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MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Otisredding » Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:24 am

The best albums of 2019 (update September 15)

The numbers presented next to each album title are the weighted average rating, and, in brackets, average and number of ratings (out of 34 included sources). The weighted average is based on a formula that includes a) the average of ratings and b) the number of sources that have rated the album.

The magazines I used for the ratings were:
EUR + Australia: Gaffa-dk; Gaffa-sw; Humo; Indiestyle; Jenesaispop; Laut; Mondosonoro; Musikexpress; Nojesguiden; Ondarock; Plattentests; Sentire Ascoltare; The Music
UK: Clash; DIY; Drowned In Sound; God Is In The Tv; Load And Quiet; NME: The 405; The Guardian; The Line Of Best Fit; The Skinny
USA + Canada: Allmusic; Consequence Of Sound; Earbuddy; Exclaim!; Nothern Transmissions; Paste; Pitchfork; Popmatters; Rolling Stone; Spectrum Culture; Under The Radar

Highlights: These are the top three songs from the album according to Allmusic, Consequence of Sound, Jenesaispop, Plattentests, The Skinny, Beardfood, BostonGlobe, Nowtoronto, Entertainment Weekly, etc…

New entry or Re-entry
Albums that have obtained new reviews and improved the score
Albums that have obtained new reviews but worsened the score

Out:
Shura: Forevher

85 - La Dispute: Panorama - 74,9 (78,6 / 10)
Highlights: Rhodonite and Grief - Anxiety Panorama - Fulton Street I
EMO



84 - Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars - 75,1 (73,4 / 26)
Highlights: Hello Sunshine - Western Stars - Tucson Train
Americana



83- Sleaford Mods: Eton Alive – 75,2 (75,5 / 20)
Highlights: Kebab Spider - Flipside - O.B.C.T.
Post-Punk



82 - Anderson .Paak: Ventura - 75,2 (74,5 / 23)
Highlights: King James - Come Home - Make It Better
R&B



81 - 2 Chainz: Rap Or Go To The League - 75,2 (79,9 / 7)
Highlights: Wip - Momma I Hit a Lick - Forgiven
Trap Rap



80 - Faye Webser: Atlanta Milionaires Club – 75,2 (75,9 / 19)
Highlights: Jonny - Kingston - Flowers
Alt-Country



79 - Karen O & Danger Mouse: Lux Prima - 75,3 (73,6 / 26)
Highlights: Turn the Light - Leopard's Tongue - Woman
Art Rock



78 - The Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger - 75,3 (72,9 / 28)
Highlights: Help Me Stranger - Bored and Razed - Sunday Driver
Blues Rock



77- Desperate Journalist: In Search Of The Miraculous - 75,3 (80,0 / 7)
Highlights: Murmuration - Jonatan - Black Net
Indie Rock



76 - Amyl & The Sniffers: Amyl & The Sniffers - 75,4 (77,7 / 14)
Highlights: Gacked on Anger - GFY - Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled)
Garage Punk



75 - Chai: Punk – 75,4 (77,7 / 14)
Highlights: Choose Go! - Wintime - Curly Adventure
Dance Punk



74 - Craig Finn: I Need A New War - 75,4 (77,1 / 16)
Highlights: Holyoke - Blankets - A Bathtub In the Kitchen
Singer-Songwriter



73 - Spellling: Mazy Fly - 75,0 (77,6 / 13)
Highlights: Hard to Please (Reprise) - Haunted Water - Under the Sun
Minimal Synth



72 - Lambchop: This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) - 75,6 (76,2 / 19)
Highlights: Crosswords, or What This Says About You - The Air Is Heavy and I Should Be Listening to You - Everything for You
Sophisti-Pop



71 - Ty Segall: First Tate – 75,6 (75,0 / 23)
Highlights: Taste - Self Esteem - The Arms
Garage Rock



70 - Bob Mould: Sunshine Rock - 75,7 (76,0 / 20)
Highlights: Western Sunset - Sunshine Rock - Send Me a Postcard
Alternative Rock



