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Post by Holden » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:11 pm

Hello, everybody! My first major poll outside of games that I made up, and I enjoyed it so much! 52 lists, a failed rollout, and many days later, it’s finally time for the rollout! 517 albums were submitted. Big thanks to acroamor, my EOY buddy, and mileswide, who looked over the spreadsheet to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Thanks also to everyone who submitted your amazing reviews! Feel free to post predictions-it'll help raise the hype!

First up: the #1’s that didn't make the top 100!


Tomb is a record of heartbreak that never wallows, a reflection on loss that does not allow itself to become stuck in the past, and resolutely optimistic at its core. What we find here, on what is arguably the pinnacle of his output to date, is De Augustine achieving the beautiful balance between introspection and grandeur; straddling the place where pain and hope intersect.
-Miguel
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183. Angelo de Augustine | Tomb
(100.000 Points | 1 Votes)
Critics’ List: Unranked
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Miguel (#1)
Songs in Top 100:

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128. Kanye West | Jesus Is King
(159.512 Points | 2 Votes)
Critics’ List: 199
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: PlasticRam (#1)
Songs in Top 100:
It may be a bit cheesy to talk about the "imperial phase" of an artist called Prince, but Originals is a glowing testament to the fact that there really was a Prince empire in the 80s, with numerous proteges and completely independent artists alike serving as ambassadors of his ravenous productivity. As such, Originals serves a key role in representing Prince's towering legacy, providing a peek behind the curtains of some of the hundreds of songs he gave away. It's a clever idea that was hatched thanks to the positive reception of last year's release of the original, soulful take of "Nothing Compares 2 U", also included in this set. That said, the selection of songs is so inspired that Originals is more than just an interesting glimpse into his glory days - it's an essential entry in his catalog, one that manages to find a great balance of appealing to the masses and hardcore Prince fans alike.
-Moonbeam
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126. Prince | Originals
(161.307 Points | 2 Votes)
Critics’ List: 515
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Moonbeam (#1)
Songs in Top 100:
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Alright, No #100-91
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100. Beirut | Gallipoli
(217.693 Points | 3 Votes)
Critics’ List: 1581
MegaCritic: 145
Biggest Fans: DocBrown (#3), Miguel (#6)
Songs in Top 100:

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99. Yola | Walk Through Fire
(222.664 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 106
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Miguel (#4)
Songs in Top 100:
Rhiannon Giddens sings folk music with a lot of Mediterranean influence. The opening track and the final two tracks were written by herself; the rest are traditionals. Only three musicians can be heard: the singer herself, multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi and Kate Ellis. Unusual instruments are the octave violin, the cello banjo and the bendir - a Middle eastern frame drum. The fresh tunes, the unusual instruments and the singer's charisma make this one of the most interesting records of the year.
-bonnielaurel
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98. Rhiannon Gibbons | There Is No Other
(225.011 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 147
MegaCritic: 71
Biggest Fans: bonnielaurel (#8)
Songs in Top 100:

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97. Beyoncé | Homecoming: The Live Album
(225.381 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 143
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: FrankLotion (#9)
Songs in Top 100:

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96. Baroness | Gold & Grey
(225.443 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 87
MegaCritic: 32
Biggest Fans: Chambord (#5)
Songs in Top 100:

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95. Fat White Family | Serfs Up!
(228.246 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 51
MegaCritic: 137
Biggest Fans: applp (#7)
Songs in Top 100: “Feet” (#56)

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94. Mdou Moctar | Ilana: The Creator
(232.127 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 149
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Jirin (#9)
Songs in Top 100:

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93. Coldplay | Everyday Life
(234.908 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 183
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: PlasticRam (#7)
Songs in Top 100:

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92. Blanck Mass | Animated Mild Violence
(235.993 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 146
MegaCritic: 76
Biggest Fans: Nassim (#2), DaveC (#10)
Songs in Top 100:

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91. Mannequin Pussy | Patience
(238.815 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 89
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Nassim (#4)
Songs in Top 100: “Drunk II” (#54)
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The next 10!

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90. Young Thug | So Much Fun
(239.407 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 77
MegaCritic: 77
Biggest Fans: Edre Peraza (#3)
Songs in Top 100:

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89. The Highwomen | The Highwomen
(242.022 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 50
MegaCritic: 167
Biggest Fans: prosecutorgodot (#12)
Songs in Top 100:
Trauma meshes her electronic sound with orchestral grandeur courtesy of collaborators Hans Ek and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. This makes the experience all the more grand, feeling like a feast for the senses, a sort of stage play through which Jenny can shine a light onto her trauma. Through 8 songs, she gives life to the conflicting emotions that define the experience for her: her righteous anger battling with her self-blame and doubt, the strength she finds in telling her story fighting with her feelings of fading into nothingness.
-Moonbeam
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88. Jenny Wilson | Trauma
(242.167 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: Unranked
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Moonbeam (#2), Myself (#10)
Songs in Top 100:

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87. Fennesz | Agora
(245.820 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 148
MegaCritic: 125
Biggest Fans: notbrianeno (#22)
Songs in Top 100:

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86. Charly Bliss | Young Enough
(255.674 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 76
MegaCritic: 117
Biggest Fans: kendon (#3), phil (#9)
Songs in Top 100:

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85. Hatchie | Keepsake
(262.460 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 173
MegaCritic: 83
Biggest Fans: JohnnyBGoode (#1), phil (#6)
Songs in Top 100: “Stay With Me” (#42)

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84. 100 gecs | 1000 gecs
(267.680 Points | 3 Votes)
Critics’ List: 62
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Holden (#1), Cold Butterfly, notbrianeno (#5)
Songs in Top 100:

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83. Florist | Emily Alone
(271.081 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 227
MegaCritic: 43
Biggest Fans: phil (#8)
Songs in Top 100:

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82. Mercury Rev | Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited
(272.235 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 426
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: carlos74 (#10)
Songs in Top 100:

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81. Denzel Curry | ZUU
(276.746 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 37
MegaCritic: 151
Biggest Fans: notbrianeno (#14)
Songs in Top 100: “Ricky” (#57)
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Some of the photos are a bit blurry

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Cold Butterfly wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:33 pm
Some of the photos are a bit blurry
Working on that now!
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Photos should be all fixed!
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Holden wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:28 pm
Photos should be all fixed!
They're good now, thanks Holden!

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Post by Holden » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:23 pm

Alright, next up, #80-#71!

