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Pitchforks 200 greatest albums of the decade...

as you all know by now, Pitchfork is posting their picks for their top 200 albums of the decade starting tomorrow. They'll be posting their picks for 200-151 tomorrow morning.

Anyways, here's my top (hypothetical) top 20 list for Pitchfork. They'll post their real top 20 October 2nd.


20. Sung Tongs- Animal Collective
19. The Moon and Antarctica- Modest Mouse
18. The Glow Pt. 2- The Microphones
17. Since I Left You- The Avalanches
16. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
15. In Rainbows- Radiohead
14. Silent Shout- The Knife
13. Turn on the Bright Lights- Interpol
12. Return to Cookie Mountain- TV on the Radio
11. Ys- Joanna Newsom
10. Third- Portishead
9. Illinois- Sufjan Stevens
8. Person Pitch- Panda Bear
7. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot- Wilco
6. Stankonia- OutKast
5. Funeral- Arcade Fire
4. The Blueprint- Jay-Z
3. Kid A- Radiohead
2. Sound of Silver- LCD Soundsystem
1. Merriweather Post Pavilion- Animal Collective


any other guesses??

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Before they start counting down, I figure I'll lock in my T20 prediction.

20. Trail of Dead - Source Tags and Codes
19. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Dorner
18. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
17. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
16. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
15. The Strokes - Is This It
14. The Microphones - The Glow, pt 2
13. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
12. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3
11. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
10. Kanye West - Late Registration
9. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
8. The Knife - Silent Shout
7. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
6. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
5. OutKast - Stankonia
4. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
1. Radiohead - Kid A

Me and my high school's hipster faction have all made our T20 predictions. I'd bet my left arm that 17 of these are right.

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SR, did you mean for 12. The Blueprint instead of The Blueprint 3? I'm assuming you did, but I'm just curious.

Sadly, none of my friends read pitchfork, so I guess you guys are the only ones that I have to discuss this with.

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Oh yeah I absolutely did, must have been a freudian slip or something. Aside from my predicted T20 albums, I think these have a shot at cracking it and thus proving me wrong:

Portishead- Third
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
M.I.A - Kala
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Madvillain - Madvillainy
TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
Joanna Newsom - Ys

I expect these albums to be more in the 20-40 range though.

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200-151 is out!

200. Jay Reatard- Blood Visions
199. Deerhoof- Apple O'
198. Boris- Akuma No Uta
197. Yeasayer- All Hour Cymbals
196. William Basinski- The Disintegration Loops
195. Bonnie "Prince" Billy- The Letting Go
194. Pulp- We Love Life
193. Devendra Benhart- Rejoicing in the Hands
192. Art Brut- Bang Bang Rock & Roll
191. Air- Talkie Walkie

190. Elliott Smith- Figure 8
189. Jamie Lidell- Multiply
188. M83- Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
187. Stars of the Lid- The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
186. The Thermals- The Body, The Blood, The Machine
185. Scarface- The Fix
184. Vitalic- OK Cowboy
183. Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
182. Max Tundra- Mastered by Guy at the Exchange
181. Andrew Bird- Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs

180. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus
179. Camera Obscura- Let's Get Out of This Country
178. Lil Wayne- Tha Carter II
177. Broadcast- The Noise Made By People
176. The Mountain Goats- Tallahassee
175. Various Artists- Total 3
174. Okkervil River- Black Sheep Boy
173. Herbert- Bodily Functions
172. Constantines- Shine a Light
171. The Go! Team- Thunder, Lightning, Strike

170. Bright Eyes- Fevers and Mirrors
169. Common- Like Water for Chocolate
168. Califone- Roots and Crowns
167. Annie- Anniemal
166. Jim O'Rourke- Insignificance
165. Ricardo Villalobos- Alcachofa
164. Les Savy Fav- Rome (Written Upside Down) EP
163. DJ /rupture- Uproot
162. Wu-Tang Clan- The W
161. Air France- No Way Down

160. Deerhunter- Cryptograms
159. Girl Talk- Night Ripper
158. Destroyer- Destroyer's Rubies
157. Lightning Bolt- Wonderful Rainbow
156. Bloc Party- Silent Alarm
155. Clipse- Lord Willin'
154. Ghostface Killah- The Pretty Toney Album
153. Jens Lekman- Night Falls Over Kortedala
152. Cannibal Ox- The Cold Vein
151. The Walkmen- Bows and Arrows

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Quote: Moonbeam
200-151 is out!

186. The Thermals- The Body, The Blood, The Machine
184. Vitalic- OK Cowboy
183. Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
162. Wu-Tang Clan- The W
156. Bloc Party- Silent Alarm


Glad to see those ones, Bloc Party and Arctic Monkeys usually seems disliked by Pitchfork while their first albums are pretty good.
The W often suffers the comparison with Enter The Wu-Tang but showed new ideas and a more variate sound, even if it is not as coherent and dense as Enter the... I Can't Go To Sleep is probably one of the top 10 hip-hop songs of the decade by the way.
And Vitalic and the Thermals are personal favourites.

