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EPs & Honorable Mentions | 50-3130-11 | 10-1


50. Anberlin – Dark is the Way, Light is a Place

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It has come to the point where we can safely proclaim that Floridian quintet Anberlin could not record a bad album if they tried. Their fifth LP, Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place, may not be as ambitious or influential as Cities, nor as catchy and immediate as New Surrender, but it turns out to be a real grower. Densely layered and subtle musical touches abound, but it is Stephen Christian’s majestic vocal work that takes center stage. From the catchy ‘Impossible’ to the acoustic ‘Down,’ from the hard-hitting ‘To The Wolves’ to the splendid ‘The Art of War,’ there is something for everyone on this slightly back-loaded LP that contains absolutely no filler. - Davey B.

49. The Saddest Landscape – You Will Not Survive

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The Saddest Landscape got everything right in 2010. Mostly, it involved just being there. See, ever since their hiatus five years ago, there’s been a Saddest Landscape-shaped hole in the musical scene where a band who continually pushed sonic boundaries used to be. Then, out of nowhere, they took everything that happened in post-hardcore since their departure and crammed in all into one sterling example of what could be done when everything just falls into place. It’s all here: the dazzling post-rock influenced dynamism, the angular dissonance cut through with passages of melodic catchiness, and of course, the ever recognizable pained shouts of one Andy Maddox, whose passion and power infects every remarkable moment of You Will Not Survive. Ultimately though, it’s the way these elements are woven together, with precision and grace, that allows it to stand in line with any of the greatest records this year. – Alex S.

48. Kvelertak – Kvelertak

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As far as battles to compartmentalize things down to the tiniest detail go, heavy guitar music is rivalled only by the artsy end of dance music. It’s simply not enough for something to be metal or punk anymore; if there isn’t at least one qualifier in front of those words, you’re not listening hard enough. It’s great to hear a band like Kvelertak completely confound that notion, then – they can do hardcore, melodeath, thrash, black metal, and classic rock, and can switch from one to the other in the blink of an eye. Don’t think of it as some Bungle-esque gimmicky monstrosity, though – the way they make it sound so natural is the album’s greatest strength. Even the cheeky lifts from Pixies (compare ‘Rock Music’ to ‘Mjod’) and Jimi Hendrix (the riff from ‘Foxy Lady’ makes an appearance in ‘Sultans of Satan’) transcend tokenism. There can’t have been many debut albums in 2010 that showed as much potential. – Nick B.

47. Foals – Total Life Forever

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The greater ambition and maturity evident on Foals’ second album Total Life Forever could hardly have been foreseen by anyone. While it may not be an especially immediate LP, its slow-burning qualities turn what initially seems a little messy into a satisfyingly cohesive release. From the measured beginning of opener ‘Blue Blood’ through tense closer ‘What Remains,’ the band continuously take your breath away; no more so than on the epic, spine-tingling seven-minute behemoth that is ‘Spanish Sahara,’ a bona fide song of the year contender. On ‘Black Gold,’ Yannis Philippakis sings “The future is not what it used to be.” If Foals continue this improvement, it won’t be long before the Bloc Party comparisons are scrapped for fellow Oxford quintet Radiohead. - Davey B.

46. Anathema – We’re Here Because We’re Here

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We’re Here Because We’re Here probably started out near the top of quite a few 2010 lists. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fact that this is the most developed album of Anathema’s career, and that they have finally found their own sound — a sound that doesn’t blatantly rip off Radiohead or Pink Floyd. It’s easy to find plenty to love about the album: the melodies are excellent, the songs are beautiful and the addition of the full time female vocalist rounds out the band’s sound perfectly. The problem is that it doesn’t age well. After countless listens it becomes apparent that the last part of the album simply doesn’t live up to the first two-thirds. The fact that We’re Here Because We’re Here is still going to top many music lists this year is a testament to the flawless quality of those two-thirds. – Trey S.