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80. Cigarettes After Sex | Cry
(276.787 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 170
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: TheLastEnemy, phil (#5)
Songs in Top 100:

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79. Karen O and Danger Mouse | Lux Prima
(281.917 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 100
MegaCritic: 106
Biggest Fans: Myself (#1)
Songs in Top 100:

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78. PUP | Morbid Stuff
(286.637 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 99
MegaCritic: 85
Biggest Fans: kendan (#1), Nassim (#9)
Songs in Top 100:

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77. Flying Lotus | Flamagra
(286.809 Points | 7 Votes)
Critics’ List: 60
MegaCritic: 93
Biggest Fans: Gillingham (#16)
Songs in Top 100:

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76. Otoboke Beaver | Itekoma Hits
(288.829 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 404
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: panam (#5), matski (#9), Cold Butterfly (#10)
Songs in Top 100:

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75. Andrew Bird | My Finest Work Yet
(290.540 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 138
MegaCritic: 183
Biggest Fans: Nassim (#11)
Songs in Top 100: “Sisyphus” (#28)

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74. Leonard Cohen | Thanks for the Dance
(290.824 Points | 7 Votes)
Critics’ List: 93
MegaCritic: 34
Biggest Fans: TheLastEnemy (#13)
Songs in Top 100:

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73. Helado Negro | This Is How You Smile
(298.033 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 63
MegaCritic: 152
Biggest Fans: Nassim (#1), panam (#10)
Songs in Top 100:

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72. Sturgill Simpson | SOUND & FURY
(301.176 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 75
MegaCritic: 211
Biggest Fans: PlasticRam (#6), acroamor (#9)
Songs in Top 100:

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71. clipping. | There Existed an Addiction to Blood
(304.039 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 141
MegaCritic: 128
Biggest Fans: prosecutorgodot, Matski (#6)
Songs in Top 100:
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Alright, everybody! The last ten for today (my time, of course!) I plan to post the next forty tomorrow if my schedule allows, and make for a dramatic roll off on Thursday with the top 20!

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70. Cate le Bon | Reward
(305.559 Points | 7 Votes)
Critics’ List: 39
MegaCritic: 28
Biggest Fans: Brad (#12)
Songs in Top 100:

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69. Foals | Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1
(314.532 Points | 8 Votes)
Critics’ List: 69
MegaCritic: 78
Biggest Fans: mileswide (#18)
Songs in Top 100:

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68. Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra | Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)
(315.354 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 523
MegaCritic: 74
Biggest Fans: DocBrown (#2)
Songs in Top 100:

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67. Post Malone | Hollywood’s Bleeding
(315.649 Points | 4 Votes)
Critics’ List: 165
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Edre Peraza (#1), GucciLittlePiggy (#2), whuntva (#9)
Songs in Top 100:

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66. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard | Infest the Rats’ Nest
(317.505 Points | 5 Votes)
Critics’ List: 137
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: whuntva (#5), schaefer.tk (#6)
Songs in Top 100: “Planet B” (#92)

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65. slowthai | Nothing Great About Britain
(322.124 Points | 7 Votes)
Critics’ List: 23
MegaCritic: 12
Biggest Fans: Schüttelbirne (#14)
Songs in Top 100: “Doorman” (#51)

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64. Malibu Ken | Malibu Ken
(322.860 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 486
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Jirin (#5)
Songs in Top 100:

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63. The Twilight Sad | It Won/T Be Like This All The Time
(334.275 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 174
MegaCritic: 52
Biggest Fans: Myself (#4), DocBrown (#10)
Songs in Top 100:

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62. Kim Gordon | No Home Record
(339.272 Points | 7 Votes)
Critics’ List: 36
MegaCritic: 68
Biggest Fans: mileswide (#4)
Songs in Top 100:

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61. Our Native Daughters | Songs of Our Native Daughters
(339.567 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 496
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Dan (#3), Matski (#5)
Songs in Top 100:
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60. Marika Hackman | Any Human Friend
(341.338 Points | 7 Votes)
Critics’ List: 98
MegaCritic: 51
Biggest Fans: kendon (#10)
Songs in Top 100:

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59. Matana Roberts | COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis
(350.344 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 103
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: sonofsamiam (#2), Schüttelbirne (#9)
Songs in Top 100:

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58. Swans | Leaving Meaning.
(353.318 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 68
MegaCritic: 164
Biggest Fans: whuntva (#2), Gillingham (#4)
Songs in Top 100:

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57. Jay Som | Anak Ko
(372.004 Points | 7 Votes)
Critics’ List: 259
MegaCritic: 61
Biggest Fans: kendon (#11)
Songs in Top 100:

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56. Wilco | Ode To Joy
(395.138 Points | 8 Votes)
Critics’ List: 65
MegaCritic: 82
Biggest Fans: Craig (#13)
Songs in Top 100:


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55. (Sandy) Alex G | House of Sugar
(400.715 Points | 8 Votes)
Critics’ List: 35
MegaCritic: 66
Biggest Fans: Chris K. (#8)
Songs in Top 100: “Gretel” (#83)

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54. Lingua Ignota | Caligula
(405.277 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 56
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Jap123 (#2), Matski (#3), mileswide (#8)
Songs in Top 100:

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53. Richard Dawson | 2020
(414.859 Points | 6 Votes)
Critics’ List: 71
MegaCritic: 53
Biggest Fans: DaveC (#2), Schüttelbirne (#4), nicolas (#5)
Songs in Top 100:

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52. Floating Points | Crush
(422.203 Points | 9 Votes)
Critics’ List: 44
MegaCritic: 57
Biggest Fans: Nassim, Toni (#12)
Songs in Top 100:

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51. Bruce Springsteen | Western Stars
(447.268 Points | 10 Votes)
Critics’ List: 26
MegaCritic: 114
Biggest Fans: andyd1010 (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Hello Sunshine” (#96)
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She's a singer-songwriter from Perth, Australia who spent part of her childhood in Wales. She sings her humoristic lyrics with a funny accent. She sings about abuse, harassment and exploitation, but she touches these serious topics in a light-hearted tone.
-bonnielaurel
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50. Stella Donnelly | Beware of the Dogs
(449.190 Points | 7 Votes)
Critics’ List: 96
MegaCritic: 15
Biggest Fans: bonnielaurel (#5), M24 (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Old Man” (#58), “Tricks” (#67)

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49. Jessica Pratt | Quiet Signs
(471.059 Points | 11 Votes)
Critics’ List: 42
MegaCritic: 37
Biggest Fans: phil (#4)
Songs in Top 100:

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48. Bill Callahan | Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
(483.012 Points | 10 Votes)
Critics’ List: 33
MegaCritic: 29
Biggest Fans: Gillingham (#8)
Songs in Top 100:

