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MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Otisredding » Mon May 15, 2017 2:07 pm

The best albums of 2017 (update May 15)

The numbers presented next to each album title are the weighted average rating, and, in brackets, average and number of ratings (out of 31 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: DIY; Drowned In Sound; The Guardian; Music OMH; NME; The Line Of Best Fit; The Skinny; The 405
USA + Canada: Allmusic; AV Club; Consequence Of Sound; Exclaim!; Paste; Pitchfork; Popmatters; Rolling Stone; Tinymixtapes; 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:
Vagabon: Infinite Worlds
Pissed Jeans: Why Love Now
Peter Silberman: Impermanence
Tinariwen: Elwan


45 - Migos: Culture - 74,9 (76,2 / 17)
Highlights: Bad and Boujee - T-Shirt - Call Casting
Hip Hop



44 - Diet Cig: Swear I'm Good At This - 74,9 (77,9 / 12)
Highlights: Tummy Ache - Sixteen - Link in Bio
Indie Pop



43 - Future Islands: The Far Field – 75,0 (72,3 / 29)
Highlights: Ran - Shadows - Through the Roses
Synthpop



42 - Mac DeMarco: This Old Dog - 75,0 (73,0 / 27)
Highlights: My Old Man - One More Love Song - A Wolf Who Wears Sheep Clothes
Singer-Songwriter



41 - Spoon: Hot Thoughts – 75,1 (73,8 / 25)
Highlights: Hot Thoughts - Do I Have to Talk You Into It - I Ain’t the One
Indie Rock



40 - Elbow: Little Fictions - 75,4 (75,8 / 20)
Highlights: Magnificent (She Says) - Gentle Storm - All Disco
Art Rock



39 - Julie Byrne: Not Even Happiness – 75,7 (76,3 / 19)
Highlights: Natural Blue - Follow My Voice - Sleepwalker
Folk



38 - Mark Eitzel: Hey Mr Ferryman - 75,7 (79,0 / 11)
Highlights: Nothing and Everything - In My Role As Professional Singer and Ham - The Last Ten Years
Singer-Songwriter



37 - Mark Lanegan Band: Gargoyle - 75,7 (76,4 / 19)
Highlights: Old Swan - Beehive - Drunk on Destruction
Singer-Songwriter



36 - Ryan Adams: Prisoner - 75,8 (74,1 / 26)
Highlights: Outbound Train - Prisoner - Anything I Say To You Now
Singer-Songwriter



35 - Grandaddy: Last Place - 75,8 (75,8 / 21)
Highlights: Way We Won't - Evermore - A Lost Machine
Indie Rock



34 - Aimee Mann: Mental Illness – 76,0 (78,7 / 13)
Highlights: Goose Snow Cone - You Never Loved Me - Patient Zero
Singer-Songwriter



33 - Pallbearer: Heartless – 76,0 (78,7 / 13)
Highlights: Lie of Survival - Dancing in Madness - I Saw the End
Doom Metal



32 - Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now - 76,1 (75,8 / 22)
Highlights: How We Met, the Long Version - What's That Perfume That You Wear? - Hotwire the Ferris Wheel
Indie Pop



31 - Sorority Noise: You're Not As _____ As You Think – 76,2 (80,5 / 8)
Highlights: No Halo - A Better Sun - A Portrait Of
Emo



30 - Blanck Mass: World Eater – 76,3 (76,9 / 19)
Highlights: Rhesus Negative - Please - Silent Treatment
Experimental



29 - Sleaford Mods: English Tapas – 76,4 (76,0 / 22)
Highlights: B.H.S. - Just Like We Do - Time Sands
Post-Punk



28 - Loyle Carner: Yesterday's Gone - 76,4 (78,4 / 15)
Highlights: The Isle of Arran - Damselfly - No CD
Hip Hop



27 - Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now - 76,7 (79,7 / 12)
Highlights: Memories Are Now - Unsaid - The Lost Sky
Indie Folk



26 - The Afghan Whigs: In Spades – 76,8 (76,5 / 22)
Highlights: Arabian Heights - Demon in Profile - The Spell
Alternative Rock



25 - Charly Bliss: Guppy - 76,9 (81,6 / 7)
Highlights: Percolator - Gatorade - Totalizer
Indie Rock



24 - Dirty Projectors: Dirty Projectors - 77,3 (74,6 / 29)
Highlights: Little Bubble - Ascent Through Clouds - Up in Hudson
Art Pop



23 - Colin Stetson: All This I Do For Glory - 77,3 (79,9 / 13)
Highlights: Spindrift - All This I Do for Glory - Between Water and Wind
Avant-Garde Jazz



22 - Wiley: Godfather - 77,6 (81,3 / 10)
Highlights: Can't Go Wrong - Laptop - Name Brand
Grime



21 - Ty Segall: Ty Segall - 77,8 (76,1 / 26)
Highlights: Take Care (To Comb Your Hair) - Orange Color Queen - Warm Hands (Freedom Returned)
Psychedelic Rock



