nate patrin.

October 2, 2009, 7:18 pm
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So: Pitchfork posted their complete list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s. I’m neither overjoyed nor underwhelmed with the final results — I mean, Kid A/Funeral isn’t the most exciting 1-2 no matter where it shows up — but it is a pretty clear indicator of what happens when you get an aggregate of a couple dozen critics with somewhat divergent tastes: the mid-ranking consensus picks outrank the high-ranking individual favorites. I mean, I voted in this thing and I’ve got reason to be disappointed about the way some rankings panned out, even if at the end of the day it’s not really a granite-etched validation/invalidation of my taste or anyone else’s — at its core it’s really just a staff poll with some interesting blurbs. (Which, in my opinion, are worth more attention than the rankings themselves.) Anyhow, my ballot is reproduced after the jump, with the final rankings denoted in parentheses (“DNP” stands for “Did Not Place”, meaning the album in question didn’t show up in the top 200).

1. Daft Punk – Discovery (3)
2. Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele (11)
3. The Avalanches – Since I Left You (10)
4. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein (152)
5. J Dilla – Donuts (66)
6. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (17)
7. Basement Jaxx – Rooty (33)
8. Broadcast – The Noise Made By People (177)
9. D’Angelo – Voodoo (44)
10. Lifter Puller – Fiestas + Fiascos (DNP)
11. Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse (DNP)
12. The Strokes – Is This It (7)
13. Kanye West – Graduation (87)
14. Jay-Z – The Black Album (90)
15. Madvillain – Madvillainy (25)
16. Radiohead – Kid A (1)
17. UGK – Underground Kingz (DNP)
18. M.I.A. – Kala (22)
19. Mike Ladd – Welcome to the Afterfuture (DNP)
20. Res – How I Do (DNP)
21. Missy Elliott – Miss E… So Addictive (77)
22. Ludacris – Incognegro (DNP)
23. OutKast – Stankonia (13)
24. Aaliyah – s/t (DNP)
25. Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World (84)
26. 2 Many DJ’s – As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 (93)
27. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf (134)
28. Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (37)
29. Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet (144)
30. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – Hearts of Oak (59)
31. Neko Case – Blacklisted (141)
32. Boris – Akuma No Uta (198)
33. Justin Timberlake – Justified (DNP)
34. Justice – † (107)
35. Mastodon – Leviathan (126)
36. Beck – Sea Change (82)
37. The Bug – London Zoo (DNP)
38. Kylie Minogue – Fever (DNP)
39. Skream – Skream! (DNP)
40. High on Fire – The Art of Self Defense (DNP)
41. Christina Aguilera – Stripped (DNP)
42. Luomo – Vocalcity (43)
43. Clinic – Internal Wrangler (53)
44. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War) (133)
45. Comets on Fire – s/t (DNP)
46. Lambchop – Nixon (DNP)
47. The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree (102)
48. Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (DNP)
49. The Exploding Hearts – Guitar Romantic (60)
50. Nas – Stillmatic (DNP)
51. Devin the Dude – Just Tryin’ ta Live (DNP)
52. Flying Lotus – Los Angeles (DNP)
53. Quasimoto – The Further Adventures of Lord Quas (DNP)
54. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Naturally (DNP)
55. The Hold Steady – Almost Killed Me (DNP)
56. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (65)
57. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell (24)
58. Jason Forrest – The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post Disco Crash (DNP)
59. Earth – The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull (DNP)
60. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight (19)
61. Kerrier District – Kerrier District 2 (DNP)
62. Jay-Z – The Blueprint (5)
63. Kanye West – Late Registration (18)
64. Johnson&Jonson – s/t (DNP)
65. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (12)
66. Santogold – s/t (DNP)
67. Common – Like Water for Chocolate (169)
68. Q-Tip – The Renaissance (DNP)
69. Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun (DNP)
70. Annie – Anniemal (167)
71. Clipse – Lord Willin’ (155)
72. DJ Muggs vs. GZA – Grandmasters (DNP)
73. Lil Wayne – Da Drought 3 (99)
74. Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner (62)
75. Portishead – Third (71)
76. The Budos Band – The Budos Band II (DNP)
77. Bubba Sparxxx – Dark Days, Bright Nights (DNP)
78. El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (DNP)
79. Kode 9 & the Spaceape – Memories of the Future (DNP)
80. Earthless – Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky (DNP)
81. Reflection Eternal – Train of Thought (DNP)
82. Wu-Tang Clan – The W (162)
83. Dungen – Ta Det Lugnt (DNP)
84. Burial – Untrue (41)
85. TV on the Radio – Dear Science (140)
86. Jean Grae – Jeanius (DNP)
87. M.O.P. – Warriorz (DNP)
88. Blu & Exile – Below the Heavens (DNP)
89. Z-Ro – Let the Truth Be Told (DNP)
90. Cam’ron – Purple Haze (114)
91. Girl Talk – Night Ripper (159)
92. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours (61)
93. Mudd – Claremont 56 (DNP)
94. Gang of Four – Return the Gift (DNP)
95. Woolfy – If You Know What’s Good for Ya!! (DNP)
96. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (4)
97. King Khan & the Shrines – What Is?! (DNP)
98. The Rapture – Pieces of the People We Love (DNP)
99. Zomby – Where Were U in ’92? (DNP)
100. Durrty Goodz – Axiom EP (DNP)

