Great minds...

I recently participated in Idolator's (big music blog, subsidiary of the Gawker blogpire) 2007 music poll, with a half-assed ballot of my top 10 albums (slightly different from what's below) and a few reissues I could think of. The poll offers fairly predictable results, but is an interesting counterpart to the behemoth Village Voice Pazz and Jop poll, an aggregation of picks by more reputable critics.

A fellow named Glenn McDonald now spends some time every year obsessively comparing the two polls and its voters, and it turns out my picks are in pretty good company. Among the ten voters whose Best Album ballots are most similar to mine, Idolator editor Jess Harvell, Pitchfork editor Ryan Schreiber, and Matt Shaer, a book reviewer, music critic, and very nice guy who writes frequently for the Boston Globe and doesn't update his fine blog often enough. The three of us are mainly joined by our love for the Dirty Projectors, and I cordially distance myself from their love of the consensus album of the year, LCD Soundsystem's shallow Sound of Silver.

I also note that I'm the only person on Idolator's entire ballot to mention Deer Tick's War Elephant, an album that at least got some formidable love from at least one major review site. As the band's said, it's a cryin' shame...

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