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47. Tool | Fear Inoculum
(486.704 Points | 8 Votes)
Critics’ List: 24
MegaCritic: 54
Biggest Fans: whuntva (#3), panam (#6), Brad (#8)
Songs in Top 100: “Fear Inoculum” (#99)

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46. Kate Tempest | The Book of Traps and Lessons
(491.109 Points | 10 Votes)
Critics’ List: 47
MegaCritic: 18
Biggest Fans: BleuPanda (#9)
Songs in Top 100:

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45. Chromatics | Closer to Grey
(496.589 Points | 8 Votes)
Critics’ List: 105
MegaCritic: 123
Biggest Fans: rumpdoll (#2), carlos74, Myself (#5)
Songs in Top 100:

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44. American Football | American Football (LP3)
(515.518 Points | 12 Votes)
Critics’ List: 120
MegaCritic: 36
Biggest Fans: Schüttelbirne (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Uncomfortably Numb” (#89)

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43. Jenny Hval | The Practice of Love
(539.534 Points | 10 Votes)
Critics’ List: 34
MegaCritic: 58
Biggest Fans: Jackson (#2), sonofsamiam (#6)
Songs in Top 100: “Ashes to Ashes” (#81)
She's bratty, eccentric, self-confident and open for experiments. Processed vocals and futuristic sounds go together with nice, old-fashioned tunes. Producer A. G. Cook is a trendsetter in today's pop. Guest artists as diverse as Haim and Kim Petras all blend in while adding something of their own. The album takes more than one listen, but it finds a good balance between alluring tunes and sound experiments.
-bonnielaurel
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42. Charli XCX | Charli
(542.953 Points | 10 Votes)
Critics’ List: 41
MegaCritic: 64
Biggest Fans: schaefer.tk (#3), bonnielaurel, Moonbeam (#6), prosecutorgodot (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “Gone” (#24)

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41. Nilüfer Yanya | Miss Universe
(548.103 Points | 12 Votes)
Critics’ List: 46
MegaCritic: 31
Biggest Fans: Rocky Raccoon (#11)
Songs in Top 100: “In Your Head” (#39)
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Post by bonnielaurel » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:12 pm

Decent placements for Stella and Charli.

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I had hoped for higher placement from 100 gecs, Kim Gordon, and Springsteen, but aside from that I’m very happy with how the list turned out.
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Some heavy hitters in this section!

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40. Sleater-Kenney | The Center Won’t Hold
(549.753 Points | 9 Votes)
Critics’ List: 92
MegaCritic: 55
Biggest Fans: Listyguy, DocBrown (#6), Rocky Raccoon (#7)
Songs in Top 100: “Hurry on Home”(#53)

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39. Caroline Polachek | Pang
(566.417 Points | 11 Votes)
Critics’ List: 58
MegaCritic: 41
Biggest Fans: notbrianeno (#6), Jackson (#8), GucciLittlePiggy (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Door” (#35), “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” (#50)

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38. Carly Rae Jepson | Dedicated
(575.024 Points | 10 Votes)
Critics’ List: 80
MegaCritic: 80
Biggest Fans: PlasticRam (#3), Future Critic (#4), prosecutorgodot (#5), Moonbeam (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “Julien” (#32), “Want You in My Room” (#72)

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37. Jenny Lewis | On the Line
(604.267 Points | 10 Votes)
Critics’ List: 38
MegaCritic: 63
Biggest Fans: Future Critic (#3), DocBrown (#5), Rocky Raccoon (#9), Plastic Ram (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Heads Gonna Roll” (#76)
I’ve never said this before, but I found a newish artist who reminds me of Prince. Jai Paul doesn’t really sound like Prince. No, it’s the blinding brilliance, the way he melds genres together so effortlessly, and the way he harnesses the magic of synthesizers as experimental tools, seemingly willing new colors and textures into existence.
The story goes that this “album” was stolen and illegally set up for profit and it led Jai Paul to leave the music industry for 6 years before deciding to officially release it this way. As such, it plays like discovering Prince through bootleg given the rough mix. But the genius is there for all to witness.
Depending on the timeline, then, I’m either 3 months or 77 months late to the party, but damn, I’m glad I showed up.
-Moonbeam
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36. Jai Paul | Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
(613.964 Points | 8 Votes)
Critics’ List: Unranked
MegaCritic: Unranked
Biggest Fans: Toni (#2), Moonbeam (#3), Nick, notbrianeno (#4), GucciLittlePiggy (#6), Gillingham, Jackson (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Str8 Outta Mumbai” (#70)
I never listen to auto-generated stations on apps like Pandora, but if I did, this is the album I would want it based off of. The tunes are endlessly catchy, and flow together in such an amazing manner. It doesn’t hurt that this is my favorite genre, but to limit this album’s appeal to genre lovers is a disservice to the phenomenal Deerhunter. They hooked me with Halcyon Digest, and cemented me as a lifelong fan with Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?
-Holden
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35. Deerhunter | Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?
(629.263 Points | 12 Votes)
Critics’ List: 52
MegaCritic: 16
Biggest Fans: Holden (#2), Chambord (#3), carlos74 (#8)
Songs in Top 100:

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34. Danny Brown | unkowhatimsayin¿
(630.655 Points | 12 Votes)
Critics’ List: 32
MegaCritic: 47
Biggest Fans: Listyguy (#2), Nick (#8), Chambord (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “Dirty Laundry” (#85)

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33. Thom Yorke | ANIMA
(662.447 Points | 14 Votes)
Critics’ List: 22
MegaCritic: 30
Biggest Fans: Toni (#5), Edre Peraza (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “Dawn Chorus” (#84)
The Californian composer and her collaborator Mat Dryhurst developed the computer program Spawn to use vocal processing. Holly Herndon is influenced by 20th century classical music avant-garde. Lyrically it's a concept album with a science fiction story. With modern sound technology and traditional elements she creates her own weird universe.
-bonnielaurel
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32. Holly Herndon | PROTO
(670.896 Points | 12 Votes)
Critics’ List: 45
MegaCritic: 40
Biggest Fans: bonnielaurel (#1), Myself (#2), Rob (#6)
Songs in Top 100: “Eternal” (#68)