45. Jimmy Eat World – Invented

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Inspired by Jim Adkins’ perusal of two photojournals and his subsequent ‘object writing,’ Invented is a mellifluous and confident album complete with the requisite catchiness we’ve come to expect from the Mesa, Arizona quartet. With the current line-up intact for over a decade and a half, it’s remarkable the band continues to churn out quality records while retaining its tried-and-true sound. Recommended tracks: ‘Coffee and Cigarettes,’ ‘Littlething,’ ‘Invented.’ – Jom

44. The Birthday Massacre – Pins And Needles

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The Birthday Massacre may have stripped away the final layer of sadistic atmosphere, but the end result is more than worth the loss. Pins and Needles is easily the most professional album the band have ever released. The production is huge and flawless, the songs are catchy as hell, and Chibi’s vocals are spot-on. The band may have perfected the formula for combining goth, industrial, metal and pop on a previous album, but this album manages to push the pop even further without sacrificing most of what has always made this band endearing. – Trey S.

43. Jonsi – Go

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As disappointing as it was to hear that Sigur Rós would be going on hiatus back in January, the release of Go helped soften the blow considerably. That isn’t to say Jónsi Birgisson’s first solo record properly replaces the Sigur Rós album that was rumoured to be released in 2010, but thankfully this is moot - Go doesn’t try to be the next Sigur Rós album. Instead, the sound Jónsi opts for is far poppier, far happier sounding, and, dare I say, far more grandiose than what we’ve come to expect from Sigur Rós. And it works; Jónsi’s vocals are as strong as ever, and mesh perfectly with the sprawling, symphonic themes he explores. It’s easy to love, particularly considering the celebration it is. - Mike S.

42. Butch Walker – I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart

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Butch Walker’s fifth solo album pulls away from the wounded introspection that marked 2008’s Sycamore Meadows and replaces it with a looser, more rock n’ roll-inclined feel. The result is a more organic-sounding record that celebrates the good as well as mulling over the bad. A wicked sense of humour permeates tracks like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘50s rocker ‘Days/Months/Years,’ while closing highlight ‘Be Good Until Then’ is the latest contender for the mantle of Walker’s greatest regret-filled masterpiece to date. – Dave D.

41. Liars – Sisterworld

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Depending on the angle of the light, it may come as either a total surprise or a case of expectations fulfilled that the word most commonly used to describe Sisterworld is “terrifying.” In the Lewis Carroll way, mind you, rather than Stephen King. It’s the way that musical textures swirl above and below some indiscernible point to tie it all together; it’s the way that misty whispers and droning swaths of noise bleed into proto-punk rock outs that are as creepy as they are fun. It’s the way, quite frankly, Liars have been running their ship ever since their singular appearance on the musical stage. Of course none of this is to say that it’s business as usual – far from it, Sisterworld, for all its dark and looming visage, is the band’s most accessible record to date. At least, as accessible as neurotic pulses of rhythm and nerve-racking melodic phrases go. But for all that, it remains inviting. Just look at the album art: Victorian doors, yellowed and hinged, down, down the rabbit hole they lead… – Alex S.

40. Robyn – Body Talk

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Let’s face it, Body Talk, the album released at the end of Robyn’s domineering 2010, seemed more the result of bad label decisions than another assertion of Robyn’s dynamic art-pop. With five new tracks and a sampling of her previous two Body Talk mini-albums, it looked like more of a cash grab. Instead of opening with the energy of ‘Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do,’ she opens with mid-tempo lead single ‘Dancing on My Own’ (on the US version). Where’s Diplo’s brilliant ‘Criminal Intent’? Likely thrown by the wayside to make room for ‘None of Dem’ so Royksopp wouldn’t get their feelings hurt. So at #40 on our list, let’s celebrate all of Robyn’s Body Talk releases this year: the wonderfully majestic acoustic (and by acoustic, she means full string ensemble) versions of ‘Indestructible’ and ‘Hang With Me,’ the Swedish traditional ‘Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa,’ the genre-bending ‘Dancehall Queen’ and ‘Criminal Intent,’ the injections of independence and feminism in ‘Dancing on My Own’ and ‘Fembot.’ Body Talk is brilliant pop with a conscience, one deeper and firmer than Gaga will ever manage. – Tyler F.

