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Quite a left field choice from them imho.
They had These New Puritans not so long ago.
Their list is usually a staff poll so it might have been a lot of people's 5th favourite and no-one's album of the year.
Won't be making DiS' top 20 as it's such a disappointing album.
I realise you don't run a democratic staff/writers' poll but this comment, and your earlier comment about RTJ2, suggests it's the Evil Sean Adams Festive 50.
What if most of the writers pick St. Vincent?
Or have you, ahem, already 'cleansed' DiS of this kind of human scum?
Plus I tend to try to reflect opinions on the forums and positively discriminate toward senior staff and those with specialist knowledge over someone who's written 3 reviews and picked one interesting album and seemingly the first two populist things they could think of. The biggest problem with DiS staff is, as you'll see when I share their top 3 votes next week, there's very little that gets more than a few votes and most people have number one choices that no one else has voted for. By not making it democratic people have voted more honestly and less tactically/pre-emptively.
I didn't like the "popular things are popular" result of voting when Arcade Fire is no-one's top 3 album of the year but ends up at number one. Meanwhile, our ambient columnists album of the year is lost at number 20. Feels like a far better reflection of the disperate voices of DiS to introduce people to things like Emeralds or make a statement about a record like Hookworms than give some record none of the core team like yet more plaudits in these groupthink, rid the world of sense by letting the mediocrity or flavours of the moment or dinosaurs (with massive marketing spends) rise to the top.
To pick a shortlist of 20 interesting and valuable albums (easily more than that released this year) then get a panel of contributors to listen to them all and choose a favourite.
That would be a good compromise between pure democracy and the benevolent dictatorship in use at present
When I did this to pick a top 5 and then let you vote for number one (Sharon Van Etten still ended up winning, obvs!)
There is already a panel of contributors who to-fro with me about the top 20, so that kinda happens anyway.
"wasn't that good, so I don't know why they picked it", right?
I found the live choreography and "wacky" monologues a little irritating though. Unusually for me had no real desire to see the live show more than once this year.
Far more interesting than the usual NME far and a very good album...hard to begrudge really. Although agreed, not as exciting as when Hidden got the nod a few years back.
Amazed that people came away with anything other than awe from her current live show, mind.
released on December 4, 2013.
And as if Taylor Swift is only the 27th best song of the year?!
And there's no Charli XCX?!
No wonder Eve Barlow (dept editor) has left...
01 THE WAR ON DRUGS : Lost In The Dream
02 LEONARD COHEN : Popular Problems
03 APHEX TWIN : Syro
04 FKA TWIGS : LP1
05 SHARON VAN ETTEN : Are We There
06 ROBERT PLANT : lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
07 HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER : Lateness Of Dancers
08 DAMON ALBARN : Everyday Robots
09 ST VINCENT : St Vincent
10 SUN KIL MOON : Benji
11 TOUMANI DIABATÉ & SIDIKI DIABATÉ : Toumani & Sidiki
12 CARIBOU : Our Love
13 TY SEGALL : Manipulator
14 REAL ESTATE : Atlas
15 ROSANNE CASH : The River & The Thread
16 GRUFF RHYS : American Interior
17 LUCINDA WILLIAMS : Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
18 SWANS : To Be Kind
19 HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF : Small Town Heroes
20 STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS : Wig Out At Jagbags
21 EARTH : Primitive And Deadly
22 BECK : Morning Phase
23 ARIEL PINK : Pom Pom
24 TWEEDY : Sukierae
25 SLEAFORD MODS : Divide And Exit
26 STEVE GUNN : Way Out Weather
27 BEN WATT : Hendra
28 THE BLACK KEYS : Turn Blue
29 JACK WHITE : Lazaretto
30 SPOON : They Want My Soul
31 TUNE-YARDS : Nikki Nack
32 MERCHANDISE : After The End
33 STURGILL SIMPSON : Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
34 CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND : Intensity Ghost
35 DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS : English Oceans