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31. Brittany Howard | Jaime
(699.917 Points | 14 Votes)
Critics’ List: 17
MegaCritic: 33
Biggest Fans: Toni (#3), acroamor (#6)
Songs in Top 100: “Stay High” (#38)
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Trap-pop fusion with a strong emotional core. This year's Disintegration.
-prosecutorgodot
This is an album which I loved on first listen when it came out in February, and it’s easy to understand why. Ariana Grande has been on a roll these last two years, beginning with Sweetener and now this album. The production is not afraid to get experimental, but Grande’s lyrics are also brilliant here, as they tackle themes such as fame, heartbreak, and consumerism to create an album that is just as thought-provoking as catchy.
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30. Ariana Grande | thank u, next
(722.118 Points | 10 Votes)
Critics’ List: 31
MegaCritic: 42
Biggest Fans: prosecutorgodot (#1), Future Critic, FrankLotion (#2), Cold Butterfly, M24 (#4), Father2TheMan (#5)
Songs in Top 100: “7 rings” (#77)
This album cements Freddie Gibbs as one of the greatest rappers to ever live. The tracks on here balance anger with somber, with a fury directed at America's history of injustice, which is incredibly relevant today. When he raps about how "junkies shoot detergent in they fucking veins" amid a devastating opioid crisis in the country, or about how "we got a reality star in the god damn office quite like the Reagan days", he says it with such a passion that it serves as a reminder that the corruption and ignorance of American society and politics is inexcusable while affecting all of us who don't happen to be ideal in the eyes of Uncle Sam. His tales about drug dealing and consuming, alongside his critique of a society that disregards people and communities destroyed by drugs, portray the falsehood and heartbreak of the American dream. This album is a stunning reminder that America still has a long way to go before it can truly be a land where all men are created equal, and it’s a testament to this album’s power that it does so. Madlib’s production is also just as twisting as ever, twitching with surprises as always. It’s the perfect complement to the heat Gibbs’ rapping brings. Gibbs has said himself many times that he thinks Bandana is the album of the year. Simply put, I have to agree.
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29. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib | Bandana
(735.006 Points | 13 Votes)
Critics’ List: 25
MegaCritic: 11
Biggest Fans: Cold Butterfly (#1), Nick (#3), schaefer.tk (#9)
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28. Julia Jacklin | Crushing
(753.392 Points | 13 Votes)
Critics’ List: 43
MegaCritic: 35
Biggest Fans: m24 (#6), DaveC (#8), kendon (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You” (#47)

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27. Dave | Psychodrama
(766.229 Points | 14 Votes)
Critics’ List: 30
MegaCritic: 27
Biggest Fans: Nassim, mileswide (#6), Holden (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Lesley” (#75)

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26. Anna Meredith | FIBS
(780.872 Points | 12 Votes)
Critics’ List: 160
MegaCritic: 94
Biggest Fans: Rob (#4), sonofsamiam, Jackson (#5), phil, DaveC (#7)
Songs in Top 100: “Paramour” (#94)

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25. Jamila Woods | LEGACY! LEGACY!
(784.265 Points | 16 Votes)
Critics’ List: 29
MegaCritic: 10
Biggest Fans: panam (#11)
Songs in Top 100:

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24. James Blake | Assume Form
(870.941 Points | 16 Votes)
Critics’ List: 40
MegaCritic: 62
Biggest Fans: GucciLittlePiggy (#1), Dan (#2), BleuPanda (#4), Toni (#6)
Songs in Top 100: “Barefoot in the Park” (#73)
Despite the songs’ relatively short runtime “When I Get Home” is still jam-packed with a punch. Solange’s smooth vocals blend perfectly with the psychedelic bump of the production, which puts a funky edge in trap rhythms. This album is convincing in every way of her talent.
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23. Solange | When I Get Home
(882.274 Points | 15 Votes)
Critics’ List: 11
MegaCritic: 20
Biggest Fans: Cold Butterfly (#3), FrankLotion (#5), Toni (#9), notbrianeno (#10)
Songs in Top 100:
Two favorite artists, one a long-term love passed down from my father, the other a recent obsession, announce a surprise album together? Sign me up. In all seriousness, this album caught me at a very relevant point in my life and I've treasured it dearly, like a dear friend, for this past year.
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A rare album that goes beyond superficial nods to mental illness to show how susceptible we can all be, how memories can often be the only common bond with our past selves and how central music can be in holding onto those memories. A realistic portrait of its subject with all the morbid wit, erratic changes and humanity that comes with. Good tunes too!
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22. Better Oblivion Community Center | Better Oblivion Community Center
(895.986 Points | 16 Votes)
Critics’ List: 49
MegaCritic: 45
Biggest Fans: acroamor, mileswide (#1), Holden (#6), Rob (#8)
Songs in Top 100: “Dylan Thomas” (#23), “Didn’t Know What I Was In For” (#100)

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21. black midi | schlagenheim
(929.211 Points | 17 Votes)
Critics’ List: 18
MegaCritic: 16
Biggest Fans: Chambord (#1), panam (#2), Matski (#4), sonofsamiam (#7), Jackson (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “953” (#46)
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Post by Holden » Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:01 am

We're up to the top 20! Any predictions?
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Post by Schüttelbirne » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:54 am

Here's a prediction:

1. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
2. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
4. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE
5. Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
6. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
7. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
8. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
9. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
10. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
11. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
12. Big Thief - Two Hands
13. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
14. The National - I Am Easy to Find
15. Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
16. Little Simz - GREY Area
17. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
18. Bon Iver - i,i
19. Aldous Harding - Designer
20. The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

I'm really unsure about that last one, but I seem to remember it being on a quite a few lists. I'm confident the top 5 will look similar to this.

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Post by Jackson » Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:42 pm

FIBS is a nice forum special. I guess that one outgrew the moderately acclaimed game!

Interesting that 7 of the 8 votes for the Jai Paul album were in the top ten. Was there anyone that didn't vote for it because they didn't consider it a 2019 album?

I don't dislike the Ariana Grande album but it's disappointing to see it above better female pop albums by Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Caroline Polachek.

Excited that The Comet is Coming made the top 20!

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Post by Jirin » Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:04 pm

Yikes, wish there was a warning before Malibu Ken image came in screen. It’s the only album in my top ten I did not buy physically because I refuse to have that image in my house.

