If you have a lot of music critic buddies, you've probably noticed that they're just now getting back to their usual neurotic selves. That's because they're finally done with year-end lists. Going from genre to genre can be especially difficult -- how does an up-and-coming pop punk band that wrote a nearly perfect EP stack up against the behemoth that is Yeezus?
My submission to Pazz & Jop (the long-running year-end Village Voice survey of thousands of music critics nationwide) is the result of rolling my eyes every time Miley Cyrus' shenanigans were mentioned. The female musicians who kicked ass this year didn't twerk with a teddy bear -- though Janelle Monáe gets a pass for mentioning twerking in "Q.U.E.E.N." -- these gals wrote albums full of emotion and soul.