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Here is the link: albums2010.xls
Many many thanks to Harold who in a tremendous speed has added the following lists this week...
USA & Canada:
Amazon, Pretty Much Amazing, Prefix, Billboard, CokeMachineGlow, Slant, Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, Idolator, Magnet, Treble, Tiny Mix Tapes, Consequence of Sound, Under the Radar, eMusic, Delusions of Adequacy, Lost at Sea, HipHopDX
UK & Ireland:
The Guardian, The Quietus, State, No Ripcord, The Sun, Hot Press, Muso's Guide, Wire, The Line of Best Fit, The Skinny
Rest of the World:
Technikart, !Magik, Top des blogeurs, Telerama, Jenasaispop, Nojesguiden (Intl), MuzikExpress, Les Inrockuptibles, Liberation, Playground (Intl), Inertia, The Age, OOR, Heaven, Muzicalia (Intl), Spex, WAN2, Gaffa (Intl), Heineken (Intl), Blow-Up, Kalporz, Soundi (Intl), Quart, Sentire Ascoltare, Humo, Le Monde, Dagsavisen, Zundfunk, Intro, De Standaard, Go Mag (Intl), Fluctuat, Rolling Stone Germany, Laut, Chronicart, Falter, Mondo Sonoro (Intl), Rock De Lux (Intl), Rue89, Indiepoprock, ScannerFM (Intl)
I will create links to the EOY spreadsheets on the AM home page, if not tonight so tomorrow.
Awesome, the #2 and #3 match my own list!
Great work Harold.
Very surprised to see Kanye slipping down the list, Deerhunter leapfrogging Janelle and Gorillaz languishing in 15th.
But for a year to potentially have Caribou and Ariel Pink in the top ten, that's a terrific show for the world of weird, and one I very much approve of
Kanye will catch up on the decade end lists; too bad that's 9 years from now.
The Age of Adz in the top 20!! And the Europeans weren't as crazy about Kanye as everybody else. That's the main reason he dropped. I have no problem with Beach House above him however.
Thanks for the great work, Harold!
A great piece of art from Arcade Fire. I might stand alone in the argument of NEON BIBLE over The Suburbs, however, it is not to say that I do not see the impact that this album has had on indie rock this past year. AF might not be the best band in the world right now, but perhaps they are the most important.
Congrats to THE NATIONAL. I didn't see that coming. Great album, but the lesser of the last 3 in my opinion.
Teen Dream was amazing and deserved all the praise it got last year. Surprised to see it so high. Maybe that large venue tour with Vampire Weekend had some impact.
Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest in my opinion will be the album that is most recognized 10 years from now. This band is something else. Coronado is the song of the year. Who's to say we wont have more from them later this year. YAY!
Kanye would not be happy with 4th. If I had it my way he would be 20 something. Good not great.
Caribou might be the most exciting and original musician on the planet right now. Swim takes Can to a new level.
Ariel Pink...Yep! Their show with the Flaming lips at Metropolis was insanity.
Vampire Weekend proved to be far more than a one hit wonder. Contra is as good as second albums get. Are they the new POLICE, but cooler?
Joanna Newsom created a monster. Equally enthralling as it was daunting. Will definitely be more appreciated in years too come. IT'll take the rest of this decade to absorb.
SUFJAN STEVENS: You hated it, you loved it. You wanted a hug, and you wanted to spit. Not since Dylan went electric had the rock music world been so up in arms. Blank stares at concerts too rabid shrieking of compassion. Its place at 13 says a lot about this album. THIS IS THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR. What is he going to do next. fuk!
I can't believe that such a leaden album like The Suburbs is such a frontrunner in this.
Three soul/rap albums in the top 10 is a very good score for a usually indie-biaised general list.
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I'm pulled both ways by Arcade Fire. Love the music, but sometimes the lyrics are corny, self-serious, and not nearly as profound as they think.
Funeral felt so honest compared to the last two albums. I don't even think it's necessarily a better album musically, as Neon Bible and The Suburbs are both great in terms of composition. But when the AF try to make a thematically unified album, they really ram it down your throat. Not a lot of subtelty.