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20. Bon Iver | i,i
(1059.189 Points | 20 Votes)
Critics’ List: 21
MegaCritic: 24
Biggest Fans: Listyguy (#3), Schüttelbirne (#8), Nick (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Hey, Ma” (#27)

The first half is an epic spiritual ride not unlike the first half of Pink Floyd's DSOTM. The second half is as stylistically varied as the second half of DSOTM.
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19. The Comet Is Coming | Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
(1157.204 Points | 19 Votes)
Critics’ List: 27
MegaCritic: 130
Biggest Fans: prosecutorgodot (#3), schaefer.tk (#4), mileswide, Matski, BleuPanda, Jackson (#7), bonnielaurel (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Summon the Fire” (#29), “Blood of the Past (#93)
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This album is legitimately reminiscent of some of the best punk albums of all-time. It immediately calls to mind “Joy as an Act of Resistance,” but it’s soul then dives much deeper back. It doesn’t feel angry, like some punk albums, but I also think that that is its charm. It doesn’t need to be angry, and it still excites and captivates.
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18. Fontaines D.C. | Dogrel
(1187.029 Points | 18 Votes)
Critics’ List: 12
MegaCritic: 9
Biggest Fans: applp, JohnnyBGoode, Craig (#3), Chambord, Jap123 (#4), Holden (#5), ArcadeFire (#7)
Songs in Top 100: “Big” (#41), “Boys in the Better Land” (#69)

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17. Lizzo | Cuz I Love You
(1204.262 Points | 22 Votes)
Critics’ List: 16
MegaCritic: 81
Biggest Fans: Father2TheMan (#2), Rocky Raccoon (#4), M24 (#5), GucciLittlePiggy, Moonbeam (#7), andyd1010 (#8)
Songs in Top 100: “Juice” (#4), “Cuz I Love You” (#37), “Truth Hurts” (Deluxe) (#71)
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16. Aldous Harding | Designer
(1289.108 Points | 22 Votes)
Critics’ List: 19
MegaCritic: 21
Biggest Fans: Brad (#3), Jackson (#4), Rob (#7) DocBrown, schaefer.tk (#8)
Songs in Top 100: “The Barrel” (#9)
The National may be together with Arcade Fire, my favorite group of recent years. In Sleep Well Beast, which I did not like at all, they started playing with electronics, and I think that in I Am Easy To Find these arrangements are better integrated and result in a more melodic album that goes easy and does not get boring.
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15. The National | I Am Easy to Find
(1442.509 Points | 24 Votes)
Critics’ List: 28
MegaCritic: 23
Biggest Fans: Jirin, carlos74 (#1), andyd1010 (#6), Schüttelbirne, JohnnyBGoode (#7), Listyguy (#8) Nick, DocBrown (#9), TheLastEnemy, Chambord (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Rylan (#34)
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Post by Holden » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:19 pm

Fun fact: The National was in the top 10 right up until the last few lists, when it seemed to fall off of the board altogether and fell about six places.
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14. Tyler, the Creator | Igor
(1445.927 Points | 25 Votes)
Critics’ List: 6
MegaCritic: 70
Biggest Fans: schaefer.tk (#1), Craig (#4), Gillingham (#5), panam, prosecutorgodot (#7), Jap123, Moonbeam (#8), PlasticRam, GucciLittlePiggy (#9), Listyguy (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Earfquake” (#16)
The superior of the two Big Thief releases of this year, for me at least. While U.F.O.F. has a hint of mysticism that I find engrossing, Two Hands feels like the more organic, lived-in experience. And what I found lacking in U.F.O.F. was the "rock" component of folk-rock, something an album that contains "Not" has in spades.
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13. Big Thief | Two Hands
(1461.338 Points | 22 Votes)
Critics’ List: 20
MegaCritic: 9
Biggest Fans: Rocky Raccoon, acroamor, Chambord (#2), nicolas (#3), kendon (#4), DaveC (#5), Jap123 (#7), Chris K. (#9), Brad (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Not” (#3), “Forgotten Eyes” (#43)
On his third album Michael Kiwanuka finds a lot of inspiration in soul music of the early seventies. He has a warm voice and plays guitar and bass himself. Producer Danger Mouse underscores that with modern electronic sounds. His expressive voice, the smooth harmonies and warm, varied sounds make it a rich listening experience.
-bonnielaurel
Michael Kiwanuka had liked his two previous albums. If Home Again was soul folk in the line of Terry Callier or Bill Withers and Love & Hate was more pop, Kiwanuka is psychedelic soul. A retro artist, away from the current R&B.
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12. Michael Kiwanuka | KIWANUKA
(1678.324 Points | 26 Votes)
Critics’ List: 15
MegaCritic: 5
Biggest Fans: JohnnyBGoode (#2), carlos74, nicolas (#4), BleuPanda (#5), rumpdoll, DaveC (#6), bonnielaurel, Brad (#7), Rocky Raccoon, TheLastEnemy, applp, FrankLotion, ArcadeFire (#8), Holden (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “You Ain’t the Problem” (#21), “Piano Joint (This Kind of Love)” (#90)
Purple Mountains is an album that I approached without many expectations, just because it was recommended almost everywhere. A big surprise, rock with hints of Americana and classic flavor. I will have to check the Silver Jews records.
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11. Purple Mountains | Purple Mountains
(1736.957 Points | 25 Votes)
Critics’ List: 9
MegaCritic: 14
Biggest Fans: Schüttelbirne (#1), carlos74 (#2), Rocky Raccoon, Listyguy, Rob (#5), nicolas (#6), Nick, Dan, M24 (#7), votingbloc (#9), acroamor, ArcadeFire, Matski, schaefer.tk (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “All My Happiness Is Gone” (#19), “Margaritas at the Mall” (#97)
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Post by Holden » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:28 pm

Top ten is gonna come later today! I'm super excited for everyone to see it!
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Post by Jirin » Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:12 pm

Lizzo is another artist I have trouble seeing the appeal of. Is it a body positivity thing? She strikes me as just standard pop.

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Post by Holden » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:42 pm

First up, #10, also known as:
Album of Year: Entertainment Weekly (USA), The Young Folks (USA), Antena 3 (Portugal), CrazyMinds (Spain)
No strangers to a misleadingly breezy tune, Vampire Weekend adds country and flamenco to their earlier African influences to sound liberated from artistic pressures, concentrating instead on classic songwriting informed this time more by concerned sincerity than detached wit. Of course, you can also tune out from the underlying turmoil and feel massaged by those lulling melodies.
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10. Vampire Weekend | Father of the Bride
(1792.233 Points | 29 Votes)
Critics’ List: 13
MegaCritic: 39
Biggest Fans: Toni (#1), Dan, andyd1010, Brad (#5), Nick, Rocky Raccoon, TheLastEnemy (#6), carlos74 (#7), Chris K. (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Harmony Hall” (#6), “This Life” (#13), “Hold You Now” (#59)
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#9, also known as:
Album of the Year: God is in the TV (UK), Humo (Belgium)
2nd: Indiestyle (Belgium), MagiRPM
3rd: Gorilla vs Bear (USA), Pitchfork (USA), SputnikMusic (USA), Magnet (USA), NBHAP (Germany), Mowno (France)
Each track in this album is amazing on its own and is amazing sitting next to the songs it sits next to. They all have the same soul, but exist independently of each other. And each is phenomenal listened to chronologically or on its own.
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If I could describe this album, I'd say that it’s spooky as hell. Maybe it’s the hypnotic instrumentation or Adrianne Lenker’s brilliant lyricism, but either way, this is great work. Along with Two Hands, this album led me to start paying attention to Big Thief. And rightly so, because the music on albums like U.F.O.F. show that they’re worth the hype.
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09. Big Thief | U.F.O.F.
(1792.354 Points | 28 Votes)
Critics’ List: 10
MegaCritic: 4
Biggest Fans: Chris K. (#1), Gillingham (#2), Jirin, Holden (#3), ArcadeFire (#4), kendon (#6), notbrianeno, DaveC (#9), Future Critic, BleuPanda, Craig (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “U.F.O.F.” (#17), “Cattails (#31)
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Post by mileswide » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:04 pm