39. Menomena – Mines

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For years (well, from ‘03), Menomena made dense, psychedelic kaleidoscopes of songs, tricked out with all sorts of studio wizardry. And then the band stopped getting along, almost broke up, decided to persevere, still hated each other, and made their fourth album by email. That album, titled Mines, is understandably less flashy and fun, and much more depressing, than their previous stuff. It’s the sound of resignation, of wanting to give up and go home. Yeah, that description makes it sound unbearable to listen to, but then there’s the songs. By lessening the energy and amplifying the maturity, Mines fully reveals that the band can write songs that don’t even need all of the extra excesses and flourishes, evidencing an unrealized facet of the band’s sound, acting as a polar opposite of their extravagant debut — as if on purpose. It’s an appropriate swansong — unless Menomena can hang on. – Cam

38. Rosetta – A Determinism of Morality

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Rosetta’s A Determinism of Morality is the most grandiose statement made in the atmospheric metal world since, well, the release of their debut album Galilean Satellites back in 2005. With A Determinism of Morality, the Pennsylvanian quartet draw you in with vibrant washes of droning noise and heavy reverb as they guide you through an audio tour of the universe, all the while never forgetting that even the most violent events can shimmer with the utmost beauty. With the dissolution of ISIS earlier this year, it looks as though Rosetta have already stepped up to fill in the void. – Adam T.

37. Locksley – Be In Love

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Almost all of us here has at least one record that we have an intense personal connection to, and I fell hard for Be In Love simply because of its simplicity. Mix equal parts antiphony, hand claps, finger snaps, straightforward melodies – and sprinkle in a bit of Beatles-esque flair for good measure – and you’ll be pleased with the record’s charismatic sound, assuming you approach the record with the carefree nature it permeates throughout. Recommended tracks: ‘The Whip,’ ‘Darling, It’s True,’ ‘Days of Youth.’ - Jom

36. Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?

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“Why didn’t you kill yourself today?” goes the first lyric from Dangers’ second album. The band’s temperament doesn’t improve from there. Dangers’ massive, cartoonish anger from their debut carries over to Messy, Isn’t It? and is expanded upon to a full nineteen tracks of fury. If it sounds daunting, it kind of is; the first time through, Messy, Isn’t It? listens like an album packed with way too much vitriol to be understandable. However, with time, one picks up on the jokes, the wry little winks that betray that Dangers aren’t as serious as they might appear, at least not completely. The album casually and ironically references Mitch Hedberg, Kurt Vonnegut, possibly Outkast, and anything else that Dangers can use and twist to their own end. Hell, I’m not entirely sure that the suddenly-reverb heavy break in ‘Check Please’ in which the vocalist belts “Mademoiselle, s’il vous plaaaaaaait!” isn’t a brief send up of European skramz, but whatever Dangers do, they’re fucking sick, and that in itself is probably their goal. Ultimately, of Messy, Isn’t It?, we can be sure of only one thing: that Dangers are pissed off at everything, including you, and by the end of the record, one has to be more than a little inclined to think they have a point. – Adam D.

35. The Walkmen – Lisbon

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The Walkmen have always been, ostensibly, a singles band: a group that don’t necessarily know how to write a killer tune so much as they stumble upon two or three of them every time they release an album. Lisbon doesn’t break this pattern – this time around, the killer tunes are ‘Angela Surf City,’ ‘Woe Is Me’ and ‘Juveniles’ – but what Lisbon does introduce is a Walkmen that are, for once, mellowed out. These aren’t The Rats of Bows and Arrows; these Walkmen sound older and somewhat wiser, turning down the seething fury to more thoroughly explore sandy beach balladry and end up sounding mature and satisfied in the record they produced. While Lisbon doesn’t completely avoid lulls, it hints that there’s a classic in The Walkmen yet. Till that’s released, Lisbon serves just fine as another excellent outing from a band that, thankfully, refuse to fade away. – Adam D.

34. Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring

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Los Campesinos! are cheeky little bastards. The UK’s purveyors of boisterous, loud, obnoxious indie rock have titled their latest album Romance Is Boring yet the album itself proves that love is anything but. Songs like ‘The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future’ and ‘Straight in at 101′ showcase the neurotic angst of Gareth Campesinos’ [yes that's a psu-diddly-udonym] bratty self loathing and relationship fatigue but the Cardiff collective glue everything together with more than enough witty one-liners and saccharine sweet twee-pop eccentricities to create one of the most endearing and fun releases of the year. – Adam T.

