Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Village Voice Pazz and Jop

So, the Village Voice Pazz and Jop poll came out - here's the link:

But if you want a quick view - here's the top 10:

1. Bob Dylan - Modern Times
2. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
3. Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
4. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
5. Gnarles Barkley - St. Elsewhere
6. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I am
7. Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
8. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
9. Joanna Newsom - Ys
10. Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

A few choice, awesome comments from commentators and fans...
Garrett Kamps:
My Chemical Romance: It ain't Dickens, but at least it ain't Sam's Town. Notably produced by American Idiot's Rob Cavallo—who, notably, also produced the Rent soundtrack—The Black Parade is playful and brash, with a solid pair of hairy nuts on it. Concerning "The Patient," his premature death via cancer, and the "Black Parade" that escorts him six feet under, the record is absurdly big and theatrical; if Rodgers and Hammerstein were alive today and into tattoos, they might've written "Welcome to the Black Parade." (A single that, also notably, pollsters preferred to the whole album, though not with such a Killers-esque disparity.) But here's the point: If all these new rock bands are gonna wear costumes and eyeliner, they may as well put on a damn show. Thanks, MCR! You're douchebags, but you're our douchebags.


Like most sequels, Love & Theft II: Modern Times recycled the old thrills but wasn't as good or fresh as the original. Sometimes, though, old thrills are better than new nothings. The Joanna Newsom album reminds me why I never dug the pretentious artsy kids in my high school: The stuff they liked sucked, and the cutesy alternative universes they created for themselves seemed even more torturous than the mainstream jock-hells the rest of us were stuck in.
Tim Grierson
Los Angeles, California

My gut reaction: Dylan's Modern Times got it out of namesake and namesake alone. I sincerely hope in a few years, this one grows on me, but compared to his previous two triumphs, this felt like Love and Theft 2.0.

The Hold Steady's Boys and Girls in America's high rank was overcompensation for folks who felt guilty for not putting Separation Sunday closer to the Top 5 last year.


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