@ZackTeibloom We’re having a three-way. No, it’s not like that. We’re just bringing one scorned song back to life, because evidence has come to light that the Broken Bells vs. Arcade Fire battle was tainted. So there are three options. Andy will tell you why Broken Bells deserved our affection from the first time we heard it and I’ll try to convince you that Robyn danced her way into our hearts and should move on. But if you really want to be a hero, you’ll give the nod to Arcade Fire, my band of the year.
@AndyShore “It’s too late to change your mind. You let loss be your guide.” You hear that Zack? Just because your favorite song loses, doesn’t mean you should change the rules. James Mercer and Danger Mouse say so in the closing sing-a-long section of “The High Road.” That’s totally what they were talking about. This song was the first released by Broken Bells. I had heard about the collaboration, and hearing the first song was very exciting. I listened to it several times in a row. Sent it to a bunch of people. You know that feeling when you’re exciting about having great new music in your life and you want to share it with everyone? “The High Road” does that. That is probably the best argument you can give for any song.
@ZackTeibloom Robyn is a force to be reckoned with. Each of the 3 parts of Body Talk are remarkable, but “Dancing On my Own” is the cream of the crop. From the explosive electronic drums, to the scorchingly hot high parts, it’s a barn burner. Don’t worry, Robyn, we see you. While “High Road” is a fine song, despite the tortuously slow pacing, but when going head to head with Robyn, it has no shot. I made a CD of all 16 songs in the contest, and I skip “High Road” every time. I’ll listen to Robyn at least twice in a row. There’s something to be said for that.
@ZackTeibloom If you went home for the holidays, you may already be feeling a little nostalgic. At the very least, you’re remembering your old house and neighborhood. Close all your Internet windows except one, plug in your home address and pay attention. You’ve just watched the pinnacle of the best album of the year made so personal you can’t escape it. Vote Arcade Fire.