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Pretty solid start, especially:

199. Deerhoof- Apple O'
198. Boris- Akuma No Uta
194. Pulp- We Love Life
180. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus
171. The Go! Team- Thunder, Lightning, Strike
167. Annie- Anniemal
166. Jim O'Rourke- Insignificance
165. Ricardo Villalobos- Alcachofa
159. Girl Talk- Night Ripper
157. Lightning Bolt- Wonderful Rainbow
154. Ghostface Killah- The Pretty Toney Album
152. Cannibal Ox- The Cold Vein

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I am pleasantly surprised to see Bright Eyes "Fevers and Mirrors" on there, it's my favorite album of his. Bright Eyes in general doesn't usually get much love on Pitchfork lists.

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ach I shouldn't be on this forum, I really should be working, but I find this new '3 albums per artist' rule intriguing. Seems Animal Colelctive are gonna be the biggest losers from this - wonder which one of Feels and Strawberry Jam won't make the list?? And who else has made 3 or more great albums this decade?

Ah, Spoon mite lose out too - P4K love most of their album..

EDIT: Scheisse and of course RADIOHEAD! They can't pick only 3 albums from them, though presumably hail to the thief is gonna go...

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Quote: Antimony92
ach I shouldn't be on this forum, I really should be working, but I find this new '3 albums per artist' rule intriguing. Seems Animal Colelctive are gonna be the biggest losers from this - wonder which one of Feels and Strawberry Jam won't make the list?? And who else has made 3 or more great albums this decade?


Radiohead and The White Stripes both have 4 very solid albums this decade. Pitchfork isn't a Stripes fan though, so we're prob only getting De Stijl and White Blood Cells. That said, I think Feels and Strawberry Jam will edge out Sung Tongs, while HTTT is obviously the Radiohead exclusion. The only other artists I can think of that would put up three albums in the fork's T200 are Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, TV on the Radio, and Ghostface, although there are probably more I'm forgetting.

The only real surprise for me so far is the low pacement for Bows + Arrows. I thought that one would T100.

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Quote: SR


That said, I think Feels and Strawberry Jam will edge out Sung Tongs, while HTTT is obviously the Radiohead exclusion. The only other artists I can think of that would put up three albums in the fork's T200 are Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, TV on the Radio, and Ghostface, although there are probably more I'm forgetting.

The only real surprise for me so far is the low pacement for Bows + Arrows. I thought that one would T100.


Agree with you on the Bows + Arrows front - esp after The Rat broke T20 on the singles list.
Really? I know Straw... and Feels were both rated higher, but Sung Tongs (even though I don't like it THAT much, but probably still prefer it to the other two overall) seemed (to pitchfork at least) like a revelation, which I think will make it rate v. high.

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It would be great if someone could please post #101-150. For some reason I can't access it on Pitchfork's site.

I read somewhere else that Franz Ferdinand and The National appear on today's list. It's a pity they are outside the top 100. Ho hum - they will no doubt appear higher on various other EOD lists.

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Quote: Antimony92
Quote: SR


That said, I think Feels and Strawberry Jam will edge out Sung Tongs, while HTTT is obviously the Radiohead exclusion. The only other artists I can think of that would put up three albums in the fork's T200 are Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, TV on the Radio, and Ghostface, although there are probably more I'm forgetting.

The only real surprise for me so far is the low pacement for Bows + Arrows. I thought that one would T100.


Agree with you on the Bows + Arrows front - esp after The Rat broke T20 on the singles list.
Really? I know Straw... and Feels were both rated higher, but Sung Tongs (even though I don't like it THAT much, but probably still prefer it to the other two overall) seemed (to pitchfork at least) like a revelation, which I think will make it rate v. high.


I would bet on Strawberry Jam as the AC exclusion.

I wonder which 2009 albums will make the cut. Merriweather for sure, Veckatimest and Bitte Orca probably but can any else make it ? I would say that Fever Ray deserves it but I would not bet.

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Quote: Nassim

I wonder which 2009 albums will make the cut. Merriweather for sure, Veckatimest and Bitte Orca probably but can any else make it ? I would say that Fever Ray deserves it but I would not bet.


The second part 150-100 And still not a single album from 2009. Bad year... Maybe XX will be in top 100.

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Franz comes in at 101 with their debut. For as much as many railed against it being overrated, it seems to be turning into a rather underrated album!

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Quote: pop elton

The second part 150-100 And still not a single album from 2009. Bad year... Maybe XX will be in top 100.


Hey, now the list has albums that I actually know of, but own psychical copies of!

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I can't view the Pitchfork page either.

