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by Harold
Tue May 23, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Ariana Grande Concert Tragedy
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Ariana Grande Concert Tragedy

An awful event. All thoughts go out to Manchester tonight. Here in the U.S., we've been very lucky, I think, not to have had a similar kind of terrorist attack at a rock or pop concert or other pop-culture event (the Pulse nightclub shooting isn't quite the same thing). We'll probably never know if ...
by Harold
Fri May 19, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15
Replies: 10
Views: 1153

Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

wondering if PWR BTTM's album will be able to keep its spot in the chart or if it will be appearing in any EOTY lists, sounds like just about everyone is cutting off any ties they have with them, including reviewers who once had high regard for the album retracting what they had said It should keep...
by Harold
Fri May 19, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: R.I.P. Chris Cornell (1964-2017)
Replies: 21
Views: 412

Re: R.I.P. Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

I don't mean to derail this thread... Then don't. No disrespect to John Wetton, who played and sang on some of the greatest albums ever, or any other recently deceased artist not quite on the same level of fame or accomplishment as Berry or Cornell, but this is a thread specifically about Cornell. ...
by Harold
Thu May 18, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: R.I.P. Chris Cornell (1964-2017)
Replies: 21
Views: 412

Re: R.I.P. Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

What a shock! I think this is the first death of a major music artist in 2017 [cough]Chuck Berry[cough]... Extremely sad news. Even sadder is that they're starting to report his death as a possible suicide, which is hard to believe - by all accounts he'd been in a great place lately, and Soundgarde...
by Harold
Tue May 16, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 8565

Re: Albums of 2017

I'd like to take a moment to note my top contender for MVP of 2017 so far - Blake Mills, who produced (and plays on) three of the year's most acclaimed albums: Jesca Hoop's Memories Are Now , Laura Marling's Semper Femina , and Perfume Genius's No Shape . Three albums that are very different, but wh...
by Harold
Tue May 16, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15
Replies: 10
Views: 1153

Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Last night, I listened to PWR BTTM's album and I totally thought "Answer My Text" was one of the silliest things I've ever heard. I'm a bit perplexed as to how it is a highlight. I'll bet it stuck in your head, though. It's very reminiscent of Weezer in their big-hooky-and-stoopid mode. I...
by Harold
Mon May 15, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15
Replies: 10
Views: 1153

Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Otisredding, the entry for Colin Stetson has the album art for Vagabon.
by Harold
Sat May 13, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 8565

Re: Albums of 2017

Art is not made in a vacuum, and as such it would be disingenuous to analyze it in a vacuum. So how do you all feel about this? If these allegations are true, would that impact your view of the quality of the music? Polyvinyl has officially dropped the band, and is actually pulling the album from d...
by Harold
Wed May 10, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: What do you prefer out of the top lists?
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: What do you prefer out of the top lists?

Frankly, at this point in time, any greatest-albums list - especially an aggregate like this one - with fewer than 500 entries is close to worthless. I might even go as far as 1000. I'm not exaggerating. 250 or 300 might as well be 20.
by Harold
Mon May 01, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)

That 100 songs book (Eric Mack, right?) was an e-book only, while this is also a printed book. If I would exclude this list from AM, that would really be an exception from all other books that have ever been suggested to me. It is however kind of refreshing that the eligibilty is questioned by some...
by Harold
Mon May 01, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)

If it got published by an actual company, it's more legit than just some random schmo's list. But it's not an actual company! I'm pretty sure Southwood IS the company - I'm 99.9999% sure that this is a self-published book. Which makes him exactly the "random schmo" you mention above. Agai...
by Harold
Mon May 01, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)

Who is this guy, though? This looks like a self-published book. Are we just going to start declaring eligible every list ever made by anybody? Why not? Seriously? So, any time any self-styled music writer decides to self-publish, or post online, a list of his or her 100 or 500 favorite songs or alb...
by Harold
Mon May 01, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)

lagire wrote:Seems to be an author in AHS Publications in London, but don't know more about relation with music.
https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Andrew/Southwood


Hmm, I wonder what the A and S in AHS stand for...
by Harold
Mon May 01, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Andrew Southwood - 500 Great Albums (2015)