Albums that appeared in the top 10: 6
Top 20: 12
Top 100: 35
DNP: 49
Greatest disparity (mine low/final high): Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (96/4)
Greatest disparity (mine high/final low): Broadcast – The Noise Made By People (8/177)
Albums in my top 20 that wound up in the final list’s top 20: 6 (Discovery, Supreme Clientele, Since I Left You, Sound of Silver, Is This It & Kid A)

Can’t wait to see how the 2009 albums list is going to pan out.


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Anyone who’s gone through a similar collective exercise in list making knows that it’s sort of pointless to get upset at these things: they end up representing the consensus picks of the group invited to vote. I’m not any more surprised that Kid A/Funeral got the #1 and #2 spot here than I was when Blueprint/Supreme topped the Passion of the Weiss list.

Although I am kind of snickering at certain writers who dissed our Hip-Hop list only to end up with virtually the same top 10 rap picks here, give or take a Wayne and Clipse record (no shots). And I’ll go to my grave yelling that there’s more than 30 or so Hip-Hop albums in the Top 200 this decade but again, if you take a list for what it is, then it’s hard to get mad.

Really liked the Avalanches blurb by the way. I hadn’t listened to that record in years, something that I immediately corrected.

Comment by Sach

Woah, what’s the story behind Blueprint being #62? I’m guessing you’re not a fan?

Comment by JK

I like it fine, just not as much as The Black Album, albeit for reasons that are pretty much subjective and personal — kinda like how I prefer ‘Blade Runner’ to ‘Alien’. (Come to think of it, what’s a more disappointing threequel, the Blueprint 3 or Alien 3?)

Comment by natepatrin

I’d have to say Alien 3, simply because I never really liked any of those Alien movies. Even though I don’t think I’ve watched any of them since before I was a teenager.

Comment by JK

Awesome that you posted this. I love seeing some of the mechanics behind consensus lists.

I’m with you on The Blueprint–a few too many aiight songs, a little too much two-dimensionality posing as three-dimesnionality. Personally, I think American Gangster was his high point after Reasonable Doubt. I’m not sure that The Blueprint 3 could count as a disappointment, though, since we all had about a year to prepare for its badness.

Nice pick with the Res album, too. Easily the most under-rated album of the decade.

Comment by Marty

Yes, I also appreciate you posting this! I was looking forward to the writers’ lists way more than the top 20 and was really bummed that they weren’t published – surely it’s more interesting to see how a bunch of critics each saw the decade than how a fictional conglomerate of them all saw it (which is still a neat curiosity, don’t get me wrong, and of course makes a vessel for some good writing!)

Comment by AD

You guys are seriously insane if not one Nas album made the list. I mean, seriously mentally unstable. Let’s forget that many inferior albums made the top 200, but Nas can’t even get in the top 200?? I saw 3 Ghostface albums, 2 by Clipse, TI, and others, but the guy who is arguably the best rapper alive can’t make the top 200? I see you at least have him on your list, but even you put inferior albums ahead of Stillmatic. And what it is with you guys and Ghostface? I mean, I love Ghost, but geez! Sigh.

Comment by SP

Why you gotta shit on Alien3? Ain’t no man alive don’t feel a bit of a tingle when Roc starts talking about “dying on your fucking knees.”

[and everybody knows the answer anyway, godfather is the off brand triplet]

Comment by Tucker Stone

Kid A/Funeral isn’t the most exciting 1-2, I agree, but it isn’t a clear indicator of what you get what you get an aggregate of a couple dozen critics together with divergent tastes – it is what you get when you get a load of musically conservative critics together who share the same love for overblown overcooked studio driven indie-prog.

Comment by stew

How does Pitchfork go from 3.2 on Fiestas and Fiascos to 8.8. I know its not you’re fault, as Im assuming you only reviewed that album this go around, but I found that a little revisionist now that Pitchfork thinks Hold Steady is top notch.

Comment by Tony Starks

And Rolling Stone spent a while thinking Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin were mediocre. Editorial shifts and different writers can account for a lot. It’s how pretty much every critical entity accounts for hindsight.

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