This is exciting, isn’t it? Yesterday, James Park took an early lead but there are still three rounds to play. Anyone could win this. Anyone at all. Except for the people who aren’t in the final of course. They can’t win. But the people who are in the final. I’m telling you. Blimey.
Part two of the final is all about recommending an album from the 1990s.
Picky Bastards recommended OK Computer by Radiohead
And, I mean, yawn, amirite? (No. Of course I’m not. It’s a very good record.) But honestly, yawn.
James Park recommended Entroducing by DJ Shadow
I struggled to choose between this choice and the next one in the rankings, and my reasons for giving it one less point are largely arbitrary. I probably shouldn’t mention that because if Sleepy now wins by one point people will be demanding recounts and holding weird press conferences outside garden centres and the like. But I wanted to highlight how this whole process has been as difficult for me as it has for the six of you. Maybe more difficult. Don’t forget that as well as trying to differentiate between classic albums I also had to listen to OK Computer. Life is a struggle, sometimes.
Sleepy recommended Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
As I say, my reasons for giving this one more point than Entroducing were pretty unscientific. They are both very very good albums.
John Power Jr recommended Debut by Björk
This is, in my opinion, the best album of the six. However I can’t give John the full six points because Post, and especially Homogenic, are even better albums. Debut feels like a safe risk, if you know what I mean. Go big or get slightly less points, as they say.
Donna Morris recommended Pop! by Erasure
I should knock points off for recommending an album featuring thirteen songs first released in the 1980s but you know what, I’m not going to, because this album is absolutely chock-a-block with bangers.
Graham Cox recommended Blowout Comb by Digable Planets
The cruelty of this competition is that I can’t always give albums the time they need. I have listened to this album a few times before today but it’s never really stuck with me. Listening to it again I suspect I need to listen to it again. But I haven’t got time to listen to it again. So…
…today’s scores are…
- Donna Morris – 6 points
- John Power Jr – 5 points
- Sleepy – 4 points
- James Park – 3 points
- Picky Bastards – 2 points
- Graham Cox – 1 point
…and the running totals are…
- James Park – 9 points
- Sleepy – 9 points
- Donna Morris – 9 points
- John Power Jr – 9 points
- Graham Cox – 3 points
- Picky Bastards – 3 points