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10. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
10. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

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“I’ve got no right to be depressed,” whines Will Toledo on Teens of Denial‘s cerebral and prescient opener, “Fill in the Blank”. In it, he complains about nothing in particular, lamenting nothing whilst refusing to form an intelligent or informed opinion on anything. In many ways, he’s symptomatic of white, liberal, twenty-something naval-gazing, always finding problems but never caring to see if there’s solutions. But, in denying the illegitimacy of his malaise, and proclaiming with a sort of disenfranchised aplomb that he indeed ‘has a right to be depressed,’ Toledo flips the narrative; he welcomes introversion and entertains its possibilities. It becomes the central thesis of Teens of Denial, kicking against the little things with a sincerely sarcastic bent. Toledo writes bedroom pop songs around knotty compositions, exercising guitar theatrics whilst never emerging from his humbled performance style. In effect, he’s living a maladaptive daydream, wherein his lonely nights become cathartic rock concerts, celebrating his emotional fragility whilst having at least one foot on the distortion pedal. If you’ve ever spent a Saturday night at home, then you’ll recognize the sound. –Elliott

9. Jeff Rosenstock – Worry.
44. Jeff Rosenstock - Worry

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Worry. is essentially one of the most fun and upbeat albums of the year. It is a collection of songs about growing up being complete ass, yet it simultaneously serves as a sendoff to youth in saying that the best has yet to come. From the glorious ending chorus of “We Begged 2 Explode” to the sublime closing set of tracks, Rosenstock is able to write some of the most upbeat and triumphant music while writing lyrical content that most people would find utterly depressing. It is an album about an existential crisis that feels real, and gives a great message while at it: to live life to the fullest no matter your age, and to look forward to what is to come next. –Hogan

8. Every Time I Die – Low Teens
8. Every Time I Die - Low Teens

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Twenty years is a long time for a band to remain relevant, what with fears of stagnation or repetitiveness, but who better to prove the rewards of honing your abilities over a long period of time than Every Time I Die? Pumping out classic after classic, this year’s Low Teens proved to be the crowning achievement in a discography full of beautiful chaos. With a heavier focus on lyricism and backed by an ever-consistent vocal and full-band performance, the album rarely lets up, providing some of the best songs the band have ever coordinated, whether it be the crushing “Petal” or the Brandon Urie-led “It Remembers”. The five-piece continue to outdo themselves and prove that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t keep chaos under wraps. –Drubbi

7. The Hotelier – Goodness
7. The Hotelier - Goodness

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Goodness shouldn’t work; on paper, it has everything going against it. For starters, it has to follow The Hotelier’s breakout record Home, Like NoPlace Is There, one of the most emotional and hard-hitting albums of the last few years. Unlike NoPlace’s concise nine tracks, Goodness is bloated up to thirteen, complete with instrumental interludes and a fucking poem — surefire ways to derail an album’s momentum. It’s also much more subdued and restrained than NoPlace in every regard. The production is wide open, airy, less punchy, the guitars are quieter and soft. The lyrics are less obvious, more poetic, and since the subject matter isn’t suicide and completely depressing, the lyrics are less immediate in an emotional sense, but somehow, it all works. The open production allows the music to feel lived in, the tender guitars hit hard, the cryptic lyrics break through – Goodness is an overwhelmingly powerful record. Even the interludes and the simple poem fuel the fire, set the fury, and build up to the release of the pure catharsis contained within Goodness.

Goodness is a patient record more than anything. Songs are less about what’s going on in the short term, and more about things being laid out over time. The first track after the opening poem, “Goodness Pt. 2” begins with only drums, then the vocals come in, then a single guitar. The first half of the track feels strange, naked at first, but after awhile it begins to feel lived in, it begins to make sense — but then the rest of the instrumentation enters, off kilter and unexpected, disrupting things again before dropping out as quickly as it came in. The Hotelier leave the listener with a few measures of just drums and vocals before the rest of the instrumentation comes roaring back in, this time in sequence and harmony, and the big picture is revealed. Flourishes and contrivances like this are littered throughout Goodness, making for an engaging and intense listen.