Who is this guy, though? This looks like a self-published book. Are we just going to start declaring eligible every list ever made by anybody?
by Harold
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: R.I.P. Jonathan Demme
Replies: 0
Views: 77

R.I.P. Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs and directed a wide variety of other films, has passed away from esophageal cancer at 73: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/26/525714291/jonathan-demme-director-of-silence-of-the-lambs-dies-at-73 Very sad news. Demme's other ...
by Harold
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: When will the 2017 update come?
Replies: 50
Views: 2330

Re: When will the 2017 update come?

mowino wrote:Dying of thirst about this update....


I confess, I'm hoping we have some news soon as well, however minimal it might be. What I'm really hoping for is a list of albums (2016 and otherwise) that will be added in the next update.
by Harold
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Billboard - The 100 Greatest Choruses of the 21st Century (2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Billboard - The 100 Greatest Choruses of the 21st Century (2017)

Not eligible. That was quick! Well, there need to be standards - otherwise we'd have to start accepting lists of the 100 greatest anything: *The 100 Greatest Songs by Artists You Always Thought Were Jewish But Aren't *The 100 Greatest Songs Where Everything Was Done by One Person But Really Shouldn...
by Harold
Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: List of songs to be added to AM 2017
Replies: 97
Views: 3973

Re: List of songs to be added to AM 2017

Jap123 wrote:I hope that last batch was a joke.


Did you notice the date that Henrik posted it?
by Harold
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Kung Fu Kenny?
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Kung Fu Kenny?

I would strongly advise that you avoid the Wu-Tang Clan.
by Harold
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2017 (06) April 15
Replies: 16
Views: 1696

Re: MCCh 2017 (06) April 15

...I'm going to ask again about the absence of Valerie June's The Order of Time , which has an 89 on Metacritic. I realize it has only 10 reviews, but I've seen albums make Mega-Critic with fewer. 81 - Valerie June: The Order Of Time - 68,3 (72,3 / 9) MCCh is not Metacritic MCCh takes into account ...
by Harold
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Kendrick Lamar- Damn: Discussion Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 2023

Re: Kendrick Lamar- Damn: Discussion Thread

Metacritic score is at 97 now with 16 reviews. Figured it couldn't stay at 99 forever. By the end of the week we should have a better idea of where it'll top out on MC (probably still too high - like many of you, I think it's a brilliant album but in no way the equal of GKMC or TPaB).
by Harold
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Second opinions to AM?
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Second opinions to AM?

AM is pure critical consensus while BEA is sort of a mixture between critics and fans. So my question is: do you guys know of any other website that can provide a worthy "foil" to AcclaimedMusic, in terms of best album opinions? BEA has been doing the job for me so far, but sometimes I'm ...
by Harold
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2017 (06) April 15
Replies: 16
Views: 1696

Re: MCCh 2017 (06) April 15

Thanks, that's quite a discrepancy with the MetaCritic score. Speaking of which... I hate to be a broken record, Otisredding, but I'm going to ask again about the absence of Valerie June's The Order of Time , which has an 89 on Metacritic. I realize it has only 10 reviews, but I've seen albums make...
by Harold
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: 501 Movie Stars (2007) [as ref. for the new poll]
Replies: 15
Views: 337

Re: 501 Movie Stars (2007) [as ref. for the new poll]

StevieFan13 wrote:Also: correct my ignorance, but isn't Toto a dog?


Pretty sure the "Toto" in question here is a legendary Italian comedic actor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot%C3%B2
by Harold
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: When will the 2017 update come?
Replies: 50
Views: 2330

Re: When will the 2017 update come?

I guess this is a appropriate thread to ask, but is Lemonade the only other 2016 album ( Blackstar being a lock to hit the top 200), to have a high spot on the AM 250 next year? Lemonade will almost certainly make the top 500, but top 250 would be a stretch, I think. It's on track to be one of the ...
by Harold
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: When will the 2017 update come?
Replies: 50
Views: 2330

Re: When will the 2017 update come?

