Drowned in Sound's albums of the year countdown continues...
for squeezing The Field into the top 20! I'd have had it at 1 but yer already know that dontcha. Glad to see it high up.
the huge cover images really bring out how gorgeous some of the artwork is
bar the obvious inclusion of metronmy, which is utter dhite.
So I guess the top five is:
SBTRKT (ugh) / PJ / The Antlers / The Horrors / Tim Hecker
In some order. Hope its Hecker!
Though personally, I'd have them a lot higher. Wild Beasts too. It does however sum up that there's been some fantastic records released this year - high standard.
Metronomy excepted (as mentioned above). I just don't get it!
not that keen on the Bright Eyes album but I can see why its there. But I am really shocked that Metronomy is higher than St Vincent. WHY???
If it won that would be mental (and brilliant).
Active Child is one I expected to see already, suprised if its top 5, but it did get 9/10...
Its hard to see both those getting in with PJ/Antlers/Hecker/SBTRKT around. I'm going for Okkervil.
Good work Team DiS. Quite a spread of flavours there - interesting to see a couple of 'neo-classical' albums in there. Go you
Though I had a far-fetched hope that they might pick either Frahm or AWVFTS as No.1, just to be REALLY different. Still, could be Tim Hecker...
They really are just that forgettable. Agree on Metronomy, but other than that, good list so far.
...this year, being waaaaay out of line with my own opinion and general critical opinion.
Apparat! I loved The Devil's Walk, it's so listenable, DiS 6/10 I think? Appearing in a lot of other critic top tens, and mine.
Thursday, did DiS even review No Revolucion? It's really fracking great.
M83, everyone else loves it. I think DiS's house view was being a little contrarian here.
we review 3-5 records a day, 5 days a week. that's about 50 records a month. that's approximately 600 albums reviewed this year. yes, we missed a few. and yes, some of the individuals who reviewed the records (the opinions are very much their own) won't always tally with yours but I just wanna clarify that there is now "DiS house view" at all. We wouldn't want to force our writers to have an opinion that they don't have and we don't have the resource to find a reviewer to write a review which aligns with some 'party line' - and to be honest, I don't get most records far enough ahead of release to form an opinion on them, especially when you consider how many records come out each month (and that our reviews editor's full-time job is doing theatre stuff for Time Out).
Our team of reviewers merely put their hand up to review something from a list of records due out in a few weeks time. Reviews then come in, get subbed and go live.
If I'm honest, I didn't like the m83 album as much as previous ones (it's overlong but there's a great album there if you chop out some of it), and I didn't really agree with the review but I also wouldn't agree that everyone loves it - especially if the reaction to it on our boards was anything to go by!
As for Thursday, I don't know why it didn't get reviewed but several of our writers did really like it, and it would have been in a top 100 list.
Hope that explains why this has happened.
can't for the life of me see how it's getting into so many end of year lists. @FrancescoNoir Why care about consensus? I don't believe there's any sort of contrarian philosophy here, but the fact that DiSsers are able to dicuss /dispute reviews on the forum offers plenty of alternate perspectives, which i'm sure are in part taken into account when devising these end of year lists.
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