Unless of course you don’t respect music critics.
Whatever you think I usually find Metacritic’s year ending poll of polls pretty reasonable evidence of what was best in a year and there is some sort of science to it.
Here it is…
By a country mile the Princely/Stevie Wonderey Channel Orange by Frank Ocean has won followed by another American Dance record (they do tend to dominate thanks to the profusion of rap magazines that have a vote).
Top of the rockers is Australian Beatles throwbacks Tame Impala and very good it is too (it won the NME poll).
Surprise of the year (to me anyway) has to be the showing of little talked about Fiona Apple’s fourth album “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.”
My own personal favourite “Django Django” languishes in joint 23rd place without a single poll win. Weird.
They do the same with movies…
This too is interesting. I’ve not seen the winning film, Katherine Bigelow’s Obama capture movie Zero Dark Thirty but I hear amazing things of it. The Master (which I adored but divided audiences and critics alike) takes more winning slots but loses by a fair distance by virtue of being totally excluded from too many lists.
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s latest, hasn’t made it to the UK yet I don’t think. If it has it passed me buy and comes in third. Likewise Lincoln ain’t here yet but it looks like a straight shoot out for the titular character’s portrayal by Daniel Day Lewis and Joaquin Pheonix for best Actor at The Oscars.
I actually only saw 6 of the movies on the list albeit at least 6 are unreleased so far in the UK. My own favourite? Argo, closely followed by The Master and then Beasts of the Southern Wilds.