Taking sides: LCD or M.I.A.? Whose album will be better?
For music mega-nerds who are already fussing over Excel spreadsheets labeled "Best Albums 2010" (i.e. us), big news splashed across Twitter this week: Both M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem have new albums coming out very soon.
In Click Track's weekly Taking sides column, our contributors grapple with the question: Which album will be better?
(Cast your vote, after the jump.)
Sarah Godfrey: No real Sophie's Choice for me with this one: M.I.A. all the way. She got Verizon workers to sing a hook for one of the songs on the new album. Do you know how hard it is to get Verizon workers to do anything? If it truly does sound, as Diplo claims, like Gucci Mane meets Animal Collective, sign me up. Also, if M.I.A. doesn't come with new music/videos/fashions soon, Rihanna won't have anything to "draw inspiration" from. And we can't have that.
Allison Stewart: I have high hopes for them both, but I think LCD Soundsystem's will win out. I don't think they've/he's made their/his masterwork yet, and I worry that M.I.A. has. Plus, her ubiquity, and the ubiquity of "Paper Planes," will blunt her impact a little. Also, and this isn't exactly scientific fact, but M.I.A.'s whole privileged rebel thing bugs me a little.
David Malitz: LCD Soundsystem will be better. For the simple reason that LCD Soundsystem is better than everything, always. I have no doubt that both albums will be fantastic and the end of year Pazz and Jop battle will be epic, on the level of Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral. But is there a single LCD song to date that isn't at least 4-star worthy in iTunes? (Yes, but just one, "Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up.") M.I.A. will probably try to use bowafridgeaphone on some song and it won't work as well as didgeridoo did. But LCD will just slay every track, guaranteed.
Chris Richards: Based on the bazillion interviews I've read with each of them, Maya Arulpragasam and James Murphy both seem like wildly competitive musicians. I think they both equate success winning a wide swath of ears while aggressively raising the bar. But LCD Soundsystem stands alone in its field. There are no dance-rock Goliaths for them to topple -- they're the Goliath. M.I.A., on the other hand, still needs to prove that she can be a major figure in hip-hop, not just a passing curiosity. She has more to prove. I think she will.
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