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Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014

Postby irreduciblekoan » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:36 pm

P4K announced that next week they will do a list of the decade's best music so far (much like what they did last decade with their 2000-2004 list), so let's prepare ourselves for that. I started this thread, so I will update it with the results once Pitchfork starts posting them. Right off the bat, I predict My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Channel Orange to climb even higher up the AM top 100.
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200) Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
199) Lindstrøm & Christabelle - Lovesick
198) Migos - Versace
197) Purity Ring - Fineshrine
196) The Men - Bataille
195) Rihanna - Only Girl (In the World)
194) Blawan - Getting Me Down
193) Jay Electronic - Exhibit C
192) Addison Groove - Footcrab
191) Chvrches - The Mother We Share
190) Ty Segall Band - I Bought My Eyes
189) Best Coast - When I'm With You
188) Rhye - The Fall
187) Florence and the Machine - Shake it Out
186) Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
185) Bon Iver - Perth
184) Parquet Courts - Stoned and Starving
183) Yo La Tengo - Ohm
182) Kavinsky - Nightcall (ft Lovefoxxx)
181) Schoolboy Q - There He Go
180) Kelela - Bank Head
179) AraabMuzik - Streetz Tonight
178) Ty Dolla $ign - Paranoid (ft. Joe Moses)
177) Mac Demarco - Passing Out Pieces
176) Jessie Ware - Running (Disclosure Remix)
175) Jamie XX - Far Nearer
174) Arcade Fire - Reflektor
173) Phosphorescent - Song for Zula
172) Earl Sweatshirt - Earl
171) Janelle Monae - Tightrope (ft. Big Boi)
170) Grizzly Bear - Sleeping Ute
169) Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
168) Lib B - Wonton Soup
167) Zoo Kid - Out Getting Ribs
166) Haim - Falling
165) Majical Cloudz - Childhood's End
164) Fucked Up - Queen of Hearts
163) Young Thug - Danny Glover
162) Big Boi - Shine Blockas (ft. Gucci Mane)
161) Tame Impala - Solitude is Bliss
160) Jeremih - 773 Love
159) Ab-Soul - The Book of Soul
158) Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
157) Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union
156) Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind (ft. London Grammar)
155) Meek Mill - Dream and Nightmares (Intro)
154) Savages - Husbands
153) Chief Keef - Love Sosa
152) Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
151) James Blake - Retrograde
150) Dirty Projectors - Gun Has No Trigger
149) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Only In My Dreams
148) Rick Ross - B.M.F. (ft. Styles P)
147) Rich Kids - My Life (ft. Waka Flocka Flame)
146) Kurt Vile - Jesus Fever
145) tUnE-yArDs - Powa
144) Miguel - Do You
143) Fiona Apple - Every Single Night
142) Ciara - Ride (ft. Ludacris)
141) Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci
140) Jacques Greene - Another Girl
139) DJ Khaled - I'm On One (ft. Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne)
138) Soulja Boy - Zan With That Lean
137) Erykah Badu - Window Seat
136) Gang Gang Dance - Glass Jar
135) Kendrick Lamar - A.D.H.D.
134) Jessie Ware - 1,1
133) A$AP Rocky - Fuckin' Problems (ft. 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar)
132) The War on Drugs - Under the Pressure
131) Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop
130) A$AP Ferg - Shabba (ft A$AP Rocky)
129) Nicki Minaj - Come on a Cone
128) Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
127) Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
126) Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
125) Todd Terje - Snooze 4 Love
124) Frank Ocean - Novacane
123) Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
122) Beyonce - 1+1
121) Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener
120) Janelle Monae - Cold War
119) Future - Same Damn Time
118) Le1f - Wut
117) Perfect Pussy - I
116) Four Tet - Angel Echoes
115) Chance the Rapper - Juice
114) Blood Orance - You're Not Good Enough (ft. Samantha Urbani)
113) FKA Twigs - Water Me
112) Real Estate - Green Aisles
