The question of whether to have separate best-of lists for major label releases and independent releases was recently explored on Twitter (by @TwilightFauna – give him a follow). I have pretty strong feelings about this and 140 characters just isn’t enough, so here you go.
There is a great disservice in separating major label releases from independent releases in best-of lists. The reasoning behind this is that it gives inherent bias to one side or the other – some people will immediately discredit the independent list just because it’s independent, and likewise for the major label list.
The point of my personal lists is to give readers a guideline on some albums that are great and warrant some attention. In my eyes, separating the lists tells independent acts that they cannot hang with the big guys. That’s absolutely not true. You’ll see in my future Best of 2014 post that I have a lot of independently released music sitting alongside some major label releases. My top album of the year is likely to be an independent release, but not because it’s independent – because it’s a freaking great album.
I don’t agree with the notion of separate lists, but what’s your take? Join in the conversation on Twitter (@UnScholars) or send me some email (email@example.com).