Good call on including individual critics' rankings! It really puts it all into perspective (that our polls are better than theirs)
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Post by prosecutorgodot » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:36 pm

Jirin wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:12 pm
Lizzo is another artist I have trouble seeing the appeal of.
For me, her specialty is clearly her performance. She sells what she sings like no one else. It's been many years, even decades, since the last (mainstream) performer with this much energy on record. Beyonce looks tame compared to her. The songs are well-written as well.
The major flaw with the album is that the songs jump from genre to genre, leaving little sonic cohesion besides Lizzo's voice and personality.

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Album of the Year: Grammy Awards (USA), Consequence of Sound (USA), NME (UK), MusicExpress (Germany), De Volkskrant (Netherlands), HYMN (Sweden), 1LIVE (Germany)
2nd: Rolling Stone (USA), Billboard (USA), Entertainment Weekend (USA), Uproxx Critics Poll (USA), USA Today Music Poll (USA), MusicOMH (UK), MeHaceRuido (Mexico), Tonspion (Germany), Laut (Germany), Soundi (Finland)
3rd: “Pazz & Jop Rip-off Poll” (USA), The Guardian (UK), OOR (Netherlands), Rolling Stone (Argentina), Jenesaispop (Spain), Knack Focus (Belgium)
IIt should be clear by now that Eilish is pop music's Freud, an out of the ordinary thinker who ties an analysis of dreams into something more terrifying, but yet real and necessary. Trust me, we all know that dreams can equate hell. But she also does a great job in portraying the righteous fury of the modern youth (including me) Eilish also tackles the horrors of issues many people have to deal with, such as depression, climate anxiety, and drug addiction, subjects that many are still afraid to visit on. And there's also the themes of heartbreak on this album, which I'm sure is relevant to all of us personally. And what about the production? Trap beats blend with chilling pop to create music which jumps at your face, but yet blends well with the haunting lyricism. And the occasional industrial, noisy production creates a confrontational feel as well. Eilish is going to be around for a very long time, and popular music is better off with her.
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A rebellious teenager is the image of this 17-year old American singer. She uses whispery spoken vocals over deep bass riffs and regular beats. Bury a Friend touches the central theme of the album. It's sung from the perspective of a monster under the bed, which can be a symbol for repressed pain and anxiety. It sounds languid and nihilistic. It's electropop with a dark side.
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08. Billie Eilish | WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
(1892.031 Points | 27 Votes)
Critics’ List: 3
MegaCritic: 25
Biggest Fans: Rocky Raccoon, M24, Edre Peraza, Cold Butterfly, andyd1010 (#2), bonnielaurel (#3), applp, prosecutorgodot (#4), JohnnyBGoode, Myself (#6), Future Critic, Craig (#7), Toni (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “bad guy’ (#2), “bury a friend” (#15), “wish you were gay” (#78), “when the party’s over” (#87)
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Post by FrankLotion » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:07 am

Holden wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:43 pm

08. Billie Eilish | WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
(1892.031 Points | 27 Votes)
Critics’ List: 3
MegaCritic: 25
Biggest Fans: FrankLotion (#1)
Lol no shade to Billie but I didn’t even put her in my top 20 let alone top spot, hope that didn’t change the results too much! ;)

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Post by Holden » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:21 am

FrankLotion wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:07 am
Holden wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:43 pm

08. Billie Eilish | WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
(1892.031 Points | 27 Votes)
Critics’ List: 3
MegaCritic: 25
Biggest Fans: FrankLotion (#1)
Lol no shade to Billie but I didn’t even put her in my top 20 let alone top spot, hope that didn’t change the results too much! ;)
No change in results just a mistake in the biggest fans section!
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Album of the Year: The Line of Best Fit (UK), Zundfunk (Germany)
2nd: Gigwise (UK), Hipersonica (Spain
3rd: Loud and Quiet (UK), Clash (UK), Laut (Germany)
After two concept albums, Simbi trims everything to the vital elements on her third effort, bringing focus to her involvement in the more organic instrumentation (she plays guitar and drums for the first time) and her more direct bars in that nasal, almost Q-Tip voice, to make this her strongest collection yet.
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07. Little Simz | GREY Area
(1937.880 Points | 29 Votes)
Critics’ List: 14
MegaCritic: 8
Biggest Fans: Dan, panam, Matski (#1), mileswide, schaefer.tk (#2), Toni (#4), Jap123 (#5), Cold Butterfly (#6), FrankLotion (#7), Holden, M24, GucciLittlePiggy (#8), ArcadeFire (#9), Rocky Raccoon, Jirin, applp, rumpdoll (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Selfish” (#30), “Offence” (#88)
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Album of the Year: Albumism (USA), Treble (USA), Under the Radar (USA)
2nd: Paste (USA), Stereogum (USA), Exclaim! (Canada), NPR (USA), “Pazz & Jop Rip-off Poll” (USA), NBHAP (Germany), Jenesaispop (Spain)
3rd: The Skinny (UK)

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06. Angel Olsen | All Mirrors
(2060.831 Points | 31 Votes)
Critics’ List: 5
MegaCritic: 2
Biggest Fans: phil, Chris K. (#2), ArcadeFire, Rob (#3), acroamor, JohnnyBGoode (#4), Nick, GucciLittlePiggy (#5), Future Critic, FrankLotion, BleuPanda, Brad (#6), Listyguy (#7), notbrianeno, Craig (#8), Gillingham, Jap123, applp (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “Lark” (#11), “All Mirrors” (#22), “Chance” (#66)
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Post by Holden » Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:52 am

Alright, hope everyone’s been enjoying the rollout so far! It’s my bed time, so final results to be released tomorrow! Predictions for the top 5 left welcome: it’s a fairly diverse group which contains surprises and upsets! Enjoy!
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Post by Jackson » Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:54 am

That's higher than I would've expected for Grey Area, I guess I missed all those #1s on the individual lists! Is this the first album by a female artist to be our rap AOTY?

