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Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Album of the year? The internet can't decide

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Kanye West, Lorde and The Arctic Monkeys are thought to have some of the best albums of the year. Photo / AP
Kanye West, Lorde and The Arctic Monkeys are thought to have some of the best albums of the year. Photo / AP

Is it the bruising narcicism of Kanye West's thrillingingly noisy Yeezus? Is it the throwback robo-soul of French dance titans Daft Punk?

Is it the raw rock 'n' roll of Queens of the Stone Age or the Arctic Monkeys? Or is it the double album delights of art-rockers Arcade Fire?

Or does this year's album of the year award deserve to go to the minimilistic pop and teen musings of our very own Lorde?

Whoever you think deserves the title, the internet is having a very hard time deciding on exactly what this year's best album is.

As the year ender lists start rolling out, it seems there is little agreement between big music publications on the No. 1 spot.

Rolling Stone gave it to Vampire Weekend's concept album Modern Vampires of the City, while Stereogum gave it to Yeezus.

Fasterlouder.com.au awards its No.1 spot to Pure Heroine, while British rags Q and NME gave it to the The Arctic Monkeys' rugged and raw AM.

Other albums that appear frequently in music experts' top 10 lists include Deafheaven's Sunbather, My Bloody Valentine's mbv, Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap and Danny Brown's Old.

Some publications, like Pitchfork and The Guardian, haven't yet released their top albums of the year lists.

But perhaps the real decision won't be known until the New Zealand Herald announces its top 30 albums of the year in next Thursday's edition of TimeOut.

Rolling Stone
1. Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
2. Yeezus - Kanye West
3. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
4. New - Paul McCartney
5. Reflektor - Arcade Fire

Q magazine
1. AM - The Arctic Monkeys
2. Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
3. The Next Day - David Bowie
4. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
5. Immunity - Jon Hopkins

Stereogum
1. Yeezus - Kanye West
2. Sunbather - Deafheaven
3. Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
4. Settle - Disclosure
5. mbv - My Bloody Valentine

FasterLouder.com.au
1. Pure Heroine - Lorde
2. ...Like Clockwork - Queens of the Stone Age
3. Yeezus - Kanye West
4. Hungry Ghost - Violent Soho
5. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

TimeOut (London)
1. Settle - Disclosure
2. AM - The Arctic Monkeys
3. The Next Day - David Bowie
4. mbv - My Bloody Valentine
5. Cut 4 Me - Kelela

NME
1. AM - The Arctic Monkeys
2. Yeezus - Kanye West
3. ...Like Clockwork - Queens of the Stone Age
4. Holy Fire - Foals
5. Silence Yourself - Savages

Complex
1. Yeezus - Kanye West
2. Nothing was the Same - Drake
3. My Name is my Name - Pusha T
4. Acid Rap - Chance the Rapper
5. Old - Danny Brown

Spin
1. Yeezus - Kanye West
2. Acid Rap - Chance the Rapper
3. Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
4. Days Are Gone - Haim
5. Settle - Disclosure

* What do you think the album of the year is? Post your comments below.

- nzherald.co.nz

Chris Schulz

Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

A subscription to RTR Countdown magazine as a teenager kick started Chris’ inspiration to become an entertainment reporter. After finishing a grad-dip at journalism school, he discovered the magazine no longer existed. So he instead begged for a reviewing job at Rip It Up, then took over a local news website’s entertainment section in 2004 when no one else wanted to do it. It’s as much a surprise to him as it is to those around him that he’s been doing entertainment reporting ever since, utilising his diehard love of popular culture (specifically music, TV, movies and games). His career highlights including interviewing heroes like Billy Corgan and Trent Reznor, discussing the best sheep-docking techniques with Courtney Love, and breaking his nose during a Shihad concert. The last thing left on his entertainment reporting bucket list is to ride a rollercoaster with Dave Grohl, something he’s hoping to achieve in the next 12 months.

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