Goodness is not immediate, but once it’s cracked, it becomes a completely visceral experience. The Hotelier’s brand of indie rock works for the 48 minute runtime, with all the bells and whistles, and it works exceedingly well. Goodness is a deceptively challenging listen, but if one is willing to embark on the demanding journey The Hotelier have laid out, it’s beyond rewarding, it’s something special that feels more complete with every listen, and it’s the most dynamic and emotional record of the year. –Robert Lowe

6. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
49. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

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As well executed as Old and XXX were, Danny Brown could never overcome the central conceit of dividing his records into two distinct sides. There was the partying side of Brown, dippin’ and dying like a rockstar, and then there was the pensive Brown, getting stomped for his Wonderbread. The concept of these albums – and ostensibly, himself – was the lack of reconciliation of his personas. One was proudly ignorant, the other ashamed in reflection. On Old, Brown used Side B to indulge in his worst tendencies. When he bragged about those songs being his last dope songs (but not his last dope songs), it seemed laughable; surely this duality would become his shtick? That these two sides of Brown come together so easily on Atrocity Exhibition isn’t just a relief, it’s a move towards greatness. Instead of sliding towards a middling standard, Brown’s refined his craft and exceeded expectations.

Cribbing its title from JG Ballard’s obtuse musings on voyeurism, Brown finally resolves his opposing styles into a dynamic whole. It’s claustrophobic, lyrically insular and rhythmically intense: the bangers are unnerving and the unnerving songs are bangers. At times it recalls the work of Arthur Lee and his band Love, specifically in the ability to capture the broader psychedelic experience as something that is frightening, if not awe-inspiring. That also extends to the beat-making of Paul White, transforming Brown’s raps into full-blown freakouts, evident in the sputtering pace of “When it Rain”, which gives room to Brown’s gnashing and snarling whilst still feeling anxious and angular. In that regard, references to post-punk and Talking Heads are not inappropriate, as Brown raps with all the furious bluster of a punk rocker whilst keeping things tense and sparing. Features are fleeting; ScHoolboy Q’s nattering ad-libs barely register on “Pneumonia”, and Earl Sweatshirt’s roiling one-liners steal the attention of album highlight “Really Doe” (“I was a liar as a kid so now I’m honest as fuck“; “I broke up with my bitch ‘cos we don’t argue enough“). For the first time, though, Brown sounds singular: he has defied the banality of celebrity and let us pay to see inside. For entertainment, we watch his body twist. –Elliott

5. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
18. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation

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So much has been written about Dillinger’s swansong by now that I feel anything I write will be redundant. They are after all the mathcore band, their departure prompting a plethora of rosy-eyed musings on Dissociation‘s place in their legendary discography. They’re the one that started it all: a band that spawned the most part of a genre, mathcore forever indebted to their trailblazing career. But strangely enough it’s not Dissociation‘s mathcore-focused tracks that impress me most, with a lot of the more chaotic pieces sounding like old news at this point. No, it’s the band’s willingness to continue to push their boundaries that gives this a special place in their discography. The groove that kicks off “Limerent Death” (and Dissociation itself) is indicative of Dillinger’s ability to channel their dizzying knack for aggression into something artfully controlled, although there’s still that exhilarating feel of the uncontrollable lurking beneath the whole thing, waiting for the chains to come loose. They still do the total opposite of their trademark style beautifully too, the title track and closer being a wonderfully delicate affair, totally at odds with their knuckleheaded freight train approach to metal. Greg Puciato’s vocals are almost naked against the bare percussion and terse strings, his forlorn statements drifting precariously towards nothingness. It’s a fitting way for The Dillinger Escape Plan to end their career – not with a bang but with a graceful bow – because ending it all in chaos would’ve been spectacularly underwhelming. –Mort.

4. Vektor – Terminal Redux
7. Vektor - Terminal Redux

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Despite being an attempt to breathe life back into a beloved style of music, the New Wave of Thrash Metal movement always felt more like beating a dead horse. Out of every band to emerge in recent years from the New Wave of Thrash Metal’s origins, few have justified their existence better than Vektor. Despite their position of being, arguably, the biggest name in their respective genre right now, Vektor have made an entire career out of defying what it means to be a thrash metal band in the 21st century. As a result, Vektor’s Terminal Redux is the first time that the New Wave of Thrash Metal movement has felt like a meaningful, fully-realized revival rather than a rehash. By capturing the sound of thrash metal’s past, present, and future, and bundling it up into a cohesive whole with mind-blowing riffs and an ambitious lyrical narrative, Vektor have managed to deliver something that is timeless by every sense of the word. As time goes on, it will become increasingly obvious that the thrash metal ‘revival’ we were all so hyped for never actually happened; that is, not until Vektor made it happen with Terminal Redux. –Nash

3. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
3. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

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There’s something at the core of a Radiohead album that keeps us coming back to listen time and time again. It’s not Jonny Greenwood’s guitar (or in this case, string section) wizardry, nor Nigel Godrich’s lush production, nor the thirty seconds each album where we can actually hear Ed. It’s not even Thom’s trademark, peerless voice. No, somewhere below their experimentation and constant reinvention, I think what keeps us coming back is that we can’t shake the feeling that, for these past 23 years, all we’ve been hearing is five ordinary guys soundtracking their lives in the most honest way they can.

