Pazz and Jop: Winners and losers

Like any good rock critic, we spent most of last evening and all of this morning obsessing over the list to end all lists. It's embarassing, it's predictable, it's unseemly, right down to the hand-wringing and the hand-wringing about handwringing. But it is also more than that: it's a tradition. And it still beats Pitchfork's list, in our humble opinion.

A few ill-considered, spontaneous, off the cuff observations -- since that's what bloggers do:

1) Kanye = no brainer. As far as the white rock establishment goes, he had us at "George Bush doesn't care about black people." BUT WE DO KAYNE, WE DO!

2) I love me some Perceptionists and all, but there is NOFUCKINGWAY, Sir Christgau or no Sir Christgau, that Black Dialogue was the second-best rap album of 2005. (It didn't even make the top-10 albums list of the only Boston critic to put it on.)

3) People who voted for MIA.

4) People who voted for Caps & Jones.

5) This is how we read:

Essential ballots, followed by their #1 album and their #10 single

Kelefah Sanneh: Jeezy, Thug Motivation; Wisin y Yandel, "Rakata"
Jessica Hopper: Sufjan Stevens, Illinois; The MFA, "The Difference It Makes (Superpitcher Remix)"
Jon Caramanica: Jeezy, Thug Motivation; Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, "Like We Never Loved At All"
Nick Sylvester: Isolee, We Are Monster; Lindstrom, "Feel Space"
Michael Freedberg: R. Kelly, TP. 3; N/A
OTD: Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway; MIA, "URAQT (DJ C Remix)"
Jeff Chang: Blackalicious, The Craft; Stevie Wonder, "Shelter in the Rain"
Bob Christgau: Kanye West, Late Registration; Black Eyed Peas, "My Humps"
Chuck Eddy: The Hold Steady, Separation Sunday; Towers of London, "I Lose It"
Michael Endelman: The Go! Team, Thunder Lightning Strike; Natasha Bedingfield, "These Words"
Sasha Frere-Jones: MIA, Arular; R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet, 1-5" (CHEATING!!!)
Chuck Klosterman: The Hold Steady, Separation Sunday; R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet 6" (NOT CHEATING!)
Frank Kogan: Fannypack, See You Next Tuesday; Daddy Yankee, "Gasolina"
Chairman Mao: Edan, Beauty and the Beat; Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators, "If This Ain't Love"
Greil Marcus: V/A, Our New Orleans 2005; Randy Newman, "Louisiana 1927"
Chris "Lemon Red" Nelson: Young Jeezy, Thug Motivation; Gyptian, "Serious Times"
Alex Ross: Antony and the Johnsons, I Am a Bird Now; Sufjan Stevens, "Decatur"
J-Shep: Mary J. Blige, The Breakthrough; Ne-Yo feat. Peedi Peedi, "Stay" (honorable mention for her essay on Jeezy, which is almost as good as her original blog post that got us to re-listen to that song in th' first place).
RJ Smith: Konono No. 1, Congotronics; System of a Down, "Mesmerize"
Will Spitz: Gorillaz, Demon Days; Kanye West & Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"
Douglas Wolk: LCD Soundsystem; Fireball, "Arsonist"

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