Monday, December 10, 2007

Hey You! Yes, You Reading This Through Either Elbo.Ws Or The RSS Feed! Participate In MFR's First Ever Reader's Poll!!!!

Hey there Readers -

Us folk here at the blog decided to conduct our first ever readers poll. Hopefully, this will become our annual feature, but that all depends on your level of participation. All you have to do is think of 25 records you thought were the best in 2007 and divide them up into three different categories.

The first category? The top ten records in terms of sonic creativity and artistic innovation.

What we mean in this category are the albums that you thought did the best job of pushing the soundscape envelope and were ambitious in their vision and scope. For example, you might think about listing EL-P’s I’ll Sleep When Your Dead (for being a dystopian futuristic sci-fi hip-hop album); Battles’ Mirrored; To Kill A Petty Bourgeiosie’s The Patron; or Kala by M.I.A.

Now think of the ten albums this year that you thought were the best in terms of sheer listenablity and songcraft. These would be records that didn’t necessarily re-invent the musical wheel, but did an awe-inspiring job of creating the music that we play over and over again. Perhaps one might list Feist’s The Reminder; Boxer by The National; Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible; or Cold & Kind by The 1900s.

As for records that may split the difference, such as Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna or LCD Soundsystem's Sound Of Silver? That’s entirely up to you. We’d hope that these distinctions will inspire debate amongst yourselves which will be a constructive way of discussing how one should value the merits of a record.

After that, think of the 5 most overlooked records of the year and 5 of the most over-praised albums of the year. Once you have done of all that, send in your lists to and we’ll tally them up and display the results on the blog. Then, the next day, we will reveal our own picks with a list and MP3s of the bands who we chose.

Deadline line for the poll is a week from today (Monday, Dec. 17). Hope you participate and we look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Once again, here is our email:

(MFR Staff)

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