36 LA ROUX : Trouble In Paradise
37 WILLIE NELSON : Band Of Brothers
38 FENNESZ : Bécs
39 FUTURE ISLANDS : Singles
40 LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES : Dereconstructed
41 MARK LANEGAN BAND : Phantom Radio
42 MOGWAI : Rave Tapes
43 EAST INDIA YOUTH : Total Strife Forever
44 THOM YORKE : Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
45 KATE TEMPEST : Everybody Down
46 WILLIE WATSON : Folk Singer, Vol. 1
47 ALLAH-LAS : Worship The Sun
48 MORRISSEY : World Peace Is None Of Your Business
49 ROBYN HITCHCOCK : The Man Upstairs
50 WILD BEASTS : Present Tense
51 JENNY LEWIS : The Voyager
52 LIARS : Mess
53 GOAT : Commune
54 TOM PETTY : Hypnotic Eye
55 SCOTT WALKER AND SUNN O))) : Soused
56 ANGEL OLSEN : Burn Your Fire For No Witness
57 THE DELINES : Colfax
58 JAMIE T : Carry On The Grudge
59 RODDY FRAME : Seven Dials
60 FRAZEY FORD : Indian Ocean
61 AFGHAN WHIGS : Do To The Beast
62 PAOLO NUTINI : Caustic Love
63 GAZELLE TWIN : Unflesh
64 KING CREOSOTE : From Scotland With Love
65 THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS : Brill Bruisers
66 THURSTON MOORE : The Best Day
67 PERFUME GENIUS : Too Bright
68 LYDIA LOVELESS : Somewhere Else
69 GULP : Season Sun
70 FIRST AID KIT : Stay Gold
71 BOB MOULD : Beauty & Ruin
72 DAN MICHAELSON : Distance
73 DAVE & PHIL ALVIN : Common Ground
74 TEMPLES : Sun Structures
75 RICHARD THOMPSON : Acoustic Classics
Bob Dylan didn't release an album of his own farts this year then.
The Basement Tapes Complete must be their No. 1 reissue/compilation.
The War on Drugs will be in the top 3 of all lists.
Album getting absolutely shafted this year
but so forgettable.
Somewhat odd since it seems like it got quite a few 4/5 reviews that seemed like a lot of critics tripping over themselves to proclaim the album as The Horrors true form (it was not) instead of a mish-mash of mid-late 80s indie trends (which it was) like their last 2 albums.
it just keeps revealing itself more and more for me on every listen. Expected people to appreciate it more as the year went on but I'm guessing hardly anyone spent much time with it. They could have tried to inch closer to the mainstream but instead put out a slow burn of an album that was more dark and nuanced. Looks like that didn't pay off for them but I think they're a better band for it.
as i'd been asked to write a feature on them. can't say it did much for me. felt weirdly emptier than their other stuff, and not in a good/haunting way.
at the lack of love for Cloud Nothings and Fujiya & Miyagi in these AOTY lists.
Cloud Nothings might get more noticed by US websites.
don't think the US thing is really relevant - loads of these year-end list albums are American. Thought CLoud Nothings were a pretty big deal, the album is incerdible.
+1 for being staggered by its absence from every list so far (haven't fact checked that sweeping statement)
1 Ed Sheeran X
2 Leonard Cohen Popular Problems
3 Prince and 3rdeyegirl Plectrumelectrum
4 Jack White Lazaretto
5 Taylor Swift 1989
"I listen to Trance and Progressive 95% of the time. I sometimes slip on a bit of commercial music and my 7 year old insists on the radio when travelling in the car, so I am aware of what is in the charts. But wow. This list is pony."
Wasn't it also the Telegraph that had that awful article where the writer had a bit of the cry that the Mercury Music Prize didn't have any mainstream acts in it?
have been terribly boring haven't they?
i guess with no truly clear-cut winners this year and a whole heap that just edge out in the next tier down and you've got yourself a whole contest of "meh"
wait for Fact or The Quietus or The Wire or do your own one. Otherwise they're all like this every year.
i really enjoy reading year-end lists. there's always someone you've heard about/ forgot to check out/ missed entirely in there. i'd say most years i discover 2 or 3 great records new to me in december
But there's been some great EPs and individual tracks. I'm struggling to come up with 10 albums that I can actually be bothered to listen to more than a few times. FKA Twigs maybe?
1. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
3. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
4. King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
5. Alvvays – Alvvays