- Bic Runga – Birds
- M. Ward – Post-War
- Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me
- Cat Power – The Greatest
- The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
- Scritti Politti – White Bread Black Beer
- Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
- Bent – Ariels
- Girl Talk – Night Ripper
- Paddy McAloon – I Trawl The Megahertz
Which all very respectable and tasteful indeed.
However, last.fm calculates this on the basis on tracks played. So, if the album has loads of short tracks (69 Love Songs, 3 Feet High and Rising, Best Of’s) and you play it a couple of times, it will show up higher than an album with a few very long tracks (sorry, Sigur Rós, Blue Nile and Talk Talk).
So, some brainbox came up with a way of calculating your charts based on the length of the tracks. It’s called last.fm normaliser and you should give it a go now.
My Top Ten albums are now a little more surprising:
- Paddy McAloon I Trawl The Megahertz
- Bic Runga Birds
- Bent Ariels
- Cat Power The Greatest
- Röyksopp The Understanding
- Nellie McKay Get Away From Me
- George Michael Patience
- Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit
- The Avalanches Since I Left You
- a-ha Analogue
This seems a tad odd. While I Trawl the MEGAHertz is a wonderful album, I don’t think it’s my most listened to one. It seems that the normaliser calculates the average length of the tracks on the album, so with Paddy’s opus, you have track 1 at 22:06 mins (yes!) and the shortest track at 2:42. That makes the average about 12 minutes x 9 tracks = 108 mins. But the actual length of the album is about 53 mins. Hmmmm.
Still, interesting tool. Give it a go and report back, last.fm-ers!