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Channel Orange is going to become way more “controversial” than it has any right to be as year-end lists pile up, but I’ll put in my two cents. I’s AOTY like Merriwether Post Pavilion was in ’09. It dropped early, was unanimously named top-contender-to-beat, and nothing else really came along to dethrone it even though it’s already losing its “Wow” factor and will probably continue to do so.
I think the “WHY NO _____?” response to lists is lazy and overdone, but in this case: the lack of Swans makes this list humiliatingly impossible to look at.