Re the competing polls- I'm betting that a lot of people are going to
vote in both, of course assuming that they're asked to. In the NYT
article, you'll note that even Christgau himself said that he would
be doing this. I asked him about a separate P&J poll a few weeks ago
but he mentioned that one was still happening in the Voice. Matos
knows him well and still writes for the Voice also so I'm guessing
that he must have known this too.
I don't see a problem with having more than one crit's poll- I think
it's actually a healthy thing to have to different
perspectives. Also, I'll grant you that the present Voice music
editor doesn't trump Christgau and Eddy but I had a lot of issues
with both of them about how they ran P&J so I'm curious to see how
the new guy handles it. And by the way, it certainly wasn't his idea
to get rid of Christgau (much less Eddy)- his bosses made that
decision against his wishes.
Even if you didn't dig Christgau, there is a certain amount of
intellectual rigor that he brought to his work that's missing from
the Voice now, and I say that as someone who still writes for them.
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