Elite 8

The Sweet 16 round of the Album of the Year tournament has come to a close.  The round featured some very close finishes, with two matchups determined in tiebreakers. Click the box to find out what remains.

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The remaining eight albums can be called elite, but they’re by no means champions. For that, they need to win three more times. Let’s take a look at this round’s matchups.

Mac Demarco – Salad Days and Beck – Morning Phase face off for a spot in the Final Four.  Salad Days’ popularity in the nominations indicate it as this matchup’s favorite, but don’t count out the Grammy-nominated Morning Phase.

Swans – To Be Kind and its small, loyal following look to derail R&B star FKA Twigs’ LP1.

Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 looked strong in the first two rounds of voting. We’ll see if it can maintain its momentum against Aphex Twin – Syro.

St. Vincent – s/t takes on Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! in what may be a close matchup with no clear favorite.

But you already know who you’re voting for, don’t you? Go on, then.


Read on for a recap of round one.

Mac_DeMarco_Salad_Days vs. Futureislands-singlesalbum

Mac Demarco – Salad Days slides by Future Islands – Singles with a single vote.

Hozier_album vs. Beck_Morning_Phase

Hozier – s/t falls to Beck – Morning Phase.

FKA_twigs_-_LP1 vs. They_Want_My_Soul

FKA Twigs – LP1 beats Spoon – They Want My Soul by a couple of votes

Swans_To_Be_Kind vs. Todd_Terje_-_It's_Album_Time_album_cover

Swans – To Be Kind flexes against Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

You're_Dead! vs. Alt-J_-_This_is_all_yours

Tiebreaker: FlyLo 83 – Alt-J 75

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! narrowly escapes elimination in a tiebreaker with Alt-J – This Is All Yours

St_Vincent_artwork vs. Silver_Mt._Zion_-_Fuck_Off_Get_Free_We_Pour_Light_On_Everything

St. Vincent – s/t trounces Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – F**k Off Get Free

Aphex_twin_syro vs. Nikki_Nack_artwork

Tiebreaker: Aphex Twin 87 – Tune-Yards 85

Aphex Twin – Syro narrowly defeats Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack in the closest tiebreaker yet.

RunTheJewelsRTJ2 vs. atlas

Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 bests Real Estate – Atlas.