33. Kayo Dot – Coyote

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Coyote was composed during the death of the band’s friend Yuko Sueta, and with that event comes the most subdued and grief-stricken Kayo Dot release to date. Toby Driver’s construction of the album combines a gothic rock-based aesthetic with long form composition to create a journey of an album that lays aside the “epic” climaxes of his earlier work in favour of a work that plods and meanders towards a conclusion that brings little closure. All of this, of course, lends itself masterfully to the album’s subject matter, and to Driver’s sheer skill as a composer. While Coyote’s subject matter and its purposeful eschewing of climactic moments means that it is a difficult album to continue to return to, it is nonetheless comprised of many moments of brilliance that are among the best in Driver’s ever-expanding body of work. - Andrew H.

32. My Disco – Little Joy

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The third album from Australia’s most hard-working band was quite a departure; not in the band’s minimalist post-punk approach to songwriting, but in the depth and range of emotions contained therein. Where the band’s previous two records were tight and precise, Little Joy is a record that feels much more loose, and that presents a band more sure of itself, more willing to play whatever comes out. To those familiar with the band’s history, the beauty and warmth of Little Joy is surprising on first listen, but the record’s depth and complexity unfolds over time and reveals it to be the most varied, personal, and impressive of the group’s career. – Andrew H.

31. The State Lottery – When The Night Comes

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In 2008, much ado was made about The Gaslight Anthem’s Springsteen-esque ‘59 Sound, but newcomers The State Lottery will make you question whether any other band should be branded with that descriptor. When the Night Comes is raucous and fun without sacrificing a lick of integrity. If this album is any indicator, The State Lottery have a long, fruitful career ahead of them. - Channing F.

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mvood
01.03.11
List is looking good although I hate the wait for the next section.

MorningView425
01.03.11
Hopefully this means that several of my other favorites from this year will be higher on the list. I expected to see Anathema a little higher, but I can't really argue with the reasoning at all. Pumped to see there are a few albums I've missed and now I know to go back and check stuff out. Happy New Year everybody.

FadeToBlack
01.03.11
only heard a few of these

slep
01.03.11
good so far. Coyote is a pleasant surprise. I might actually check out that Robyn album lol.

Metalstyles
01.03.11
I'm a little sad that 38 isn't higher, but I'm also happy to see that it at least made the list. I had totally forgotten about 48, I need to get on that. Lovely work on the format, as always, Trey.

Kiran
01.03.11
robyn rules dude, take the leap

Shrapnel94
01.03.11
If the list is really coming out this slowly, I'm going to rage so hard if MBDTF is #1.

deathofasalesman
01.03.11
Very good list so far. Dangers may be number 1 for me but it's nice to see it at least present on the list. With all these great albums, I'm pretty anxious for the next section.

omnipanzer
01.03.11
Shame 47 didn't make it a little higher. I was kind of disappointed in the releases this year and thought Total Life Forever was a nice change of pace.

mvood
01.03.11
I don't care as long as The Tallest Man is top 5 at least

deathofasalesman
01.03.11
Kanye better be on the next list and not the last one.

Knott-
01.03.11
no real metal

good to see 34!

Willie
01.03.11
This is my favorite part of the list. What might be real metal?

Knott-
01.03.11
ha im jesting

someone on the hon mentions part said "there will be no real metal!!!!1111"

you only like this because of TBM!

Knott-
01.03.11
mostly*

Irving
01.03.11
Great list thus far guys.

Motiv3
01.03.11
nice variety so far, great list.

Willie
01.03.11
True. Well, we did things a little different this year. It made for a less homogenous list, overall. Although, I don't know if we have anything that would be considered 'real' metal.

I like this part for more than just Birthday Massacre (although it doesn't hurt). Anberlin, Anathema, and Rosetta too.

thebhoy
01.03.11
I don't like a lot of these records :(

DGTLPRTY
01.03.11
kvelertak is ranked too low.

Knott-
01.03.11
That's ok thebhoy maybe you will like some of the ones on the next list don't feel too left out!

I never really bothered with Anberlin this year. I listened about 3 times and then forgot it existed.

Willie
01.03.11
I tried 48 and just couldn't figure out what made it special. I plan on going through this entire list (except the hip hop), so maybe it'll click.

Xenophanes
01.03.11
Awesome variety, really cool stuff as well.


