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Old 12-07-2010, 07:41 PM   #46
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Ratings are all so arbitrary. 5 might mean "perfect" for one person, or just "better than 80%" for another.
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oooh. while it probably wouldn't make my top 10, i do now have the urge to listen to this again. i really liked this album.
I love that album so very very much. Very glad I got to see them at Lolla.

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Ratings are all so arbitrary. 5 might mean "perfect" for one person, or just "better than 80%" for another.
I'm such a negative nancy when it comes to ratings. I've only ever (of 687 ratings) given 22 5's on RYM, and most of those are singles or live albums
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:49 PM   #48
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Albums I gave 4.5s to on the other hand: The Suburbs, Flamingo, High Violet, Symphonicities ( )
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:51 PM   #49
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I more go by the Netflix ratings of 3 = liked it, 4 = really liked it, 5 = loved it.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:56 PM   #50
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My RYM rating system, arbitrarily created by me after seeing the Netflix rating system a few months ago is:
5.0 - Perfect/Bad-Ass
4.5 - Top 50 Quality
4.0 - Great
3.5 - Good, but not great
3.0 - Middle of the Road
2.5 - A few good tracks
2.0 - Eh?
1.5 - Bad
1.0 - No effect on me whatsoever
0.5 - Garbage
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:02 PM   #51
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I was going to say this, then I remembered I gave Alcest's latest 5/5. I stand by that for now, but it's marginal. Agalloch's may get there with time. Plenty of 4.5s though!
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Lots of great songs this year, but not many great albums, IMO.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:58 AM   #53
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Popmatters has started their 2010 lists this week (they add a couple per day. So far they have Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Jazz, Hip Hop, and singles.

Linky here:

PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2010 < PopMatters
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Part 2 of Last.fm is up, Whooooa Two Door Cinema Club. Well done.

Best of 2010 - #20 - Tegan and Sara – Last.fm
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Back to the "December refresher" many of us are doing, I hadn't listened to the Flying Lotus album in almost 4 months. Forgot how much I liked it.
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I've never listened to either Frightened Rabbit or The Radio Dept. before this thread, so thank you

And as for my favorite... uhh... I know it's a cliche, but I can't think of anything I enjoyed more than The Suburbs I mean, I liked Janelle Monae's cd, pleasantly surprised by former emo-punk/rock/pop-turned country/Americana artist Brett Detar, and satisfied with Kanye West... but that's really about it There's no doubt been a ton that I've been disappointed with, though (I'm looking at you James, Band of Horses, and His Name is Alive, among others).

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say that I love end-of-the-year threads - gives me a chance to catch up on the best of what the year has had to offer
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AV Club Bestest Music o' 2010

Kanye takes #1.

I don't know how I feel exactly about numerical ratings, other than that Pitchfork's decimal system drives me fucking batty with their specificity. Something I think a few studies have turned up when aggregating online sites' 0-10 scale is that it often turns into nitpicking a 7-10 scale as grade inflation takes over.

Sometimes being a little blunt is more useful. That's why, like Catman, I really really like these Best Of lists (in spite of the obvious pitfall of trying to argue rankings) because someone's telling you "you should really leave 2010 having heard these". Boom. There you go.
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fuck pitchfork.


i liked the spin list, not so much because i actually liked the list itself (call me close-minded, but i can't support a list with kanye at the top, sorry. i know the album is supposed to be excellent and everything, but i'm never going to hear it because his stuff has always 100% irritated the shit out of me and i am 99% certain this one won't be any different. just don't like it), but the video thing at the bottom made me hear titus andronicus and that song just made me happy.
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fuck pitchfork.


i liked the spin list, not so much because i actually liked the list itself (call me close-minded, but i can't support a list with kanye at the top, sorry. i know the album is supposed to be excellent and everything, but i'm never going to hear it because his stuff has always 100% irritated the shit out of me and i am 99% certain this one won't be any different. just don't like it), but the video thing at the bottom made me hear titus andronicus and that song just made me happy.
So, because you don't like something, but realize that a great deal many other people do, just because you don't like it you can't take a list seriously that would rate it highly?

I mean, it's fine to not like something, but the statement you're making is kind of off-putting.
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