69 - Flying Lotus: Flamagra - 75,7 (75,0 / 23)
Highlights: Thank U Malcolm - More - Takashi
Nu Jazz



68 - Bat For Lashes: Lost Girls - 75,7 (74,4 / 25)
Highlights: Desert Man - Kids in the Dark - The Hunger
Synthpop



67 - Mark Ronson: Late Night Feelings – 75,8 (74,8 / 24)
Highlights: True Blue - Late Night Feelings - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Dance Pop



66 - Orville Peck: Pony - 75,8 (79,2 / 11)
Highlights: Hope to Die - Buffalo Run - Dead of Night
Alt- Country



65 - Self Esteem: Compliments Please - 75,9 (79,9 / 9)
Highlights: Girl Crush - The Best - Steady I Stand
Electropop



64 - PUP: Morbid Stuff - 75,9 (76,9 / 18)
Highlights: Kids - Full Blown Meltdown - City
Pop Punk



63 - Young Thug: So Much Fun - 75,9 (78,9 / 12)
Highlights: What's the Move - I'm Scared - Hot
Trap Rap



62 - Jayda G: Significant Changes – 75,9 (78,9 / 12)
Highlights: Leave Room 2 Breathe - Sunshine in the Valley - Stanley's Get Down (No Parking on the DF)
Deep House



61 - Hatchie: Keepsake - 75,9 (74,9 / 24)
Highlights: Without a Blush - Unwanted Guest - Obsessed
Dream Pop



60 - Lizzo: Cuz I Love You – 76,0 (76,0 / 21)
Highlights: Juice - Like a Girl - Tempo
Pop Soul



59 - Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated - 76,1 (74,8 / 25)
Highlights: Julien - Too Much - Want You in My Room
Dance Pop



58 - Ezra Furman: Twelve Nudes – 76,1 (75,1 / 24)
Highlights: I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend - In America - Transition From Nowhere to Nowhere
Indie Rock



57- Foals: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1) – 76,2 (74,2 / 27)
Highlights: In Degrees - Sunday - White Onions
Indie Rock



56 - Chelsea Wolfe: Birth Of Violence – 76,2 (80,2 / 9)
Highlights: Deranged For Rock & Roll - American Darkness - The Mother Road
Singer-Songwriter



55 - Blanck Mass: Animated Violence Mild – 76,4 (76,8 / 20)
Highlights: Death Drop - House vs House - Love Is a Parasite
Electro-Industrial



54 - Pharmakon: Devour - 76,5 (80,4 / 9)
Highlights: Self Regulating System - Spit It Out - Pristine Panic/Cheek by Jowl
Death Industrial



53 - Sunn O))): Life Metal – 76,5 (78,2 / 16)
Highlights: Novae (album with 4 tracks)
Drone Metal



52 - Beth Gibbons & the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra: Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) – 76,7 (78,3 / 16)
Highlights: Lento, Cantabile-Semplice (album with 3 tracks)
Modern Classical



51 - Káryyn: The Quanta Series – 76,7 (80,7 / 9)
Highlights: Segment & The Line - Ever - Yajna
Ambient Pop



50 - Rhiannon Giddens: There Is No Other - 76,7 (80,7 / 9)
Highlights: Gonna Write Me a Letter - He Will See You Through - Wayfaring Stranger
Folk



49 - Tyler, The Creator: Igor – 76,7 (77,1 / 20)
Highlights: Earfquake - Are We Still Friends? - I Think
Neo-Soul



48 - Jay Som: Anak Ko – 77,2 (76,8 / 22)
Highlights: Tenderness - Superbike - If You Want It
Dream Pop



47 - Jenny Lewis: On The Line – 77,4 (77,0 / 22)
Highlights: Heads Gonna Roll - Red Bull & Hennessy - Dogwood
Pop Rock



46 - James Blake: Assume Form – 77,5 (75,2 / 28)
Highlights: Where's the Catch? - Can’t Believe the Way We Flow - Assume Form
Alternative R&B



45 - Charli XCX: Charli - 77,6 (78,9 / 17)
Highlights: Gone - Shake It - 1999
Electropop



