BANKS vs. Tinashe vs. FKA twigs - WINNER REVEALED!

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WHAT?

Welcome to the versus rate for BANKS, Tinashe & FKA twigs. Three talented women carving out their own visions of futuristic pop/R&B on their debut albums all released in 2014.

The popular consensus (or the two people that answered my question) seems to be to only rate the debut albums so I've included the deluxe edition tracks and Japanese bonus tracks where appropriate which has evened out the amount of songs to score for each artist. I would've included the bonus 7" song 'One Time' for twigs too but I've not been able to find a decent quality audio link.

HOW?

If you've taken part in a rate before you should know what you need to do but if not, simply listen to the songs in the post below and mark each one out of 10; 0 being awful/the worst, 10 being amazing/the best. Half marks allowed and the full spectrum of scores is there to utilise so please don't feel bad about throwing out 0's according to your own personal scoring style. However, anybody giving me Blayke/Dannii teas will not be counted.

Once you've finalised your scores send me a PM with them and any optional commentary (which is greatly received as usual). I know there are a lot of rates going on at the moment so I'm going to leave voting open for 4 weeks and a bit (until midnight Saturday 14th February) to hopefully give plenty of time for those who want to take part to get their scores in. If anybody needs longer, please let me know.

HAVE AT IT!
 
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BANKS is Los Angeles native Jillian Banks who has marrried darkly sensual and sometimes striking productions from the likes of SOHN, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Justin Parker and Shlohmo to confessional Fiona Apple inspired songwriting (most overtly on the stripped back 'You Should Know Where I'm Coming From') to craft her debut album Goddess which has slowly been drip-fed since late February 2013 through a collection of increasingly accomplished singles.

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(Spotify link)

01: Alibi
02: Goddess
03: Waiting Game
04: Brain
05: This Is What It Feels Like
06: You Should Know Where I'm Coming From
07: Stick
08: Fuck Em Only We Know
09: Drowning
10: Beggin For Thread
11: Change
12: Someone New
13: Warm Water
14: Under The Table
15: And I Drove You Crazy (Deluxe Edition)
16: Fall Over (Deluxe Edition)
17: Before I Ever Met You (Deluxe Edition)
18: Bedroom Wall (Deluxe Edition)

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Tinashe is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and former model born in Kentucky but raised in Los Angeles. She was previously a member of a teen girl group called The Stunners and appeared in a recurring role in the awful US sitcom Two And A Half Men. She came to prominence and signed to RCA through self released mixtapes created in her home studio. Her 2014 debut album Aquarius pulled together productions from the likes of Blood Diamonds, Mike WiLL Made-It, DJ Mustard, Stargate, Cashmere Cat and Ryan Hemsworth and was compared in reviews to the likes of The Weeknd, Aaliyah and Janet Jackson's seminal 'The Velvet Rope'.

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(Spotify link)

01: Aquarius
02: Bet (feat. Devonté Hynes)
03: Cold Sweat
04: Nightfall (Interlude)
05: 2 On (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
06: How Many Times (feat. Future)
07: What Is There to Lose (Interlude)
08: Pretend (feat. A$AP Rocky)
09: All Hands on Deck
10: Indigo Child (Interlude)
11: Far Side of the Moon
12: The Calm (Interlude)
13: Feels Like Vegas
14: Thug Cry
15: Deep in the Night (Interlude)
16: Bated Breath
17: Wildfire
18: The Storm (Outro)
19: Watch Me Work (Best Buy exclusive / Japan bonus track)
20: Vulnerable (feat. Travi$ Scott) (Japan bonus track)


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FKA twigs, known to her parents as Tahliah Barnett released one of the most arresting debut albums in recent times in the form of 2014's LP1. Matching visual artist and frequent collaborator Jesse Kanda's twisted visuals to equally corkscrew productions from Arca, Emile Haynie, Clams Casino and Sampha, twigs mused on love and sex and her own past as a video girl for the likes of Kylie, Ed Sheeran and... Jessie J. LP1 was featured on many end-of-year polls, compared to the likes of Björk and received nominations for the 2014 Mercury Music Prize and a 2015 GRAMMY (for Best Recording Package oops.)

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(Spotify link)

01: Preface
02: Lights On
03: Two Weeks
04: Hours
05: Pendulum
06: Video Girl
07: Numbers
08: Closer
09: Give Up
10: Kicks
11: Weak Spot (Japan bonus track)
12: Ache (Japan bonus track)
13: Breathe (Japan bonus track)
14: Hide (Japan bonus track)
 
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Re: BANKS vs. Tinashe vs. FKA twigs - VOTING OPEN!

Aquarius will get nothing below an 8 on full songs - are we rating all the interludes? Some like Indigo Child should probably be kept, but the Storm and Nightfall are literally bridges to the songs they work with.

I will judge the others fairly, however.
 
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I'll participate if I can make it all the way through Goddess.
 
Re: BANKS vs. Tinashe vs. FKA twigs - VOTING OPEN!

Aquarius will get nothing below an 8 on full songs - are we rating all the interludes? Some like Indigo Child should probably be kept, but the Storm and Nightfall are literally bridges to the songs they work with.

I think 'Indigo Child' is probably the only Aquarius interlude that needs to be scored, sorry 'Nightfall' fans.
 

RainOnFire

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Nightfall (Interlude) - 10/10

I'm so excited for this!
 
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*clinking of glasses*
"Man............. I am way 2 On"

10/10
 
Re: BANKS vs. Tinashe vs. FKA twigs - VOTING OPEN!

I'm jealous of everyone listening to Aquarius for the first time. It's out of this world. I don't think I've ever been so excited for a rate before.
 
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Guys I will be giving every song on Goddess a ten. Legitimately in my top three albums of all time.
 
Re: BANKS vs. Tinashe vs. FKA twigs - VOTING OPEN!

Oh man. I love Banks and Tinashe but I just don't "get" FKA Twigs. I want to take part in this but I feel like I won't be giving FKA Twigs a fair shot...
 
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Tinashe has this in the bag for me. The top 20 should be comprised of all of Aquarius, Brain, Someone New, Two Weeks and Pendulum.
 
Re: BANKS vs. Tinashe vs. FKA twigs - VOTING OPEN!

These were all in my top 5 albums from last year (Broke With Expensive Taste being number 1) so it's very likely I'll be taking part in this.
 

2014

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FKA > Tinashe > Banks for me, looking forward to getting started on this!
 
Re: BANKS vs. Tinashe vs. FKA twigs - VOTING OPEN!

I really love Tinashe and am starting to appreciate Banks, but I think my boyfriend has killed Twigs for me by playing the album every single time I'm there. While I'll still bop to 'Two Weeks', the rest annoys me through sheer exhaustion.
 
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Awesome opportunity to properly sit down with Goddess, LP1 was #7 on my Top 15 albums of 2014 and Aquarius... I'll let y'all see my average. I think I'll like the album more this time around but we'll see!
 

Mr.Arroz

Staff member
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I have no interest in BANKS so I'm not sure I'm up for this!
 
Re: BANKS vs. Tinashe vs. FKA twigs - VOTING OPEN!

I'm a couple of tracks into LP1 and my head hurts. Two Weeks is good, is there anything else on the album like it?
 

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