Check out the 35th annual edition of the Village Voice Pazz and Jop music rankings. It'sa comprehensive guide to the year in sound based on votes by 577 music critics.
- 1. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
- 2. Radiohead In Rainbows
- 3. M.I.A. Kala
- 4. Amy Winehouse Back To Black
- 5. Arcade Fire Neon Bible
- 6. Kanye West Graduation
- 7. Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
- 8. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raising Sand
- 9. Bruce Springsteen Magic
- 10. The National Boxer
Like James Surowiecki, says crowds sure can be smart. Looking it over, 2007 certainly stacks up as a good year in music. But tell me Pazz and Joppers, how did you rate Taylor Swift ahead of Kevin Drew, Wooden Ships, and Daft Punk? For my money, Feist, Rilo Kiley, Robert Plant and Allison Krause, and Iron and Wine are better than P&J, while Herbie Hancock's Joni Mitchell tribute, Neil Young Live at Massey Hall and Jill Scott are a whole lot better. LCD System and Bruce Springsteen - fine albums mind you - seem to benefit from home-field advantage. I'm slightly less enamored of them and of the White Stripes' latest. And when it comes to hip-hop, I take the fifth - ever since Biggie.