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150. The New Pornographers- Twin Cinema
149. Tough Alliance- A New Chance
148. Erlend Øye- DJ Kicks
147. T.I.- King
146. My Morning Jacket- Z
145. Fiery Furnaces- Blueberry Boat
144. Andrew W.K.- I Get Wet
143. The Decemberists- Picaresque
142. Primal Scream- XTRMNTR
141. Neko Case- Blacklisted

140. TV on the Radio- Dear Science
139. Love Is All- Nine Times That Same Song
138. The Libertines- Up the Bracket
137. Iron & Wine- The Creek Drank the Cradle
136. No Age- Weirdo Rippers
135. Sigur Ros- ()
134. Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf
133. Erykah Badu- New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War
132. Hercules and the Love Affair- Hercules and the Love Affair
131. The Notwist- Neon Golden

130. Clipse- We Got It 4 Cheap, Vol. 2
129. The Streets- A Grand Don't Come for Free
128. Life Without Buildings- Any Other City
127. Sleater-Kinney- The Woods
126. Mastodon- Leviathan
125. The Books- Thought for Food
124. PJ Harvey- Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
123. Four Tet- Rounds
122. Ryan Adams- Heartbreaker
121. Broadcast- Haha Sound

120. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists- The Tyranny of Distance
119. Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP
118. The Beta Band- Hot Shots II
117. Low- Things We Lost in the Fire
116. Michael Mayer- Immer
115. The Shins- Oh, Inverted World
114. Cam'ron- Purple Haze
113. LCD Soundsystem- LCD Soundsystem
112. Feist- The Reminder
111. M83- Saturdays = Youth

110. The National- Boxer
109. Band of Horses- Everything All the Time
108. Sonic Youth- Murray Street
107. Justice-
106. Caribou- Up in Flames
105. Battles- Mirrored
104. The Postal Service- Give Up
103. M.I.A./Diplo- Piracy Funds Terrorism Volume 1
102. The Mountain Goats- The Sunset Tree
101. Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand

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Kind of funny to see Andrew W.K. up there when they gave the album a .6 in their original review.

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Quote: Nassim
Quote: Antimony92
Quote: SR


That said, I think Feels and Strawberry Jam will edge out Sung Tongs, while HTTT is obviously the Radiohead exclusion. The only other artists I can think of that would put up three albums in the fork's T200 are Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, TV on the Radio, and Ghostface, although there are probably more I'm forgetting.

The only real surprise for me so far is the low pacement for Bows + Arrows. I thought that one would T100.


Agree with you on the Bows + Arrows front - esp after The Rat broke T20 on the singles list.
Really? I know Straw... and Feels were both rated higher, but Sung Tongs (even though I don't like it THAT much, but probably still prefer it to the other two overall) seemed (to pitchfork at least) like a revelation, which I think will make it rate v. high.


I would bet on Strawberry Jam as the AC exclusion.

I wonder which 2009 albums will make the cut. Merriweather for sure, Veckatimest and Bitte Orca probably but can any else make it ? I would say that Fever Ray deserves it but I would not bet.


I hope Strawberry Jam is included, it's my favorite. also, i just saw fever ray last night, she was amazing!

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Quote: Michael


I hope Strawberry Jam is included, it's my favorite. also, i just saw fever ray last night, she was amazing!


I know it's off topic, but what was Fever Ray like live? She's playing in London soon, and being a poor student, I'm not sure whether its worth the 23quid or so to see her...

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Quote: EricB
Kind of funny to see Andrew W.K. up there when they gave the album a .6 in their original review.


My thoughts exactly.

I'm glad to see M83 getting its due. Justice is too high.

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Quote: Antimony92
Quote: Michael


I hope Strawberry Jam is included, it's my favorite. also, i just saw fever ray last night, she was amazing!


I know it's off topic, but what was Fever Ray like live? She's playing in London soon, and being a poor student, I'm not sure whether its worth the 23quid or so to see her...


You really should go to see the show.
Here's link to topic I started in March.
[8-)]
I saw Fever Ray again last month. There were something wrong with the bass and the setlist (list of songs) was same but it was still a very good gig. The visual things are so amazing that I would recommend it also to deaf.

By the way at least in US tour the supporting act is Vuk. Don't miss it either. (I'm not sure is the US tour already over.)

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I don't remember a lot of these doing well when Pitchfork first reviewed them. A lot of stuff on here that I personally like but again, I don't remember them liking those albums. I kind stopped reading Pitchfork during those years because they seemed to like the opposite of what I did, but now it seems like it's the opposite of that! I have no problem with that, different writers and 5-6 years will definitely change things.

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A lot of great ones in the 101-150 block. Half the albums I loved 2007-2008.

It's not surprising that a different group does well in lists than in initial reviews. Besides the fact they're writing the reviews only having heard them a week, the reviews are based on one writer and the lists are based on all of them.

Pitchfork seems to expectedly be going out of their way to include pre-discovery albums.

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Quote: Antimony92
Quote: Michael


I hope Strawberry Jam is included, it's my favorite. also, i just saw fever ray last night, she was amazing!


I know it's off topic, but what was Fever Ray like live? She's playing in London soon, and being a poor student, I'm not sure whether its worth the 23quid or so to see her...


it's well worth it. the costumes are spectacular and they have a cool lazer/light set up. (antique lamps flashing with the beat). it was very enjoyable. Vuk also has a very beautiful voice (if she also opens for them in england)

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100-51 is now up.