44 - Pedro The Lion: Phoenix - 77,7 (80,0 / 14)
Highlights: Yellow Bike - Circle K - Clean Up
Indie Rock



43 - The Japanese House: Good At Falling – 77,7 (78,4 / 19)
Highlights: Lilo - Everybody Hates Me - You Seemed so Happy
Indietronica



42 - Marika Hackman: Any Human Friend – 77,8 (79,5 / 16)
Highlights: All Night - Hand Solo - I'm Not Where You Are
Indie Rock



41 - Various: Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's 'The Midnight Organ Fight' - 77,9 (82,6 / 7)
Highlights: The Twist (Wintersleep) - The Modern Leper (Biffy Clyro) - Floating in the Forth (The Twilight Sad)
Indie Rock



40 - Sleater-Kinney: The Center Won't Hold – 78,0 (75,3 / 29)
Highlights: The Center Won't Hold - Hurry on Home - Reach Out
Indie Rock



39 - Tool: Fear Inoculum - 78,0 (78,0 / 21)
Highlights: 7empest - Pneuma - Descending
Progressive Metal



38 - The Twilight Sad: It Won't Be Like This – 78,1 (76,4 / 26)
Highlights: I/m Not Here (Missing Face) - VTr - Auge/Maschine
Post-Punk



37 - Kevin Morby: Oh My God – 78,6 (76,9 / 26)
Highlights: Hail Mary - No Halo - Piss River
Singer-Songwriter



36 - Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind – 78.6 (79.3 / 19)
Highlights: Nero Forte - Solway Firth - Unsainted
Alternative Metal



35 - Kano: Hoodies All Summer - 78,8 (83,1 / 8)
Highlights: Teardrops - Class of Deja - Trouble
Grime



34 - Better Oblivion Community Center: Better Oblivion Community Center – 78,9 (77,6 / 25)
Highlights: Dylan Thomas - I Didn't Know What I Was in For - Forest Lawn
Folk Rock



33 - Ariana Grande: thank u, next – 79,3 (78,3 / 24)
Highlights: thank u, next - ghostin - bloodline
R&B



32 - Florist: Emily Alone - 79,3 (84,0 / 7)
Highlights: Moon Begins - Time Is a Dark Feeling - Today I'll Have You Around
Indie Folk



31 - Holly Herndon: Proto – 79,6 (79,0 / 23)
Highlights: Eternal - Alienation - Frontier
Glitch Pop



30 - Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride - 79,7 (76,0 / 32)
Highlights: Harmony Hall - This Life - Unbearably White
Indie Pop



29 - Jessica Pratt: Quiet Signs – 79,8 (78,1 / 26)
Highlights: This Time Around - Fare Thee Well - Poly Blue
Folk



28 - American Football: American Football – 79,8 (80,5 / 19)
Highlights: Uncomfortably Numb - I Can't Feel You - Doom in Full Bloom
EMO



27 - Julia Jacklin: Crushing – 79,8 (78,5 / 25)
Highlights: Body - Comfort - Good Guy
Singer-Songwriter



26 - The Murder Capital: When I Have Fears – 79,9 (82,5 / 13)
Highlights: Don't Cling To Life - Feeling Fades - Green & Blue
Post Punk



25 - Baroness: Gold & Grey – 80,4 (81,4 / 18)
Highlights: Throw Me an Actor - Front Toward Enemy - Seasons
Stoner Metal



24 - Nilüfer Yanya: Miss Universe – 80,6 (79,9 / 23)
Highlights: Heavyweight Champion of the Year - Angels - In Your Head
Indie Pop



23 - Thom Yorke: Anima – 80,6 (78,0 / 29)
Highlights: Dawn Chorus - Last I Heard (...He Was Circling the Drain) - Traffic
Glitch Pop



22 - Bill Callahan: Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest – 80,7 (81,7 / 18)
Highlights: The Ballad of the Hulk – Circles - 747
Singer-Songwriter



21 - Dave: Psychodrama - 80,8 (85,1 / 8)
Highlights: Black - Lesley - Psycho
Hip Hop



