Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pitchfork Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: Original Scores, Statistical Analysis, Etc.



Before I resume with my eight thousand photos of the Chonburi Buffalo Racing Festival, I'm going to resume with my obsession with lists.

Pitchfork released its Top 200 Albums of the 2000s last week, and I decided to do a little analysis with my month off of work. One of the nice things about this being the first comprehensive decade list from Pitchfork that also coincides with the existence of Pitchfork as a review outlet is that we can ombudsman the hell out of their original reviews, and not only subjectively. Though it remains to be seen how well they covered their asses; if you look at Album #1 on the list, you might think, "Excellently"; and if you look at Album #3 on the list, you might think, "The opposite of excellently, indeed." Also, you are a 19th century British diplomat.

This is taking longer than I thought it would, so right now I only have a lot of raw data. I'm going to continue updating this as the analysis continues, as I know that all of you are SUPER-INTERESTED in what I have to say about this. (Really, this is just a passion project. If you don't care, you can stop reading now.

First, here's the list with each album's score as originally reviewed in Pitchfork.



The Pitchfork Media Top 200 Albums, 2000-2009






Next, here's the list rearranged by the score the album received from Pitchfork upon its original release (with Pitchfork list ranking):





Not reviewed:





11. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
44. D'Angelo - Voodoo


116. Michael Mayer - Immer


119. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP


128. Life Without Buildings - Any Other City


13. Outkast - Stankonia


155. Clipse - Lord Willin'


162. Wu-Tang Clan - The W


175. Various Artists - Kompakt: Total 3


200. Jay Reatard - Blood Visions




Now, here are the bands with multiple albums on the list, along with the placements on the list, the average placement, and the average score received by the albums upon original release:


Animal Collective, 3 (55. Feels, 27. Sung Tongs, 14. Merriweather Post Pavilion)
          Average Placement: 32
          Average Original Pitchfork Score: 9.17
Broadcast, 2 (177. The Noise Made by People, 121. Haha Sound)
           Average Placement: 149
           Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.0
Clipse, 3 (155. Lord Willin', 130. We Got It For Cheap, Vol. 2, 52. Hell Hath No Fury)
           Average Placement: 106
           Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.95 (1 not reviewed)
Deerhunter, 2 (160. Cryptograms, 50. Microcastle)
           Average Placement: 110
           Average Original Pitchfork Score: 9.05
Ghostface Killah, 3 (154. The Pretty Toney Album, 75. Fishscale, 11. Supreme Clientele)
           Average Placement:  80
           Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.6 (1 not reviewed)
Grizzly Bear, 2 (95. Yellow House, 42. Veckatimest)
           Average Placement: 68.5
           Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.85
Jay-Z, 2 (90. The Black Album, 5. The Blueprint)
           Average Placement: 47.5
           Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.35
Joanna Newsom, 2 (83. Ys, 47. The Milk-Eyed Mender)
            Average Placement: 65
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.7
Kanye West, 3 (87. Graduation, 28. The College Dropout, 18. Late Registration)
            Average Placement: 44
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.8
LCD Soundsystem, 2 (113. LCD Soundsystem, 17. Sound of Silver)
            Average Placement: 65
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.7
Lil Wayne, 2 (178. Tha Carter II, 99. Da Drought 3)
            Average Placement: 138.5
           Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.3
M.I.A., 3 (103. Piracy Funds Terrorism, 54. Arular, 22. Kala)
            Average Placement: 60
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.67
M83, 2 (188. Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, 111. Saturdays = Youth)
            Average Placement: 149.5
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.85
No Age, 2 (136. Weirdo Rippers, 78. Nouns)
            Average Placement: 107
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.6
Radiohead, 3 (34. Amnesiac, 21. In Rainbows, 1. Kid A)
            Average Placement: 19
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 9.43
Sigur Ros, 2 (135. (), 8. Agaetis Byrjun)
            Average Placement: 71.5
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.5
Sleater-Kinney, 2 (127. The Woods, 72. One Beat)
            Average Placement: 99.5
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 9.05
Spoon, 3 (96. Girls Can Tell, 35. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga,  19. Kill the Moonlight)
             Average Placement: 50
            Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.47
Sufjan Stevens, 2 (70. Michigan, 16. Illinois)
             Average Placement: 43
             Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.85
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, 2 (120. The Tyranny of Distance, 59. Hearts of Oak)
             Average Placement: 89.5
             Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.4
The Hold Steady, 2 (64. Boys and Girls in America, 48. Separation Sunday)
              Average Placement: 56
              Average Original Pitchfork Score: 9.05
The Mountain Goats, 2 (176. Tallahassee, 102. The Sunset Tree)
               Average Placement: 139
               Average Original Pitchfork Score: 6.95
The National, 2 (110. Boxer, 40. Alligator)
               Average Placement: 75
               Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.25
The New Pornographers, 2 (150. Twin Cinema, 91. Mass Romantic)
               Average Placement: 120.5
               Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.7
The Shins, 2 (115. Oh, Inverted World, 46. Chutes Too Narrow)
                Average Placement: 80.5
               Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.45
The Streets (129. A Grand Don't Come For Free, 36. Original Pirate Material)
                Average Placement: 82.5
               Average Original Pitchfork Score: 8.5
The White Stripes, 2 (74. Elephant, 12. White Blood Cells)
                Average Placement: 43
                Average Original Pitchfork Score: 7.95
TV on the Radio, 2 (140. Dear Science, 31. Return to Cookie Mountain)
                 Average Placement: 85.5
                Average Original Pitchfork Score: 9.05







To be continued....

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