Ugh, 33.

Xenophanes
01.03.11
48 is just a lot of fun. That's really all that made it special for me...

conradtao
01.03.11
Fun list so far. I don't care for a lot of these but it's always good to see variety :)

None of Dem > Criminal Intent

Always.

natey
01.03.11
Rosetta, Liars, Dangers, Menomena... I like what I see boys

EVedder27
01.03.11
great to see the state lottery as high as it is

Willie
01.03.11
The State Lottery artwork took a while to create in a way that didn't look sloppy and cramped.

Satellite
01.03.11
hell yes 31.

Blackbelt54
01.03.11
I'm glad to see the State Lottery make the list

Tyrael
01.03.11
It's nice to see Anathema here.

wyankeif1337
01.03.11
yes 38

DiceMan
01.03.11
Jonsi needs to be higher.... Klap didn't do his part.

Baphomet
01.03.11
Why is Kvlertak so low?

I hate you all.

TMobotron
01.03.11
Thinkin Titus Andronicus at 1

Electric City
01.03.11
trey is the list god of sputnikmusic

bloc
01.03.11
44??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 44?!

Adash
01.03.11
realize that these countdowns aren't always plainly amusing metal, but still;
loving the variety on this list

still needs more electronica though :p



Drsmith4
01.03.11
"Thinkin Titus Andronicus at 1"

Titus had better be at 1. It's perfect.

EVedder27
01.03.11
Titus won't be 1 because it was either in the top 5 in everyone's list, or not even on the list

AliW1993
01.03.11
Great start to the list, especially glad to see Kvelertak.

Motiv3
01.03.11
i wouldnt be surprised if Kanye gets #1.

Drsmith4
01.03.11
Eh, I like Fantasy a lot and all, but it's getting to the point of being seriously overrated. Also, the staff didn't particularly fawn over it like they did with some other albums, so I doubt we'll be seeing Kanye at the top.

EverythingEvil2113
01.03.11
I'm really glad to see 31 on here. I'm betting the top spot will go to either kanye or the national.

robertsona
01.03.11
yeah these things look so cool props props props

tallest man/kanye/titus for 1/2/3. 2 and 3 might switch

illmitch
01.03.11
the-dream probably wont make the list

:(

Drsmith4
01.03.11
Sufjan might steal the show.

robertsona
01.03.11
not probably, he definitely wont

Lucid
01.03.11
Glad that Foals and Rosetta aren't in the Top 20.

Lucid
01.03.11
Top 3 will most likely be The Wild Hunt, High Violet, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Baphomet
01.03.11
Number 1 can't be Kanye. It just can't.

illmitch
01.03.11
the monitor better be in the top 3

cinaedus
01.03.11
i assume locksley is here only because of jom

klap
01.03.11
hey dice I'm the only reason jonsi is here so hug me (gaily)

morte
01.03.11
i really like 48, in fact it was one of my favourites this year. I'm glad it made the list.
Is amazing how they manage to combine so many different sounds and still make it accessible and enjoyable.

Eko
01.03.11
nice to see when the night comes so high.

Enotron
01.03.11
glad to see 49 make the list

plane
01.03.11
Nick B's sound off is what sold me on Kvelertak. That album is sick.

Ayon
01.03.11
LOL. I definitely didn't expect the Locksley review to rip the band a new one. Odd lot of music for sure, but interesting list nonetheless

telebyrd
01.03.11
is Jimmy Eat World's Invented actually good? I liked Bleed American when I was 15...

Electric City
01.03.11
depends on what you think of the jomster

GnarlyShillelagh
01.03.11
48 46 and 36 should have been way higher

Willie
01.03.11
--44??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 44?!--

This is a staff list. You should be thankful that it's there at all ;)

--LOL. I definitely didn't expect the Locksley review to rip the band a new one.--

My fault.

danielito19
01.03.11
as long as Dillinger is in top 10 and Journal shows up, I'm good.

beefshoes
01.03.11
43 and 38 were in my top ten.
Kanye's album better not get album of the year -_-

danielito19
01.03.11
If Kanye gets aoty I give up.

starry
01.03.11
"Sufjan might steal the show."

I doubt it, alot of crappy albums get hyped here.

"nice to see when the night comes so high."

It should actually be much higher.

