The best way to approach these lists — and we’re stepping in with some advice only because we’re getting sympathy pains, after reading your comments, for all the heads that must be banging against walls every time we post one — is to consider the source. That’ll help excuse the Brits for considering last year’s albums that only came out there this year, for loving Arctic Monkeys over of Montreal, etc. By that sliding scale of standards, Time’s shown some good taste here, or at least taste mirroring yours and ours to some degree. Sure Feist, Radiohead, and Kanye are sort of obvious choices for a list obviously trying to be hip, but it’s nice to see a mag that pushes its intellectual wares on a set more intellectual (and wary) than we are to have done a little homework and put those Warp weirdos up there. Nice plug for Miranda, too.
10 Kanye West – Graduation
09 M.I.A. – Kala
08 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
07 Battles – Mirrored
06 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
05 LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
04 Miranda Lambert – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
03 Feist – The Reminder
02 Radiohead – In Rainbows
01 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Of course the little issue, then, is sitting Amy Winehouse at the tippy top there. Well, “Rehab” topped their singles list, so maybe it’s a bold attempt at reminding folks there’s more to her than coke-faced stumbles through Soho. Or, maybe it’s just a nice dollop of sympathy.