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Stefan, your cover image for #6 is from NEW AMERYKAH PART ONE, not the follow-up.
Even the most outstanding work is not without its flaws. But Mega-Critic is still 99.99% pure awesomeness.
So.. LCD Soundsystem at #1.
LCD #1 National #2.
Before anyone else does it...LCD Soundsystem at #2.
Sigh. LCD Soundsystem at 3. What are the odds it gets panned... I mean there haven't actually been any reviews yet.
LCD Soundsystem at #5.
The National will be first of course.
John Grant's Queen of Denmark. Only 9 reviews, but already number 15. Yes, it IS that good. I highly recommend it.
I first listened to it when Mojo gave it an Instant Classic score. It was only their 3rd or 4th ever, so I was curious.
When I listened to that John Grant album on Lala my thoughts were, it was a good album that I probably need to buy, but the song 'Sigourney Weaver' will be giving my 'skip' button a lot of exercise.
I've seen a few reviews of LCD's and i must say they are slightly more positive than The National's, so far. I guess we will only have sure around mid-may.
The National surpassed it now. There are more reviews coming and they sure are positive. But we still need to wait mid may to see who will win this battle. Cocorosie's Grey Oceans and New Porno's Together have so far received mixed reviews, especially coming from the british press, so let's see how the americans will react. Also, Flying Lotus's new album is receiving a good amount of raves and Crystal Castle's second self-titled effort was recently named by Pitchfork best new music and received a 7/10 from NME, so maybe we should wait to see how these two will perform.
Stefan, have you changed the formula for calculating the adjusted scores? I'm curious, because the scores seem collectively higher this year. For the last couple of years, since Mega-Critic became AM's official monthly year-to-date aggregation, I've been using 66 as my "must buy" adjusted score cutoff point, and while there were only 9 albums with a score of 66 or higher at the end of April 2009, this year there are already 20. Has the formula been tweaked, or are this year's albums really that much better-reviewed?
The National #1, LCD Soundsystem #3, Flying Lotus #6, Crystal Castles #10
Interesting, Harold. I've always used 68 as my cut-off point, and the pace seems to be nearly the same for that score, so I don't think the weights have changed. It may be true, though, that the albums have so far been better reviewed.
Last year there were 14 albums with at least a 68. So far this year, eight. A slightly faster pace but nothing extraordinary. I would say the same thing about the albums with at least a 66: last year, 33; this year so far, 20. Definitely a difference, but nothing unusual if you consider the releases this year have been collectively better. I doubt Stefan changed his formula. Of course, only one person can confirm that.
Interesting observation, Harold, but the calculating formula for the adjusted scores has not changed. This years albums really seem to be better-reviewed.
Stefan, I know that you replaced The Observer with The Fly. Maybe The Fly rate albums higher generally? (Or maybe The Fly just rate more albums, that would also increase the megascores.) Of course, only one new source can not have a major impact on the overall scores, but maybe you have replaced other sources too?
Although it appears the overall scores have been better this year across more albums, this hasn't been a very "high" year yet. No album has cracked 71. It has instead been a consistently solid year, nothing more. Looks like this might change on May 31, though. Both The National and Flying Lotus seem poised to go above 71.
And personally, they deserve to. Great listens.
Henrik, the only source changed is The Fly instead of OMM, and they don´t rate albums higher than other sources.
I think this is the best year at least in the last few.
Whether or not the few mixed reviews for National and LCD will drag it below 71 depends on whether they happened to come from sources Megacritic used, and whether the support is uniform across the US, UK and EU.
You can't go by the metascore. Gorillaz have a 77 on metacritic.
When I'm using megacritic I don't look to any particular score as a threshold. I look down the list and pay attention to the top few I haven't heard yet.
1. The National 2. LCD Soundsystem 3. The Tallest Man on Earth 4. Broken Social Scene