Sure, not every song is literally a slice of Thom Yorke’s life, but Radiohead’s best moments have always been the ones where the oblique, Stipe-esque lyrics fall away to be replaced by frank honesty. For what it’s worth, A Moon Shaped Pool feels like an album full of “Videotape”s or “Codex”es, which somewhat robs the emotion of its ‘this is a very special moment’ appeal, and instead lets it stand on the strength of the band’s conviction — which, in this case, is more than strong enough. A Moon Shaped Pool is basically a break-up record, and like every break-up record, it gives us the bitterness and cynicism (“Ful Stop”), the depression and loneliness (“Glass Eyes”, “Daydreaming”) and the philosophical abstractions (“Identikit”, “Tinker Tailor”), just not necessarily in that order. The King of Limbs felt very much like a band record, with Yorke almost lost at times between the cryptic, interlocking grooves. A Moon Shaped Pool, in contrast, keeps Thom front and centre; his raw emotion keeps the record driving even when his bandmates are drowned out by the pretty string bits. And I think the legacy it will leave behind, even more than finally pinning “True Love Waits” to a concrete studio version, will be that it showed us all that behind the enigmatic mask of genre-jumping and envelope-pushing, Radiohead are just a bunch of human dudes who feel heartbreak like the rest of us do. –Rowan

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
12. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

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Nick Cave’s sixteenth, and possibly best, album is impossible to separate from the context of its release. Although half the album is said to have been written before Arthur Cave’s death in July 2015, Skeleton Tree is so uniformly melancholic that all of it could believably have been written in the wake of the tragedy. Even though few lyrics address it directly, Arthur’s death by sea hangs over the album entire, from the bone-chilling siren screeches courtesy of Warren Ellis on “Jesus Alone”, to “Distant Sky”‘s horizon-gazing wanderlust, to the tense, electrical storm atmosphere of “Magneto”. On two occasions Cave cuts loose from his tuneless, pale spoken word. The first, “I Need You”, is arguably one of his greatest vocal performances ever, trembling between sentimental croons and heartfelt declarations spoken in a whisper. The second, “Skeleton Tree”, is the most Push the Sky Away-type song here, breaking through the album’s dejection with an acoustic guitar strum and a heavenly vocal as a backing chorus – only for the brutal non-ending to snatch away any sense of catharsis. Skeleton Tree is not about closure, or God, or finding an answer. It barely even manages to formulate a question. It’s just the moment after the strong emotions have started to fade and everything inside you is numb. –Rowan

1. David Bowie – Blackstar
1. David Bowie - Blackstar

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David Bowie died and we all felt sad about it. The celebrities felt sad about it. The critics felt sad about it. The listeners felt sad about it. Nobody felt sadder about it, though, than Bowie’s most dedicated, the sort of fans who scoff at the ubiquity of “Life on Mars?” and count Station to Station, Thomas Jerome Newtown-era Bowie as the best Bowie. They’re the sort of fans who, when confronted with a public outpouring – as was the case with Bowie’s death – recoil, horrified at the simplicity of the dedications. Understandably, they made themselves known throughout 2016, objecting to everyone who attempted to cynically pin adulation to the memory of Bowie for the sake of a ‘hit.’ They didn’t want his death made a commodity, and it’s understandable. The irony, however, is in the detail. The pedantic among us might deny the overtures of major music publications, rightfully labeling it short-sighted and insincere. But Bowie, and Blackstar specifically, have consumed 2016 entirely: every conversation, every article, every second-opinion left with the nagging question: ‘But what about Blackstar?’

