The music webzine Stylus Magazine may have shut its doors back in November 2007, but there’s nothing like the end of a decade to bring music critics out of the woodwork. So now, as a one-off reunion, there’s the Stylus Decade, a relatively massive undertaking that all this week is posting (most of) the old staff’s top 100 albums and singles of the 00s as well as a new essay each day.
I’ll gladly admit bias (I wrote for Stylus from 2003 until it closed, and wrote several blurbs for the Stylus Decade), but I can honestly say I haven’t been this excited about a piece of online music criticism in a while. Stylus never attained the readership of a PopMatters or a Pitchfork, but we had a loyal, often rabidly hostile following of readers. The spark that set the Stylus Decade in motion was people on the massive I Love Music forums pining to hear what we had to say about the decade just past. We were never exactly the least contentious website around, so in addition to some great writing our lists out to spur some discussion among people who love lists. Enjoy!