike Eagle
    2) Snoop
    3) MF DOOM
    3) Little Simz
    5) Queen Latifa
    6) Goodie Mob
    7) Erykah Badhu

    All of these are really excellent. I swapped all the others. Honestly, I was really unimpressed with the last 4 months of selections, especially considering how good the first half of the year was. I'll keep the sub though, because swapping tracks is a really economical way of picking up exclusives!
     
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    July 2018 Essentials: The Silvertones — Silver Bullets

    Music: 6/10
    Cocktail: 9/10
    Artwork: 6/10
    Sleeve: 7/10
    Color: 9/10
     
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    August 2018 Essentials: Mitski — Be the Cowboy

    Music: 9/10
    Cocktail: 8/10
    Artwork: 8/10
    Sleeve: 10/10
    Color: 9/10
     
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    September 2018 Essentials: Feist — Let it Die

    Music: 9/10
    Cocktail: 7/10
    Artwork: 4/10
    Sleeve: 9/10
    Color: 9/10
     
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    December 2018 Essentials: Mavis Staples — S/T

    Music: 7/10
    Cocktail: N/A
    Artwork: 7/10
    Sleeve: 9/10
    Color: 9/10
     
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    October 2018 Essentials: Townes Van Zandt — For the Sake of the Song

    Music: 8/10
    Cocktail: 7/10
    Artwork: 8/10
    Sleeve: 9/10
    Color: 6/10
     
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    November 2018 Essentials: Queen — A Night at the Opera

    Music: 9/10
    Cocktail: 7/10
    Artwork: 2/10
    Sleeve: 10/10
    Color: 10/10
     
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    Final Essentials Tally:

    1 (tie): Mitski 44/50
    1 (tie): TV on the Radio 44/50
    3: Clipse 41/50
    4: Queen 39/50
    5 (tie): Townes Van Zandt 38/50
    5 (tie): Feist 38/50
    7 (tie): Ayalew Mesfin 37/50
    7 (tie): Silvertones 37/50
    9: Moby 36/50
    10: Beach House 35/50
    11: Arctic Monkeys 34/50
    12: Mavis Staples 32/50

    Really did love every pick this year, can’t wait to see what 2019 will be!
     
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    [QUOTE="Drumminreno41, post: 716467, member: 6499"
    Color: 6/10[/QUOTE]
    It is just my own opinion, but I really dig the dark translucent blue. I wish there were more like this, and hope the crate digger track does this style instead of a plain solid color.
    Don't get me wrong, I like all the colors especially the splatter and smoke in clear.
    I like the way you made your list, good stuff!
     
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    It is just my own opinion, but I really dig the dark translucent blue. I wish there were more like this, and hope the crate digger track does this style instead of a plain solid color.
    Don't get me wrong, I like all the colors especially the splatter and smoke in clear.
    I like the way you made your list, good stuff![/QUOTE]

    I actually did like it, but I think if you’re gonna color something, I’d like to be able to see it on the platter, that one is so dark, it just looks black on the platter.

    And thanks!
     
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    Fair enough.
    Sorry about the quote screw-up. That's my fault for doing the mobile phone texting while doing 90 mph down the highway... I was in the passenger seat, just to be clear! lol
     
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    Essentials ranking (minus Townes, that's the only one I haven't picked up yet)

    1. TV On The Radio (introduced me to this band's discography in a bigger way than before. It made me love them. And this is likely my most spun AOTM next to...)
    2. Mitski (love Mitski, love the album, love the layout)
    3. Feist (huge fan of Feist so it was a real treat to get this on vinyl finally)
    4. Beach House (already had this, sold that one to keep this version because as expected it really sounds incredible. I'm already a really big Beach House fan, so this is more of the most definitive version of the album I've heard. It's perfect for that reason)
    5. Ayalew Mesfin (these are usually the types of AOTMs I really love, it's so different, unique, and likely not something I would have found on my own. I may not return as much as I want to, but it's a really nice record)
    6. Clipse (great album, great pressing, enough said there)
    7. Arctic Monkeys (I was a bit...put off by this being an AOTM, but hey, it hit me in a good way based mostly on nostalgia, I remember this album from high school so spinning it now just brings back memories, and I can't complain because most of the tracks are pretty great)
    8. Mavis Staples (only so low right now cause I haven't spun it enough, but I do like it a lot. I just haven't had it very long/haven't had a ton of time to enjoy it)
    9. Queen (same with Mavis Staples, I've only spun this once. I like it well enough, but I am not too familiar with all of it just yet for it to rank higher than here. It's good, it looks nice, and it sounds pretty great)
    10. The Silvertones (it's okay, I wish I liked it more. I really loved the Super Ape AOTM, so I was hoping this one would be on par with that, but it just didn't blow me away)
    11. Moby (probably my least spun Essentials record. It's fine, not a great album, but nice enough for background music, I've tried to get into it more but it still just leaves me with a "eh, it's okay" impression)