111) DJ Rashad - I Don't Give a Fuck
110) The National- Bloodbuzz Ohio
109) Earl Sweatshirt - Chum
108) Girls - Vomit
107) Arcade Fire - Afterlife
106) Kendrick Lamar - Backseat Freestyle
105) James Blake - CMYK
104) Burial - Kindred
103) Killer Mike - Big Beast (ft. Bun B, T.I. And Trouble)
102) Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Day
101) Schoolboy Q - Hands on the Wheel (ft. A$AP Rocky)
100) Andrés - New For U
99) John Maus - Believer
98) Chromatics - Kill for Love
97) Sun Kil Moon - I Watched the Film the Song Remains The Same
96) Danny Brown - 30
95) Chairlift - I Belong In Your Arms
94) Icona Pop - I Love It (ft. Charli XCX)
93) Caribou - Can't Do Without You
92) Japandroids - Younger Us
91) Sky Ferreira - I Blame Myself
90) Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams
89) Crystal Castles - Celestica
88) Vampire Weekend - Step
87) Bill Callahan - Small Plane
86) The Weeknd - The Morning
85) Jai Paul - BTSTU (Edit)
84) Burial - Street Halo
83) Drake - Started From the Bottom
82) LCD Soundsystem - All I Want
81) TNGHT - Higher Ground
80) Lana Del Rey - Video Games
79) Blawan - Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage
78) The Knife - Full of Fire
77) Destroyer - Chinatown
76) Kanye West - Blood on the Leaves
75) Beach House - Myth
74) Grimes - Genesis
73) Big Boi - Shutterbugg
72) Nicki Minaj - Beez in the Trap (ft. 2Chainz)
71) Fiona Apple - Werewolf
70) James Blake - Limit to your Love
69) St. Vincent - Cruel
68) Chief Keef - I Don't Life (ft. Lil Reese)
67) The War on Drugs - Red Eyes
66) Lorde - Royals
65) Caribou - Odessa
64) FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
63) Girl Unit - Wut
62) Joanna Newsom - Good Intentions Paving Company
61) A$AP Rocky - Peso
60) Future - Turn on the Lights
59) Adele - Rolling in the Deep
58) Haim - The Wire
57) Death Grips - I've Seen Footage
56) Sophie - Bipp
55) Carly Rae Jepson - Call Me Maybe
54) Andy Stott - Numb
53) Tyler, the Creator - Yonkers
52) Deafheaven - Dream House
51) Kanye West - New Slaves
50) EMA - California
49) Drake - Marvins Room
48) Bon Iver - Holocene
47) Rihanna - We Found Love (ft. Calvin Harris)
46) Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
45) Mac DeMarco - Ode to Viceroy
44) Beyonce - Drunk in Love (ft. Jay-Z)
43) Destroyer - Bay of Pigs
42) Cass McCombs - County Line
41) Waka Flocka Flame - Hard in da Paint
40) The-Dream - Yamaha
39) Ciara - Body Party
38) Bat For Lashes - Laura
37) Deerhunter - Desire Lines
36) Jay Z/Kanye West - Niggas in Paris
35) Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
34) Crystal Castles - Not in Love (ft. Robert Smith)
33) Miguel - Adorn
32) Jai Paul - Jasmine (Demo)
31) Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
30) Autre Ne Veut - Play by Play
29) Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
28) Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
27) M.I.A. - Bad Girls
26) Vampire Weekend - Hannah Hunt
25) Disclosure - Latch (ft. Sam Smith)
24) Drake - Worst Behavior
23) Solange - Losing You
22) Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
21) Real Estate - It's Real
20) Daft Punk - Get Lucky (ft. Pharrell)
19) Beach House - Zebra
18) Kanye West - Monter (ft. Justin Vernon, Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj)
17) LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
16) Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
15) Nicki Minaj - Super Bass (ft. Ester Dean)
14) Sky Ferreira - Everything Is Embarrassing
13) Usher - Climax
12) Beyoncé - Countdown
11) Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
10) Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home
9) Deerhunter - Helicopter
8) Frank Ocean - Pyramids
7) Azealia Banks - 212 (ft. Lazy Jay)
6) Robyn - Dancing On My Own
5) Kendrick Lamar - Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
4) M83 - Midnight City
3) Kanye West - Runaway (ft. Pusha T)
2) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round
1) Grimes - Oblivion
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Postby Nassim » Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:22 am

Nicki Minaj... Nicki Minaj everywhere...

