Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, December 17, 2010

Pitchfork's Best Albums List: What It Got Right and What It Got Wrong in 10 Sentences, Pt. II

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:32 PM


Yesterday, we offered our own take on Pitchfork's list of the best albums of 2010 -- or at least the parts of it that had been revealed so far. Today, with the web site's top 20 albums made public, we offer 10 more sentences of agreement, disagreement, and generally glib mischief. Our own list of the year's best albums will be published next week, at which point you can feel free to tell us everything we got wrong. But why wait? We cheerfully anticipate your response -- both to Pitchfork's list and our assessment of it -- in the comments section below.

Things We Can Agree On

1. LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening (No. 2) is certainly in neighborhood it deserves.

2. Pitchfork almost didn't need to publish the No. 1 entry -- we've known Yeezy was gonna snag it since what may heretofore be known as The Week of 10.0.

3. Quite pleased at seeing Before Today, from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, end up at No. 9 -- that record is certified crazy genius.

4. Arcade Fire's The Suburbs (No. 11): "a full-bodied account of all the sweetness and strangeness of that life in all its multitudes." Exactly.

Points of Contention

1. But after beautifully capturing such a crucial piece of the American mindset/landscape/affliction, how did The Suburbs end up at only No. 11?

2. Deerhunter is boring: boring live, boring on their albums, and too boring to put Halcyon Digest at No. 3 on the list of 2010's best albums.

3. Did Joanna Newsom's Have One On Me (No. 7) really make the list for musical reasons?

4. The story of legal battles over the cover of Vampire Weekend's Contra (No. 6) may be fascinating, but the album itself isn't.

5. I do not believe that anyone enjoys listening to Oneohtrix Point Never's Returnal enough to call it the 20th best album of the year.

6. Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma thankfully placed ahead of Oneohtrix Point Never's Returnal

(see above), but a No. 14 ranking doesn't really do justice to the

musical achievement it represents (neither, while we're on the subject,

does a No. 12 for Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid).

What, you disagree? Tell us in the comments!

Continue the list-making with us on Twitter and on our Facebook page.

  • Pin It

Tags: , , ,

About The Author

Ian S. Port


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"