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prosecutorgodot wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:36 pm
Jirin wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:12 pm
Lizzo is another artist I have trouble seeing the appeal of.
For me, her specialty is clearly her performance. She sells what she sings like no one else. It's been many years, even decades, since the last (mainstream) performer with this much energy on record. Beyonce looks tame compared to her. The songs are well-written as well.
The major flaw with the album is that the songs jump from genre to genre, leaving little sonic cohesion besides Lizzo's voice and personality.
Well said pg, her flows are irrepressible whether she's singing or rapping. I do largely prefer her rapping, which is why I find her first 2 albums more consistently thrilling but if it hadn't been for Boys on this album, I wouldn't have heard of her in the first place, so I'm grateful for that!
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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Dan » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:10 pm

Delighted to see Little Simz in the top 10 and kicking the male rappers' asses.

"I'm a boss in a fucking dress."
- Little Simz, from the song Boss
...will keep us together.

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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by mileswide » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:52 pm

Dan wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:10 pm
Delighted to see Little Simz in the top 10 and kicking the male rappers' asses.

"I'm a boss in a fucking dress."
- Little Simz, from the song Boss
"They will never wanna admit that I'm the best for the mere fact I've got ovaries"
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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Holden » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:11 pm

Album of the Year: Mojo (UK), The Skinny (UK), The Times (UK), MusicOMH (UK), Blitz (Portugal), Mowno (France), Gaffa (Denmark), Rolling Stone (Argentina), Muzikalia (Spain), Revista Marvin (Mexico), Sonic (Sweden), Nojesguiden (Sweden), Dagsavisen (Norway)
2nd: Treble (USA), Uncut (UK), The Line of Best Fit (UK), Mondosonoro (Spain), OOR (Netherlands), Antena 3 (Portugal), Rolling Stone (Germany), Efe Eme (Spain), Ondarock (Italy), Kalporz (Italy), Rockdelux (Spain)
3rd: Slant (USA), Spectrum Culture (USA), Under the Radar (USA), MusicExpress (Germany), Gaffa (Sweden), HYMN (Sweden)
It would be tempting yet reductive to see Ghosteen as Nick Cave's more controlled counterpart to Tonight's the Night; in truth, you don't need to reach far beneath the surface to encounter just as raw responses to loss. The furthest from Earth-bound that Cave has travelled on an album and at times, you sense he has no wish to return to reality.
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05. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Ghosteen
(2111.478 Points | 27 Votes)
Critics’ List: 2
MegaCritic: 1
Biggest Fans: TheLastEnemy, BleuPanda, whuntva, applp, ArcadeFire, nicolas (#1), Craig (#2), Schüttelbirne, FrankLotion (#3), Dan, sonofsamiam, Jirin, Brad (#4), JohnnyBGoode (#5), Chambord, Jap123 (#6), Gillingham, Holden, Chris K. (#7)
Songs in Top 100: “Bright Horses” (#36), “Hollywood” (#64), “Spinning Song” (#86), “Ghosteen” (#91)
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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Holden » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:12 pm

Album of the Year: PopMatters (USA), AV Club (USA), Crack (UK), Resident Advisor (UK), Loud and Quiet (UK), No Ripcord (UK), Mondosonoro (Spain), Humo (Belgium), Gaffa (Sweden), Jenasaispo (Spain), IndieRocks (Mexico), Indiestyle (Belgium), Wrap (Mexico), Rockdelux (Spain)
2nd: Pitchfork (USA), Slant (USA), Revista Marvin (Mexico)
3rd: Flood (USA), Exclaim! (Canada), The Times (UK)
Unlike most, I was mildly underwhelmed by LP1. However, upon listening to Magdalene, I felt the same feeling that I felt when first listening to some of my all-time favorites. Sheer emotion. Sheer passion. This album is amazing.
-Holden
Although I was a bit disappointed that this album wasn’t as inventive as LP1 was, I really couldn’t have been complaining, because this is a worthy and musically consistent follow-up effort.
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04. FKA twigs | Magdalene
(2180.15 Points | 30 Votes)
Critics’ List: 4
MegaCritic: 3
Biggest Fans: Jap123, notbrianeno, FrankLotion, DaveC, Rob (#1), Jirin, ArcadeFire (#2), Gillingham, BleuPanda (#3), Holden, Listyguy, andyd1010 (#4), applp (#5), Schüttelbirne, Jackson, Chris K., Craig (#6), Future Critic (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “Cellophane” (#5), “Sad Day” (#25), “Home With You” (#49), “Fallen Alien (#60)
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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Holden » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:12 pm

Album of the Year:
2nd: Consequence of Sound (USA), CrazyMinds (Spain)
3rd: Paste (USA), Irish Times (Ireland), No Ripcord (UK), Tonspion (Germany), Sonic (Sweden)
With the best song of the year, something that I have not questioned for a single second after first hearing “Seventeen,” this album exists to show us the talent expressed in that song. The vocals are astounding, the lyrics awe-inspiring, and overall the album does nothing but impress.
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03. Sharon van Etten | Remind Me Tomorrow
(2201.538 Points | 35 Votes)
Critics’ List: 8
MegaCritic: 17
Biggest Fans: Craig (#1), carlos74, Jackson (#3), Chris K. (#5), Gillingham (#6), Chambord, andyd1010, DocBrown (#7), Future Critic (#8), Dan (#10)
Songs in Top 100: ”Seventeen” (#1), “No One’s Easy to Love” (#74), “Jupiter 4” (#95)
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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Holden » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:15 pm