Summer..coming soon :) It's been our experience, panam, that when Henrik says an update is coming in "summer" it usually ends up being closer to the end of summer than the beginning. And summer isn't coming that soon. Given the enormous volume of lists being posted, along with everything ...
by Harold
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Chris Rock - Top 25 Albums
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Chris Rock - Top 25 Albums

StevieFan13 wrote:(I'm just gonna say it: while Nas had some killer songs after Illmatic, album-wise, he never topped it and probably never will).


Like the man said: "That's a one-hot-album-every-ten-year average."
by Harold
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Chris Rock - Top 25 Albums
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Chris Rock - Top 25 Albums

http://www.chrisrock.com/category/top-25-albums Yeah, this is a list by comedian Chris Rock. I guess you could call him a musician for "No Sex in the Champagne Room," and he's shown rap expertise a lot over the course of his career... And let's not forget his invaluable contribution to Ka...
by Harold
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2017 (05) March 31
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

Re: MCCh 2017 (05) March 31

But, as Rob said, I don't agree with RTJ's inclusion in this list either anyway ;) Allow me to be a different kind of "that guy." Yes, technically RTJ3 is a 2016 release, since it dropped digitally on Christmas Day. But it didn't appear on a single 2016 EOY list that's included on the spr...
by Harold
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SERIOUS: Your wildest nightmares might've been true about Trump.
Replies: 240
Views: 3157

Re: SERIOUS: Your wildest nightmares might've been true about Trump.

But to be even a little more edgy and conspiratorial, there's a theory out there that Trump is uncovering a huge pedophilia ring in Washington D.C. According to this theory pedophilia is rampant among politicians and even some police officers. What is a worrying thing is that Mike Pence might be in...
by Harold
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me

Been curious about this album and have seen the MC score. What makes this album really good? Writing solely or more than that? It's truly unlike any album I can think of. It's a song cycle written and recorded in the weeks immediately following the death last August (from pancreatic cancer) of Phil...
by Harold
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me

Phil Elverum, who essentially is Mount Eerie, was also the auteur behind an indie group called The Microphones; 2001's The Glow, Pt. 2 is in the Acclaimed Music top 1000, and the Microphones' 2003 follow-up - also in the top 3000 - gave Elverum's current project its name. His music is ethereal, high...
by Harold
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: LGBT-themed Songs
Replies: 66
Views: 15523

Re: LGBT-themed Songs

... listen to Papa was a Rodeo by the Magnetic Fields Dan, who started this thread, wrote in that first catalog post that he was limiting the list (at least initially) to one song per artist; obviously there are many, many Magnetic Fields songs that would qualify (heck, a whole bunch of new ones - ...
by Harold
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: List of songs to be added to AM 2017
Replies: 97
Views: 3973

Re: List of songs to be added to AM 2017

The Muppets | Mahna Mahna And then there is: Starship | We Built This City Was this inevitable? It's mostly a favorite among all-time-worst lists, but that kind of status might have lead to some contrary placements. Well, the last batch had The Rainbow Commection. Maybe music critics are all secret...
by Harold
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SERIOUS: Your wildest nightmares might've been true about Trump.
Replies: 240
Views: 3157

Re: SERIOUS: Your wildest nightmares might've been true about Trump.

I'm very curious to know what specifically prompted this. Not that Trump and his minions don't do and say things every day that make it look like our wildest nightmares are coming true, but PlasticRam's post seems to be a direct reaction to something specific and alarming that, so far, hasn't been r...
by Harold
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Hal Leonard Publishing: 4 book about best songs of jazz
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Hal Leonard Publishing: 4 book about best songs of jazz

These are music notation books. They don't even remotely qualify as books of "critics' lists".
by Harold
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2017 (04) March 15
Replies: 7
Views: 1564

Re: MCCh 2017 (04) March 15

Did Valerie June's The Order of Time not have enough eligible sources to make the list? It's certainly been well-reviewed.
by Harold
Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: EOY 2016
Topic: EOY 2016 - De Volkskrant (The Netherlands)
Replies: 5
Views: 1305

Re: EOY 2016 - De Volkskrant (The Netherlands)

