And Grimes the second best?
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Grimes - Visions
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Crystal Castles - III
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
Pond - Beard Wives Denim
The Cribs -In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
Jack White - Blunderbuss
Django Django - Django Django
David Byrne & St Vincent - Love This Giant
DIIV - Oshin
The XX - Coexist
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Tribes - Baby
Toy - Toy
Howler - America Give Up
Cat Power - Sun
Beach House - Bloom
Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
Merchandise - Children Of Desire
Ariel Pink - Mature Themes
Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
Jessie Ware - Devotion
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
Mac DeMarco - 2
Breton - Other People's Problems
Kanye West - Cruel Summer
Graham Coxon - A+E
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Metz - Metz
The Vaccines - Come Of Age
Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour
TEED - Trouble
Liars - WIXIW
Polica - Give You The Ghost
Ty Segall - Twins
Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks
Ratking - Wiki93
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, MAAd City
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe
John Talabot - Fin The
2 Bears - Be Strong
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
Purity Ring - Shrines
As for The Cribs, Jack White and Tribes being so high up that list. No comment!
I think this might just be a staff vote, rather than a reader poll (which apparently Deftones are currently top of?) or the choice of the editor/publisher/ad-department
I'd expect a fair few there to figure highly in the DiS list(s) actually!
The people have spoken.
Seriously give it a chance.
So that's why the best albums have been Cat Power, Flying Lotus and Deftones, as these got no hype from nme, so their readers didnt buy them and risk dissapointment, whereas die-hards/dissers gave them the high scores.
I'm actually completely surprised it's not higher.
the year 2010 with Innerspeaker
No fucking thanks.
Is anyone still prepared to stand by that?
I thought I agreed the first week of listening to it, but I've never been back to it since. on reflection maybe a 7, or 6.5
The 10/10 was the one guy who reviewed its opinion, etc, etc... was only a 6 maybe a 7/10 to my ears.
I was genuinely expecting the album to be amazing
First couple of times through I wasn't at all impressed. Stuck with it though and now I love it. Not a 10/10, but definitely in my top 5 of the year.
Chained is really the only good track.
I know that I, and loads of people probably sided w/ it, based on the review and first impressions but few albums have failed to hold my attention like this one did.
a 5/10 is silly, I'm now favouring a 3/10 which has only been compounded by the shitty follow up
(not the Grimes part though)
I'll revisit it later. On first listen I thought it sounded like a really bad Dandy Warhols album for psych-rock fetishists (and I say this as someone who liked The Warlocks enough to go to see them three times)
It sounds like a boring Beta Band doing that Beatles-y thing
is one of my top albums too. Conversely, the Pond album is pretty crap.
Is that list in the right order? It looks pretty random to me.
his new stuff is good
Three of top 16 are TA related.
i'm still upset about that
and it sounds brilliant live
such generic, crap indie rock. Wouldn't have even been considered 10 years ago.
Such generic indie wouldn't have even been considered 10 years ago.
When Tribes' album came out I found it genuinely exciting.
And it looks like the new Scott Walker is going to go the way of Kate Bush last year. Released so late in the year when everyone is preparing lists so they overlook it.
is really NME's cup of tea these days anyway.
but the Tame Impala album IS great. Not sure about the rest. Would have liked to have seen Menomena and Lotus Plaza there, but seeing as I'm not their target audience I don't suppose my opinion matters.
Atrociously transparent attempt to shoot for something resembling credibility! Even referring to their choices on the cover as "controversial". I don't think they even reviewed some of these more 'Pitchfork-y' albums the first time round. And then, when it comes to British albums, the same old shit that they usually peddle. Jake Bugg in the Top 10.
The point of a list like this shouldn't be to try and cover as many bases as possible. Anyway, if these actually are the albums that the NME staff loved the most, then they should be writing about them every week apart from running Vaccines/Oasis/Stone Roses covers on a loop. Fucking identity crisis of a magazine.
do you want NME to start covering 'pitchfork-y'/interesting bands or would you rather they stuck with the post-Libertines shit forever? They're obviously going through a transition, trying to slowly incorporate coverage of slightly more inventive bands, without alienating their core readership (the ones who actually like all that Jake Bugg/Miles Kane shite). If they went the whole hog and suddenly all their features were on Liars and Ariel Pink rather than Muse and The Vaccines then they'd surely lose all their readers?
it's about three quarters the same as DiS and Pitchfork and Stereogum
and every single year someone accuses it of being a cynical cred-grabbing cash-in
same as it ever was
which apparently had tune yards in the top ten?!?!