And so a year on, here we are. Having endured a year where critics made impressive about-faces, writing inexplicable plaudits to Blackstar as quickly as they had originally shown it indifference, listeners and writers alike are still enthralled with Blackstar. Surely, it is a sign that, if nothing else, Bowie has made the best album of 2016. Even as his legacy becomes permanently entangled in the Blackstar narrative, there’s still something undeniable about its basic musicality. The way the saxophones, synths, and guitars peak on “Lazarus” in a frenzied passion, only to collapse back into a stated, jazzy rhythm. Or the self-proclaimed Vorticist rock of “‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore”. Or the surreal, Lynch-ian drama of the title track. Yes, Blackstar will inevitably be read as an epitaph, and its fiercest supporters will be considered mercurial, fickle, or at best, basic. But the reflectiveness and urgency summoned by his death has brought us something more than just the bandwagoners: it’s given us the best Bowie album in years.

In the final moments of “Lazarus”, Bowie, contemplating his inevitable demise, muses, “I’ll be free, just like that bluebird … ain’t that just like me?” You’re a freak, Bowie. I like freaks. And that’s why I like you. –Elliott

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List of contributing writers by username (alphabetical order): AngelofDeath, Arcade, Curse., danielcardoso, Drubbi, ExplosiveOranges, Gameofmetal, hogan900, Insurrection, Judio!, LordePots, manosg, Mongi123, Mort., PistolPete, RogueNine, Rowan5215, TheSpirit, Toondude10, Trebor., Urinetrouble

Honorable mentions for LPs:

51. Cobalt – Slow Forever
52. Yndi Halda – Under Summer
53. Haken – Affinity
54. The Jezabels – Synthia
55. Oathbreaker – Rheia
56. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
57. Insomnium – Winter’s Gate
58 (tie). Deakin – Sleep Cycle
58 (tie). The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free
60. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.

Honorable mentions for EPs:

11. Melanie de Biasio – Blackened Cities
12. Sheer Mag – Sheer Mag III
13. Charli XCX – Vroom Vroom
14 (tie). Toy Mountains – I Swore I’d Never Speak of This Again
14 (tie). Cadaveric Fumes – Dimensions Obscure
14 (tie). Disillusion – Alea





Jom
01.13.17
We made it! Yes, most of you seemed to call the top ten in some fashion - even if your order was a little off in some cases - but I hope you enjoyed the feature. I cannot say enough positive things about this year's contributions from a writing and leadership perspective. This would have fallen off the rails without the assistance of certain contributors. Be sure to give all of the writers some accolades, please. More developments may be looming come February, so stay tuned! Thanks again!

Snake.
01.13.17
second

guitarded_chuck
01.13.17
titz

Relinquished
01.13.17
fuck

AmericanFlagAsh
01.13.17
2 things:
I'm glad Teens of Denial made the top 10
I'm glad Radiohead beat Vektor

JWT155
01.13.17
Solid list from the users.

theBoneyKing
01.13.17
Closing things out nicely enough if a bit predictably.

I think the most surprising exclusion in the whole list was Angel Olsen given that it was in the top 5 of the staff list.

AmericanFlagAsh
01.13.17
Yeah because that Angel Olsen album is not that good

AmericanFlagAsh
01.13.17
That's another thing I'm glad of

AsleepInTheBack
01.13.17
Great write ups on all these lists, cheers guys. Happy to see all of these on here, though especially 10, 7 and 4

guitarded_chuck
01.13.17
i think the olsen albums really good it just went a bit undiscovered by the user base plus solo female stuff doesnt really seem to be of much interest to the sputter userbase in general (i could be wrong but ive noticed other stuff go unnoticed or underrated too)

Sinternet
01.13.17
angel olsen fucking ruled shut the fuck up flag

Dewinged
01.13.17
Whoa Oathbreaker didn't get very far. Other than that, a decent top 10 with some surprise for me (ETID). We did it guys!

guitarded_chuck
01.13.17
that sounds super like sjw / pc of me i could be completely wrong

Sinternet
01.13.17
also thank fuck vektor isnt even top 3

theBoneyKing
01.13.17
You're probably right about that chuck though I think Sharon Van Etten's Are We There was pretty big back in 2014 as was Olsen's previous album so idk

Sinternet
01.13.17
lets not forget regina isnt even in the top 10 what the fuck sput

JWT155
01.13.17
Nah I think you're pretty on spot with your analysis chuck

theBoneyKing
01.13.17
I never did check Regina, sorry Sint

Sinternet
01.13.17
wow now i'm even more disappointed

rabidfish
01.13.17
The hotelier and low teens made top 10?

That's some shite list, just for that.