100. ...And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Dead- Source Tags & Codes
99. Lil Wayne- Da Drought 3
98. Cat Power- You Are Free
97. The Dismemberment Plan- Change
96. Spoon- Girls Can Tell
95. Grizzly Bear- Yellow House
94. Mclusky- Mclusky Do Dallas
93. 2 Many DJs- As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2
92. Björk- Vespertine
91. The New Pornographers- Mass Romantic

90. Jay Z- The Black Album
89. Wolf Parade- Apologies to the Queen Mary
88. The Wrens- The Meadowlands
87. Kanye West- Graduation
86. Belle and Sebastian- The Life Pursuit
85. Gas- Pop
84. Super Furry Animals- Rings Around the World
83. Joanna Newsom- Ys
82. Beck- Sea Change
81. Hot Chip- The Warning

80. The Clientele- Suburban Light
79. Justin Timberlake- FutureSex/LoveSounds
78. No Age- Nouns
77. Missy Elliott- Miss E... So Addictive
76. Junior Boys- Last Exit
75. Ghostface Killah- Fishscale
74. The White Stripes- Elephant
73. The Microphones- The Glow, Pt. 2
72. Sleater-Kinney- One Beat
71. Portishead- Third

70. Sufjan Stevens- Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State
69. Liars- Drum's Not Dead
68. Robyn- Robyn
67. The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
66. J Dilla- Donuts
65. Godpseed You Black Emperor!- Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven
64. The Hold Steady- Boys and Girls in America
63. Of Montreal- Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
62. Dizzee Rascal- Boy in Da Corner
61. Cut Copy- In Ghost Colours

60. Exploding Hearts- Guitar Romantic
59. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists- Hearts of Oak
58. The Field- From Here We Go Sublime
57. The Rapture- Echoes
56. Dirty Projectors- Bitte Orca
55. Animal Collective- Feels
54. M.I.A.- Arular
53. Clinic- Internal Wrangler
52. Clipse- Hell Hath No Fury
51. Vampire Weekend- Vampire Weekend

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Vespertine below Timbertwat has to be a sick joke, and Robyn should swap places with Anniemal, but I'm happy to see Miss E... So Addictive make the cut!

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Animal Collective- Sung Tongs
Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavillion
Antony & The Johnsons- I Am a Bird Now
The Arcade Fire- Funeral
The Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
The Avalanches- Since I Left You
Boards of Canada- Geogaddi
The Books- The Lemon of Pink
Broken Social Scene- You Forgot it In People
Burial- Untrue
Daftpunk- Discovery
Deerhoof- Runners Four
Deerhunter- Microcastle/ Weird Era Cont
Dungen- Ta Det Lugnt
Fennesz- Endless Summer
Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
Fugazi- The Argument
Ghostface Killah- Supreme Clientele
Ghostface Killah- Fishscale
Girls- Album
Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
Interpol- Turn on The Bright Lights
Jay-Z- The Blueprint
The Knife- Silent Shout
LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver
The Liars- We Were Dead, So They Put a Monument on Top
Madvillain- Madvillainy
M.I.A.- Kala
Modest Mouse- The Moon & Antarctica
OutKast- Stankonia
Panda Bear- Person Pitch
Radiohead- Kid A
Radiohead- Amnesiac
Radiohead- In Rainbows
The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow
Sigur Ros- Agaetis Byrjun
Spoon- Kill The Moonlight
Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
The Streets- Original Pirate Material
The Strokes- Is This It
Sufjan Stevens- Illinoise
TV on the Radio- Young Liars EP
TV on the Radio- Return to Cookie Mountain
Kanye West- The College Dropout
Kanye West- Late Registration
The White Stripes- White Blood Cells
Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Brian Wilson- SmiLE


I guarantee that at least 80% of these 50 will make the final cut.

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Quote: Moonbeam
Vespertine below Timbertwat has to be a sick joke, and Robyn should swap places with Anniemal, but I'm happy to see Miss E... So Addictive make the cut!


I love the Robyn album. It's one of the best pop albums of the decade and it never ranks that high because of the way it was released at different times in every country. It deserves the worldwide acclaim it's been getting.

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It's a tragedy that Think Tank is not going to make their top 200.

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Quote: TIM
Quote: Moonbeam
Vespertine below Timbertwat has to be a sick joke, and Robyn should swap places with Anniemal, but I'm happy to see Miss E... So Addictive make the cut!


I love the Robyn album. It's one of the best pop albums of the decade and it never ranks that high because of the way it was released at different times in every country. It deserves the worldwide acclaim it's been getting.


Oh, I like the Robyn album too. I'm happy it's getting acclaim. I just think that Anniemal is better.

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Jonathon, in your top 50 predictions I think you meant THEY THREW US ALL IN A TRENCH AND PUT A MONUMENT ON TOP.

Also, I'd make room for Neko Case's FOX CONFESSOR BRINGS THE FLOOD and OutKast's SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW.

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Quote: Harold Wexler
Jonathon, in your top 50 predictions I think you meant THEY THREW US ALL IN A TRENCH AND PUT A MONUMENT ON TOP.

Also, I'd make room for Neko Case's FOX CONFESSOR BRINGS THE FLOOD and OutKast's SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW.


Pitchfork does not like Speakerboxxx that much, I doubt they would put it on their top 50.
I would not have expected Neon Bible on the top 50 but I would be surprised if it wasn't on the top 200.
I doubt Girls will put their album in the top, they probably have made the votes long before its release.

The Glow pt2, Ys and Boy in Da Corner already out is quite a surprise for me.

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I don't think we'll see another Liars album - it's pretty much consensus that Drum's Not Dead is their peak.