And I recommend you rename the list 'Top 50 albums of 2010 according to some Sputnik staff'.




SowingSeason
01.03.11
a few of my top 2010 albums on here, good stuff so far

eternium
01.03.11
Glad to see The Saddest Landscape on here.

Athom
01.03.11
actually starry just about everyone on staff voted for this. it wasnt like the decade feature

Athom
01.03.11
continued: 21/23 is more than "some of the staff"

Inveigh
01.03.11
I figured that if Diamond Eyes was going to make the list, it would have been in this range. Though it's hard for me to see it not even getting an honorable mention... so maybe the staff liked it more than I thought?

Counterfeit
01.03.11
Diamond Eyes will be like to 10 calling it.

plane
01.03.11
All the speculating in this thread might or might not be right

Kris.
01.03.11
so hoping MBDTF gets 1
also happy to see Dangers even on here

Inveigh
01.03.11
well said, planewreck.

I never really understood the backlash against speculating on the staff lists though... I mean, why release them in installments if you're not trying to build anticipation, which inherently breeds speculation?

Electric City
01.03.11
I actually prefer the speculation period. People speculating on where albums will place is way less annoying than the post-list bitching about the final order :)

Willie
01.03.11
What backlash? The only backlash I've seen is against people that bitch that album X is too high or too low. The lists aren't named "The best of the year according to socially retarded user A," so for them to be so angry about it not fitting their opinions is like fucking a dead horse -- possibly satisfying for the indivdual doing it, but no one else wants to see it.

plane
01.03.11
Just pointing out that some people might be right while others might be wrong. Speculate away, minions

AggravatedYeti
01.03.11
fuck me I forgot about tallest man.

Inveigh
01.03.11
oh yeah I didn't mean you in particular planewreck, your comment just reminded me that it bothers me. it's not even really the staff that bashes the speculation really, there are always just users popping up with "derrr why do you care whats going to be where just wait til the post it derr"

I think the speculation's fun too, I don't really care which album's are ranked where, I'm just curious.

Deviant.
01.03.11
Hey, 35!

djunior
01.03.11
thought Dangers and Rosetta wouldhve been a little higher.
The Birthday Massacre doesnt deserve to be on here, imo

Kris.
01.03.11
hey willie, whens the next part getting posted?

DaveyBoy
01.03.11
We enjoy the anticipation & speculation so much that 30-11 will be posted next week & 10-1 some time in February!

Inveigh
01.03.11
lol god damnit

Defeater
01.03.11
50 sucks what the hell is that doing here

looks like pitchfork would be proud again this year

Athom
01.03.11
because Rosetta, Dangers, Anberlin, Anathema, The Saddest Landscape, Jimmy Eat World, The Birthday Massacre, The State Lottery, Kayo Dot, and Kvelertak are soooo pitchfork approved. human beings are supposed to talk out of their mouth not their asshole, dude.

thebhoy
01.03.11
list does look awesome, regardless of whether my tastes are on there or not.

Defeater
01.03.11
rosetta, kayo, kvelertak, and anberlin are definitely hip shit

Athom
01.03.11
i take it you've never really been on p4k and just use its name as a general guise to label shit you dont like.

Defeater
01.03.11
right on bro

Electric City
01.03.11
what

Defeater
01.03.11
exactly.

Willie
01.03.11
I've only been on p4k once and it was to specific reviews people suggested that I read to see how much that place sucks ;)

DaveyBoy
01.03.11
Dave, that was my piece of comedy you just stole.

Crysis
01.03.11
"Although, I don't know if we have anything that would be considered 'real' metal."

Hoping you guys do. I've only heard 2 albums from this list so far and thought they were ok.

Imperial
01.04.11
this list is too indie.

Imperial
01.04.11
also #44 beat out anathema that's pretty comical

Athom
01.04.11
p4k gave Jane Doe a positive review. just sayin...

Electric City
01.04.11
if this part of the list is too indie we're in deep shit

AliW1993
01.04.11
I'm predicting Sufjan will be in the top 3, if I remember right there were plenty of staff members who gave that a 5. I hope Titus Andronicus and The National will also be in there but tbh I'd be surprised if Titus are that high.

kangaroopoo
01.04.11
anberlin, rosetta great, anathema's album aged well for me

NailScarredHands
01.04.11
I want the rest.
like, now.

