Well, if it’s December, that generally means one thing to the true music nerd: time for those end-of-the-year lists. And this year, we’re going to let you in on that action with the inaugural Slicing Up Eyeballs Readers Poll, which will name the year’s best new albums and reissues from ’80s college rock veterans.
Seeing as how this site covers a fairly confined musical niche, we will, naturally, limit our poll to artists from the ’80s alternative era or their offshoots. Which means that while there’s nothing stopping you from voting for The Suburbs as album of the year, it’s just not going to count. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other lists for that one to top.
To keep things fairly simple, the poll is divided into two categories: 1.) New studio albums released in 2010, and, 2.) The catch-all field of reissues, box sets, compilations and live albums that came out this year. You can vote for between one and five albums in each of the two categories, and they are not ranked. Each vote will be weighted equally.
To help refresh your memory, you may consult this handy list of 40 new albums and 100 reissues, etc., that came out in 2010 — although you can certainly vote for albums not appearing on that list. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it should hit all of 2010’s major titles, culled from the Record Rack posts of the last year.
Finally, if you’d like to offer some remarks about your favorite releases of 2010, you may do so in the comments below; you don’t need to replicate your ballot, but if you’d like to explain what’s so great about your top picks, we will use some of those reader comments when posting the final results. We’d love to hear from you.
Voting is now closed. Results will be posted on Dec. 31.