Um, this is a setlist from a concert by The Weeknd. What in the name of holy living fuck is it doing here? I presume this is spam. Doesn't look like it - the links for an actual list. My post was in reply to a post that has since been deleted - a completely random-ass post that did in fact contain ...
by Harold
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Musicthatmakesyoudumb
Replies: 13
Views: 517

Re: Musicthatmakesyoudumb

This doesn't correlate music taste with intelligence. It correlates music taste with college which it then correlates with SAT scores. This says a lot more about culture of selective private colleges versus public colleges than it does about musical taste and intelligence. True. But smart people do...
by Harold
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Can there ever be a Best USA Songs/Albums list?
Replies: 13
Views: 383

Re: Can there ever be a Best USA Songs/Albums list?

I keep thinking about Greil Marcus' entry on Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica in the personal-history-of-rock-and-roll "Treasure Island" appendix in the book Stranded : "As unique and true a vision of America as rock and roll has produced, but I know one person who blames a kidn...
by Harold
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: The Huffington Post: The 12 Best Songs by Women 2012
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: The Huffington Post: The 12 Best Songs by Women 2012

Wouldn't every 2012 song in the database by a woman that isn't on this list need to be X'd out?
by Harold
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Greil Marcus - The History of Rock 'N Roll in Ten Songs (2014)
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Greil Marcus - The History of Rock 'N Roll in Ten Songs (2014)

It's a great book, possibly one of Marcus' considerable best, but it in no way should be eligible for Acclaimed Music. It's certainly not a list of "the ten greatest songs" - it's no more and no less than what the title implies, a collection of highly personal, idiosyncratic essays spinnin...
by Harold
Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: The Definitive 200 by National Association of Recording Merchandisers (2007)
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: The Definitive 200 by National Association of Recording Merchandisers (2007)

Already deemed ineligible a long time ago (on the old forum) - album sales were part of the criteria.

For completeness' sake, #100 was Home (2002) by the Dixie Chicks.
by Harold
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Where will Blackstar rank in the 2017 update?
Replies: 19
Views: 573

Re: Where will Blackstar rank in the 2017 update?

Harold wrote:Wait, does someone actually think Blackstar will be in the all-time top 10 in the next update?!?!?!? :o :o :o


And now there are two top ten votes. Seriously, who are you and what could possibly be your rationale for this?
by Harold
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: EOY 2016
Topic: EOY 2016 Albums Spreadsheet Updates
Replies: 93
Views: 23727

Re: EOY 2016 Albums Spreadsheet Updates

Interesting Adele sweeps the Grammys but not does appear on the list of top 100 albums of the year. "25" is from 2015. And Taylor Swift's 1989 , which won Album of the Year for 2015, was released in 2014. You can thank the Grammys' peculiar definition of "the year" for all this....
by Harold
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: When will the 2017 update come?
Replies: 50
Views: 2330

Re: When will the 2017 update come?

Glad to hear you're doing better; very sorry to hear about your family situation but good to know you seem to be dealing with it with a positive attitude. As the kids say (are they saying it?), you do you, Henrik. Take care of yourself and take as much time as you need with the update. That said, yo...
by Harold
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Where will Blackstar rank in the 2017 update?
Replies: 19
Views: 573

Re: Where will Blackstar rank in the 2017 update?

Wait, does someone actually think Blackstar will be in the all-time top 10 in the next update?!?!?!? :o :o :o
by Harold
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Somebody explain Kid A to me.
Replies: 36
Views: 678

Re: Somebody explain Kid A to me.

StevieFan13 wrote:Hey, I don't like Coldplay, and they're basically the poor man's Radiohead.


No, no, no. Muse is the poor man's Radiohead. More precisely, Muse is what Radiohead might have become if they'd simply kept making The Bends over and over again.
by Harold
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: Waiting for the TSPDT update
Replies: 30
Views: 803

Re: Waiting for the TSPDT update

The update is up! A couple of methodological changes (notably, a softening of the "test-of-time" weighting) have resulted in 54 new entries in the top 1000 (although the vast majority of these are re-entries) and some significant movement within of more recent films. The 1001-2000 list is ...

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