Paste is in love with Zooey, too

Father Scott

Paste released its top 50 albums of the year list, and the Padre would like to commend them for their fine choice at no. 1:

1. She & HimVolume One [Merge]
Maybe it’s just a sweet little folk record—a tiny, flawless diamond. Or maybe it’s a pristine distillation of harmony and craft; 50 years of songwriting experience served up on a spinning silver platter. Either way, it’s our album of the year. Produced with touches of girl-group splendor and arranged with a dreamy, old-fashioned vibe, She & Him’s debut couldn’t be more adorable.

They’ve got a relatively mundane piece about the band as well, which at least notes that Zooey wrote many of the songs.

After the jump, the full list, courtesy of Stereogum.

50 TV On The Radio – Dear Science (Interscope)
49 Sandra McCracken – Red Balloon (Towhee)
48 REM – Accelerate (Warner Bros.)
47 Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim (Astralwerks)
46 Lykke Li – Youth Novels (LL)
45 M83 – Saturdays = Youth (Mute)
44 Kathleen Edwards – Asking For Flowers (Zoë)
43 Amanda Palmer – Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Roadrunner)
42 Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down – We Brave Bee Stings & All (KRS)
41 The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave (Gravitation)
40 Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords (Sub Pop)
39 The Dodos – Visiter (Frenchkiss)
38 Jamie Lidell – Jim (Warp)
37 Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit – A Larum (Lost Highway)
36 The Bridges – Limits of the Sky (Verve)
35 Colour Revolt – Plunder, Beg and Curse (Fat Possum)
34 Torche – Meanderthal (Hydra Head)
33 Santogold – Santogold (Downtown)
32 Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)
31 The Walkmen – You & Me (Gigantic)
30 I’m From Barcelona – Who Killed Harry Houdini? (Mute)
29 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)
28 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)
27 Liam Finn – I’ll Be Lightning (Yep Roc)
26 Lee Ann Womack – Call Me Crazy (MCA Nashville)
25 Mugison – Mugiboogie (Ipecac)
24 Santogold & Diplo – Top Ranking
 (Mad Decent)
23 Mates of State – Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk)
22 No Age – Nouns (Sub Pop)
21 The Raveonettes – Lust Lust Lust (Vice)
20 Hot Chip – Made In The Dark (Astralwerks)
19 Gentleman Jesse and His Men – Introducing Gentleman Jesse and His Men (Douchemaster)
18 Death Cab
 for Cutie – Narrow Stairs
17 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Lie Down In The Light (Drag City)
16 My Morning Jacket
 – Evil Urges (ATO)
15 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (Mute)
14 Langhorne Slim – Langhorne Slim (Kemado)
13 Ida Maria – Fortress Round My Heart (Waterfall/RCA)
12 of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping (Polyvinyl)
11 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive (Vagrant)
10 Deerhunter – Microcastle (Kranky)
09 Lucinda Williams – Little Honey (Lost Highway)
08 Sun Kil Moon – April (Caldo Verde)
07 Girl Talk – Feed the Animals (Illegal Art)
06 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)
05. Okkervil River – The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)
04. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)
03. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL)
02. Sigur Rós – Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust (XL)
01. She & Him – Volume One (Merge)

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5 responses to “Paste is in love with Zooey, too

  1. That list is total bullshit.

  2. While you explained to me your feelings in person, I have to remind you that you like four of the top five albums quite a bit.

  3. The Good Doctor

    Wait, wait, I want to hear Pax’s opinion.

    M. Ward’s concert a few years back at the Somerville Theater was one of the greatest things I’ve ever heard. Sadly, I haven’t heard She & Him live yet (note that M. Ward’s got a new album out next spring, too).

    I’d put Fleet Foxes a bit higher; also, I just discovered Langhorne Slim’s self-titled a few weeks back and immediately fell in love with it. Glad to see it there.

  4. I’m more concerned with Paste’s exclusions than inclusions really. It’s true that I like many of the top albums. I will say that putting TV on the Radio 50th (50th!! After My Morning Jacket!!!) is indefensible. Our lists will be out first week in December.

    Which brings up a good point — Good Doctor, since you’re now on the government payroll and on the Internet downlow, feel free to send your picks for 2008 along and we’ll include them in our roundup here. I’d be curious to see what you were most into this year.

  5. Fallen Angel

    Walls of Jericho appears nowhere on this list. Ergo it fails.

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