MarsKid
01.13.17
Simming didn't make top 10 hahahaha

Low Teens shouldn't be there

Hotelier made it and I'm happy, great write-up Treb

theBoneyKing
01.13.17
I honestly thought Sturgill might have had a chance at making this list as his album was pretty highly rated and had an appreciable number of ratings too

PistolPete
01.13.17
Great write-ups for the top 10

manosg
01.13.17
Great job Sputnik, Leonard Cohen is an honorable mention.

ShitsofRain
01.13.17
worst user list ever holy shit

SandwichBubble
01.13.17
Pretty expected picks.

onionbubs
01.13.17
I was right about the top 5 hellllll yea list was predictable as hell

AsleepInTheBack
01.13.17
Hotelier made it and I'm happy, great write-up Treb [2]

the CSH and Bowie ones are super solid as well. To be fair they're all fantastic


Mort.
01.13.17
think i heard about 5 albums from this years list in total

Gameofmetal
01.13.17
Kinda surprised every time i die made it so high

Ayye we done baby, was fun doing the lisy

Gameofmetal
01.13.17
List* fuck you phone

TheMrAlexK
01.13.17
How was Vektor not at least #2 lol

ashcrash9
01.13.17
1 and 2 were my 1 and 2 exactly lol

MarsKid
01.13.17
"How was Vektor not at least #2 lol"

It's cool to hate it now


Mort.
01.13.17
maybe some people dont like metal as much as others



TVC15
01.13.17
Cool 10

TVC15
01.13.17
Awesome to see the honorable mentions too

theacademy
01.13.17
god 5-9 are so good but 1-3 ruins it :(

Sinternet
01.13.17
shut the fuck up

Mort.
01.13.17
no need for that sins

theacademy
01.13.17
this must be soooo embarrassing for u... i mean at least our top 10 had thrice

Flugmorph
01.13.17
low teens was one of the most dissappointing albums of the year and danny brown was ok. pretty forseable top 10 tbh

guitarded_chuck
01.13.17
lol

how did this guy become staff anyway

guitarded_chuck
01.13.17
how many ppl did you have to blow to get thrice so high on the staff picks

Flugmorph
01.13.17
at least alea made it in the honorable mentions

AndManyMore
01.13.17
Where's the "list is shit lol butts" comment? Besides that, this has probably been my favorite user top 50 since they started doing this.

guitarded_chuck
01.13.17
yeah its legit

Dylan620
01.13.17
Cobalt came only one slot shy of the top 50... now I REALLY wish I'd listened to it before the deadline :/

At least Bowie is #1 - unsurprising but well-deserved

Dylan620
01.13.17
@AndManyMore The "list is shit lol butts" comment is probably absent this year because this is actually a pretty good list.

Sinternet
01.13.17
waiting for that guy who comes into every end of the year list to pick a fight with me or was he banned?

SteveOffProbation
01.13.17
hell yes dude, best top ten no question, minus 2

wtferrothorn
01.13.17
The Car Boys did it

Trebor.
01.13.17
I still need to hear Car Seat Headrest


Cimnele
01.13.17
can't believe you said JG Ballard's musings were obtuse tbh
every line of that book is a gut punch. carries more weight than danny's lyrics anyway

Cimnele
01.13.17
when music catches up to the really top-of-the-line visionary literature let me know

SteveOffProbation
01.13.17
"I still need to hear Car Seat Headrest"

not really

Pangea
01.13.17
"Simming didn't make top 10 hahahaha"

i don't think anyone expected it to though? i mean the album got decent amount of attention but definitely not enough to make the top 10

anyway excellent list. glad that car seat headrest and hotelier made top 10. good job anyone that was involved. list looks great as always

too bad that sheer mag just missed the ep list

brainmelter
01.13.17
damnit 4-1 everyone expected but I really really don't like the first half of the list. c'mon sput

calmrose
01.13.17
damn, no Oathbreaker :/

50iL
01.13.17
4 IS 1

luci
01.13.17
Glad that Goodness got the praise it deserves and a great write-up.