I've sort of resigned myself to the likelihood that The Sophtware Slump won't make this, which is a damn shame. Sometimes when a group disappoints with their follow-ups to a strong album, that album also falls in critical regard. Not really fair, but I think it happened here.

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Two Swedish dark horses:

The Knife - Deep Cuts
Studio - West Coast

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Quote: Jonathon
Animal Collective- Sung Tongs
Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavillion
Antony & The Johnsons- I Am a Bird Now
The Arcade Fire- Funeral
The Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
The Avalanches- Since I Left You
Boards of Canada- Geogaddi
The Books- The Lemon of Pink
Broken Social Scene- You Forgot it In People
Burial- Untrue
Daftpunk- Discovery
Deerhoof- Runners Four
Deerhunter- Microcastle/ Weird Era Cont
Dungen- Ta Det Lugnt
Fennesz- Endless Summer
Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
Fugazi- The Argument
Ghostface Killah- Supreme Clientele
Ghostface Killah- Fishscale
Girls- Album
Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
Interpol- Turn on The Bright Lights
Jay-Z- The Blueprint
The Knife- Silent Shout
LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver
The Liars- We Were Dead, So They Put a Monument on Top
Madvillain- Madvillainy
M.I.A.- Kala
Modest Mouse- The Moon & Antarctica
OutKast- Stankonia
Panda Bear- Person Pitch
Radiohead- Kid A
Radiohead- Amnesiac
Radiohead- In Rainbows
The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow
Sigur Ros- Agaetis Byrjun
Spoon- Kill The Moonlight
Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
The Streets- Original Pirate Material
The Strokes- Is This It
Sufjan Stevens- Illinoise
TV on the Radio- Young Liars EP
TV on the Radio- Return to Cookie Mountain
Kanye West- The College Dropout
Kanye West- Late Registration
The White Stripes- White Blood Cells
Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Brian Wilson- SmiLE


I guarantee that at least 80% of these 50 will make the final cut.


Ghostface Fishscale was already on the list, I think in the mid-60s. Other than that, the only ones I'm not sure about on your list are Neon Bible, Sung Tongs, and Young Liars EP. DY,BB will make it over the EP, Strawberry Jam will have made it over Sung Tongs, and I'm not 100% Neon Bible will make the cut (though it certainly deserves it).

If I'm right about Neon Bible, that + Fishscale mean two variable slots. So there is a small chance Think Tank might make it, although I wouldn't hold my breath. After all, Parklife didn't break their T50 of the 90s.

It's great to see Sea Change and Elephant make the list. Both albums are classics that they dismissed on release due to hype backlash. I'm glad they've seen the error in their ways.

With 50 to go, I have 17 of my T20 right. Now I think it will be my initial mix, plus White Blood Cells, Return to Cookie Mountain, and Discovery.

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I too still have 17 out of my 20 albums left. Ys, Thirs, and The Glow pt. 2 were the ones that ahve already appeared. I think my top 20 will be the same, minus these three albums, and plus White Blood Cells, Original Pirate Material, and Is This It.
making my NEW T20

20. Sung Tongs- Animal Collective
19. The Moon and Antarctica- Modest Mouse
18. Original Pirate Material- The Streets
17. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
16. Is This It- The Strokes
15. Since I Left You- The Avalanches
14. White Blood Cells- The White Stripes
13. In Rainbows- Radiohead
12. Silent Shout- The Knife
11. Return to Cookie Mountain- TV on the Radio
10. Turn on the Bright Lights- Interpol
9. Illinois- Sufjan Stevens
8. Person Pitch- Panda Bear
7. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot- Wilco
6. Stankonia- OutKast
5. Funeral- Arcade Fire
4. The Blueprint- Jay-Z
3. Kid A- Radiohead
2. Sound of Silver- LCD Soundsystem
1. Merriweather Post Pavilion- Animal Collective

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50-21:

50. Deerhunter- Microcastle
49. Antony and the Johnsons- I Am a Bird Now
48. The Hold Steady- Separation Sunday
47. Joanna Newsom- The Milk-Eyed Mender
46. The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow
45. Fugazi- The Argument
44. D'Angelo- Voodoo
43. Luomo- Vocal City
42. Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
41. Burial- Untrue

40. The National- Alligator
39. Boredoms- Vision Creation Newsun
38. Phoenix- It's Never Been Like That
37. Yo la Tengo- And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
36. The Streets- Original Pirate Material
35. Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
34. Radiohead- Amnesiac
33. Basement Jaxx- Rooty
32. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
31. TV on the Radio- Return to Cookie Mountain

30. Boards of Canada- Geogaddi
29. Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
28. Kanye West- The College Dropout
27. Animal Collective- Sung Tongs
26. Fennesz- Endless Summer
25. Madvillian- Madvilliany
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Fever to Tell
23. Broken Social Scene- You Forgot It in People
22. M.I.A.- Kala
21. Radiohead- In Rainbows

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Don't know the order, but this is very likely the top 20:

Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavillion
The Arcade Fire- Funeral
The Avalanches- Since I Left You
Interpol- Turn on The Bright Lights
Jay-Z- The Blueprint
The Knife- Silent Shout
LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver
Modest Mouse- The Moon & Antarctica
OutKast- Stankonia
Panda Bear- Person Pitch
Radiohead- Kid A
Sigur Ros- Agaetis Byrjun
Spoon- Kill The Moonlight
The Streets- Original Pirate Material
The Strokes- Is This It
Sufjan Stevens- Illinoise
Kanye West- Late Registration
The White Stripes- White Blood Cells
Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Brian Wilson- SmiLE

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The Streets album is already on the list.
And I doubt there will be Late Registration, not as fresh as College Dropout nore as reinventive as Graduation.

