The critics have spoken (for the last 10 years)

So many year-end and decade-end lists are floating around right now that it’s impossible to keep track.

For those not interested in keeping track, there is Metacritic and its Best Music of the Decade.

The Los Angeles Times blog Pop & Hiss provides additional insight about the Metacritic rankings, which (for the record) list their Top 10 artists of the decade (in order) thusly: Spoon, Sigur Rós, Super Furry Animals, Sleater-Kinney, White Stripes, Animal Collective, Drive-By Truckers, Lightning Bolt, Iron & Wine, and The Hold Steady.

If this looks like your kind of list, then be sure to check out more of the decade’s best music as compiled by Metacritic.  There are a good number of interesting Metascores to choose from, including top albums and – quite interestingly – artists with consistently downward-trending scores throughout the decade.

Metacritic Features Editor Jason Dietz acknowledges in the accompanying story that only “a tiny fraction” of all album releases actually wind up in their database, but the rationale for the decade-end rankings is justifiable – at least, based upon the standards by which Metacritic conducts its business.

Of course, positive reviews are not the sole reason to seek out new music, but hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere when sorting through the music of the decade.  Perhaps that artist you overlooked the first time around really does deserve your attention.

Better late than never.

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~ by acm213 on December 16, 2009.

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