The Year's Top Ten Albums, According to Us

The 42nd edition of the Village Voice Pazz + Jop poll,  a compilation of Top 10 records and singles of the year that's gathered by polling critics across the country, has just come out. D'Angelo and the Vanguard's Black Messiah, the soul/R&B singer's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's Voodoo, took top honors. You can check out the entire poll (and see how each critic voted) here. For what it's worth, here's the ballot I submitted. 

1 St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista/Republic)
2 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
3 Eric Church, The Outsiders (EMI Nashville Points)
4 Aphex Twin, Syro (Warp)
5 Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Piñata (Madlib Invazion)
6 Sharon Van Etten, Are We There (Jagjaguwar)
7 Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear (RCA)
8 Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
9 Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
10 Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams (Pax AM)
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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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