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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pitchfork's Best Albums List: What It Got Right, and What It Got Wrong (So Far), in 10 Sentences

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Some music website called Pitchfork is unveiling its list of the year's best albums this week. Since this site and its opinions are marginally important to the music world, and since the whole point of lists is to agree and/or disagree, here's our reaction -- in the form of 10 brief sentences -- to the albums on the list so far. (That's 20 honorable mentions and Nos. 50-21 of the best albums of the year.) We'll continue the glibness tomorrow, when Pitchfork unveils its Top 20 albums of the year. And we'll be posting our own list of the year's best albums next week.

Things We Can Agree On

1. S.F. locals The Fresh & Onlys' Play it Strange (No. 29; "a non-stop hit parade") deserves to be among the best 30 albums of the year.

2. S.F.'s Girls' Broken Dreams Club (No. 22) is (far) superior to Hot Chip's One Life Stand.

3. Grinderman 2 (honorable mention) is ridiculously enjoyable, but certainly not one of the year's 50 best albums.

4. Glasser's Ring (honorable mention): "There is no identifying with this album." Yes.

5. "If it were allowable, we could've just put 'everything Das Racist did this year' in this slot" -- heartily agreed. (Sit Down, Man rated No. 23.)

Points of Contention

1. Hot Chip's One Life Stand (No. 24) doesn't belong anywhere in the top albums of the year.

2. The Fresh & Onlys' Play it Strange (No. 29) is better, not worse, than the National's High Violet (No. 28) -- really.

3. The Walkmen's Lisbon at No. 21: Pretty sure we slept through that album. More than once.

4. Get out of here, Wavves. (Buzzy-as-hell -- but rather boring -- King of the Beach rated No. 50)

5. Liars' Sisterworld belongs in the Top 50, not on the honorable mention list.

So that's where we stand (not with Hot Chip, obviously.) What do you think of the Pitchfork list so far? Tell us in the comments.

Let's continue the argument spirited discussion right now on Twitter @SFAllShookDown and at

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