Friday, November 3, 2017

101 Best Albums Made By Women Not on NPR's List of 150 Best Albums Made By Women

I re-discovered a list I had started making back around the time in July when NPR Released its list of 150 Best Albums by Women. I had got to about 60 or so and planned to expand it to 150, but, you know, time, resources, mental faculties, et al. In the interest of completion, I expanded the list to 101.

 The logic of the inital list was a little difficult to follow, but I attempted to do so.  Albums with just female members didn't really apply, unless they were also songwriters for the bulk of the album.  Albums with frontwomen who didn't write their own songs, however, did seem to apply as the spotlight was more on musicality rather than songwriting itself.  Overall though, the criteria seemed a bit loose, so I kept it so. The list leans a little more recent since these tend to be the type of things left off of canon-building exercises (and also I just tend to think there's been great stuff produced in the last 10-20 years that hasn't seeped into canon for structural reasons to do with the critical praxis rather than aesthetic reasons). I'm sure I missed a bunch, but I never see these things as definitive. 

101. Shop Assistants- Shop Assistants
100. Curve- Cuckoo
99. Ada- Blondie
98. Jody Watley- Jody Watley
97. Rachel Stevens- Come and Get It
96. Goldfrapp- Supernature
95. Shystie- Diamond in the Dirt
94. L7- Hungry for Stink
93. Nicki Minaj- Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
92. Lily Allen- Alright, Still
91. Chelsea Wolfe- Abyss
90. Bis- New Transistor Heroes
89. Anne Clark- Joined Up Writing
88. Bat for Lashes- Fur & Gold
87. Nite Jewel- Good Evening
86. Nicolette- Let No One Live Rent Free In Your Head
85. Cristina- Sleep it Off
84. Lady Sovereign- Public Warning
83. Francoise Hardy- Francoise Hardy (1962)
82. Annie-Anniemal
81. Tilt- 'Til it Kills
80. Pameila Kurstin- Thinking Out Loud
79. Chicks on Speed- The Re-Release of the Un-Releases
78. Ramona Lisa- Arcadia
77. Julia Holter-Ekstasis
76. AC Marias- One of Our Girls is Missing
75. Cat Power- Moon Pix
74. Frightwig- Cat Farm Faboo
73. Heavenly- the Decline and Fall of Heavely
72. Letta Mbulu- Letta Mbulu Sings
71. Sheila Chandra- The Struggle
70. Xosar- Holographic Matrix
69. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks- Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
68. Syreeta- Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta
67. Michele- Magic Love
66. Electrelane-The Power Out
65. Miss Kitten and the Hacker- First Album
64. Peaches- the Teaches of Peaches
63. Pale Saints- The Comforts of Madness
62. Seven Fields of Aphelion- Periphery
61. Minnie Riperton- Adventures in Paradise
60. Everything But the Girl- Walking Wounded
59. Teddy and the Frat Girls- I Wanna Be a Man
58. Carter Tutti- Cabal
57. Rachel Zeffira- The Deserters
56. Windy and Carl- Drawing of Sound
55. Julianna Barwick- Will
54. Book of Love- Book of Love
53. Rosebud- Discoballs
52. Lady June- Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy
51. Cibo Matto- Viva! La Woman!
50. Au Revoir Simone- The Bird of Music
49. Grimes- Art Angels
48. Huggy Bear- Weaponry Listens to Love
47. Virginia Astley- From Gardens We Feel Secure
46. Sky Ferreira- Night Time, My Time
45. ABBA- Waterloo
44. Vashti Bunyan- Just Another Diamond Day
43. Kelis- Tasty
42. Julie London- Around Midnight
41. Dead Can Dance- Spleen and Ideal
40. Karen Dalton- In My Own Time
39. Kaitlyn Auerlia Smith- EARS
38. Nancy Sinatra- Boots
37. Garbage- Garbage
36. Pocahaunted- Chains
35. Sibylle Baier- Colour Green
34. Chrisma- Chinese Restaurant
33. Bobbi Humphrey- Satin Doll
32. Ellen Allien- Berlinette
31. Fatima Al Qadiri- Desert Strike
30. Blossom Dearie- Blossom Dearie
29. White Noise- An Electric Storm
28. Annie Anxiety- Soul Possession
27. Camille Yarborough- The Iron Pot Cooker
26. Mazzy Star- Among My Swan
25. Richard and Linda Thompson- I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
24. Aghast- Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis
23. Dionne Warwick- Anyone Who Had a Heart
22. Yma Sumac- Mambo!
21. High Places- High Places
20. Danielle Dax- Jesus Egg That Wept
19. Ladytron- The Witching Hour
18. Gazelle Twin- Unflesh
17. Rihanna- Anti-
16. Ludus- The Seduction
15. Holly Herndon- Platform
14. Sweet Trip- Velocity:Design:Comfort
13. FKA Twigs- LP1
12. Laurie Spiegel- The Expanding Universe
11. Jlin- Dark Energy
10. Jenny Hval- Blood Bitch
9. The Knife- Silent Shout
8. Bow Wow Wow- See Jungle!See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy
7. Stereolab- Emperor Tomato Ketchup
6. The United States of America- The United States of America
5. Lisa Germano- Geek the Girl
4. Dawn Richard- Blackheart
3. St Vincent- St Vincent
2. Grouper- Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill
1. Broadcast- the Noise Made By People

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