The album "Cattive abitudini" by Massimo Volume, appears two times in the list, meaning that Rumore's ranking hasn't be added to the other ones
Am I the only person on the planet who likes Sprawl I? I mean, there are a bunch of better songs on the album, no doubt about that, and Sprawl II totally kicks Sprawl I's ass. But I can't really write the song off as pretentious or naively self important. Musically it has a great haunting dirge like feel to it, which perfectly accompanies the lyrics. Lyrically, I suppose that I can see how one might think it approaches self-righteousness, but I don't feel that way at all. The whole concept of the song is the examination of Win's hometown however many years later, a perfect way to start the beginning of the end of the album. So what if he wants to create an ambitious concept album. When was the last time any rock band decided to do just that? This song (and also album) successfully avoid many of the horrible, horrible pitfalls of many 70's prog rock bands "concept albums" by skirting pretension, and scaling down their music (scaled down as compared to say, Neon Bible for instance). The thematic elements of the album are quite obvious, and Win makes no attempt at hiding that. But so long as the album manages to successfully avoid pretension, who cares? It's a simple, honest examination of childhood and the nostalgia that comes with it as you age. And this song is just the representation of the death of that idealized nostalgia. And also, it provides a sweet calm before the beautiful explosive mania that is Sprawl II. Though, I do see truth in some worries of Win Bulter becoming the new Bono, and although I believe that this album manages to avoid self-righteousness, it's not all that hard to imagine that several albums down the road they've lapsed into the realm of self-parody. Though, I remain very optimistic about their future. They're one of the new "greats" and they're here to stay.
TL;DR- Arcade Fire rule.
At best, I find the album overall to be musically and lyrically boring. At worst, it is damn irritating.
There are only 3 songs I like on the album without reservation:
"Half Light I"
Even then, I don't think any of these would make my top 10 Arcade Fire songs. So, in my book, The Suburbs features the least amount of worthy material to put on an album, yet they fill it with 13 more tracks, a few of which have moments that I may almost enjoy, but it ends up feeling completely bloated.
I really wanted to like the album. I even sat through the whole thing 4 times hoping it would grow on me. Instead, I actually ended up disliking it more, with patronizing lyrics like "Let's go downtown and hang with the modern kids" and the infamous kids in art school drinking his blood bit really grating on my last nerve. I haven't listened to Funeral or Neon Bible since, as I fear that the sour taste The Suburbs left in my mouth may infiltrate their earlier work.
TS is these days' Dark Side Of The Moon... appealing to the most, appalling to the rest
Weird, unlike Jonathon, Harold and Nick, I didn't feel that The Suburbs was much of a transformation from Neon Bible, which wasn't much of a transformation from Funeral. When I first heard Funeral, the thing that immediately stood out was it's HUGENESS. It was the most epic sounding debut indie rock album I'd ever heard. Even back then, before they were famous, they were playing loud with 8+ people on stage and Win Butler was going for the sweeping statement. To me they were always bombastic, musically and thematically. As Nick pointed out, The Suburbs is plenty personal, Butler singing about the life he grew up in. They just go as big as they can go with it. But the same could be said for Funeral, which was prompted by a friend's passing but turned into this epic statement about Love and Death and Disillusionment. When I heard Neon Bible, I was like "yep, sounds like something the band behind Funeral would come up with." And I thought the exact same thing with The Suburbs. So I don't see Arcade Fire "turning into" something dangerous. It's always been in their lifeblood, and anyway they do it well. Bono is getting up there in years, we can do with someone taking up his mantle, right? (And to be honest, Bono is also a clunky songwriter, has always been.) I wouldn't mind an epic sounding but artistically sound arena band for our generation, and AC have been living up to it SINCE their debut, rather than just beginning to get to that point. Really the only thing The Suburbs did differently was sound more musically colorful, and I liked that aspect.
But anyway, I'm not going to change anybody's mind about it, so this will probably be my last defense of The Suburbs in these forums.