Finally, the Top 2! First up, AMF’s #2 of the year, as well as:
Album of the Year: Uproxx (USA), Stereogum (USA), Gorilla vs Bear (USA), Exclaim! (Canada), Pitchfork (USA), Slant (USA), Uproxx Critics Poll (USA), The Guardian (UK), Irish Times (Ireland), Q (UK), OOR (Netherlands), Knack Focus (Belgium), Tonspion (Germany), Laut (Germany), The Music (Australia), Ondarock (Italy), Plattentests (Germany)
2nd: Noisey (USA), SputnikMusic (USA), Spectrum Culture (USA), The Young Folks (USA), Dazed (UK), Gaffa (Sweden), Denmark (Gaffa), Rolling Stone (Argentina), Muzikalia (Spain), HYMN (Sweden), Dagsavisen (Norway)
3rd: Rolling Stone (USA), PopMatters (USA), Spin (USA), NME (UK), De Volkskrant (Netherlands), Rolling Stone (Germany), Soundi (Finland), Warp (Mexico)
Lana Del Fucking Rey!
-Listyguy
As a long time lover of Lana Del Rey’s work, I found this album simply astounding to listen to. Her older stuff has its charms, and mature sounding work doesn’t always mean better work, but this album’s utterly astounding maturity, sound, and themes are impossible to understate! I feel as though this is lower on my list not because of my lack of enjoyment, but because it didn’t stun me or surprise me. Of course, that’s because Lana Del Rey is capable of such amazing things, that she could release the best album in history and I wouldn’t be surprised. She doesn’t perform to shock, she performs her heart out and we are all just left to bask in the glory.
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02. Lana Del Rey | Norman Fucking Rockwell!
(2731.055 Points | 35 Votes)
Critics’ List: 1
MegaCritic: 13
Biggest Fans: Gillingham, phil, Future Critic, Listyguy, andyd1010 (#1), BleuPanda, Nick, PlasticRam, applp, Brad, Rob (#2), notbrianeno, M24, Chris K. (#3), TheLastEnemy, DaveC, GucciLittlePiggy (#4), ArcadeFire, schaefer.tk, Craig (#5), votingbloc, Toni (#7), panam (#9)
Songs in Top 100: “The Greatest” (#10), “Doin’ Time” (#44), “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” (#62)


This is it! AMF’s Favorite Album of 2019! First, the Critics Lists!
Album of the Year: Paste (USA), Flood (USA), Uncut (UK), No Ripcord (UK). Magic RPM (France)
2nd: Under the Radar (USA), Les Inrockuptibles (France),
3rd:
Gorgeous. Karen Carpenter is alive and well. She's just been in space.
-acroamor
Titanic Rising is lush. I mean, really, really lush. Consider "Andromeda", which combines country-pop steel guitars and ethereal vocals and ends up sounding like Karen Carpenter untethered from her spacecraft, drifting through the void. Or how about "Everyday", which has one of the catchiest string bits I've heard all decade, and ends up melding folksy indie pop with a totally bonkers, almost manic, string section after the final chorus. If you can't get down with songs like that, then I don't know what to tell you.
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01. Weyes Blood | Titanic Rising
(2941.520 Points | 40 Votes)
Critics’ List: 7
MegaCritic: 7
Biggest Fans: Nick, sonofsamiam, DocBrown, Jackson, Brad (#1), notbrianeno, Matski (#2), Rocky Raccoon, acroamor, Jap123, andyd1010 (#3), FrankLotion, Chris K. (#4), Future Critic (#5), applp, carlos74, ArcadeFire (#6), whuntva (#7), Chambord, JohnnyBGoode, BleuPanda, Toni (#8), Listyguy, nicolas, Craig (#9), phil, Moonbeam (#10)
Songs in Top 100: “Andromeda (#7), “Movies” (#8), “Everyday” (#20), “A Lot’s Gonna Change” (#82)
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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Nick » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:29 pm

Ahhhhhhh!!! Weyes Blood number 1!!!! Ahhhh!!!

Thanks so much for running this Holden, and a thank you to everyone who helped out with this poll!

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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Nick » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:32 pm

Here are our prior EOY albums winners...

2005 | Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
2006 | Belle & Sebastian | The Life Pursuit
2007 | LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver
2008 | Fleet Foxes | Fleet Foxes
2009 | Animal Collective | Merriweather Post Pavilion
2010 | Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2011 | PJ Harvey | Let England Shake
2012 | Frank Ocean | Channel Orange
2013 | Vampire Weekend | Modern Vampires of the City
2014 | The War on Drugs | Lost in the Dream
2015 | Kendrick Lamar | To Pimp a Butterfly
2016 | David Bowie | ★
2017 | LCD Soundsystem | American Dream
2018 | Janelle Monáe | Dirty Computer

And now...

2019 | Weyes Blood | Titanic Rising

Welcome to the club, Natalie!

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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by BleuPanda » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:35 pm

I'm pretty sure I had Ghosteen as my number 1 and Norman Fucking Rockwell at 2

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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Nick » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:39 pm

The Artists of the Decade - artists that have more than 1 album in AMF EOY Top 10 in 2010s:

3 albums - 5 artists
Beach House - Teen Dream (2010); Bloom (2012); 7 (2018)
Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city (2012); To Pimp a Butterfly (2015); DAMN. (2017)
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away (2013); Skeleton Tree (2016); Ghosteen (2019)
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy (2011); St. Vincent (2014); MASSEDUCTION (2017)
The National - High Violet (2010); Trouble Will Find Me (2013); Sleep Well Beast (2017)


2 albums - 19 artists
Angel Olsen - My Woman (2016); All Mirrors (2019)
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (2010); Reflektor (2013)
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (2011); Crack-Up (2017)
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange (2012); Blonde (2016)
Grimes - Visions (2012); Art Angels (2015)
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) (2010); Dirty Computer (2018)
Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me (2010); Divers (2015)
Julia Holter - Loud City Song (2013); Have You in My Wilderness (2015)
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010); Yeezus (2013)
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (2014); Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019)
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle (2013); Semper Femina (2017)
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening (2010); American Dream (2017)
Radiohead - The King of Limbs (2011); A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (2014); Remind Me Tomorrow (2019)
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz (2010); Carrie and Lowell (2015)
Swans - The Seer (2012); To Be Kind (2014)
Tame Impala - Lonerism (2012); Currents (2015)
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (2013); Father of the Bride (2019)
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream (2014); A Deeper Understanding (2017)

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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by Holden » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:40 pm

BleuPanda wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:35 pm
I'm pretty sure I had Ghosteen as my number 1 and Norman Fucking Rockwell at 2
You did! No change in points, a mistake during the biggest fans phase.
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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of 2019-Results!

Post by mileswide » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:58 pm

Holden wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:40 pm
BleuPanda wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:35 pm
I'm pretty sure I had Ghosteen as my number 1 and Norman Fucking Rockwell at 2
You did! No change in points, a mistake during the biggest fans phase.
Sorry to you both, I should've highlighted this beforehand, Holden, but no points or place change as you say! Otherwise, the rollout was a flawless victory with plenty of upsets and deserved placings, brilliant to see everyone's views on the albums that meant most to them as well, thanks for organising it :mrgreen:
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