This is a really hard call. Hot Chip Comming on Strong has a sound to it that seems organic in its first playing, and then seems like a tribute to a variety of artists on other listenings. Plus it just rocks like nothing and makes you just want to give up your day job and take up being in a band. The first tracks drag you in and you can't help but catch on to them.
Sinead O'Connor's Collaborations, on the other hand, is a compilation of her work with other artists. (And I know that last link sucks, but that' s all I could find that seems official.) Aside from some rather unfortunate work with U2 and the ever-boring Peter Gabriel, the whole of the collection is very strong with Bomb the Bass' "Empire" leading the way for compelling music. There is a broad range featuring O'Connor's perfect voice: some political and some just downright sexy and overwhelming. (Did I ever tell you I have a thing for Sinead's voice? God damn that woman can sing. Oh wow. If only every woman could sing like she can.) Sorry about that. I was just fantasizing for a moment. Did I ever tell you I have a thing for Sinead O'Connor? It probably has something to do with the Irish girl I was desperately in love with once. (Hey and no bald chicks jokes, suckas. She's grown her hair out now, but still chicks who shave their heads are sexy in my book. Remember the woman from Star Trek I? VEEJUR! VEEJUR! ) But I digress.
So which is the best?
I'll leave that up to you. They'll both be back in the SLC Public Library by the 24th of June.