This Week’s Voice: Pazz & Jop 2009!


In this week’s Village Voice, we happily present the 37th (or, uh, 38th) annual Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, won handily–SPOILER, guys–by Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and, in singles, Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” The full album results are here; singles are here. Plus essays! Sean Fennessey on Jay-Z, Mike Powell on Animal Collective, Rich Juzwiak on Lady Gaga, Chuck Eddy on the wussification of this year’s poll, Zach Baron on Michael Jackson and death, Maura Johnston on “Stillness Is the Move,” Rob Harvilla on Phoenix, Mikael Wood on The-Dream, Clover Hope on Rihanna, Mariah, and Gaga, and Das Racist on their year as a meme. And, as always, there are comments too: On the Top 10, the rest of the list, Michael Jackson and hip-hop, and the still poignant personals. Have fun out there today…

Oh, and the rest of the issue: Martha Schwendener on three new photo shows, Nicolas Rapold in conversation with Frederick Wiseman on the eve of his MOMA retro, Melissa Anderson hanging out with Elaine Stritch, Michael Feingold on Young-Jean Lee’s Lear at Soho Rep, Deborah Jowitt at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Michael Musto with blind items on who’s gay, who’s wasted, and who’s great in bed, and a bunch more, over here.

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