by carl wilson

The Statistical Top 10

It's never too early to start playing this game. The Top 10 albums so far this year by Metacritic ranking (meaning best-reviewed in the prototypical magazines and web sites) are:

1. Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose
2. Madvillain, Madvillainy
3. Dizzee Rascal, Boy In Da Corner
4. The Streets, Grand Don't Come For Free
5. Kanye West, College Dropout
6. Animal Collective, Sung Tongs
7. Les Savy Fav, Inches
8. Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans
9. Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand
10. Devendra Banhart, Rejoicing In The Hands

Opinions? [...]

I can say at least that it's a damn sight better than earlier in the year, when Franz Ferdinand was actually No. 1, aside from the fact that no. 3 is a 2003 release. But I wish there were a Metacritic that actually measured a broader spectrum, including more hip-hop sites, mainstream reviews, Billboard charts, Soundscan - and laid those charts out side by side. It'd be a handy resource.

By comparison, here's the top of Sasha Frere-Jones' most recent draft of his best-albums-of-2004 list (from the beginning of May):

1. Keren Ann, Not Going Anywhere (Blue Note)
2. The Streets, A Grand Dont Come For Free (Vice)
3. Madvillain, Madvillainy (Stones Throw)
4. DJ Olive, Bodega (
5. Lodger Hi-F, High Lights Down Low (One Eyed)
6. Lhasa The Living Road (Nettwerk)
7. Kanye West, College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella)
8. The Mountain Goats, We Shall All Be Healed (4AD/Beggars)
9. Juana Molina, Tres Cosas (Domino)
10. Andy Bey, American Song (Savoy)
11. Jadakiss, The Champ Is Here (DJ Green Lantern)
12. DNA, DNA on DNA (No More Records)
13. PJ Harvey, Uh Huh Her (Island)
14. Sloan, Action Pact (Koch)
15. Ghostface Killah, Hidden Darts 2 (J-Love)
16. Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Funeral For A Friend (Ropeadope/Artemis)
17. Text of Light (Starlight Furniture Company)
18. The Hold Steady, The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me (French Kiss)
19. DJ /Rupture vs. Mutamassik, Shotgun Wedding Vol. 1: The Bidoun Sessions (Violent Turd)
20. Pan Sonic, Kesto (234.48:4) (Mute)

That, by the way, is the first clue I've had that there's a new disc by DJ Olive, my all-time favourite turntablist if John Cage doesn't count. Must, must, must find.

As for my list? I'm aiming for early July to make a first stab. So far I suspect it would include the Mountain Goats and Destroyer (as any Zoilus reader could guess), the Without Kim disc by most of Sonic Youth with Mats Gustafsson, and probably the Mission of Burma album, but that's just speculation.

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