I don't understand what they find in Round and Round but at least they are consistant.

If you don't know their previous lists I guess the choice of the top Vampire Weekend songs must be a surprise, but it's also consistant with their EOY lists.

I guess for most people the biggest surprise will be that the 2 Janelle Monae songs are not even in the top 100. I kinda expected it to happen to Tightrope but I would have bet that Cold War was a shoe in for top 50.
That might not be a good sign for The Archandroid, though it might be more of an album you have to take as a whole. No good signes for Bon Iver's self titled which might rank fairly low, at least it will be the lowest ranked #1 of its year. (I would not be surprised if Hurry Up We're Dreaming ended up at the highest ranked 2011 album actually, overtaking both Bon Iver and Kaputt which I don't see ranking that high)... Most of the 2011 top 10 might struggle a bit actually (except Days), it seems quite weak compared with the other 3 years and I expect some albums that ranked on the 11-20 spots to do better than at least half of them (Smoke Ring for My Halo, Past Life Martyred Saints, James Blake and Strange Mercy).

Talking about St. Vincent, no song from her 2014 effort is a surprise... still expect it to rank well in the album list.

Biggest Hell Yeah from me :
Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener #121
Burial - Kindred #104 (Street Halo ranking higher is a bit strange but ok)
Andy Stott - Numb #54
Caribou - Can't Do Without You #93
Autre Ne Veut - Play by Play #30

I would have expected them (and hoped them) higher :
The House that Heaven Built should be top 20
Full of Fire should be top 50 (at least)
Song for Zula should at the very least be top 100

Most surprising omissions :
James Blake - The Whilhelm Scream
Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments

Songs that made the top 10 of their year but not this top 200 :
James Blake - I Only Know (What I Know Now) #8 in 2010
Kanye West - Power #6 in 2010
LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change #3 in 2010 (I think they switched to the much better Dance Yrself Clean so fine with me)
Destroyer - Kaputt #6 in 2011

Seems fair that the biggest changes of opinion would come from the oldest EOY !

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Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014 (upcoming)

Postby Romain » Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:59 pm

This list make to me exactly the same effect than the "NME - 100 Most Influential Artists" list published some days ago.




No... to be honnest, I found this NME list far better than this new one by pitchwork :mrgreen: .

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Postby Pierre » Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:07 pm

There are a few typos; I've noticed 41, 55 and 110.

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Postby Nassim » Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:28 pm

Pierre wrote:There are a few typos; I've noticed 41, 55 and 110.


Corrigé ! I think I was still in shock that there's a guy calling himself Waka Flocka Flame

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Postby Pierre » Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:16 pm

Nassim wrote:
Pierre wrote:There are a few typos; I've noticed 41, 55 and 110.


Corrigé ! I think I was still in shock that there's a guy calling himself Waka Flocka Flame


A Frank Zappa fan, probably? :mrgreen: I lamented some time ago the lack of interest for Zappa nowadays, I might be wrong!

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Postby GucciLittlePiggy » Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:36 pm

174) Arcade Fire - Reflektor
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Album of the Year: Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
Song of the Year: Elbow - Firebrand & Angel

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Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014 (ongoing)

Postby irreduciblekoan » Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:53 pm

Thank you Nassim!

I usually appreciate Pitchfork's lists. But I think this one, for perhaps the first time for P4k, is complete and utter garbage. What are Carly Rae Jepsen, Soulja Boy and Skrillex even doing there?

On the other hand, I think I have to admire Pitchfork's don't-care-at-all-what-the-hipsters-think attitude. You can argue that they should be applauded for including their guilty pleasures and being honest. I just feel like there are many excellent songs missing because of it.

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Postby irreduciblekoan » Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:02 pm

I still expect their albums list to be pretty good. Because while the artists such as those I mentioned, as well as Ciara, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj may have released some catchy songs, none of them released excellent albums. By nature of the artform, P4k will need to be more discerning for their albums list. I do expect Beyonce's self-titled to be pretty high though. Which is fine with me, I enjoyed it very much.