Is that the DiS and Pitchfork lists are very good summations of the music that they have been writing about all year. NME throws stuff in from nowhere which it either gave rubbish reviews or completely ignored, in a misguided attempt to catch up.
but all the albums in the top 10 (at least) got 8s or 9s, so i don't think they throw in stuff that they originally gave rubbish reviews.
Also, as a review is just one persons opinion (though admittedly i dunno to what extent this is true for NME), these staff-voted charts are always going to be able to elevate a poorly reviewed record, if it's loved by the majority of staff. Or probably for the DiS list, when it comes to the XX album, the opposite.
and when they do they're crap. Damned if you do...as they say. I just listed to Timpala and I just don't see it. I feel like i've heard that album before several times. There were better albums. NME's top 50 is usually pretty good. Always better then Uncut and Mojo's which have become so predictable. They were the only one's to get These New Puritans right.
but that's not a surprise.
Whilst I'm here though, just thought i'd ask, please, please can you stop claiming that the chromatics album is really good? It's decent at best. It's just electro-pop. I mean it's literally just electro-pop, there's absolutely nothing there that makes it anything more than a pleasant album to listen to occasionally.
Just saying cos i have a feeling you're gonna do something bad like make it no. 1 on your list thing. Doesn't really matter much, but it's times like that that kind of highlight how out of touch with the rest of dis' music taste you can be. This and blood red shoes and paramore and you get the idea.
I actually found it really difficult to listen to from start to finish, it felt very very long. Feels like I'm missing something though, cos there are plenty of people on here who love it.
Also, I don't like Blood Red Shoes but have always found Sean's love of them quite nice because it's obviously so genuine. I've never felt as if they're forced down the throats of DiS readers, so what's the problem?
He likes what he likes and it's not always what's coolest but the guy's clearly passionate, and the site still gets a good balance of coverage.
i said it didn't matter much. just have a suspicion sean's gonna make it his no. 1 and i wanted to get my disapproval in FIRST so when everyone criticises them in the comments below the end of year list i can accuse them of bandwagoning and be really smug about it.
what am I missing here? I listen to the new Tindersticks and I feel it in my bones. This leaves me cold.
I loved the first Tame Impala album and was genuinely expecting Lonerism to be brilliant, but it just does nothing for me.
Each time I listen to it expecting something to click I go back disappointed...
no one has really mentioned it anywhere yet it is fucking great
haven't seen many people on DiS mention it though
how pretentious to suggest that NME might have got it 'wrong' with your carefully-placed question mark.
so I can't comment on the quality of the publication itself.
in the last decade that there hasn't been a big crossover indie/alt album in the NME top 20 albums of the year? your man in the street/non NME reader hasn't heard of any of that stuff i'm saying.
and the Jake Bugg record which went straight to number 1
they've maybe heard of Lana Del Ray
non NME reader folk. Jake Bugg had a number 1 album? stone me..
and he even thanked the people of Nottingham for it
and White Stripes' man Jack White
and former Radio 1 crossovers The Maccabees and The Cribs
and current crossovers The XX
and Radio 1 A Lister Frank Ocean
and former Talking Heads singer David Byrne
I think the Howler album is alright. I can't believe the Spector album are there though.
is Elephant and all I can think when of when I listen to it is Kasabian. :(
or not quite like anything else really. Drumming is incredible, as always - the pauses and the rushes in catching up. It's real psychedelia.
I'm also throwing in Status Quo.
T.Rex are great. The rest of the album sounds nothing like Elephant anyway. If you don't listen to it, you might be missing out. Or not, it's just one album out of thousands released this year
don't give a fuck what DiSSean says on one hand, or NME on the other
Made up of votes from writers and DJs - DJs from across Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6 Music, Radios 2 and 3. So Huw Stephens, Jen Long, Tim Westwood, Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Bob Harris, Jamie Cullum, Rob da Bank, Mike Harding, Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq, Vic Galloway, Stuart Bailie, Mark Radcliffe, Skream, Semtex, Charlie Sloth, CJ Beatz, Robbo Ranx... the list is quite impressive(ly large).
Any guesses, after this list? Naturally there are a few crossovers.
Remember it's a totally fare vote - the process will be outlined clearly.
Fare... no money exchanged hands :o)
the moment when that huge riff kicks in at the end of Music to Walk Home By is my favourite music moment of the year
pop/dance record of the year. Where dey at?
as i've already said, my band have made one of the albums of the year.... it's just that not many people have heard it
What's the point of checking out the new stuff when I can just simply enjoy listening to the old stuff?