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Old 12-07-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Best Albums of 2011 - The Lists Begin

So it begins. Publications have started dropping their end-of-year lists. I figure we could use this thread to compile all the official lists and maybe have a separate one later in the year for our own personal lists.

Here's what I found so far. Add as the days go by.

Paste Magazine

Q Magazine

Uncut Magazine


Rolling Stone


NPR

NME

MOJO

I'd have to say that NPR's list is my favorite so far. It doesn't numerically order the albums and it actually contains music from all genres, including classical and musical soundtracks. Least favorite is Rolling Stone's painfully predictable list.
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I know the Amazon MP3 store has their list out as well, oh boy!

Love end of the year list time.
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Me, too. I love finding all the stuff I missed out on during the year.
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My wallet doesn't love end of year time.

Popmatters has been running daily genre specific lists. Pitchfork's done a few random ones as well.
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Least favorite is Rolling Stone's painfully predictable list.
Painfully predictable is right. Adele at number 1? Really? Sorry, but I have had it up to my eyeballs with all the Adele worship this year. We all know she is going to walk away with all the major Grammys in a couple months because she is exactly the type of artist Grammy voters love, so can people please stop overhyping her now? Yes, she's a very good singer but she's not THAT great. People who think she has the most super-fantastic-amazeballs voice they have ever heard really need to expand their musical horizons. There are a lot of singers out there in all genres who are just as good or better than Adele. Plus, her album has a couple of good, catchy songs but overall is pretty average. Maybe with her next album critics will crawl out of her butt and actually be, you know, critical.
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Rolling In The Deep is a hot, hot song and no amount of radio play will cool it down.

21, however, is a one-note album, good for arranging things around the house but not worth close consideration.
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You had better not have looked at any of these lists, Travis!
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No worries; I care enough to look, but I have papers to polish up. Dunno why I'm here, must be the soothing blue background.
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I'm pretty sure none of these crappy lists would remotely sway your own, if that's why you're thinking of avoiding them.
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We have a thing about reading them together ...
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You'll have fun mocking all of these lists together then, they're pretty spotty.
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Painfully predictable is right. Adele at number 1? Really? Sorry, but I have had it up to my eyeballs with all the Adele worship this year. We all know she is going to walk away with all the major Grammys in a couple months because she is exactly the type of artist Grammy voters love, so can people please stop overhyping her now? Yes, she's a very good singer but she's not THAT great. People who think she has the most super-fantastic-amazeballs voice they have ever heard really need to expand their musical horizons. There are a lot of singers out there in all genres who are just as good or better than Adele. Plus, her album has a couple of good, catchy songs but overall is pretty average. Maybe with her next album critics will crawl out of her butt and actually be, you know, critical.
People think Lady Gaga is "super-fantastic-amazeballs" too. Each to their own. Its not her fault the radio stations pick her up and play her songs about 5 times per hour. Alas, 21 is a pretty decent album. Rumuor Has It & Set Fire To The Rain are my standouts.
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When I listened to that album, I got three songs in and was really excited. I thought, shit I'm really gonna adore this record. But pretty much every song thereafter was run-of-the-mill.

Someone Like You is atrocious. And I'll stand fiercely by that.
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