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Postby Nassim » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:17 am

Albums :

100) Clams Casino - Instrumental Mixtape
99) Jai Paul - Jai Paul
98) Earl Sweatshirt - Earl
97) Rustie - Glass Swords
96) Young Thug - 1017 Thug
95) Nicolas Jaar - Space is Only Noise
94) How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
93) Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
92) Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
91) Actress - Splazsh
90) Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
89) Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
88) Arcade Fire - Reflektor
87) FKA Twigs - LP1
86) Real Estate - Atlas
85) Swans - To Be Kind
84) A$AP Rocky - LIVELOVEA$AP
83) Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
82) Chief Keef - Finally Rich
81) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
80) Mac DeMarco - 2
79) Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
78) Darkside - Psychic
77) Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
76) Jessie Ware - Devotion
75) The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
74) Caribou - Swim
73) Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
72) Danny Brown - Old
71) Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
70) Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
69) Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
68) Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
67) The Weeknd - House of Balloons
66) Tood Terje - It's Album Time
65) Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (II)
64) HAIM - Days Are Gone
63) Four Tet - There Is Love In You
62) The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
61) Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
60) PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
59) Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
58) The-Dream - Love King
57) tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
56) Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
55) Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
54) Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra
53) Beach House - Bloom
52) James Blake - James Blake
51) Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
50) Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
49) Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
48) Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
47) Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli
46) Vampire Weekend - Contra
45) Future - Pluto
44) Chromatics - Kill For Love
43) Jay-Z/Kanye West - Watch the Throne
42) Kurt Vile - Wakin On a Pretty Daze
41) Drake - Nothing Was the Same
40) Burial - Rival Dealer EP
39) Beyoncé - 4
38) EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
37) Danny Brown - XXX
36) Robyn - Body Talk
35) DJ Rashad - Double Cup
34) Death Grips - The Money Store
33) Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
32) Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
31) Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
30) Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
29) Japandroids - Celebration Rock
28) My Bloody Valentine - mbv
27) Bon Iver - Bon Iver
26) Deafheaven - Sunbather
25) Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
24) Disclosure - Settle
23) St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
22) M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
21) The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
20) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
19) Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
18) Joanna Newsome - Have One On Me
17) Swans - The Seer
16) Destroyer - Kaputt
15) Grimes - Visions
14) Beyoncé - Beyoncé
13) Real Estate - Days
12) Drake - Take Care
11) LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
10) Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
9) Sun Kil Moon - Benji
8) Kanye West - Yeezus
7) Tame Impala - Lonerism
6) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
5) Beach House - Teen Dream
4) Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
3) Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
2) Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
1) Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Postby Nassim » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:30 am

No surprise for the top 2 (the only reason I would have seen Kendrick not 2nd whould have been to avoid having 2 rap albums on top), but I didn't expect Deerhunter THAT high (I imagined it somewhere between 11 and 20).

Nassim wrote:No good signs for Bon Iver's self titled which might rank fairly low, at least it will be the lowest ranked #1 of its year. (I would not be surprised if Hurry Up We're Dreaming ended up at the highest ranked 2011 album actually, overtaking both Bon Iver and Kaputt which I don't see ranking that high)... Most of the 2011 top 10 might struggle a bit actually (except Days), it seems quite weak compared with the other 3 years and I expect some albums that ranked on the 11-20 spots to do better than at least half of them (Smoke Ring for My Halo, Past Life Martyred Saints, James Blake and Strange Mercy).


Ok, kinda called it !
Days did indeed well but Take Care kept ahead and ends up as the highest ranked 2011 albums. Kaputt resisted better than I expected.
Smoke Ring for My Halo, Past Life Martyred Saints, Strange Mercy and XXX which I didn't see coming all took over 5 albums of the previous top 10 (James Blake only took over 4, close enough).
Strange Mercy is even in front of Bon Iver which now ranks at #6 album of 2011, behind Apocalypse by Bill Callahan who ends up 25th of the past 5 years when it was 23rd of its year !!! That was the most unexpectedly high album for me.
The other big surprise is Benji in the top 10 and highest ranked album of 2014, I expected it to be the War on Drugs.