FatChickIrl
01.04.11
so when does the next part come out

00mee
01.04.11
FOALS should be higher

Willie
01.04.11
--also #44 beat out anathema that's pretty comical--

I know, funny right?

--if this part of the list is too indie we're in deep shit--

I think some people ignore the list and go straight for the "too indie" comment.

--so when does the next part come out --

This week... Tuesday night or Wednesday morning probably (EST -- for you Deviant).

NailScarredHands
01.04.11
Oh that's soon.

yay.

Boyaawitcheese
01.04.11
Heres hoping Alcest gets in the list.

DoubtGin
01.04.11
lol at JEW making it

rest is pretty great for the most part

pmmets07
01.04.11
36 is my 1

FatChickIrl
01.04.11
Woot, I hope the next part has more satan in it

outline
01.04.11
I'm guessing High Violet/Titus/Diamond Eyes in some order.

TheyTookErrJobs
01.04.11
I hope Dillinger gets in the top 10...

NailScarredHands
01.04.11
I wonder won't position Fantasy will take. Here's hoping it's not #1.

NailScarredHands
01.04.11
what*

Aids
01.04.11
yay it's up! great looking feature guys

"there’s been a Saddest Landscape-shaped hole in the musical scene" hahaha I 'lol'ed

I wasn't sure if Menomena would make the cut, glad to see they did, definitely one of the best this year. I totally forgot the Jimmy Eat World released something this year. Oops

oh and ______ should be way higher and where is __________?

Aids
01.04.11
"Here's hoping it's not #1." it won't be, I think Titus will be. but fu my good sir, Fantasy is very deserving of a top 5 spot.

Aids
01.04.11
the top four will be The National, Kanye, Sufjan, Titus (not in order)

anyone who disagrees with this probably hasn't posted at all in the past year

Aids
01.04.11
* epic quadruple post, I know

Electric City
01.04.11
aids, have you posted in the past year?

Satellite
01.04.11
i still don't understand why people get bent out of shape when lists like these don't adhere to their tastes.

good read. fuck the naysayers.

Enotron
01.04.11
the tallest man on earth will be higher than the national

Aids
01.04.11
"aids, have you posted in the past year?" yes, quite a bit actually. I gather I'm wrong about the top 4 then. I may have confused some contributors for staff during the influx of year end list's. Oh well.

Aids
01.04.11
nice comma in 'lists'


outline
01.04.11
I think everybody just forgot Diamond Eyes in the hustle and bustle of 2010.

RadioYorke
01.04.11
MBDTF deserves top 5 no doubt. Sorry all you hipters that thinks its gay coz its mainstream

Knott-
01.04.11
i can see titus being 4th tbh. to me it's far and away AOTY but realistically i think it will drop 4th. sufjan will probably be #1.

Aids
01.04.11
I think I could figure it out if I just looked at the staff's ratings. redsky said almost everyone voted this time but I got the top 5 of the decade easily.

then again there were a lot of multiple 5's by single staff members so those may be hard to rank

bloc
01.04.11
"The Birthday Massacre doesnt deserve to be on here, imo"

You must die

klap
01.04.11
adam i take issue with your claim that the walkmen are a singles band. please respond

Electric City
01.04.11
just meant that the albums ive heard by the walkmen seem to have a couple reeeally strong tracks then lulls with meh songs. sorry klapper :)

klap
01.04.11
have you gotten to you & me yet

Electric City
01.04.11
nope, im taking that to mean i should?

couldwinarabbit
01.04.11
"sufjan will probably be #1." better not.

I have a feeling that perfume genius- learning is not going to make the list which is a shame cause it is the doty.

klap
01.04.11
you & me is probably their best although lisbon might overtake it i haven't decided yet. but yeah its a great album's album

robertsona
01.04.11
that perfume genius is boring as fuuuuuuck oh my god

lisbon was consistently great imo

klap
01.04.11
alex listen to you & me you'd enjoy it

klap
01.04.11
cokemachineglow did, anyways

robertsona
01.04.11
hahahahaha 8(

Rev
01.04.11
Hell yes Rosetta!