NB is these days' Joshua Tree... appealing to the most, appalling to the rest
This Arcade Fire backlash is leaving a taste in my mouth like I've just snogged someone with really bad breath. Overall, I don't think the lyrics are "self-important", "pretentious" or "melodramatic". Most of the time the lyrics are just truthful about what it's like growing up in the suburbs - that's why The Suburbs has struck a chord with so many people, you Silly Billies. And then there's the music to back it up - coherent music with a strong sense of place which I personally think becomes more thrilling with every listen. Anyway, I'm off to brush my teeth now.
I have no particular problem with The Suburbs, except relative to where other people place it.
It's a good album. Better than Neon Bible, not nearly as good as Funeral. Solid top 30 pick for me.
None of the high placements bother me as much as some of the low placements. Erykah Badu at #63 for an album I think is at least on the same level as Part One? Charlotte Gainsbourg #99? Lindstrom & Christabelle at #140? Anais Mitchell at #148? Drive By Truckers at #197? Dum Dum Girls #257? Shining #246?
The ones near the top are generally good albums, but they're all in either the 'alternative/indie rock' sphere or the 'hip hop' sphere. This has been the case for years, but it's even worse lately. Ten years ago country acts like Lucinda Williams or rock acts like Drive By Truckers could get critical attention, now nothing.
I need to do another factor analysis when all the sources are in.
Arcade Fire's lyrics are very melodramatic, but in their case I think it suits them.
Give me Neon Bible over The Suburbs every day.
I wish there was more love for the Monitor tbqh
Updated with The Agit Reader, Austin Town Hall, OneThirtyBPM, SputnikMusic, AllMusic, fRoots, Plattentests, Rockol (Intl), Storia Della Musica, Ondarock, HotTracks, Alias/IlManifesto, Digg, Popnews.
The Top 20 based only on these new lists (old place in total - new place in total):
1 (2 - 2) The National - High Violet
2 (1 - 1) Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
3 (3 - 3) Beach House - Teen Dream
4 (4 - 4) Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
5 (7 - 7) Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
6 (6 - 6) Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
7 (14 - 13) Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
8 (57 - 39) The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
9 (36 - 28) Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
10 (9 - 9) Big Boi - Sir Lucious...
11 (20 - 17) Four Tet - There Is Love in You
12 (15 - 15) Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
13 (16 - 16) Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
14 (10 - 10) The Black Keys - Brothers
15 (11 - 11) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
16 (12 - 12) Vampire Weekend - Contra
17 (13 - 14) Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
18 (26 - 25) John Grant - Queen of Denmark
19 (5 - 5) LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
20 (21 - 21) Foals - Total Life Forever
Not too much to get excited about, the list seems almost set in stone...
Henrik, will the mega critic scores have any barring on the AM rankings? Or will the rankings literally be the spreadsheet added to the site?
I can't wait to see how this all factors into the main page. I see The Suburbs landing at about 225-250 of all time, and The National, Beach House and Kanye all falling between 375-450.
Feel kinda bummed that the depth and greatness of 2010 may go undervalued in the all-time lists as the vote gets split so much
maybe in time it'll climb up
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The Flatliners - Cavalcade
Bonobo - Black Sands
Updated with NOW, Other Music, Just Press Play, DIY, and the top 100 from Village Voice Pazz & Jop.
Thanks again, Harold!
Another version is up where I have included the metacritic score for some albums. They have no impact on the spreadsheet ranking, but they will be taken into account for the next site update's all-time ranking.
Complex, Club Fonograma (Intl) and Dagensskiva have been added. Thanks Harold!
Damn, Kanye has overtaken Beach House and is out to get The National as well. Pity.
I'm a litte curious about how Robyn's Body Talk has been treated. There is "Body Talk part 1", part 2 and part 3 and then there is the album actually called "Body Talk". Is it the latter that is highly appraised in the lists?
Thanks Harold for another update, including Altered Zones and Porcys.
And now all the national lists (Muzicalia, Playground, Heineken, Go Mag, MondoSonoro, Rock De Lux, ScannerFM, Dagbladet, Nojesguiden, Gaffa, Club Fonograma, Rockol) have been added too. Thanks Harold!
One more update (the last?) with Rumba and corrected lists (national and international) from Soundi. Thanks Harold!