I worded it poorly. In previous polls, it was hard to figure out if the voters would opt for say an underground classic like "The Velvet Underground and Nico", a jazzy masterpiece like "Astral Weeks", a pop smash like "Revolver" or a folk-rock classic like "Blood On the Tracks". Records by country artists cracked the top 250; there was even jazz on the list. Now if it's not some modern indieish rock record, it misses the poll entirely. I know there are exceptions, but I really think that the number of voters including each record in the top part of the poll is extremely high. In the past, the voting was more spread out - which is odd because I would have expected the opposite.
Any records that fail to hit the somb's sensibilities directly tend to finish very low.
shouldn't that be the case?
How many voters were there GDB? Is my instinct correct? Other than London Calling, which really was loved across the board, is it true that the top records tended to receive a higher percentage of total votes than in previous similar polls?
maybe I'm grasping.
EDIT: maybe I'm looking for answers that aren't there. It's not just Grant Lee Buffalo, but a whole host of records I know others on this board like that finished in the second 250, behind many records that I've never even heard of (or at least never heard).
Unlike, say, a sprawling electro-funk album like Sign O the Times
, a moody chamber-rock album like Automatic for the People
, a attitude-heavy Britpop album like Parklife
or a revolutionary rap album like It Takes a Nation
No, it's not true at all. In the last poll (which had 65 voters, as did this one), 5 albums breached 3k in votes, in this one only two did (as well as 16 there to 15 here breaching 2k, and 63 there to 54 here breaching 1k). In the poll before that, only 45 people voted so it's hard to compare #s, but I guarantee you if it had the same number of voters, the consensus albums would've been even greater. The exact opposite effect to what you assume is happening is what is actually happening, which makes much more sense.
Yes, grasping is exactly what you are doing, and no offense, but I really wish you'd stop. I'm sorry that your taste is so out of step with the average SOMBie for this period and that a lot of albums you love didn't make the list, but that's just the way it is. You can either accept that and continue to rep for the albums you love regardless whether other people are or not, or if that's not gonna do it for you, you can stop voting, but you need to stop trying ways to find fault in the voting system or the voters themselves for what essentially is all on you. Or, god forbid, you could actually try to seek out some of these albums you've never heard of and figure out why
so many people prefer them to Grant Lee Buffalo.
You're a good guy, ElC, and I appreciate the effort and attention you've put into these polls, I really do. But you need to quit it with this shit.