The Edinburgh-based newspaper designers who are behind a music reviews aggregation website have pronounced that, following aanalysis of end-of-year polls conducted by 27 publications throughout the UK, the US, Canada and Australia, an album from Canadian band, Arcade Fire, is the 'best of the best ofs'.
Palmer Watson's AnyDecentMusic.com gathered the polls from the likes of Q magazine and Mojo and gave 20 points to the act that finished top, 19 points to the second-best, and so on.
And, as a result of their research, emerging as the most popular from all the polls surveyed was Arcade Fire's The Suburbs – on 391 points – with Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in second spot (on 293 points) and The National's High Violet in third (with 288 points).
Meanwhile, in a separate aggregation – this time of reviews throughout the year, whereby albums are given a mark out of ten – Arcade Fire finished third behind Kanye West, again in the runners-up spot, and Anais Mitchell's Hadestown at No.1.
The poll of polls reads for 2010:
1. 391pts Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
2. 293pts Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. 288pts The National, High Violet
4. 251pts LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
5. 238pts Beach House, Teen Dream
6. 175pts Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
7. 166pts Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid
8. 136pts Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty
9. 131pts Sleigh Bells, Treats
10.116pts Caribou, Swim
The top-rated albums, meanwhile, read:
1. Anais Mitchell, Hadestown
2. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
4. Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid
5. Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me
6. Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate, Ali And Toumani
7. Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma
8. The National, High Violet
9. Sleigh Bells, Treats
10. Robyn, Body Talk