EOY 2019 Albums Spreadsheet Updates

Critics’ end of year 2019 lists.
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EOY 2019 Albums Spreadsheet Updates

Post by Harold » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:02 pm

There are enough lists already to post the spreadsheet, but please note that obviously this is very early.

USA: Paste; Albumism; Glide
UK: Uncut; Mojo; BBC6; The Skinny (top 10); The Quietus

Top 10:
1. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
2. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
3. The Comet is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
4. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
5. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
6. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
7. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
8. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
9. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
10. Brittany Howard - Jaime
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Post by Harold » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:11 pm

Forgot to add the Grammy AOTY nominees (and the Latin Grammys), and somehow completely overlooked the Mondosonoro list from last week (I need to add Decibel as well). These will all be in the next update (likely by the end of this week, at the rate the lists are coming in).

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Post by Rob » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:46 am

I suspect this first update is also the last in which we see Bruce Springsteen in the top 10. Always fun, these oddities that pop up when using only a few lists.

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Post by ArcadeFire » Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:05 pm

Rob wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:46 am
I suspect this first update is also the last in which we see Bruce Springsteen in the top 10. Always fun, these oddities that pop up when using only a few lists.
There always seems to be a few albums that perform on critics list much better than their album review (Arctic Monkeys last year?). Springsteen certainly fits the mold to be this year's surprise. My pick would be The Comet is Coming as most likely to drop off.

I'm always happy to see how closely this mirrors Megacritic, even in this early stage with 6 of the current top 7 spending significant time at or around the top 10. Still a lot more to come in, but this looks like a decent preview of how it'll end up.

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Post by Harold » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:15 pm

Updated with:
USA: Grammy Awards-Album of the Year; Latin Grammys-Album of the Year; Consequence of Sound; Uproxx; Decibel; Revolver; Treble; Stereogum
Rest of the World: Mondosonoro [Intl] (Spain); OOR (Netherlands)

Current top 25:
1 / Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds / Ghosteen
2 / Lana Del Rey / Norman Fucking Rockwell!
3 / Angel Olsen / All Mirrors
4 / Weyes Blood / Titanic Rising
5 / Lizzo / Cuz I Love You
6 / Sharon Van Etten / Remind Me Tomorrow
7 / Big Thief / U.F.O.F.
8 / Billie Eilish / When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
9 / Fontaines D.C. / Dogrel
10 / FKA twigs / Magdalene
11 / Purple Mountains / Purple Mountains
12 / Brittany Howard / Jaime
13 / Bon Iver / i,i
14 / Vampire Weekend / Father of the Bride
15 / Michael Kiwanuka / Kiwanuka
16 / Solange / When I Get Home
17 / The Comet is Coming / Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
18 / Bruce Springsteen / Western Stars
19 / Black Midi / Schlagenheim
20 / Tyler, the Creator / IGOR
21 / Tool / Fear Inoculum
22 / Ariana Grande / thank u, next
23 / Bill Callahan / Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
24 / Aldous Harding / Designer
25 / Jenny Lewis / On the Line

#1 and #2 are only two points apart.
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Post by Monte » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:38 pm

Thanks Harold

I thought this was going to be predictable with Weyes topping but let's see

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Post by Illiniq » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:08 am

Harold wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:15 pm
Updated with:
USA: Grammy Awards-Album of the Year; Latin Grammys-Album of the Year; Consequence of Sound; Uproxx; Decibel; Revolver; Treble; Stereogum
Rest of the World: Mondosonoro [Intl] (Spain); OOR (Netherlands)

Current top 25:
1 / Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds / Ghosteen
2 / Lana Del Rey / Norman Fucking Rockwell!
3 / Angel Olsen / All Mirrors
4 / Weyes Blood / Titanic Rising
5 / Lizzo / Cuz I Love You
6 / Sharon Van Etten / Remind Me Tomorrow
7 / Big Thief / U.F.O.F.
8 / Billie Eilish / When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
9 / Fontaines D.C. / Dogrel
10 / FKA twigs / Magdalene
11 / Purple Mountains / Purple Mountains
12 / Brittany Howard / Jaime
13 / Bon Iver / i,i
14 / Vampire Weekend / Father of the Bride
15 / Michael Kiwanuka / Kiwanuka
16 / Solange / When I Get Home
17 / The Comet is Coming / Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
18 / Bruce Springsteen / Western Stars
19 / Black Midi / Schlagenheim
20 / Tyler, the Creator / IGOR
21 / Tool / Fear Inoculum
22 / Ariana Grande / thank u, next
23 / Bill Callahan / Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
24 / Aldous Harding / Designer
25 / Jenny Lewis / On the Line

#1 and #2 are only two points apart.
Man - it's been trending this way for the last half decade but women are just owning the men this year - lose the female singer-songwriters and R&B talents alone and this list is cut in half. Funny thing is I like most of the big female singer songwriters efforts from this year, but prefer them almost in reverse - Designer's my fav, then Crushing, then Remind Me Tomorrow, then Titanic, U.F.O.F, Two Hands, Norman Fucking Rockwell, and All Mirrors slot in together a notch below.

However as much as women are crushing it - three female records on this list I really cannot stand - the new Brittany Howard, Ariana Grande's Trap Crap fest thank u, next, and bored silly by the new Jenny Lewis.

For me on year it's really Purple Mountains and Dogrel way out in front in 1-2 positions and then everything else - good to see both are at least tracking.

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Post by Cold Butterfly » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:46 pm

Illiniq wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:08 am
Ariana Grande's Trap Crap fest thank u, next
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Post by Sweepstakes Ron » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:55 pm

Cold Butterfly wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:46 pm
Illiniq wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:08 am
Ariana Grande's Trap Crap fest thank u, next
ok boomer
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Post by acroamor » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:11 pm

I totally understand any Ariana bashing, and I can see how someone might be bored by the Jenny Lewis, but what's wrong with the new Brittany Howard? It's one of the most exciting, well-produced, and incredibly-sung releases of the year, in my view.

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Post by Harold » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:10 pm

acroamor wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:11 pm
I totally understand any Ariana bashing, and I can see how someone might be bored by the Jenny Lewis, but what's wrong with the new Brittany Howard? It's one of the most exciting, well-produced, and incredibly-sung releases of the year, in my view.
I can see how Howard's vocal style and outsize personality might be an acquired taste for some. I've always found that a little Howard goes a long way, and while Jaime (which I just listened to for the first time last night) is a fascinatingly diverse, innovatively arranged, and obviously deeply personal album, I confess that I also ended up kind of glad it was only 35 minutes.

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Post by Jackson » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:42 pm

If this holds this might be my favorite critics' top ten of any year this decade. Glad to see Weyes Blood and Sharon Van Etten deserving crushing it. I'm surprised Ghosteen is number one even if it did have the highest average review score of the year; I expect NFR! will end up number one (especially considering its performance on end of decade lists). I also think FKA Twigs will rise into the top 5 or so when it's all said and done; its November release probably hurt it in these early lists.

While The Comet is Coming probably will fall (similar to Sons of Kemet last year), it would be fun if it doesn't!

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Post by Harold » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:17 pm

Jackson wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:42 pm
I'm surprised Ghosteen is number one even if it did have the highest average review score of the year; I expect NFR! will end up number one (especially considering its performance on end of decade lists).
Spoiler alert: NFR! is indeed already starting to run away with this thing; I can't envision it not staying at #1 for good. I'll post an update Friday.

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