irreduciblekoan wrote:Reception for Andy Stott is disappointing. Luxury Problems did very well on the spreadsheet (and AM update), and if not AS great, Faith In Strangers was close and certainly one of the year's best electronic releases.
It made quite a lot of appearances on the lists published on the last 2 weeks. Issue is lots of lists have been published or most likely compiled before the album release, but that's an issue we see every years (top of mind Undun has been one of the biggest losers of a late year release).
Lots of sites and magazines included Beyonce this year despite its 2013 release but usually albums from December or even end of November are completely forgotten in the following year. I know a few magazines state that they include albums "from November 2013 to October 2014" or something like that, but most of them just include albums from Jan of the current year to whenever they compile their ballots.
Jackson wrote:Is it just me or is this the weirdest consensus for EOY albums in recent memory?
Coming into this year, who had The War on Drugs, St. Vincent, FKA Twigs, Run the Jewels, and Sun Kil Moon as the top 5?? Maybe there haven't been as many high-profile releases this year as usual, but seems like a strange bunch. Like, why is this the St. Vincent album to really threaten for album of the year, and not her previous two? And I like the Sun Kil Moon album, but they've been going for a long time without nearly as much mainstream acclaim.
I guess I'm not sure what I really expected heading into EOY season. I thought Todd Terje might be more of a favorite than has been the case. For the record, I don't dislike these albums, just think it's kind of a funny group.
That's hard to tell after the facts but I guess if you had given me a full list of albums to be released in 2014 at the beginning of the year I'd have bet on Saint Vincent (people were already praising Birth in Reverse in end of December), FKA Twigs (her 2 EP were quite acclaimed and she had a solid buzz going on for her), Todd Terje, Swans and a wild spot for a surprise album by a band I don't know.
I'm surprised Todd Terje is only #20, I'm not really surprised it appears in less than half of the lists but I expected it to get more top 10 votes.
As for Run the Jewels 2, I really love the album (I loved the first one too and Cancer 4 Cure is one of my favorite hip-hop album ever) and consider it my album of the year, but I still think it benefits a lot from a fairly poor year in hip-hop, most websites will want at least a hip-hop album in their top 10 and it's not like there really is another contender for the spot.