Category Archives: best of

Pazz & Jop ballot 2018

It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE! P&J has risen from the grave! à la Anthony, here’s my P&J ballot, slightly tweaked from my Uproxx ballot, along with points and comments. ALBUMS: 1 Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (23) – Jeremy Dutcher’s marriage of … Continue reading

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Give me your body: the best of Queen

58% on Rotten Tomatoes is frankly higher than I expected for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic, as most reviews I’ve heard or read have been scathing. But there’s one good thing in all this hubbub over the film: it’s making … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, best of, rock

Don’t close your eyes: the best of ’88

In alphabetical, unranked order. For once I went with Soto‘s rule that if an album’s on my list, no singles from that album are included. Why 1988? Well, besides the fact that it flowed nicely from doing ’98 (30 vs. 20 years … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, best of

Music sounds better with you: the best of ’98

In alphabetical, unranked order. For once I went with Soto‘s rule that if an album’s on my list, no singles from that album are included. It’s been fascinating reading everyone’s 1998 lists in the wake of Pitchfork’s celebration of said … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, best of

Do you wanna get rocked? The biggest and best of Def Leppard

No band in the ’80s sounded bigger than Def Leppard, and that wasn’t because of their riffage; that was thanks to “Mutt” Lange, sprinkling his magic studio dust over them in his pre-Shania years. On their biggest album and crowning achievement, … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, best of, rock

The unbearable somethingness of year-end polls: the ’10s

Every year, when I put together my ballots for year-end music critics polls (Village Voice‘s Pazz & Jop, and Nashville Scene‘s Country Music Critics Poll), it gets me thinking: do my top 10s from previous years still hold up, years later? … Continue reading

Posted in 2010s, best of

2017: Albums

1. 4:44, Jay-Z 2. Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige In 1994 or ’96 or ’99 or even into the 2000s, the likelihood of ’90s stars MJB and Jay-Z having my top two albums of 2017 was minimal, if … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, best of

We might be lovers if the rhythm’s right: MLVC

I really, really wish that Madonna would accept that she’s a legacy artist now; pretty much all of her last decade’s output has been embarrassing at best — I mean, “Bitch I’m Madonna”? You’re better than this! You are, in fact, … Continue reading

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When you want it the most, there’s no easy way out: the resurrection, and the best, of Céline Dion

Today, Carl Wilson, author of Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste (which is itself an expansion of his 33 1/3 volume about Céline Dion’s biggest album), has published an article for Maclean’s titled “How Céline Dion became … Continue reading

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You know I ain’t that handsome: the best of John Mellencamp

[Regarding the above image: John Mellencamp had to be the most unlikely three-time SPIN cover star, but thank god he was buddies with publisher Bob Guccione, Jr., who did some great interviews with him. (Especially as he only got a single … Continue reading

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