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They gave Late Registration a 9.5. That seems to be their prefered Kanye album.

The Streets had a different album; not original pirate material.

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Quote: Jonathon
They gave Late Registration a 9.5. That seems to be their prefered Kanye album.

The Streets had a different album; not original pirate material.


Original Pirate Material is #36 on their list.

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what about Neon Bible??

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Quote: Nick
what about Neon Bible??


It was ranked 27 in their 2007 list, there is no chance it reaches their top 20 (and to me it does not deserve to be in the top 100 anyway... should probably have been in the top 200)

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Lemon of Pink has a chance to make it imo

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And the winner of the "obligatory top 50 album that no one's ever heard of before" award goes to ... Luomo. I might be missing something, but is anyone here familiar with this record at all?

Isn't AGAETIS BYRJUN a 1999 album?

I think Jonathon might have been trying to say that the Streets' A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE could make the top 20. I doubt it, though. I'm doubting NEON BIBLE, too, even though it would be great to see both AF albums in the top 20.

I'm thinking DISCOVERY will definitely be in there.

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Quote: Ned
Lemon of Pink has a chance to make it imo


Basically there are 18 locks, with Spoon, Ghostface, and the Books competing for last two spots (I think they've decided SMiLE to be ineligible). I don't think the Books will make it personally (it was lower than Clientele and Kill the moonlight in 00-04) and thus I suggest the following.

1. Radiohead - Kid A
2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
4. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
5. OutKast - Stankonia
6. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
7. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
8. The Knife - Silent Shout
9. The Strokes - Is This It
10. Kanye West - Late Registration
11. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
12. Jay Z - The Blueprint
13. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
14. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
15. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
16. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
17. Daft Punk - Discovery
18. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
19. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
20. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Is anyone else upset about Sung Tongs over Strawberry Jam? Other than a few nitpicks like that, I think this list is incredibly good; maybe the best pitchfork's ever done.

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Quote: Ned
Lemon of Pink has a chance to make it imo


Basically there are 18 locks, with Spoon, Ghostface, and the Books competing for last two spots (I think they've decided SMiLE to be ineligible). I don't think the Books will make it personally (it was lower than Clientele and Kill the moonlight in 00-04) and thus I suggest the following.

1. Radiohead - Kid A
2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
4. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
5. OutKast - Stankonia
6. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
7. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
8. The Knife - Silent Shout
9. The Strokes - Is This It
10. Kanye West - Late Registration
11. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
12. Jay Z - The Blueprint
13. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
14. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
15. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
16. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
17. Daft Punk - Discovery
18. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
19. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
20. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Is anyone else upset about Sung Tongs over Strawberry Jam? Other than a few nitpicks like that, I think this list is incredibly good; maybe the best pitchfork's ever done. If Funeral takes first I'll update it to Best List Ever.

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Quote: SR
Quote: Ned
Lemon of Pink has a chance to make it imo


Basically there are 18 locks, with Spoon, Ghostface, and the Books competing for last two spots (I think they've decided SMiLE to be ineligible). I don't think the Books will make it personally (it was lower than Clientele and Kill the moonlight in 00-04) and thus I suggest the following.

1. Radiohead - Kid A
2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
4. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
5. OutKast - Stankonia
6. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
7. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
8. The Knife - Silent Shout
9. The Strokes - Is This It
10. Kanye West - Late Registration
11. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
12. Jay Z - The Blueprint
13. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
14. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
15. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
16. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
17. Daft Punk - Discovery
18. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
19. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
20. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Is anyone else upset about Sung Tongs over Strawberry Jam? Other than a few nitpicks like that, I think this list is incredibly good; maybe the best pitchfork's ever done. If Funeral takes first I'll update it to Best List Ever.


That would indeed be a great top 20, but I'm not that much satisfied by the 21-50 range.

And yeah, Strawberry Jam is my favourite AC album, and would be in their list without their stupid "3 albums rule". Still Sung Tongs is the strangest, Feels the most homogenous with a dark and wild mood through all the albums and MPP is the electronic and user-friendly one (it is supposed to anyway, I find Strawberry Jam more accessible). Strawberry Jam has all the qualities, but none pushed to the extreme liked in the others.

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Quote: Harold Wexler
I think Jonathon might have been trying to say that the Streets' A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE could make the top 20. I doubt it, though.


I particularly doubt it because the album's already on the list, at #129. So, clearly Jonathon wasn't trying to say that. And, clearly, I should've looked at the list before posting.

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Quote: sonofsamiam
I don't think we'll see another Liars album - it's pretty much consensus that Drum's Not Dead is their peak.


