Idolator’s 2007 Pop Critics Poll is live.
My ballot (published under my real world name, William C Lipold) should look familiar, since it’s identical to the top albums I published under I Rock Cleveland’s Year End Extravaganza Bonanza. As a bonus, I included a year-end essay with my ballot. Ok, it’s not really a bonus for those of you who don’t like reading things, but I’m pretty proud of it, and I’d like to think it’s worth a minute or two of your internet surfing time.
Looking at the results, I would have liked to have seen my picks place a little higher in the finals (my number one, No Age, was number 53) but when you poll 451 writers, the consensus picks are going to rise to the top while the lesser heard albums will sink in the rankings. Hence, a top five of LCD Soundsystem, MIA, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and Amy Winehouse.
I Rock Cleveland’s Top 10 of 2007:
(Idolator Pop Critics Poll Rankings in parentheses)
No Age – Weirdo Rippers (53)
Parts and Labor – Mapmaker (62)
Gowns – Red State (158)
Nina Nistasia and Jim White (158)
Phosphorescent – Pride (91)
Two Cow Garage – III (985)
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (6)
Witchcraft – The Alchemist (239)
Six Parts Seven – Casually Smashed to Pieces (1101)
Times New Viking – Present the Paisley Reich (172)
As for my top tracks, good luck finding any of my picks in the list outside of my number 1, Grinderman’s, “No Pussy Blues” which charted at #12. Jay Reatard was robbed at #140. F*cked Up was robbed at #188. I didn’t bother looking much deeper. Who else would have voted for The Very Knees?