Tuesday, 24 December 2013

@lpgrp 2013 Album of the Year Poll Results

Many thanks to all who voted in the annual @lpgrp poll (frankly the only one the music industry takes any interest in) to find the Twitter-based listening group's Album of the Year.

This year's winner is Bill Callahan's Dream River. We will, collectively, be listening to the album of the year at 9pm, Sunday 5 January 2014.

The Exel document (produced by Paul Higham) with everyone's votes logged can be found here. Useful for 'I wonder what so-and-so voted for?' queries. For ease of viewing, it might be advisable to download this file.

Previous winners of this coveted accolade are Let England Shake by PJ Harvey (2011) and Godspeed You Black Emperor!'s 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend!' (2012). 

The Top 25 (with Paul Higham's words for extra texture):

1. Our winner, by a nose, is the just wonderful Dream River by Knaresborough's favourite son (sort of), Bill Callahan. Splendid.

2. Runner up (but only just) is Pale Green Ghosts by John Grant. A lot of love by many of you for this most personal of records.

3. In 3rd place is another eagerly awaited release: Tomorrow's Harvest by Boards of Canada. Well done chaps

4. 4th is 2013's 'Where were you?' moment. I was watching MOTD when Kev finally released m b v. Yes, it's My Bloody Valentine

5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds prove Mick Harvey's departure to be no hindrance as Push The Sky Away places at number 5.

6. Proving he has a gift for music after all, the splendid Crimson/Red by Prefab Sprout is your 6th best record of the year.

7. Buoyed by his collaborations with King Creosote, Jon Hopkins scoops 7th place with Immunity. This is a really great record.

8. 8th place has found them: The National and Trouble Will Find Me come in at number 8. In my view, their best since Alligator

9. 9th place: a resurgent Steve Mason with Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time. An important record for these austere times.

Leeds Psych-Heads (no, not ), Hookworms are 10th with their full-length debut Pearl Mystic. A great record.

We were certainly Informed, Educated and Entertained by this release: in 11th place it's Public Service Broadcasting

12. 12
th place is the magical Mug Museum by Cate Le Bon, a record of almost limitless charm. It's lovely.

13. White Denim are 13th with Corsicana Lemonade. Apparently intended as a barbecue record, brrr!

14. Who cares if they sound like Pavement or The Fall, 14th place is Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts. Cracking live band too.

15. 15th place is Ira, Georgia and James. The mighty Yo La Tengo take the plaudits with Fade.

16. 16th place is Brighton's favourite beat-combo with possibly their best record yet: British Sea Power and Machineries of Joy.

17. Walking on a Pretty Daze by the wonderful Kurt Vile is 17th.

18. Despite (sadly for those yet to see them live) going on indefinite hiatus Thee Oh Sees are 18th with Floating Coffin.

19. In 19th position a record that was 3 people's album of the year: Loud City Songs by Julia Holter.

20. In 20th place is one of the comeback albums of the year: David Bowie and The Next Day.

21. Oneohtrix Point Never's R Plus Seven just falls outside the 20.

The beautiful OST to Les Revenants by Mogwai comes in at number 22.

In 23nd place is Matthew E White's Big Inner.

I love the record in 24rd place: Field of Reeds by These New Puritans.

In 25th place is Midlake with Antiphon.

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