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the greatest album of all time

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Wild Horses 10
We Let the Stars Go 6
All the World Loves Lovers 4
Machine Gun Ibiza 4
Jordan: The Comeback 2
Scarlet Nights 1
Michael 1
The Wedding March 1
The Ice Maiden 1
Doo Wop in Harlem 1
Moon Dog 1
Jesse James Bolero 1
Carnival 2000 1
All Boys Believe Anything 0
Paris Smith 0
One of the Broken 0
Jesse James Symphony 0
Mercy 0
Looking for Atlantis 0


ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 10 July 2017 00:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Ice Maiden for me

nomar, Monday, 10 July 2017 00:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My first impression is to go for Paris Smith, The Ice Maiden or Wild Horses. I'll have to give it another listen before voting. This album is ridiculously amazing.

kitchen person, Monday, 10 July 2017 00:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

We Let The Stars Go or Wild Horses for me...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 10 July 2017 00:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's pretty much between literally every track, but especially like, wild horses vs. carnival 2000 vs. moon dog vs. jesse james bolero vs. the ice maiden vs. one of the broken vs. scarlet nights vs. doo wop in harlem

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 10 July 2017 00:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Welcome to the glow of high octane affairs
Esperanto style and blonde disheveled hair

nomar, Monday, 10 July 2017 01:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's pretty much between literally every track, but especially like, wild horses vs. carnival 2000 vs. moon dog vs. jesse james bolero vs. the ice maiden vs. one of the broken vs. scarlet nights vs. doo wop in harlem

― ToddBonzalez (BradNelson),

The Wedding March is the only song that's below 10/10 here.

kitchen person, Monday, 10 July 2017 01:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wild Horses. a friend of mine turned me onto Prefab Sprout last year, he said that this song "presaged an entire genre/generation of music." it's an incredible song on its own, and it really is so ahead of its time. Love the syncopation in the chorus.

flappy bird, Monday, 10 July 2017 01:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wild horses is the greatest

ufo, Monday, 10 July 2017 01:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

moon dog

J. Sam, Monday, 10 July 2017 04:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

We Let The Stars Go

piscesx, Monday, 10 July 2017 09:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Feels almost impossible. Might be my favourite album?

One problem might be that it doesn't really come apart - All the World… and All Boys and The Ice Maiden fit together and speak to one another and make each other better; the same for the whole redemption/religion/death run at the end.

Maybe Wild Horses as a stand alone? Always loved We Let The Stars go, but now I think it could do with an extra verse.

woof, Monday, 10 July 2017 10:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

voodoo up, rollmo down

just another (diamonddave85), Monday, 10 July 2017 15:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The smooth jazz vibe of Machine Gun is the only one I get enthusiastic about revisiting on Jordan. I prefer Steve overall

calstars, Monday, 10 July 2017 16:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"The Wedding March" - "the grace that it takes / the grace you deserve / requires a lighter touch" - is a 10/10 for me. All 19 songs, killer, no filler. Love seeing people choose different tracks here.

One of those albums, over the years, every song has jumped out as being brilliant. So many lyrics to love - "Jesse James is thinking of the breaks he never had / and the gene that cursed his blood group Rhesus Bad", "Don't goodbye deserve some Bach, not barbershop?", "Girl, when I burn / hell, nothing's the same", "Can't forget His final words were 'Ain't no comeback gonna come your way.'" ....

I went with "Scarlet Nights" over "Wild Horses" (Jenny Agutter!) just because the guitar is always uplifting and cathartic after the previous three, and great on the car stereo.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 10 July 2017 17:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

After listening to this again, I've narrowed it down to either We Let The Stars Go or Paris Smith. We Let The Stars Go could get my vote because of the sparkling synths that appear as he sings the chorus. I could go with Paris Smith purely based of the line, "but I tried to be the Fred Astaire of words" combined with that beautiful swirling flute.

Ever since I got heavily into this band, I thought the hard decision was deciding if Swoon or Steve McQueen was their masterpiece. Now I'm starting to think it could be this?

kitchen person, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 19:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Given that it's divided into four suite, how do you rate them? I'd go 4>1>3>2, 'Jesse James Bolero' and 'The Wedding March' are the weak points for me, but even they have their pleasures.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'suites'

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wild Horses has been a constant in my life since it came out so it was pretty clear cut in the end...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Friday, 14 July 2017 04:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Apart from one or two tracks, this album drops off considerably after "all the world loves lovers" imo

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Friday, 14 July 2017 12:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

idk how you could possibly choose just one

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 14 July 2017 18:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Given that it's divided into four suite, how do you rate them? I'd go 4>1>3>2, 'Jesse James Bolero' and 'The Wedding March' are the weak points for me, but even they have their pleasures.

― Dan Worsley, Thursday, July 13, 2017 1:40 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hmmmmmm

2>3>4>1

no that's not right

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

every song is great

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think i'm gonna go with "we let the stars go"

joshywinty (josh), Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:00 (one week ago) Permalink

end of the road i'm traveling

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Michael was my favourite when the album came out and on a recent re-listen it struck me as being weirdly beautiful. Probably not actually the best song on the album but my choice for this poll anyway.

treefell, Saturday, 15 July 2017 11:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:01 (five days ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 24 July 2017 00:01 (four days ago) Permalink

Good results. Can't really argue with that top three.

The biggest surprise is that Looking For Atlantis didn't get a single vote.

kitchen person, Monday, 24 July 2017 00:04 (four days ago) Permalink

"One Of The Broken" deserved a vote too.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 24 July 2017 01:50 (four days ago) Permalink

Yeah, pretty rare album poll where the first track doesn't get a single vote.

henry s, Monday, 24 July 2017 03:07 (four days ago) Permalink

this album is good

k3vin k., Monday, 24 July 2017 18:36 (four days ago) Permalink


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