I would've agreed with you on that one, but the inclusion of Seperation Sunday and The MilkEyed Mender, over BAGIA and Ys respectively (consensus being the latter picks are their peaks) makes me a little unsure. Liars did T30 in the 2004 list, and some bands had v. surprisingly high placements (eg phoenix, yyys, bon iver, the national - by the way, i do like all those 4 albums, and imo Alligator completely deserved its placement, though they weren't rated that highly by PF).

T20: I personally think Lemon will make it over Clientele.

It's interesting also, the only albums from the 2nd half of the decade that are gonna T20 are: Illinois (05), Late Registration (05), Silent Shout (06), Person Pitch (07), Sound of Silver (07) and MPP (09). That's only 6 out of 20...

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Quote: Antimony92
It's interesting also, the only albums from the 2nd half of the decade that are gonna T20 are: Illinois (05), Late Registration (05), Silent Shout (06), Person Pitch (07), Sound of Silver (07) and MPP (09). That's only 6 out of 20...[/quote


2007 and 2008 were rather average years, but the fact that there are only 3 2009 albums in their top 200 (and not much more on Uncut list) is for me the proof that it is quite dumb to make decade lists that soon... so far 2009 appears to be a great year to me !

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SMiLE ineligible? why? It made their best of 200-2004, and ranked pretty highly. I'd love to see it in though, it makes my personal top 20 of the decade.

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1. Radiohead - Kid A
2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
4. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
5. OutKast - Stankonia
6. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
7. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
8. The Knife - Silent Shout
9. The Strokes - Is This It
10. Kanye West - Late Registration
11. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
12. Jay Z - The Blueprint
13. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
14. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
15. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
16. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
17. Daft Punk - Discovery
18. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
19. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
20. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele


I think you've nailed what is in the list, not sure about the order. The one wildcard is whether they actually did deem Smile ineligible, and if not, will that be in place of Agaetis Byrjun, as that officially came out in 1999.

Of course, Vision Creation Newsun also officially came out in 1999. Very glad it made the list, btw!

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Harold...it was late and I missed Original Pirate Material on the list.


They ranked Sigur Ros as a 2000s album twice in the past, based on the fact that it wasn't issued in the United States until then.

I still stand by my list, replacing Original Pirate Material with the Lemon of Pink.

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I hope Wilco makes the top 10; I always felt like pitchfork tried to make an example out of Wilco for bringing too much classic songcraft along with their experiments as opposed to "Truly" experimental music.

I have a good feeling though!

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I still stand by my list, replacing Original Pirate Material with the Lemon of Pink.

I'm pretty sure Supreme Clientele will make this ahead of Lemon of Pink. Books in the Top 20 would certainly be interesting...

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Supreme Clientele could beat Lemon of Pink. I was more refering to the presence of Agaetis Byrjun and SMiLE definitely making the list.

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i'm of the opinion Person Pitch will have it over MPP and that PP and Kid A will be the complementary halves just like Loveless and Ok Computer were for their 90's. They won't be able to resist how nicely that ties up the decade.

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Is anyone of the opinion that the newer SMiLe is better than the bootlegs that fans have put together of the actual Beach Boys performing the songs? Because I think the bootlegs are 100 times better. Especially since I'd heard those years before the Brian Wilson album and it just sounded like a rerecording with session musicians. I guess I can understand if that's the first time you'd ever heard SMiLe and don't have anything to compare it to, but I just don't understand why it's considered a classic when there are better versions out there.

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i don't think it's a classic without having heard the bootlegs. haha i still like it though

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I guess it's all right.

Funeral and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot should be switched. I have no clue what the heck that Daft Punk album is doing so high either.

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It's up!

I'm disappointed that Sound of Silver is only 17th, especially given the fact that "Someone Great" and "All My Friends" ranked so highly on the songs list. Having the same number 1 song and album as the 2000-2004 list is a stubbornly Pitchfork thing to do. The preference for stuff from the decade was to be expected, but the degree to which the separation exists in this list is quite shocking, indeed!

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17. Sound of Silver
16. Illinois
15. Silent Shout
14. Merriweather Post Pavillion

When I went through those four my jaw nearly hit the floor. And of course... Kid A again :(. At least they put Funeral at 2.

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Quote: SR
17. Sound of Silver
16. Illinois
15. Silent Shout
14. Merriweather Post Pavillion

When I went through those four my jaw nearly hit the floor. And of course... Kid A again :(. At least they put Funeral at 2.


Those shocked me too. I especially expected Sound of Silver and Illinois to make the top ten, and I know many people though MPP would be top 3 (I'm glad it wasn't). Though I really like the top four, this list does seem like it should have been made at a later time to give newer albums a chance to sink in. The years 2000-2004 provided 12 of the top 13 albums, with most of them coming from `00 and `01. It's not like these years were considered significantly better than more recent ones. I assume Pitchfork will revise this list in a few years like they did with the `90s, and some of the newer albums will move up.

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The list is about as good as you would expect a Pitchfork list to be. I'm surprised they put so much Kanye in there, as he seems more in the Rolling Stone realm of acclaim.

The ones I'm most surprised to see so low are Boxer and Ys. I was also sure Silent Shout would be top ten, but it's high enough.

It's a shame they rushed it out so early they didn't give stuff like Bitte Orca and Actor time to make the list. (Not to mention Embryonic.)

