He’s a better producer than songwriter, which leads me back to my beef with this list.
The omission of Kathleen Edwards from this list is criminal. (Justin Vernon produced her record Voyageur, which is a perfect record imo)
Key snippet from the article linked above:
…and I could add 4-5 artists from the Paste ranking to Paul Roper’s statement and it’d still be true.
Some will say that she’s more “country” than indie folk, but I would disagree and say she’s squarely in the indie folk genre. Much more so than several artists who ranked on this list. ie: Punch Brothers, Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow, Hayes Carll, Carolina Chocolate Drops, etc…
I think they could’ve done a better job of defining their criteria up front. Indie folk is hard to define, but at least try.
I do agree with a major portion of the list, so they did get some right. I originally opened the page and expected Bright Eyes to be in the top spot, so was relieved to see that wasn’t the case. So I saved the expense of replacing a smashed phone.
I do also agree with Sufjan at number one. Like him or not, he epitomizes the genre they were ranking.