The Annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll finds "Electric Arguments" finishing at a very respectable #145th place.
"Electric Arguments" got 77 total points & was mentioned by 6 National Critics in their polls. Thr
Four critics voted for it as their album of the year actually. Rick Petreycik gave it 15 pts & had it as his sole #1 just ahead of Brian Wilson. Ben Lukoff gave it the maximum 30 pts. & had it tied with Paul Westerberg's "49:00" (147th place finisher) for first. Bill Holdship & David Menconi gave 10 albums each 10 pts. meaning Macca was in a 10 way tie for first for each of them as well. Alan Light had it at #8 & gave it 7 pts. Chris Neal gave it the minimum 5 pts & had it in 10th place.
"Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight" got one vote, from Ben Lukoff, in the singles competition. No points are awarded but he had it as his #2 single.
This poll is notoriously trendy, arrogant & snotty & Macca usually doesn't do well at all...though "Run Devil Run" did OK as I recall (couldn't locate it) as did "Chaos & Creation In The Backyard" (couldn't find that one either) & "Memory Almost Full" (#75 with 13 mentions & 134 pts; finished in lots of people's top 5's, including 2 second place finishes & a third.). For "Electric Arguements" to actually top some ballots & finish as well as it did, is pretty incredible!!!
Brian Wilson finished #159 for "That Lucky Old Sun". Radiohead's "In Rainbows" was #137 & The Pretenders "Break Up The Concrete" was #163 to try to place it relative to others. The only major oldie to finish well was Randy Newman as #12 for "Harps & Angels". Some other finishers from the older school included... R.E.M.'s "Accelerate" was #25, Bob Dylan's "Bootleg Series Vol.8" Box Set was #20, & David Byrne & Brian Eno's "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" was #29. Elvis Costello & The Imposters finished #79 for "Momofuku, & Paul Weller #131 for "22 Dreams", Joe Jackson #128 for "Rain, & Neil Young's "Sugar Mt. Live at Centerbury House 1968" was #134.