And of course the huge omission is The Archandroid, so the songs list was indeed giving hints... I'm not surprised that it dropped, and I expect it to happen in other lists, because I feel it aged relatively fast (as did Big Boi' and Sleigh Bells albums from the same year) but not even top 100, that's a bit too much (though if you want your ambitious futuristics female R&B album you still have Erykah Badu to go to).
To be fair it was "only" #12 on their EOY but still.

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Postby Romain » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:50 am

Nassim wrote:And of course the huge omission is The Archandroid, so the songs list was indeed giving hints... I'm not surprised that it dropped, and I expect it to happen in other lists, because I feel it aged relatively fast (as did Big Boi' and Sleigh Bells albums from the same year) but not even top 100, that's a bit too much (though if you want your ambitious futuristics female R&B album you still have Erykah Badu to go to).
To be fair it was "only" #12 on their EOY but still.



I have listened Erykah Badu yesterday when I listening the entire top 200 and she is, by far, the biggest discovering in this top. I found their songs very enjoyable and I spent the evening in youtube to listen their albums. Honey is my favorite.

The Archandroid is for me one of the few Hip-hop/rap album listenable and sometimes even very good. So, maybe the album is, for Pitchfork (I just discovering it's not pitchwork), not enough "hard", too "pop"?

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Postby Pierre » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:26 am

I only noticed "The Next Day"'s omission as the biggest one for me in my first look-through, but I missed Janelle Monáe's absence. That's unfair, her two albums were fantastic listens for me.

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Postby irreduciblekoan » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:17 pm

ArchAndroid's omission is glaring, and as I (and others) predicted, PJ Harvey is much too low. Another surprise is that Beyonce has two albums in the top 50. I wonder if the praise for her last album led to a reappraisal of her previous one.

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Postby Illiniq » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:30 pm

Surprised - I never care much for Pitchfork's EOY song lists, but I usually am in some form of agreement their with album assessments - but can't make heads or tails out of this list other than it's been a very weak decade so far, and pitchfork continues to get twee-er and more AM pop/anti-classic rock with every passing year...but some thoughts.

1. Have trouble respecting any pop music criticism site, regardless of agenda or lean, that doesn't have Let England Shake in it's top 20. It's not my favorite album of the decade so far (I have it fourth), but the level of artistry and thematic completeness on that album is rivaled only by a few titles on that list.

My most head-shaking omissions thought they might have had -

The National - High Violet/Trouble Will Find Me
Nick Cave - Push The Sky Away
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Janelle Monae - The Archandroid.
Women - Public Strain
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Future Islands - Singles
St. Vincent
Wild Beasts - Smother

3. Didn't expect them to include and they didn't but in my opinion belong on any thorough top 100 of 2010-2014 albums list

Jason Isbell - Southestern
Anais Mitchell - Hadestown

4. Mediocre titles it irks me to no end that they continue to shill as the very best of the best -

Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me - They can defend Good Intentions all they want, it's a brilliant song...the albums three discs, though, while pretty, are overbearingly static after a while.
Everything associated with Ariel Pink

5. Artists I like, don't mind their representation, but not nearly on the bandwagon they are...

Kurt Vile
Beach House
Grimes
Tame Impala
Real Estate
Drake

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Postby Illiniq » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:45 pm

Pierre wrote:I only noticed "The Next Day"'s omission as the biggest one for me in my first look-through, but I missed Janelle Monáe's absence. That's unfair, her two albums were fantastic listens for me.


Middle-aged suburbanites across America love Janelle, hence, she can no longer be given serious consideration by Pitchfork.

