To paraphrase Hank Williams Jr., thank God for Texas women.
Houston native Beyonce, whose surprise eponymous album was released after many writers had already turned in their 2013 best-of list, and Lindale's Kacey Musgraves -- whose Same Trailer Different Park was a thoughtful and tuneful counterpoint to the bro-country spewing out of Nashville like so much F-150 exhaust -- both landed in the Top 10 albums list of the 2014 Pazz & Jop Poll, a nationwide survey of more than 450 music critics sponsored by our sister paper the Village Voice and announced Wednesday morning.
That's the good news.
It's a steep drop from Musgraves to the next Texas-based artist on the list, which was absolutely dominated by Kanye West's Yeezus. Patty Griffin's American Kid came in at No. 116. Dripping Springs-based Iron & Wine's Ghost on Ghost got enough votes to place at No. 140. Although he now lives in New York, HSPVA alum Robert Glasper's star-studded Black Radio 2 hit No. 147.
No artist currently based in Houston made P&J's Top 500 albums list, although American Sharks, who recently moved to Austin, snuck in at No. 476. See the entire Pazz & Jop extravaganza right over here.
The Overall Top 10:
1. Kanye West, Yeezus 2. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City 3. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories 4. Beyonce, Beyonce 5. Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap 6. My Bloody Valentine, m.b.v. 7. HAIM, Days Are Gone 8. Janelle Monae, The Electric Lady 9. Kurt Vile, Wakin' On a Pretty Daze 10. Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
Top 10 Singles:
1. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams, "Get Lucky" 2. Lorde, "Royals" 3. HAIM, "The Wire" 4. Kanye West, "New Slaves" 5. Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines" 6. Drake feat. Majid Jordan, "Hold On, We're Going Home" 7. Kanye West, "Black Skinhead" 8. Icona Pop, "I Love It" 9. 9. Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop" 10. Kanye West, "Bound 2"
Top 10 Other Texas Artists:
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116. Patty Griffin, American Kid 140. Iron & Wine, Ghost on Ghost 147. Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 157. Okkervil River, The Silver Gymnasium 201. Terry Allen, Bottom of the World 309. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Old Yellow Moon 328. White Denim, Corsicana Lemonade 342. Steve Earle & the Dukes & Duchesses, The Low Highway 427. Midlake, Antiphon 476. American Sharks, American Sharks
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