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Sufjan Stevens #10
Not sure about picking Sufjan yet. I'm pretty sure it won't "bomb" inside the chart like MAYA or MGMT, but since three out of the 4 reviews i read were mixed, i still need some time to see where this is going.
I'm very surprised that Grinderman 2 didn't make it to the list proper. It has a high score on both metacritic and the superior anydecentmusic.com, and I think it's very good. Odd.
didn't the Walkmen have a well received album this year? Looked like it was going to be their best reviewed album to date.
Sean Pak : Grinderman are currently # 016 in the UK, # 045 in the US (only 4 sources reviewed it yet) and # 126 in EU (with some horrible scores, as a 040/100 from Scandinavia and a 050/100 from Belgium.
Tim E : The Walkmen are currently # 069 in the US (with a 050/100 from Rolling Stone and a 060/100 from Tinymixtapes) and have been reviewed yet only from one source outside the US.
usually the opposite happens here especially with British bands. Their albums and reviews tend to come out months before their release in the US.