It's a conspiracy! It's a conspiracy!
This list isn't at all surprising. I already said this on Facebook, but it's less a list of albums with the highest degree of artistic achievement and more of a list of the albums the largest amount of people can agree on. Yes, the rankings are dull as hell, but 90% of people who listen to the kind of music Pitchfork covers probably like Radiohead to some degree, and have a different favorite album, so there you are, four albums in the top 20. And then there's albums where maybe less people put on their list, but a good majority of them are so attached to it that they ranked it high, such as NMH. So yes, it's a rather unadventurous, uninteresting list, far less than most of our individual lists, but that's going to happen any time you take stock of what appeals to largest majority.
I think the most revealing fact from these data is that women hate music.
I think OK Computer and Kid A deserve a significant portion of the praise they get, but I also don't think anything that came after that comes remotely close to reaching the level of those two, decent albums with some great songs though they may be. I'd much rather see their version of arena rock, filled with experimentation, genuine boundary pushing, and a sense of the personal and individual, get widespread devotion than something like Oasis or Muse or Coldplay or whatever. Canon is boring no matter what, but it could be a much worse canon.
The most interesting part of this for me was reading through the distinction index for each age group and seeing how widely it varied.
Patrick is spot-on. To the extent that he is correct, what I found surprising was that neither Outkast nor Daft Punk made the top 20. On a broad-based survey of taste, I thought that would happen for sure.
For however boring the list might be, the statistical breakdown is pretty interesting and far more revealing.
Pemberton (7/18-20) ~ FYF (8/22-23)
I can't argue with OK Computer and Kid A being that high, hell I ranked them that high as well. But In Rainbows being in the Top 10 is an absolute joke.
But apparently there must have been a list of albums to choose from .. but you could also write in albums if you wanted? Because Dig Me Out is listed as one of the top write-in votegetters. Which means it wasn't even on the fucking ballot. Fuck you Pitchfork you are the new Rolling Stone.
EDIT: To be more clear I am saying that I would not be surprised to hear that signing on pitch isn't a high priority for Jeff, that he focuses on other elements of his vocal performance and controls those effectively.
Last edited by mountmccabe; 08-22-2012 at 01:25 PM.
I didn't start until Friday night so I didn't finish. I think I had ~80 entries but their ranking was not much different from the order in which they were added.