I didn’t really mean objectively, more for the hosts. There are places in the first round where other groups of people might have had more of a debate but I don’t think this is the group, and I don’t really know that there is a solution to this problem- someone taking an opinion contrary to their actual tastes would be even worse. It kinda sucks that some of the albums don’t have a lot of representation but I don’t really think there’s much to be done about it, outside of restarting the whole thing by creating their own bracket first.
I want to say that Austin has spoken really positively about Ultralight Beams but I might be mistaken. Personally, Chance’s verse might carry the whole bracket for me; the first time I heard it on their SNL performance was the maybe the strongest reaction I’ve had to a Kanye song.
As for my picks for next week:
Touch the Sky vs New Workout Plan
The New Workout Plan sucks, I know people who like it for the production but even that is bad. I’m not gonna touch the lyrics
Champion vs Otis
I’m probably in the minority here, and I think Otis is one of Kanye’s strongest beats ever, but I just love the vibe of Champion, the lyrics, how bouncy the beat is. One of the Kanye songs I’ll come back to once in awhile because it pops back into my head for no good reason.
Spaceship vs Ultralight Beams
I know a lot of people really like Spaceship but I don’t know. The verses are good but I don’t like the beat really. I don’t think it’s bad, just not for me? And like I said above, Chance’s verse is so, so, so strong. I like the choir stuff. I really like Coloring Book’s 2nd half and this sounds like it belongs on there (I subscribe to the theory that it was going to be on Coloring Book then Kanye took it for TLOP). I do think the beginning verses are weak but I don’t care Chance is so good.
DIamonds from Sierra Leone vs Dark Fantasy
Surprising myself with this one; my gut pick would have been Dark Fantasy but upon thinking further the chorus is repeated maybe one too many times for me. The rapping on either version of Diamonds is among Kanye’s best. It fits in great with the rest of the album. I dunno, of this week this is probably the matchup whose winner I feel least strongly about.