Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dagsavisen's (Norw.) Critics Poll

Missed the announcement of the results of the Norwegian Critics Poll last week. The list was topped by Frank Ocean's channel Orange. No surprises there. My ballot was as follows:

  1. Steve Lehman Trio: Dialect Flourescent (Pi Recordings)
  2. Todd Snider: Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables (Aimless)
  3. Loudon Wainwrigh IIIt: Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound)
  4. Grass Roots (Sean Conley, Alex Harding, Darius Jones & Chad Taylor): Grass Roots (AUM Fidelity)
  5. The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth (Merge)
  6. Tom Zé: Tropicália Lixo Lógico (Passrinho)
  7. Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando (ACT)
  8. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
  9. Carolyn Mark: The Queen of Vancouver Island (Mint)
  10. Ab-Soul: Control System (ToP Dawg Entertainment)
  1. Todd Snider: "New York Banker" (Aimless)
  2. Miguel: "Adorn" (RCA)
  3. Frank Ocean: "Pyramids" (Def Jam)
  4. Japandroids: "Adrenaline Nightshift" (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
  5. Usher: "Climax" (RCA)
  6. Sweden: "Hey C'Mon" (Vestkyst)
  7. Taylor Swift: "State Of Grace" (Big Machine)
  8. Kacey Musgraves: "Merry Go 'Round" (Mercury)
  9. Allo Darlin': "Tallulah" (Slumberland)
  10. Pussy Riot: "Putin Lights Up The Fires" (selvutgitt/internett)
Comments: voting for jazz records in this poll is a futile exercise, so I left out all bar three: the ones that were just too damn good to omit. As for the rest, well, only Miguel and Loudon Wainwright III out of my top 10 made the final top 40, 'though I could conceivably see myself voting for three or four of the others on any other day (Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Saint Etienne and Cloud Nothings). Make of that what you want. 

Additional comment: Tame Impala. The key word is "tame".

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