To make the rationale for the seemingly anachronistic nature of a "Best of 1997" list perfectly clear, I find year-end lists to be counter-intuitive to a large degree; such lists are usually bound to the times in which they were created, and oftentimes many entries in a "best of" list will slide into oblivion. Furthermore (in my particular case anyway), I'm extremely slow to hear new music, and so the issue of access to albums that potentially could be regarded as one of the "best" becomes an issue. I mean, how many albums do you discover retrospectively -- that is, in a year different from its release date?
For instance, I only have four albums from 2000 that I would consider great -- which doesn't necessarily mean that 2000 was a bad year in music, just that, as it happens, I haven't sampled enough to make what I'd feel is an adequate evaluation. I have 44 total releases from 2000, and a top 10 would require a quarter/fifth of these releases, and unless it was a particularly great year/I happened to stumble on a lot of great releases, there's simply not enough to choose from ("enough" being something on the order of 100 releases to ensure a respectably good list).
Also, I was in the midst of my dead-end IDM/Ninja Tune phase around this time, so there's a lot of stuff that I'm prone to dismiss out of shame.
TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 1997
- Sleater-Kinney, Dig Me Out
- Bardo Pond, Lapsed
- Labradford, Mi Media Naranja
- autechre, Chiastic Slide
- Mogwai, Ten Rapid
- Portishead, Portishead
- Dubstar, Goodbye (UK release)
- Amon Tobin, Bricolage
- Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
- Sneaker Pimps, Becoming X
TV rating: Sports Night - 1x02 "The Apology"