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Seeing is how this is a site built on the preservation of music through best of lists, it is fair of me to ask of you your thoughts on which album will likely hold up as the year end best when all is tallied up in the end.
I gather these are the 2 likeliest of candidates. If you feel a third party is warranted, then by all means please submit your entry.
I'll start by choosing The Suburbs
Arcade Fire may pip it overall.
Kanye will dominate the US but from what we've seen - Q, MOJO and likely NME - Arcade Fire are gonna go strong in these kind of publications; not to mention that Kanye will have missed the boat because of the late release
I haven't heard Kanye's album, but I'll be really disappointed if Arcade Fire win with the pedestrian The Suburbs. For me, 2010 has been all about Janelle Monae and Sufjan Stevens.
Two very good albums, also two of the most overrated albums of the year. I think in US publications Kanye will do by far the best, but Arcade Fire will do better on the other side of the Atlantic. It's too bad Big Boi's didn't come out closer to the end of the year. People have forgotten it's better than Kanye's.
Kanye West will win every single US list, and probably a few UK and EU lists as well. I think Suburbs will do well in both UK and EU lists, but I would be shocked if it does well enough to unseat West. Big Boi's album is awesome (maybe my #2 of the year), but other than 3-4 songs it cant really compete with the majority of MBDTF.
I would be very surprised if Sufjan did well at all because of the lukewarm reaction his album got. Janelle Monae will probably do great, but all the publications that were big on her will probably go with Kanye.
I don't get the hype on Arcade Fire - Suburbs has nothing on High Violet, Plastic Beach, or Halycon Digest.
Sufjan will get his share to be sure. The Age of Adz has as many amazing reviews as it does negative. It is however a grower and an album not likely forgotten.
I am surprised however to see that much hasn't been made of PLASTIC BEACH. I think it's better than Kanye and Big Boi's new albums. It does seem so VERY VERY VERY long ago. So much amazing music this year, it has been hard to keep up.
I think Joanna Newsom is going to take the number 1 spot though. Have One On Me just seems like the right pick. I see this album ranking high in all lists.
5 eligible EOY lists have been published so far - 4 from the UK (Mojo, Q, The Fly and Rough Trade) and 1 from Sweden (Sonic). Arcade Fire are on all the lists but Kanye is nowhere to be seen. It's still early days but something tells me Kanye is not going to have enough support in the UK and Europe to beat Arcade Fire to the overall top spot.
The real lost album of 2010: Sufjan's All Delighted People EP. People on here were singing its praises (critics were doing the same, if they weren't repulsed) when it came out, now it's been overshadowed by Age of Adz.
As for AF vs. KW, I put my money on Arcade Fire. They released the only great album of this year with a sound broad enough to attract listeners from both the US and Europe. I would predict the overall top 10 from the critics to be:
1. The Suburbs
2. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. The Archandroid
4. Plastic Beach
5. Halcyon Digest
6. Teen Dream
7. Have One On Me
8. Sir Luscious Left Foot
9. The Age of Adz
10. High Violet
The distance between 3 and 10, however, is very small. It's a tight race.
Tentative critics top ten.
1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. The Suburbs
3. The ArchAndroid
4. This Is Happening
5. Teen Dream
6. Halcyon Digest
8. High Violet
9. Plastic Beach
10. Sir Lucious Left Foot
And after that top ten would come Joanna Newsom, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, Best Coast, etc.
Personally Kanye beats Arcade Fire by a mile, but I do think that Arcade Fire will win out with the critics.
I think that Arcade Fire just being in this conversation is a great thing. It will undoubtedly raise there status as a great band. MBDTF might change and inform an entire genre. It's groundbreaking music.This scenario reminds my of 1972; Ramones against Stevie Wonder.
lol...My bad. The information was right at my finger tips.
01. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
02. The ArchAndroid
03. The Suburbs
for the top 3. The rest of the top 10 is a crapshoot, but I'm certain Sir Lucious Leftfoot will be in it.
Deerhunter all the way. Halcyon Digest is outstamding. Rock and Roll hasn't sounded this good in a long time. I love their previous work, but this is a major statment.
They might not win out in your year end lists, but i suspect a high rating.