20 - Cate Le Bon: Reward – 80,9 (79,6 / 25)
Highlights: Daylight Matters - Home to You - Magnificent Gestures
Arp Pop



19 - Black Midi: Schlagenheim – 81,4 (79,8 / 26)
Highlights: Near DT,MI - bmbmbm - Reggae
Experimental Rock



18 - Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 81,5 (79,8 / 26)
Highlights: Xanny - I Love You - Bad Guy
Electropop



17 - Bon Iver: i, i – 81,5 (78,2 / 31)
Highlights: Hey, Ma – iMi - Faith
Art Pop



16 - The National: I Am Easy To Find – 81,5 (77,9 / 32)
Highlights: I Am Easy to Find - Rylan - You Had Your Soul With You
Chamber Pop



15 - Kate Tempest: The Book Of Traps And Lessons – 82,1 (83,1 / 18)
Highlights: Hold Your Own - Firesmoke - Holy Elixir
Spoken Word



14 - Aldous Harding: Designer – 82.1 (79,4 / 29)
Highlights: Weight of the Planets - The Barrel - Zoo Eyes
Singer-Songwriter



13 - Solange: When I Get Home – 82,1 (81,1 / 24)
Highlights: Almeda - Binz - Stay Flo
Neo-Soul



12 - Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow - 82,3 (78,6 / 32)
Highlights: Seventeen - Comeback Kid - No One’s Easy to Love
Indie Pop



11 - Deerhunter: Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? – 82,5 (78,5 / 33)
Highlights: Death in Midsummer - No One's Sleeping - What Happens to People?
Indie Rock



10 - Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs – 82,5 (80,5 / 27)
Highlights: Beware of the Dogs - Lunch - Old Man
Indie Folk



09 - Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains – 83,0 (83,3 / 20)
Highlights: Margaritas at the Mall - All My Happiness Is Gone - Darkness and Cold
Indie Rock



08 - Lana Del Rey: Norman Fucking Rockwell – 83,0 (81,7 / 25)
Highlights: The Greatest - Mariners Apartment Complex - Venice Bitch
Art Pop



07 - Jamila Woods: Legacy! Legacy! - 83,4 (83,7 / 20)
Highlights: Zora - Muddy - Basquiat
Alternative R&B



06 - Slowthai: Nothing Great About Britain – 83,7 (85,1 / 17)
Highlights: Dead Leaves - Inglorious - Doorman
Hip Hop



05 - Freddie Gibbs and Madlib: Bandana – 83,8 (83,5 / 22)
Highlights: Fake Names - Flat Tummy Tea - Cataracts
Hip Hop



04 - Little Simz: Grey Area – 84,5 (84,9 / 20)
Highlights: Venom - Offence - 101 FM
Hip Hop



03 - Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising - 85,3 (82,6 / 29)
Highlights: Everyday - A Lot's Gonna Change - Andromeda
Art Pop



02 - Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel – 85,8 (85,1 / 23)
Highlights: Too Real - Boys in the Better Land - Big
Post-Punk



01 - Big Thief: U.F.O.F. – 86,7 (85,4 / 25)
Highlights: U.F.O.F. - Jenni - Cattails
Indie Pop
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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Otisredding » Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:31 am

