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Every year, Soundcheck presents "Critics Week," a series highlighting the best and worst of music of the year. Host John Schaefer is joined by music critics to discuss the year’s best and worst albums in pop, hip-hop, classical, opera, rock, jazz, world and Latin.

Every year, Soundcheck presents "Critics Week," a series highlighting the best and worst of music of the year. Host John Schaefer is joined by music critics to discuss the year’s best and worst albums in pop, hip-hop, classical, opera, rock, jazz, world and Latin.
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Every year, Soundcheck presents "Critics Week," a series highlighting the best and worst of music of the year. Host John Schaefer is joined by music critics to discuss the year’s best and worst albums in pop, hip-hop, classical, opera, rock, jazz, world and Latin.

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Episodes

Best of 2011: Jon Pareles

12/23/2011
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New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles rounds out our week-long look back at the best of the year in music. Jon Pareles' list:

Duration: 00:19:42


The Worst of 2011

12/23/2011
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It was the best of sounds...it was the worst of sounds. We conclude Critics Week with a look at the biggest musical mistakes of the year with author and Grantland.com pop culture correspondent Andy Greenwald. And -- we ask you to weigh in.

Duration: 00:19:01


Best of 2011: Staff Picks

12/23/2011
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This week, we’ve been hearing best of the year lists from music critics. But as far as the music business is concerned, 2011 was the year of British singer, Adele. Her album, “21” was the year’s bestselling album, with 5.3 million copies sold. Another female artist, Lady Gaga, currently has the year’s No. 2 album with “Born This Way.” And when it came time for the Soundcheck staff to pick their favorite records, we all selected albums by women – though a bit less mainstream than Adele and...

Duration: 00:12:00


Best of 2011: Staff Picks

12/23/2011
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This week, we’ve been hearing best of the year lists from music critics. But as far as the music business is concerned, 2011 was the year of British singer, Adele. Her album, “21” was the year’s bestselling album, with 5.3 million copies sold. Another female artist, Lady Gaga, currently has the year’s No. 2 album with “Born This Way.” And when it came time for the Soundcheck staff to pick their favorite records, we all selected albums by women – though a bit less mainstream than Adele and...

Duration: 00:12:41


Best of 2011: Broadway and Theater

12/21/2011
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Time Out New York's theater critic David Cote joins us for a look back at the best in Broadway and theater for 2011, including the musical-comedy Book of Mormon. Jerusalem (play) - Directed by Ian Rickson The Book of Mormon (musical) - Directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw Good People (play) - Directed by Stephen Wadsworth The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism with a Key to the Scriptures (play) - Directed by Michael Greif Blood and Gifts (play) - Directed by...

Duration: 00:14:33


Best of 2011: Latin

12/21/2011
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Our look back at the year in music continues with Jasmine Garsd, co-host of NPR’s Alt.Latino program. She shares newsworthy moments and her favorite releases of 2011 -- including the single "Una Salida" from Mexican American singer Carla Morrison. Jasmine Garsd's list: Top Stories: Calle 13 Stages A Coup At The Latin Grammys Shakira Wins Person Of The Year At The Latin Grammys Comebacks: Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Jenni Rivera Big Names: Pitbull Romeo Santos Hot New Releases:...

Duration: 00:17:40


Best of 2011: Musical Tech and Gadgets

12/20/2011
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Our Critics’ Week continues with a look at the technology and gadgets that had the biggest impact on the music world this year. New York Times technology reporter Jenna Wortham joins us to share her picks from 2011, which include a social media-based music startup and an ultra-portable wireless speaker. The Jawbone Jambox Spotify Turntable.fm VHX.TV and Cull.TV Hype Machine SoundCloud Tumblr Apps like SoundTracking and Songza Handmade wooden docks to sit MP3 players, iPhones and iPods in...

Duration: 00:08:49


The Year in Classical and Opera

12/16/2010
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Our Critics Week series continues with a look back at year in classical music and opera. Washington Post chief classical music critic Anne Midgette joins us with her picks for the year’s best. Plus: Tis the season – for Handel’s “Messiah.” Every year at this time, Handel’s big piece for chorus, soloists and orchestra takes over the NY concert scene. Kent Tritle, conductor of the Oratorio Society of NY and Musica Sacra, and host of the new “Choral Mix with Kent Tritle” on WQXR, updates us...

Duration: 00:10:31


The Year in World Music

12/15/2010
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Critics Week continues with a look back at the year's best world music releases. We're joined by Anastasia Tsioulcas, who writes frequently about world and classical music and edits the classical website Ariama.com.

Duration: 00:14:00


The Year in Technology

12/15/2010
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From cozy fitted earbuds to the new realistic Rock Band, New York Times technology columnist David Pogue weighs in with this year’s best of technology and gadgets.

Duration: 00:15:55


The Year in Books

12/14/2010
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Bookforum editor Michael Miller shares his top picks for this years releases in books… that take on music. The high profile (Keith Richards and Patti Smith), mix in with some unexpected (fiction about The Smiths, scholarly pieces about jazz musician Art Pepper) and more.

Duration: 00:18:04


The Year in Jazz

12/13/2010
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Jazz critic Will Layman of PopMatters.com joins us for a look at his favorite releases of 2010.

Duration: 00:14:45


The Year in Film

12/13/2010
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We kick off Critics Week with a look at music on the big screen in 2010. Slate.com film critic Dana Stevens tells us about this year's music-oriented movies and documentaries, plus its notable soundtracks.

Duration: 00:18:57


The Decade in Classical Music

12/17/2009
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It was the decade when movie theaters started showing opera, and the LA Philharmonic hired a 28-year-old whose nickname was "The Dude" to run the show. Today, Critics' Week continues with a look at the decade in classical and opera music. Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic of the Washington Post, joins us to share her picks. Anne Midgette's Classical Albums of the Decade: 1. Mariss Jansons, Shostakovich Symphonies 2. Rene Jacobs, Don Giovanni 3. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Ligeti piano...

Duration: 00:29:38


Soundcheck's Picks of 2009

12/14/2009
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Our favorite albums in 2009 include music featured in a car commercial, some old Americana, Bernstein's Mass and a pioneer of Brazilian Manguebeat.

Duration: 00:09:20


The Decade in Pop Music

12/14/2009
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In 2000, iPods hadn’t yet arrived, Tower Records was still the go-to music retailer, and no one could imagine the music industry phenomenon that would become "American Idol." Today, music writer Maura Johnston fills us in on how pop music responded to the major changes in technology (Youtube, iPods, MySpace) and the fragmenting tastes over the past decade. Maura Johnston's 2000-2009: The Decade in Pop Albums 1. Siobhan Donaghy, Ghosts 2. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine 3. Robyn 4....

Duration: 00:23:09


The Worst of 2008

12/19/2008
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2008 saw comeback albums by Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Brian Wilson. It also saw indie-rock darlings like Vampire Weekend and The Killers attract continued buzz. None of this impressed Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic Jim DeRogatis. Today he shares his least favorite and most overrated albums of the year.View Jim DeRogatis' listSoundcheck blog: John Schaefer on compiling a "worst of" list

Duration: 00:17:56


2008: The Year in Online Music

12/19/2008
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Even as record sales continued to plummet in 2008, the Internet was a hub of innovation for musicians and their fans. Today Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired.com discusses the most important online music stories from 2008.View Eliot Van Buskirk's list

Duration: 00:12:52


Best of 2008 in Latin Music

12/18/2008
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New York Daily News reporter Carolina Gonzalez discusses the best of 2008 in Latin Music. View Carolina Gonzalez's list for the best Latin music of 2008

Duration: 00:14:31