It’s end-of-year list-making time, and right on cue, the first bunch of Best-of-2013 lists are starting to appear on various blogs and in magazines. And, as ever, there’s a certain orthodoxy about them, a pattern whereby you see the same record appear on list after list, and find yourself scratching your head and saying, “But, wait, that album sucked!” Well, if it’s any consolation, it’s not just you. Here are ten records to which your correspondent has had the same reaction — albums that seem to have gotten universal love despite being at best flawed and at worst awful.
This list is pretty much spot on. I totally agree with the writer about The Knife’s Shaking The Habitual: awesome at times, too experimental and ambient at others. I disagree about Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, though. It’s a really fun album, and since it wasn’t critically well-received, it can’t possibly be “overrated.”