Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Best of 2010

2010 was another great year for music, with some phenomenal albums released across a number of genre's as diverse as Indie, Hip-Hop, Folk, Electro, Metal, Alternative, Blues Rock and, um, Ethereal R&B. Here are my pick of the 30 best full-lengths of the year, as well as some other debut's of note and short format efforts:

Full-lengths

30. Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
29. Chiodos - Illuminaudio
28. How To Dress Well - Love Remains
27. Bring Me The Horizon - There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let's Keep It A Secret (Listen)
26. The Black Keys - Brothers (Listen)
25. The Morning Benders - Big Echo (Listen
24. Tokyo Police Club - Champ (Listen)
23. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz 
22. The Damned Things - Ironiclast (Listen)
21. Four Year Strong - Enemy of the World (Listen)
20. Foals - Total Life Forever (Listen)
19. Straight Lines - Persistence in this Game (Listen)
18. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms (Listen)
17. Twin Shadow - Forget (Listen)
16. Warpaint - The Fool (Listen)
15. Deftones - Diamond Eyes (Listen)
14. Delorean - Subiza (Listen)
13. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record (Listen)
12. Wolf Parade -Expo 86
11. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

10. Broken Bells - Broken Bells (Listen)











9. Yeasayer - Odd Blood (Listen)











8. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor (Listen)











7. Menomena - Mines (Listen)
 










6. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II (Listen)











5. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast (Listen)











4. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt (Listen)











3. The National - High Violet (Listen)











2. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot; The Son of Chico Dusty (Listen)











1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs











So not too many surprises at number 1....hardly the most outlandish call I've ever made. But a great album is a great album, and The Suburbs sees arguably the best band of our generation at the top of their game. The lack of too many other Hip-Hop albums in my top 30 should illustrate just how good Son of Chico Dusty.... is, High Violet is no Boxer but that speaks more about the latter than it does the former, and The Wild Hunt is particularly impressive when you consider that Kristian Matsson is the only guy behind the project. Astro Coast was my favorite debut album of the year, Crystal Castles II was a more consistent effort than CC's first and the diversity of tracks on show is commendable to say the least, Mines is an engaging listen with a few standout tracks in particular ousting it to number 7, Gorilla Manor and Odd Blood are the two finest examples of the common Tropical influence on Indie music this year, while Broken Bells shows two of the more talented dudes in music combining to great effect.    

Other noteable debut's

Delphic - Acolyte
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing
Pulled Apart By Horses - Pulled Apart By Horses
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
The Hundred In The Hands - The Hundred In The Hands

EP's

10. Tangled Hair - First
9. Alexisonfire - Dog's Blood
8. Overthrow - A Ghost In The Machine
7. Cold War Kids - Behave Yourself
6. Blonde Summer - Eleganza
5. Millionyoung - Be So True
4. Fan Death - A Coin For The Well
3. Lord Huron - Mighty
2. Pretty Lights - Spilling Over Every Side & Making Up A Changing Mind
1. Bravestation - 2010

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