20 - Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway - 78,4 (82,1 / 10)
Highlights: The Love We Almost Had - Freedom Highway - At The Purchaser’s Option
Folk



19 - The Moonlandingz: Interplanetary Class Classics - 78,5 (82,9 / 8)
Highlights: This Cities Undone - Black Hanz - The Strangle of Anna
Neo-Psychedelia



18 - Ryuichi Sakamoto: async – 79,0 (83,0 / 9)
Highlights: Solari - Stakra - Life, Life
Ambient



17 - PWR BTTM: Pageant - 79,3 (83,3 / 9)
Highlights: LOL - Sissy - Answer My Text
Indie Rock



16 - Stormzy: Gang Signs & Prayer - 79,4 (80,4 / 18)
Highlights: Big for Your Boots - Mr Skeng - First Things First
Grime



15 - Hurray For The Riff Raff: The Navigator – 79,5 (81,1 / 16)
Highlights: Pa'lante - The Navigator - Rican Beach
Americana



14 - Gas: Narkopop - 79,9 (82,9 / 12)
Highlights: Narkopop 10 - Narkopop 2 - Narkopop 5
Ambient



13 - The xx: I See You – 80,0 (77,3 / 29)
Highlights: On Hold - Say Something Loving - A Violent Noise
Indie Pop



12 - Feist: Pleasure – 80,0 (78,0 / 27)
Highlights: Any Party - Pleasure - A Man Is Not His Song
Indie Rock



11 - The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir - 80,3 (80,6 / 20)
Highlights: 01: Have You Seen It in the Snow? - 74: No - 02: Be True to Your Bar
Indie Pop



10 - Thundercat: Drunk – 80,3 (78,6 / 26)
Highlights: Show You the Way - A Fan’s Mail - Walk on By
Neo-Soul



09 - Laura Marling: Semper Femina – 80,4 (78,1 / 28)
Highlights: Nothing, Not Nearly - Soothing - Nouel
Singer-Songwriter



08 - Slowdive: Slowdive - 81,5 (79,8 / 26)
Highlights: Sugar for the Pill - Star Roving - Go Get It
Dream Pop



07 - Arca: Arca - 82,3 (82,0 / 22)
Highlights: Desafío - Anoche - Fugaces
Art Pop



06 - Perfume Genius: No Shape - 82,4 (82,4 / 21)
Highlights: Slip Away - Alan - Wreath
Art Pop



05 - Father John Misty: Pure Comedy - 82,7 (80,1 / 29)
Highlights: Leaving L.A. - Total Entertainment Forever - Pure Comedy
Singer-Songwriter



04 - Sampha: Process - 83,2 (80,9 / 28)
Highlights: (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano - Blood on Me - Plastic 100°C
Alternative R&B



03 - Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me – 85,9 (87,9 / 15)
Highlights: Ravens - Real Death - Toothbrush/Trash
Singer-Songwriter



02 - Run The Jewels: Run The Jewels 3 - 89,2 (86,9 / 28)
Highlights: Thursday in the Danger Room - Call Ticketron - 2100
Hip Hop



01 - Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. – 89,2 (87,2 / 27)
Highlights: DNA. - HUMBLE. - ELEMENT.
Hip Hop
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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Otisredding » Mon May 15, 2017 2:13 pm

Bang Jan wrote:Can I ask to see albums with scores above 70 in advance?


