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Old 02-05-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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Pazz 'n' Jop Poll 2007

Every year, the Village Voice (New York's weekly independent newspaper) takes a poll of hundreds of critics from large and small publications across the country asking for their best albums and singles of the year. They are asked to spread 100 points among 10 albums (max 30 and min 5 per). The demographic of those polled hopefully prevents anything too popular or too obscure from dominating the charts. It's usually a pretty good consensus. Recent past winners include:

Bob Dylan's last 3 albums
Kanye West's first 2 albums
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
OutKast's last 2 albums
Beck's Odelay
Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville
Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love
Moby's Play

You get the picture.

Anyway, the music journos and critics have spoken. Your winner for the year 2007 is...


LCD Soundsystem -- Sound of Silver

As this was my #2 of the year, I can't complain. My #1, In Rainbows, finished 2nd. The complete Top 10 List:


1 LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
2 Radiohead In Rainbows
3 M.I.A. Kala
4 Amy Winehouse Back To Black
5 Arcade Fire Neon Bible
6 Kanye West Graduation
7 Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
8 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raising Sand
9 Bruce Springsteen Magic
10 The National Boxer


I have 7 of the 10 on my own list. Take that for what you will. I either have proven good taste, or am a critical conformist.

The main page where you can access the full lists (goes to 200 or so), see individual ballots, read essays by Voice contributors, or read pithy quotes from the voters, is here:

http://www.villagevoice.com/pazzandjop07/

The wikipedia page which contains info about the poll and all the past winners (a very impressive list, certainly moreso than the Grammys) is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pazz_%26_Jop
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I can't believe I own all 10 of those albums. That must mean I'm FINALLY cool!

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Never got into the whole M.I.A. or Vampira Winehouse deals, but I do enjoy the rest.
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Chauvinist pig.
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I have and enjoy 6 of the 10.
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Sound of Silver is probably my favorite album since Sea Change. Fucking perfection. I was listening to Someone Great earlier today and it nearly had me in tears again.

And "All My Friends" is simply one of the best lyrics I've ever heard.

What a fantastic album. Great pick.
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I still prefer the debut to Sound of Silver personally.

Not too shabby or surprising of a list.
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I have six of the ten. That makes me happy.
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Sound of Silver is probably my favorite album since Sea Change. Fucking perfection. I was listening to Someone Great earlier today and it nearly had me in tears again.

And "All My Friends" is simply one of the best lyrics I've ever heard.

What a fantastic album. Great pick.

Wasn't Neon Bible your #1?
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Re: Pazz 'n' Jop Poll 2007

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1 LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
2 Radiohead In Rainbows
3 M.I.A. Kala
4 Amy Winehouse Back To Black
5 Arcade Fire Neon Bible
6 Kanye West Graduation
7 Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
8 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raising Sand
9 Bruce Springsteen Magic
10 The National Boxer
Great list.
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I agree, in general, with most of that.
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That is a terrifically bad list (though it does have a few gems, notably Kala and In Rainbows). Wow. Insulting.
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What's so horrible and insulting about it?
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Probably not obscure enough.
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That is a terrifically bad list (though it does have a few gems, notably Kala and In Rainbows). Wow. Insulting.
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