MarsKid
01.13.17
"i don't think anyone expected it to though? i mean the album got decent amount of attention but definitely not enough to make the top 10"

There were annoying people that wanted it top 10 (or 1)

Sinternet
01.13.17
because it was a billion times better than most of this list tbqh objectively speaking

Conmaniac
01.13.17
10-7 are the best albums here

Chortles
01.13.17
sheer mag is probably the worst thing i heard in 2016 tbh

FullOfSounds
01.13.17
Great write ups as always

MarsKid
01.13.17
"objectively speaking"

Indeed

MarsKid
01.13.17
"sheer mag is probably the worst thing i heard in 2016 tbh"

Attila, Agonist, Cory whatshisname, etc. were all bad too

tastepolice
01.13.17
if one more fucking idiot calls this nick cave's best because they could never comprehend his work and needed some tabloid drama to join in
I don't know what I'll do actually
just stop it you goddamn fairies

rabidfish
01.13.17
Jeff is good, but nowhere near that good.
1st half of list is terrible, agreed

robertsona
01.13.17
great CAR seat headrst writeup

brainmelter
01.13.17
i love how that bowie album literally came out a week into 2016 and it was able to remain the best the entire year. rip bowie, we share the same bday

Toondude10
01.13.17
Vektor at #4...bullshit, then again it's hard to beat Radiohead AND Nick Cave. Bowie was obvious though.

Gj everyone!

Sinternet
01.13.17
yeah shame it made it onto the list agreed

Toondude10
01.13.17
it made top 5 so I'm still happy.

klap
01.13.17
congrats to all the contribs who busted their nuts all month to get this out in time

Rowan5215
01.13.17
@tastepolice it honestly amazes me that someone who claims to be such a cave fan could reduce the death of the man's son to "some tabloid drama". Have you set fire to any small animals recently??

tastepolice
01.13.17
I didn't reduce his son's death to tabloid drama, I diagnosed a sudden interest in Nick Cave's music among the sort of indie kids that frequent this site.
Believe me, I haven't much admiration for his usual fanbase but radiohead fans is just pushing it.
Pushing all my buttons that is.

RogueNine
01.13.17
No real surprises.

FullOfSounds
01.13.17
are they perhaps pushing the sky away

Gyromania
01.13.17
Sheer mag was great wtf

Piglet
01.14.17
most accurate top 10 ive seen

Artuma
01.14.17
could've been much worse

Rowan5215
01.14.17
been listening to nick cave since I was 13 taste, but by all means continue acting like your username is your god-given duty

ramon.
01.14.17
what process goes into ordering these lists
shouldn't a users list just be ordered by vote count and score?
Car Seat Headrest is 43rd of the year but 10th here, and even removing albums with less than 150 votes, it still doesn't crack the 10. I'm probably missing something here.

Do the opinions of some users carry more weight than others when excluding staff/etc? Just questions, not jabs.

ScuroFantasma
01.14.17
No, it's more like since we only got to vote for out top 10 albums, the average vote really doesn't matter all that much unless the album was in someone's top 10. So you might have an album that lots of people really liked that gets highly rated and a lot of attention, but if individually it wasn't LOVED by many, it didn't make enough top 10s to appeal here.

ScuroFantasma
01.14.17
Dillinger is here and that's ol that matters

ramon.
01.14.17
oh shizz, this was based on the forum vote wasn't it? I'm a dingus, ignore me

ScuroFantasma
01.14.17
:D.

rc239
01.14.17
user list shits all over the staff list this year tbh

Toondude10
01.15.17
surprised no one noticed the little joke at the end

don't worry it's not a rick roll like the staff list.

Dewinged
01.15.17
Sad to see no Olsen though :/

theBoneyKing
01.15.17
Olsen definitely deserved a spot somewhere in the top 50, strange that the users and staff differed so much on her

Divaman
01.15.17
Sorry The Jezabels didn't make the Top 50. I really like that album.

Artuma
01.15.17
"surprised no one noticed the little joke at the end"

damn i swear that wasn't originally there

Jom
01.15.17
There's always a joke at the end (although it tends to be the same one each year).

insomniac15
01.16.17
The user top is better than the staff one haha. Great job everybody!

Station To Station is Bowie's best album IMO. From the day I bought it, I listen to it constantly. Much like the newer stuff or his mid-90s records. Anyway, there's something good and consistent for everybody in his discography and this makes him the legend he is.

zakalwe
01.16.17
Top 3 brings a tear to my eye.

I'm proud of you brats. Especially Row.

Emyay
01.16.17
picked the wrong part of the album cover to highlight for 7

StormChaser
01.17.17
4 is 1 even though i love bowie

Spluger
01.18.17
Damn, can't believe Nails didn't make this list.

captaincrunch11
01.20.17
List is meh

AsleepInTheBack
01.20.17
Oh shit yeah didn't realise Nails wasn't on here, tis a shame

Feather
01.25.17
HOW DID THE HOTELIER NOT CRACK THE TOP 50?????????

Feather
01.25.17
wait... I take that back. I accidentally looked at the eps thinking it was the top 10

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