46 - Priests: Nothing Feels Natural - 74,9 (77,2 / 14)
47 - Tinariwen: Elwan - 74,8 (77,5 / 13)
48 - Pharmakon: Contact - 74,7 (76,7 / 15)
49 - Pissed Jeans: Why Love Now - 74,7 (75,7 / 18)
50 - Vagabon: Infinite Worlds - 74,6 (78,6 / 9)
51 - Drake: More Life - 74,5 (73,5 / 24)
52 - Peter Silberman: Impermanence - 74,4 (77,4 / 12)
53 - The Black Angels: Death Song - 74,2 (77,9 / 10)
54 - Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound - 74,2 (72,5 / 26)
55 - Jay Som: Everybody Works - 74,1 (78,7 / 7)
56 - Tift Merritt: Stitch of the World - 73,9 (78,6 / 7)
57 - Julia Holter: In The Same Room - 73,8 (75,1 / 17)
58 - Robyn Hitchcock: Robyn Hitchcock - 73,8 (78,4 / 7)
59 - Real Estate: In Mind - 73,5 (72,8 / 23)
60 - Kelly Lee Owens: Kelly Lee Owens - 73,5 (76,8 / 11)
61 - William Basinski: A Shadow In Time - 73,5 (77,4 / 9)
62 - Clark: Death Peak - 73,4 (77,1 / 10)
63 - Rose Elinor Dougall: Stellular - 73,4 (77,8 / 8)
64 - Pond: The Weather - 73,2 (74,8 / 16)
65 - Craig Finn: We All Want The Same Things - 72,9 (75,5 / 13)
66 - Japandroids: Near To The Wild Heart Of Life - 72,9 (70,5 / 28)
67 - Why?: Moh Lhean - 72,8 (75,8 / 12)
68 - Austra: Future Politics - 72,6 (70,6 / 27)
69 - Happyness: Write In - 72,5 (77,1 / 7)
70 - Lawrence English: Cruel Optimism - 72,5 (77,1 / 7)
71 - Forest Swords: Compassion - 72,5 (74,5 / 15)
72 - Actress: AZD - 72,5 (74,5 / 15)
73 - Girlpool: Powerplant - 72,4 (75,1 / 13)
74 - Syd: Fin - 72,3 (75,3 / 12)
75 - Gorillaz: Humanz - 72,3 (70,7 / 26)
76 - The Menzingers: After the Party - 72,3 (75,6 / 11)
77 - Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai - 72,3 (76,6 / 8)
78 - Conor Oberst: Salutations - 72,2 (73,9 / 16)
79 - Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child - 72,2 (76,9 / 7)
80 - British Sea Power: Let The Dancers Inherit The Party - 72,1 (73,4 / 17)
81 - Timber Timbre: Sincerely, Future Pollution - 71,8 (73,8 / 15)
82 - The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions - 71,6 (72,9 / 17)
83 - Bonobo: Migration - 71,4 (71,8 / 20)
84 - Paramore: After Laughter - 71,3 (76 / 7)
85 - Mastodon: Emperor of Sand - 71,3 (71,6 / 20)
86 - Brian Eno: Reflection - 71,2 (70,2 / 24)
87 - Sinkane: Life & Livin' It - 71,2 (74,2 / 12)
88 - Black Lips: Satan's Graffiti Or God's Art? - 70,8 (73,8 / 12)
89 - Crystal Fairy: Crystal Fairy - 70,3 (73 / 13)
90 - Temples: Volcano - 70,3 (71,3 / 18)

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Harold » Mon May 15, 2017 2:14 pm

Otisredding, the entry for Colin Stetson has the album art for Vagabon.

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Otisredding » Mon May 15, 2017 2:36 pm

Harold wrote:Otisredding, the entry for Colin Stetson has the album art for Vagabon.


Thank you. I have corrected it already

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Rob » Mon May 15, 2017 5:53 pm

New update:



The Ty Segall tracks:

Warm Hands (Freedom Returned): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqD_4ZvxI48

Orange Color Queen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbEQgKFor9Y

Take Care (to Comb Your Hair): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bycWOz6RwIg


Otisredding, I still miss highlights for de Mac DeMarco album.



Sad to see Tinariwen go. I haven't heard the album, but I did listen to the highlights here and they were really great.

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Otisredding » Mon May 15, 2017 9:36 pm

Rob wrote:Otisredding, I still miss highlights for de Mac DeMarco album.


Complete

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Rob » Mon May 15, 2017 10:20 pm

Otisredding wrote:
Rob wrote:Otisredding, I still miss highlights for de Mac DeMarco album.


Complete


Thanks! I completed the playlist.

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby babydoll » Mon May 15, 2017 10:34 pm

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.

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Harold » Tue May 16, 2017 1:01 am

babydoll wrote: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. It's a classic earworm on a trendy topic, and that's why it's a highlight. Of course, if you've been following the controversy that's erupted around the band the last few days, this might all be irrelevant.

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby massachusettsan » Fri May 19, 2017 12:52 pm

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

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Harold » Fri May 19, 2017 1:40 pm

massachusettsan wrote: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 its rating here on Mega-Critic, since that's based on time-of-release reviews, although its rank will inevitably go down as more and more albums come out. As for the EOY lists, I'm betting it will be as if the album never existed (which for all intents and purposes is almost true already). Any source that does put Pageant on its list will do so either as a "controversy-be-damned-the-music-is-still-great" gesture or as a purely cynical outrage-provoking dick move.

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Rob » Fri May 26, 2017 3:00 pm

It was announced that Pagaent would be removed from Spotify, but I can still access it. As such, it is also still part of the Megacritic playlist I posted above. My question: can everybody still access these three songs or has the album actually been removed from Spotify in other regions?

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby BleuPanda » Fri May 26, 2017 3:16 pm

It doesn't appear in search for me, and clicking on the songs in the playlist doesn't actually play them.
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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby spiritualized » Fri May 26, 2017 4:36 pm

I can play them in France.

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Re: MCCh 2017 (08) May 15

Postby Rob » Sat May 27, 2017 10:50 am

So it's a regional thing, perhaps only related to the USA. I will leave them in the playlist as is, but will see if I can find links to good versions of them online for the update that will follow next week. YouTube doesn't have them all I'm afraid (unless you count the live tracks).

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