    R/HH that I subbed for (not many - - - also I really love all of these, so the ranking is just based on how many times I've gone back to them, but seriously I subbed specifically for these records, so I enjoy them all)

    1. Saba
    2. Open Mike Eagle
    3. MF Doom
    4. De La Soul
    5. Erykah Badu

    Classics is too hard to rank right now. I like it all, mostly
     
  19. Radiodead

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    Essentials:
    1. TV on the Radio- Return to Cookie Mountain
    2. Mitski- Be The Cowboy
    3. Beach House- Devotion
    4. Clipse- Lord Willin’
    5. Feist- Let It Die
    6. Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say
    7. Moby- Play
    8. Ayalew Mesfin- Hasabe
    9. Townes Van Zandt- For the Sake of the Song
    10. Queen- A Night at the Opera
    11. Mavis Staples- ST
    12. Silvertones- Silver Bullets

    Only miss for me was The Silvertones, Just not a good record at all. Toots and The Maytals was sitting right there to be an essential. This felt like a big whiff.

    Classics
    1. Eddie Floyd- Knock on Wood
    2. William Bell- The Soul of a Bell
    3. Darrell Banks- Here to Stay
    4. Lafayette Afro Rock Band- Soul Makossa
    5. Miles/Coltrane- Paris ‘60
    6. Muddy Waters- Father and Sons
    7. Koko Taylor- I Got What It Takes
    8. Sarah Webster Fabio- Alchemy
    9. James Booker- Paramount Tapes
    10. Max Roach- Percussion Bitter Sweet
    11. Donald Byrd- Fancy Free
    12. Lightmen Plus One- Energy Control Center
     
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    My essentials ranking:

    1. Clipse - Lord Willin’ (had not heard a single track barring one coming into this album. But from the moment Intro kicked in, I was absolutely blown away. It quickly rose to be my favourite rap album of all time. Brilliant lyrics, brilliant production, great performances and a pretty good package.)
    2. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (lovely pressing of a classic album. The View From the Afternoon remains an all-time favourite - it’s an album full of brilliantly lucid observations and great instrumentals.)
    3. Mitski - Be The Cowboy (the popular choice for a top 3 pick around here - for good reason. An album I did not expect to like AT ALL. The lush, electronic instrumentation and the really nice songwriting quickly blew away my expectations.)
    4. Moby - Play (wasn’t aware that this was a really good album beyond how oversaturated it is from commercials. Also probably my favourite overall package of the year.)
    5. Feist - Let it Die (the ultimate VMP chill album. The highlights for me were actually the covers, which all went down extremely well. Very weird reimagined artwork though.)
    6. Silvertones - Silver Bullets (it’s Reggae Me, Please - how can I complain? Beautiful vinyl colour as well.)
    7. Townes Van Zandt - For the Sake Of the Song (an absolutely beautiful first couple of tracks, followed by several others that just come across as a little dull. He seems like a super interesting musician, though, and I look forward to checking out his later, more famous albums.)
    8. Queen - A Night at the Opera (swapped for Person Pitch because I already had a copy of this one. Let’s just say this album is the reason punk needed to happen.)
    9. TV On The Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain (this was the opposite of the Mitski album - I was super pumped about hearing this album for the first time because it seemed right up my alley, but I was quite disappointed. I really don’t like the vocals and the use of the guitars; on the flipside, the drum machine rhythms that popped up every now and then were great.)
    10. Ayalew Mesfin - Hasabe (some awesome stuff going on here, and major props to VMP for giving huge exposure to a super obscure artist with a great story. I feel bad about ranking it this low, it’s just that I never felt myself compelled to return to it often.)
    11. Mavis Staples - Mavis Staples (Staples’ music reminds me of that of an inferior Aretha Franklin. Still nice but definitely missing something.)
    12. Beach House - Devotion (a pretty good candidate for the most boring album I’ve ever heard. Listened to it once and I’m sure I’ll never have a desire to sit through it again. Not sure what I’m missing here. Really cool package though.)
     

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