JohnnyBGoode wrote:Not sure if anyone's ever asked this before, but any others above 70 ...? :whistle:
86 - Devin Townsend: Empath - 74,9 (78,9 / 9)
87 - Charly Bliss: Young Enough - 74,9 (76,9 / 15)
88 - Martha: Love Keeps Kicking - 74,9 (78,2 / 11)
89 - Alex Cameron: Miami Memory - 74,8 (77,8 / 12)
90 - Shura: Forevher - 74,8 (75,2 / 20)
91 - Show Me The Body: Dog Whistle - 74,8 (79,1 / 8)
92 - (Sandy) Alex G: House of Sugar - 74,7 (78,4 / 10)
93 - Joan Shelley: Like The River Loves The Sea - 74,5 (78,9 / 8)
94 - Hand Habits: Placeholder - 74,5 (77,5 / 12)
95 - Steve Mason: About The Light - 74,5 (77,8 / 11)
96 - Sam Fender: Hypersonic Missiles - 74,4 (78,1 / 10)
97 - The Delines: The Imperial - 74,3 (79,0 / 7)
98 - Fennesz: Agora - 74,3 (78,0 / 10)
99 - Sigrid: Sucker Punch - 74,2 (73,5 / 23)
100 - The Comet Is Coming: Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery - 74,1 (78,1 / 9)
101 - Robert Forster: Inferno - 74,1 (77,1 / 12)
102 - Cass McCombs: Tip Of The Sphere - 74,1 (73,1 / 24)
103 - Priests: The Seduction Of Kansas - 74,1 (74,0 / 21)
104 - Black Belt Eagle Scout: At The Party With My Brown Friends - 74,0 (76,3 / 14)
105 - Ada Lea: What We Say In Private - 74,0 (76,6 / 13)
106 - Fat White Family: Serfs Up! - 74,0 (74,9 / 18)
107 - Denzel Curry: ZUU - 73,9 (77,3 / 11)
108 - Hot Chip: A Bath Full of Ecstasy - 73,9 (72,6 / 25)
109 - Lucy Rose: No Words Left - 73,9 (77,3 / 11)
110 - Kedr Livanskiy: Your Need - 73,9 (78,6 / 7)
111 - Drab Majesty: Modern Mirror - 73,9 (76,5 / 13)
112 - Steve Gunn: The Unseen Inbetween - 73,9 (74,5 / 19)
113 - Beirut: Gallipoli - 73,8 (71,5 / 28)
114 - Injury Reserve: Injury Reserve - 73,8 (78,1 / 8)
115 - Ezra Collective: You Can't Steal My Joy - 73,8 (78,1 / 8)
116 - Helado Negro: This Is How You Smile - 73,5 (76,5 / 12)
117 - The Mountain Goats: In League With Dragons - 73,4 (75,7 / 14)
118 - Jesca Hoop: Stonechild - 73,3 (76,0 / 13)
119 - Damien Jurado: In The Space Of A Storm - 73,3 (75,3 / 15)
120 - A. A. Bondy: Enderness - 73,3 (78,0 / 7)
121 - Bedouine: Bird Songs of a Killjoy - 73,2 (77,5 / 8)
122 - Rozi Plain: What a Boost - 73,0 (77,4 / 8)
123 - The Chemical Brothers: No Geography - 73,0 (73,0 / 21)
124 - Jenny Hval: The Practice Of Love - 72,9 (77,3 / 8)
125 - William Tyler: Goes West - 72,9 (77,3 / 8)
126 - Crumb: Jinx - 72,7 (77,0 / 8)
127 - Boy Harsher: Careful - 72,7 (76,0 / 11)
128 - Ex Hex: It's Real - 72,6 (73,9 / 17)
129 - Maggie Rogers: Heard It In A Past Life - 72,4 (70,8 / 26)
130 - Strand Of Oaks: Eraserland - 72,4 (74,7 / 14)
131 - Gary Clark Jr.: This Land - 72,3 (77,0 / 7)
132 - Stef Chura: Midnight - 72,3 (74,6 / 14)
133 - Whitney: Forever Turned Around - 72,3 (71,0 / 25)
134 - These New Puritans: Inside The Rose - 72,3 (72,3 / 21)
135 - Tiny Ruins: Olympic Girls - 72,3 (74,3 / 15)
136 - Sheer Mag: A Distant Call - 72,2 (75,5 / 11)
137 - Marvin Gaye: You're The Man - 72,2 (76,9 / 7)
138 - Palehund: Black Friday - 72,2 (76,5 / 8)
139 - The Highwomen: The Highwomen - 72,2 (76,5 / 8)
140 - Avey Tare: Cows on Hourglass Pond - 72,2 (73,2 / 18)
141 - Blood Red Shoes: Get Tragic - 72,1 (76,1 / 9)
142 - Drahla: Useless Coordinates - 72,0 (76,7 / 7)
143 - Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet - 72,0 (73,3 / 17)
144 - Pom Poko: Birthday - 71,9 (76,3 / 8)
145 - Sasami: Sasami - 71,9 (72,6 / 19)
146 - Oh Sees: Face Stabber - 71,9 (76,6 / 7)
147 - Kelsey Lu: Blood - 71,8 (74,1 / 14)
148 - Drugdealer: Raw Honey - 71,8 (73,8 / 15)
149 - Dawn: New Breed - 71,7 (76,0 / 8)
150 - Ibibio Sound Machine: Doko Mien - 71,7 (75,0 / 11)
151 - Amanda Palmer: There Will Be No Intermission - 71,6 (73,3 / 16)
152 - Spielbergs: This Is Not the End - 71,6 (74,2 / 13)
153 - Skepta: Ignorance Is Bliss - 71,5 (73,5 / 15)
154 - Du Blonde: Lung Bread For Daddy - 71,4 (75,1 / 10)
155 - Tim Presley & White Fence: I Have To Feed Larry's Hawk - 71,3 (73,3 / 15)
156 - Tropical Fuck Storm: Braindrops - 71,3 (73,3 / 15)
157 - Mavis Staples: We Got By - 71,2 (73,8 / 13)
158 - Girlpool: What Chaos Is Imaginary - 71,1 (70,4 / 23)
159 - Pip Blom: Boat - 71,0 (75,0 / 9)
160 - SOAK: Grim Town - 71,0 (72,6 / 16)
161 - Sacred Paws: Run Around The Sun - 70,8 (74,1 / 11)
162 - Hayden Thorpe: Diviner - 70,8 (73,8 / 12)
163 - Muna: Saves the World - 70,7 (74,7 / 9)
164 - Teeth Of The Sea: Wraith - 70,7 (74,7 / 9)
165 - Bibio: Ribbons - 70,7 (72,0 / 17)
166 - Loyle Carner: Not Waving, But Drowning - 70,6 (73,9 / 11)
167 - Pond: Tasmania - 70,4 (72,4 / 15)
168 - Rustin Man: Drift Code - 70,2 (71,9 / 16)
169 - Steve Lacy: Apollo XXI - 70,1 (73,8 / 10)

