Village Voice Releases its Annual Pazz & Jop Poll
|TV on the Radio's win for best album was not exactly a stunning upset|
No surprises on the winners. TV On the Radio's Dear Science took best album; M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" took best single. Neither appeared on my personal ballot because, 1) I figured enough people would vote for TV on the Radio, 2) that M.I.A. song actually came out in 2007, and if I never hear it again, ever, I'll be okay with that.
Of local interest: Torche's Meanderthal came in at an impressive number 31 on the best albums list, with 26 people (including me) voting for it. Yay.
As New Times' music editor, I voted; you can read my ballot here. You can also read a small bit of commentary from me here.
My selection is definitely going to read as random, but that's purposely so. I don't really believe in the nitpicking system of weighing "bests" and assigning some records, say, 30 points, and others 10, based on their relative worth. Also, year-end best-of lists always favor records released in the last quarter of the year. In the end, I just wrote down 10 records that I liked! (And tried to remember some from the spring).
The thought of picking 10 "best" singles of the year was also overwhelming, so again, I just picked 10 I liked, without repeating artists from my first list, just to spread the votes around some more. Not exactly scientific, but trying to turn music criticism into anything other than opinion is, well, funny.
It's still fun to read and click around and see what everyone voted for. Apparently I was the only one to vote for Friendly Fires' "Jump in the Pool." Well, vive la difference.