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Bite Orca is 56.

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Quote: VanillaFire1000
Bite Orca is 56.


Ah, I missed that. Are there any other 2009 albums I'm missing or is it just those two?

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Quote: BillAdama

It's a shame they rushed it out so early they didn't give stuff like Bitte Orca and Actor time to make the list. (Not to mention Embryonic.)


They're probably going to redo it just like they did with their 90s list to include albums like Embryonic and Cuban Linx Pt 2.

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:/

i'm kind of disappointed...

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Quote: BillAdama
Quote: VanillaFire1000
Bite Orca is 56.


Ah, I missed that. Are there any other 2009 albums I'm missing or is it just those two?


Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest was in the 40s. Besides that, there were no other `09 albums, though I suspect the list redux in a couple of years will include `09 albums by Raekwon, the Flaming Lips, Phoenix, and Girls as well.

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They say they're going to post an addendum to the list in January with the 09 albums. I'm not really sure what that will look like.

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Listened to 87 out of 200 of this list. 3 out of the top 20 have not reached my ears yet (Kill the Moonlight, Supreme Clientele, and Sigur Ros).

Not too surprised by list. Just as albums released at the end of the year get the shaft, so too do ones that don't have almost 10 years to build up their legendary status. Although with decade lists it's a little confusing, because do you praise something that anticipated all the musical progress of the decade, or something released well into the decade that encompasses all the musical change that actually happened?

I do hope they revisit the list in 5 years. There were definitely some shifts in their 90s lists 4 years apart, including a shift in #1 album of the decade... with OK Computer replacing Loveless.

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I think this was an excellent list. Their 50-1 were gold.

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Just realized... only one Deerhoof at #199!?! Pitchfork had really loved this band this decade, and they were one of the first bands I started to really like because of the pitchfork seal of approval. There must be some kind of backlash. Especially with The Runners Four. Even the best Deerhoof albums can be considered a little slight, but they pulled out all the stops with that one to show a full range of what their sounds could accomplish. It was in the top 10 of the year-end lists for Pitchfork too.

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Detractors say that Pitchfork ratings only measure the degree of resemblance to Radiohead....

I read that in "Telerama" and I found it both funny and, one has to admit, not untrue

The only 10/10 the gave were to Kid A and OK Comp

Not a bad list though, but limited to a special musical universe (critic-friendly indie rock) with rap records acting as alibis ?

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Quote: nicolas
The only 10/10 the gave were to Kid A and OK Comp


Actually, the following albums also received a 10/10 upon initial release:

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See A Darkness
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Our Dead - Source Tags and Codes

I think there might be a few others. So far, those six have held up quite well I would say... well, except for Source Tags and Codes which is probably just okay.

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Yeah...that's 5 masterpieces and Source Tags & Codes.

Also, Walt Mink and Aphex Twin had 10.0s. Richard D. James album was reduced from a 10.0 to an 8.4 circa 2005. I forget the title of the Walt Mink album, but since no albums pre-2000 are still archived, I can't really say.

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Having seen Trail of Dead last weekend (ACL scouting report coming up soon, I promise), I wonder if Source Tags & Codes was an attempted corrective to make Pitchfork seem open to the really badass.

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Schleuse

I think it's easy to forgot amidst all of the Animal Collective and LCD Soundsystem albums that most pitchfork staffers grew up on Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi etc. So it's natural that they'd like an album like Source Tags which has that same spirit.

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Quote: Harold Wexler
And the winner of the "obligatory top 50 album that no one's ever heard of before" award goes to ... Luomo. I might be missing something, but is anyone here familiar with this record at all?



I got this album. Luomo is an alias for electronica/experimental Techno artist Vladislav Delay. He frequently used to release stuff on experimental Dance labels like Mille plateaux, with lots of clicks ´n cuts and ambient-esque soundscapes. Luomo, however, is his more melodic Club-based alter ego. Of course, it´s not the ordinary four-to-the-floor beat, but with plenty of twists and turns. It´s pretty good actually. Those who like The Field albums definitely should check this one out.

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Quote: Mindrocker
Quote: Harold Wexler
And the winner of the "obligatory top 50 album that no one's ever heard of before" award goes to ... Luomo. I might be missing something, but is anyone here familiar with this record at all?



I got this album. Luomo is an alias for electronica/experimental Techno artist Vladislav Delay. He frequently used to release stuff on experimental Dance labels like Mille plateaux, with lots of clicks ´n cuts and ambient-esque soundscapes. Luomo, however, is his more melodic Club-based alter ego. Of course, it´s not the ordinary four-to-the-floor beat, but with plenty of twists and turns. It´s pretty good actually. Those who like The Field albums definitely should check this one out.


Actually the name of the man behind Luomo and Vladislav Delay is Sasu Ripatti. He is very respected in the scene he represents (deep house, techno). Pitchfork is almost the only 'main stream' music magazine that gives him credit (maybe there are few guys who have voted him to #1).

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Don't forget that Amon Tobin's Bricolage, one of my favorite albums, also got a 10. Whenever I start to lose faith in Pitchfork, I always tell myself "but remember Bricolage..."

And Luomo's awesome! Totally deserves to be on the list.