Ovrot
01.04.11
Still waiting for Enslaved

Ayon
01.04.11
Number 1 is Halcyon Digest bviously!!! Just kidding, but I seriously hope it's in the top ten.

Ayon
01.04.11
*obviously

Jom
01.04.11
I always appreciate the guys who always are like LOL I BET [this album] IS HERE BECAUSE OF JOM... well, no shit, you fucking idiots. Enjoy your intellectual disabilities. Also, can I just say, again, as I do in every section of these features, that this looks so God damn sexy. Awesome work, Treymaster Trey.

Defeater
01.04.11
how is jom so smart

Bulldog
01.04.11
yea, no hip-hop. list can foad

robertsona
01.04.11
yeah theres no chance big boi or kanye are gonna appear higher on the list man that SUCKS

Kris.
01.04.11
lmao

Defeater
01.04.11
yeah where's gucci

robertsona
01.04.11
wheres BASEDGOD

Aids
01.04.11
"this looks so God damn sexy. "

seconded. great job Trey, this sort of stuff makes the site look legit as fuck.

SpottedTrout
01.04.11
needs moar wacka

Acanthus
01.04.11
Nice to see such a diverse list, really enjoyed the MCS and 10 Years love.

wyankeif1337
01.04.11
"we tried inputting some rap on the list but we got an error saying some guy called bulldog had exceeded the quota for gratuitous hip hop mentions on the site"

fucking lol

Defeater
01.04.11
laugh at dave's jokes

feel good about oneself

Acanthus
01.04.11
Disregard that, wrong thread :/

InFiction
01.04.11
Really happy with 49 and 47. Those two are part of my Top 5.

countchocula90
01.04.11
The State Lottery deserves to be in the top 15 or so I feel

AbyssalCreation
01.04.11
glad to see 49 make it, its my AOTY

Thought Rosetta would be a lot higher for some reason.

YoungHeretic
01.04.11
Would have ranked Foals way higher, but anyway... so far list looks good.

Nikkolae
01.04.11
me likes the list so far, pins and needles needed to be a bit higher but its okay, amazed to see kvelertak here over more than life but oh well, my opinion, keep it up kids

Deviant.
01.04.11
"This week... Tuesday night or Wednesday morning probably (EST -- for you Deviant)."

NZST please. I take it top 10 will be Friday morning?

Also, feature looks great Trey

Nikkolae
01.04.11
why couldnt ya'll just keep it in your pants till friday and release the whole damn thing, ugh i hate having to wait for anything

Douglas
01.04.11
Foals at 37? Poo.

Lucid
01.04.11
Too high.

Douglas
01.04.11
That should say 47! haha

DaveyBoy
01.04.11
Man, Foals is getting some love all of a sudden. Maybe I needed to go on a Parades like campaign to get that a little higher.

Hey Dave DeBlatter, I have a brown paper bag for you.

greg84
01.04.11
I've heard 4 of these and didn't like any of them very much.

louie772
01.04.11
I want Letlive. to be somewhere on here. Probably high hopes though.

Willie
01.04.11
Lemmy is like a cockroach. He'll never die.

DaveyBoy
01.04.11
Hehe. And you're overseeing it!

laterenima
01.05.11
lol stfu sputnik

Lucid
01.05.11
I thought Locksley would be meh but it's really fucking good!

Gmork89
01.05.11
Anathema that low is stupid.

brcry
01.05.11
33 is my album of the year
glad to see the pat rats appreciation as well

stalkingpanda
01.06.11
List looks pretty good. A lot better than some of the other lists I have seen. I guess there is not much love for Sleigh Bells?

reaganomics777
01.06.11
"33 is my album of the year" It's the superior album.

CrazyDrummer4562
01.06.11
Where the hell is Amia Venera Landscape?

Willie
01.06.11
We answered this on another portion of the list but here is the short answer:

It was released on December 4th and I didn't review it and introduce it to the staff until the 16th so it never even had a chance because the lists were already finished by that point.+

ifyoumakeit
01.10.11
I thought this was a user review at first before I noticed the Best of 2010 on the front page. I'm glad you like The State Lottery record. If anyone doesn't have it, you can download it for free/donation below.

http://www.ifyoumakeit.com/album/the-state-lottery/when-the-night-comes/

*There are links to purchase the LP from Salinas Records on the site


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