2019 Uproxx Music Critics Poll

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Last year Uproxx decided to attempt an ambitious Pazz & Jop-type poll of music critics when it was evident that the Village Voice and of course their poll was finished. This year they did it again.

Critics Poll Top 50: https://uproxx.com/critic-polls/best-albums-of-the-year-2019-music-critics-poll/
Critics Poll 51-650: https://uproxx.com/critic-polls/best-albums-of-the-year-2019-music-critics-poll/other/
Critics List: https://uproxx.com/critic-polls/best-albums-of-the-year-2019-music-critics-poll/critics/
Essays: https://uproxx.com/topic/best-music-of-2019/

I think unlike last year the ballots are posted (third link above) though P&J purists (Joppists?) will be displeased that points are awarded by the ranking and not further ranked by the music critic (the points were 10 points for the #1 record, 9 for #2 down to 1 point for the #10 record on a ballot).

More than 200 critics participated this year, many of whom I recognize from this forum. As usual for these things, only a scant few of them rated anything on my humble list.

Thanks to Saby Reyes-Kulkarni for putting my #1 album Birth of Violence by Chelsea Wolfe on her list, and Jamie Ludwig for joining me in praise for Big|Brave's A Gaze Among Them. Additionally, TJ Kliebhan, Mark Wesley, Ariel Gordon, and Robert Ham were nice enough to join me in praising Lingua Ignota's Caligula helping push it to #66, easily the highest-charting record that made my list.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:13 (one year ago) link

I listed mine in alphabetical order of the artists' names, visually vs. this point system (always did 10 Points each in P&J). "Visually" only if you click to see the names, turns out.

dow, Friday, 20 December 2019 01:00 (one year ago) link

Burna Boy at 113.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 December 2019 05:36 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

Also the did post all the ballots this time out:
https://uproxx.com/critic-polls/the-2020-uproxx-music-critics-poll/critics

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 23:29 (eleven months ago) link

chilling stuff

imago, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 23:29 (eleven months ago) link

as a reminder, UPROXX is a massive conflict of interest because it's owned by Warner Music Group, and people shouldn't participate in this poll.

alpine static, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 23:43 (eleven months ago) link

Turn back uproxxy fules!

kites aren't fun (NickB), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 23:45 (eleven months ago) link

each participant only got to vote for one song? weird

dyl, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 07:06 (eleven months ago) link

Don't have a view on Uproxx generally but I think there's something to be said for that approach, it reminds me of how our own EOY polling stats track enthusiasm stats (i.e. the people who liked this track really liked it) rather than solely reflecting the average level of support across the entire voting pool.

Tim F, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 07:14 (eleven months ago) link

i don't think there's a good reason to only allow votes for a single song instead of the 10 that pnj had, means that you only get to see what the absolute favourites are but no idea of what the consensus is beyond that, which is ultimately what that poll is good for

the uproxx poll results have also been lacking in the idk character that pnj had? pnj results often leaned in an interesting direction that was slightly different to the consensus gotten from just aggregating various EOY lists as seen on metacritic, album of the year, etc. but the uproxx results have tended to pretty much mirror that

ufo, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 07:59 (eleven months ago) link

eleven months pass...

They sent out a request for ballots again. I am no longer a music critic. Though I did purchase 100+ albums that came out this year and will probably make a personal list when the year is over, I still don't think it's appropriate for me to participate.

If you're a music critic and want to participate, email philip [dot] cosores [at] uproxx [dot] com.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 19 November 2021 02:00 (one week ago) link

or don't, because:

as a reminder, UPROXX is a massive conflict of interest because it's owned by Warner Music Group, and people shouldn't participate in this poll.

― alpine static, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:43 PM (eleven months ago)

alpine static, Friday, 19 November 2021 04:14 (one week ago) link

Honestly, who cares? They have the disclaimer all over the site, it's not like it's a secret and it's not like they throw out ballots unless there's at least three WMG albums on them.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 19 November 2021 04:21 (one week ago) link

I care. You don't have to.

alpine static, Friday, 19 November 2021 06:29 (one week ago) link

it's not like they throw out ballots unless there's at least three WMG albums on them

It would be really shitty if they did, but also awfully hilarious. Like imagine a poll where the top 100 were blatantly all WMG albums.

birdistheword, Friday, 19 November 2021 18:15 (one week ago) link

Last year they started making us choose from menu, with write-in instructions that I didn't trust/understand then, and ones that didn't work last night, so---list of possibles seeming more limited this year---I ended up with Archie Shepp/Jason Moran, Sons of Kemet, and Sault as first three, then a bunch of country & related that will be on my Scene ballot anyway, so this was mainly redundant, except maybe a little more exposure for a few newer artists, like Alison Russell and Emily Scott Robinson, if anybody notices. Of course, after each selection, you have to go back and scroll list from beginning; thank dog only five slots for Songs (Jennifer Hudson, "You Make Me Feel," the two by Mickey Guyton, one by Kalie Shorr, one by Jack Ingram/Miranda Lambert/that other guy).

dow, Friday, 19 November 2021 18:39 (one week ago) link

(But I'll blog my Ideal Real Top 20, also like last year.)

dow, Friday, 19 November 2021 18:42 (one week ago) link

Ugh. I get why they would want to do that - by making the counting process automated it would be a thousand times easier than reading ballots. (I asked in another thread why the Idolator poll lasted only two years, and it sounded like it was deemed too much work tabulating the results manually.) But it does lose a ton of charm when it shuts out "unselected" titles like that.

birdistheword, Friday, 19 November 2021 18:52 (one week ago) link

I care. You don't have to.
Why do you care? How does this "conflict of interest" in any way impugn the integrity of the poll?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 19 November 2021 23:07 (one week ago) link

how dare anyone impugn the integrity of the UPROXX music critic's poll

licorice in the front, pizza in the rear (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 19 November 2021 23:11 (one week ago) link

Earlier this year, they ran like 10,000 words on the best Death Cab for Cutie songs. Death Cab is signed to Atlantic, which is owned by WMG.

Last year, they got the only interview Sturgill Simpson did for his new record. Simpson was signed to Elektra, which is owned by WMG.

I don't give a shit about their poll. I give a shit about the larger conflict of interests here.

alpine static, Friday, 19 November 2021 23:31 (one week ago) link

Deadline for participating in this flawed outfit’s flawed poll is coming up soon I see. Back in 2019 I did my standard for me complaint about their poll results including few critics ballots with dancehall reggae or soca.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 November 2021 14:50 (one week ago) link


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