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Voice Poll

HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? To the surprise of absolutely no one who’s been paying attention to the musical conversation in recent months, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange has run away with the 2012 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, topping his homie Kendrick Lamar. Other critical darlings including Fiona Apple, Tame Impala, Grimes, Beach House, #11 Jack White and #20 Alabama Shakes also racked up the expected votes—and Taylor Swift finally got some acknowledgment, as Red finished #17. The P&J Top 10 is immediately below; you can check out the Top 40 albums here.

1. Frank OceanChannel Orange (Def Jam/IDJ)
2. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope
3. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel… (Epic
4. JapandroidsCelebration Rock (Polyvinyl
5. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
6. Tame ImpalaLonerism (Modular
7. SwansThe Seer (Young God)
8. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music (Williams Street
9. GrimesVisions (4AD
10. Beach House Bloom (Sub Pop

Miguel double-dipped as Kaleidoscope Dream came in at #5, while “Adorn” was the #2 single, behind only—you guessed it—Carly Rae’s “Call Me Maybe.” Take a gander at the Top 40 singles here. The Voice poll may be a shadow of its former self, but it’s still as close to a definitive snapshot of critical tastes as you can find these days. (1/17a)

NEAR TRUTHS:
THE HOUSE WINS
I.B. Bad handicaps the Vegas Grammys. (1/18a)
ON THE COVER:
THE LUMINEERS
The downside of BRIGHTSIDE for Wes and Jer (1/18a)
HITS LIST MAKES
THE PLAYOFFS
A bunch of All-Pros takes the field. (1/18a)
COACHELLA LINEUP: HARRY, YE, BILLIE AND THE WHOLE THING
The poster has been printed. (1/13a)
UTA: A YEAR OF MOMENTUM
Agency reshuffles the deck. (1/18a)
I DON'T WANNA WORK
I just wanna bang on my drum all day.
I HAVE A HANGOVER
I like to call it "2021."
I DON'T WANNA HAVE A MEETING
My Zoom backgrounds are all outdated.
I MISS CHRISTMAS
When's the next holiday that involves eggnog?
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