And by surprises, I mean that I didn't like most of the albums in the top ten. Usually I fall lock-step in with the crowd, but this year not so much, with my love for arena-rock and Americana dominating my list. Pazz And Jop is the Village Voice's annual critics' poll, with critics from music journalists inside and outside the VVM family entering their ballots for the best albums and singles of the year.
Leading the albums balloting this year was tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l disc, and the single of the year went to Adele's "Rolling In The Deep". Elsewhere in the top ten, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Destroyer, and Drake beating out Bon Iver by one slot.
Women figured into the ballots this in a big way, with Adele, PJ Harvey, Wild Flag, and tUnE-yArDs dominating both top tens.More »