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Otisredding » Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:32 am

Hello, Rob

Changes in highlights: Marika Hackman, Slowthai and Little Simz

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Rob » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:48 am

Otisredding wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:32 am
Hello, Rob

Changes in highlights: Marika Hackman, Slowthai and Little Simz
Thanks, but the highlights for Slowthai look the same to me.

The playlist:


A very, very high jump for Lana Del Rey. Deserved if you ask me!

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by discord » Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:51 pm

Cant understand why Big Thief is top.

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by howdoesitfeel » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:04 pm

discord wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:51 pm
Cant understand why Big Thief is top.
^this. That album didn't do much for me either

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by luvulongTIM » Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:09 am

It’s very critic friendly just on a superficial basis alone. Artsy being that it’s on 4ad. They’re also an indie folk band from Brooklyn so that in itself you know was gonna put it in the top 10 alone. I think because of this is the same reason it won’t make number 1 this year. It’s too stereotypical of what a critic would name as their album of the year, too obvious, too safe even. I think they’re at the point where they want to swerve a little and not name something that was once considered a critical darling as their album of the year. People view or viewed the music critic as snobbish at times and they want to break out of that mold. A music critic never got the kind of respect of a Roger Ebert after all and they’re well aware of it. I’d think they know it might hurt their reputation with this decade being more urban oriented as far as what was considered groundbreaking to kind of fall back into that pattern of naming a more hipster type folksy record from the hipster Mecca of the world.
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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Daneman52 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:17 pm

Big Thief is top, in my opinion, because we have run into another weak year for albums. We don't have the event-album we had even back in 2017 with DAMN!. Almost seems like those are a thing of the past with the focus in streaming on individual song plays.

Has music gone full circle back to the 50s-60s where singles were paramount?