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Postby GucciLittlePiggy » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:48 pm

One song and zero albums by The National. :angry-banghead:
Album of the Year: Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
Song of the Year: Elbow - Firebrand & Angel

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Postby HRS » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:45 pm

To each his own, Newsom's is one of the few records that got better as they aged from this list. I would never expect it inside the top 20, since it seemed american critics were giving her the cold shoulder back in 2010. Time is showing its power, though; four years in and this record is still yelding its richnesses, unlike plenty of the featured and excluded from this list. And if influence is further evidence there's even a video of James Blake naming it his favorite record of all-time. Since its release Newsom's profile only increased with the likes as dinstict as Grimes, Bat for Lashes, Adult Jazz, Laura Marling coming forward and praising her influence. Can't think of an equally daring folk record - Newsom completely reinvented her writing and approach to melody and production. It certainly doesn't lack in range, concept and execution. It's a labirynth; there's always something in the songs, giving new sense to the whole. A real song cycle. Have One on Me is already proving influential and I hope it receives in time the acclaim it didn't for lacking in immediacy.

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Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014

Postby Illiniq » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:04 pm

HRS wrote:To each his own, Newsom's is one of the few records that got better as they aged from this list. I would never expect it inside the top 20, since it seemed american critics were giving her the cold shoulder back in 2010. Time is showing its power, though; four years in and this record is still yelding its richnesses, unlike plenty of the featured and excluded from this list. And if influence is further evidence there's even a video of James Blake naming it his favorite record of all-time. Since its release Newsom's profile only increased with the likes as dinstict as Grimes, Bat for Lashes, Adult Jazz, Laura Marling coming forward and praising her influence. Can't think of an equally daring folk record - Newsom completely reinvented her writing and approach to melody and production. It certainly doesn't lack in range, concept and execution. It's a labirynth; there's always something in the songs, giving new sense to the whole. A real song cycle. Have One on Me is already proving influential and I hope it receives in time the acclaim it didn't for lacking in immediacy.


Excellent, passionate rebuttal. You're right, to each his own...totally respect your opinion, but the static nature of so many of the songs is just to tiring for me.

And as for the bolded comment - check out Anais Mitchell's Hadestown, it's not nearly as personal a work, but it's without question my favorite folk album of the decade.

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Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014

Postby HRS » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:33 pm

Illiniq wrote:
HRS wrote:To each his own, Newsom's is one of the few records that got better as they aged from this list. I would never expect it inside the top 20, since it seemed american critics were giving her the cold shoulder back in 2010. Time is showing its power, though; four years in and this record is still yelding its richnesses, unlike plenty of the featured and excluded from this list. And if influence is further evidence there's even a video of James Blake naming it his favorite record of all-time. Since its release Newsom's profile only increased with the likes as dinstict as Grimes, Bat for Lashes, Adult Jazz, Laura Marling coming forward and praising her influence. Can't think of an equally daring folk record - Newsom completely reinvented her writing and approach to melody and production. It certainly doesn't lack in range, concept and execution. It's a labirynth; there's always something in the songs, giving new sense to the whole. A real song cycle. Have One on Me is already proving influential and I hope it receives in time the acclaim it didn't for lacking in immediacy.


Excellent, passionate rebuttal. You're right, to each his own...totally respect your opinion, but the static nature of so many of the songs is just to tiring for me.

And as for the bolded comment - check out Anais Mitchell's Hadestown, it's not nearly as personal a work, but it's without question my favorite folk album of the decade.


Love this one too, and it's my second favorite folk release of the '10s after Have One on Me, Illiniq hahaha Criminally underrated to the point that I thought the reason why Half-Decade lists existed was to repair those mistakes. Guess not! :(

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Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014

Postby irreduciblekoan » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:09 pm

Has Hadestown gotten on to any non-EOY lists? If so, let me know who they are so I can add some sites/publications to follow.

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Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014

Postby Harold » Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:57 pm

Bumped as a reminder that Pitchfork was the first to post (prematurely - they did this last summer) a "best of the decade so far" list.

Have there been any others yet besides the ones from NME and Treble?

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Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014

Postby Nassim » Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:09 pm

Harold wrote:Bumped as a reminder that Pitchfork was the first to post (prematurely - they did this last summer) a "best of the decade so far" list.

Have there been any others yet besides the ones from NME and Treble?


FACT magazine did a songs list too.


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