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Edre Peraza » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:24 pm

Daneman52 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:17 pm
Big Thief is top, in my opinion, because we have run into another weak year for albums. We don't have the event-album we had even back in 2017 with DAMN!. Almost seems like those are a thing of the past with the focus in streaming on individual song plays.

Has music gone full circle back to the 50s-60s where singles were paramount?
I may have specific taste but this year hasn’t been horrible. My favorites were albums from Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Young Thug, The Raconteurs, Bad Religion, Tyla Yahweh, Juice WRLD, 93PUNX, Chase Atlantic, Thom Yorke, Off With Their Heads, etc... and there has been some more I have been anticipating (Keane, Kanye West, The Offspring, etc...)

Also while singles and songs do seem to be the main focus due to more digital formats, certain artists care a lot about flow and atmosphere like Travis Scott’s album ASTROWORLD last year and Post Malone’s new album.
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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Nick » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:55 pm

Daneman52 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:17 pm
Big Thief is top, in my opinion, because we have run into another weak year for albums. We don't have the event-album we had even back in 2017 with DAMN!. Almost seems like those are a thing of the past with the focus in streaming on individual song plays.

Has music gone full circle back to the 50s-60s where singles were paramount?
I agree completely. In years past we had albums that the entire critical sphere couldn’t stop talking about, albums that were a clear consensus pick before the first lists were even published. 2018 and 2019 have lacked these sorts of albums, though Lana Del Rey’s newest one might be the closest thing we have to one.

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by madzong » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:43 am

luvulongTIM wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:09 am
It’s very critic friendly just on a superficial basis alone. Artsy being that it’s on 4ad. They’re also an indie folk band from Brooklyn so that in itself you know was gonna put it in the top 10 alone.
Haha! So true!

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by discord » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:36 am

Nick wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:55 pm
Daneman52 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:17 pm
Big Thief is top, in my opinion, because we have run into another weak year for albums. We don't have the event-album we had even back in 2017 with DAMN!. Almost seems like those are a thing of the past with the focus in streaming on individual song plays.

Has music gone full circle back to the 50s-60s where singles were paramount?
I agree completely. In years past we had albums that the entire critical sphere couldn’t stop talking about, albums that were a clear consensus pick before the first lists were even published. 2018 and 2019 have lacked these sorts of albums, though Lana Del Rey’s newest one might be the closest thing we have to one.
There have been several excellent albums this year. Big Theif isnt one of them, imo.

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Nick » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:08 pm

discord wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:36 am
Nick wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:55 pm
Daneman52 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:17 pm
Big Thief is top, in my opinion, because we have run into another weak year for albums. We don't have the event-album we had even back in 2017 with DAMN!. Almost seems like those are a thing of the past with the focus in streaming on individual song plays.

Has music gone full circle back to the 50s-60s where singles were paramount?
I agree completely. In years past we had albums that the entire critical sphere couldn’t stop talking about, albums that were a clear consensus pick before the first lists were even published. 2018 and 2019 have lacked these sorts of albums, though Lana Del Rey’s newest one might be the closest thing we have to one.
There have been several excellent albums this year. Big Theif isnt one of them, imo.
I’m not really talking about the quality of albums this year as much as I am remarking on the fact that there hasn’t really been an “event” album this year, at least not in the same way that Merriweather Post Pavilion was in 2009 or To Pimp a Butterfly was in 2015. The new LDR album might prove to be the exception, but it seems that there hasn’t really been an album that has dominated the discussion.

And while I like the Big Thief album, I agree with the people who call it overrated.

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Re: MCCh 2019 (16) September 15

Post by Jirin » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:32 pm

I think part of it is that, other than marquee hip hop acts, there isn’t a genre now that enough critics agree on to build a real consensus.

The wave of catchy indie from the 00s like The National and LCD Soundsystem are still producing good albums but we aren’t getting many new bands in that area. What we have a lot of this year is the understated indie folk like Big Thief that is doing great things but isn’t all that catchy or singable, so it inherently has a narrower wavelength than top hip hop acts or The National, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, etc.

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