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EPs & Honorable Mentions | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1


30. Letlive – Fake History

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As 2010 grilled our patience for new Glassjaw material from crispy to charred, we got a record from California’s Letlive that was arguably just as good as anything the former ever released. Fake History might not have Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence’s cathartic, slightly uncomfortable angst or Worship and Tribute’s deranged perfection, but what Letlive ape from their most obvious influence they amplify, polish, and release with more honesty and heart than Daryl Palumbo’s cryptic lyrics and ironic vocal style could ever allow. Letlive don’t shy away from cheese – lead singer Jason Butler’s clean vocals have more than a hint of Claudio Sanchez – but they’re not winking as they indulge in it. Fake History oozes passion, Letlive selling rage as though they are under the impression that they’re the last angry band out there. And though there’s not much density to the album, there doesn’t need to be. Letlive remind us that sometimes you don’t have to give an album a great deal of thought for it to be all sorts of awesome. - Adam D.

29. Daniel Bjarnason – Processions

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Modern classical composers live in a strange world, floating between a world of academia where they strive for acceptance and a world of increasingly disengaged citizens who haven’t even heard Beethoven’s 5th in its entirety. Composers have tried to transcend this gap with more accessible instrumentation and song structures, but perhaps it is the route of Iceland’s Daniel Bjarnason that will prove most fortuitous. On Processions, Bjarnason composes a suite of multi-tracked cello movements, a piano concerto with full orchestra, and a chamber piece for harp and percussion–standard classical in both instrumentation and structure. Bjarnason’s closest relative, tonally, is either Stravinsky circa Petroushka or Debussy, depending on his mood. Yet Processions connects with more ordinary listeners solely on the visceral quality of its compositions. Rage and serenity become Bjarnason’s key binary, as he injects both qualities into each of his compositions, perhaps partly inspired by his native country’s financial collapse and natural landscape. These are emotions that listeners empathize with and undoubtedly feel in Bjarnason’s music, no matter how atonal he gets. - Tyler F.

28. Atheist – Jupiter

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A lot of bands have reformed recently in order to give the metal scene a second try, and Atheist are one of the biggest names. The difference between Atheist and a lot of these other artists is that Atheist have come back more pissed off, more intense and more technical than ever. There are going to be those who claim that they remained within their comfort zone, but if chaotic riffs and an unrelenting attack are comforting then more power to them. Jupiter may take a while to finally click, but when it does the sheer amount of jaw-dropping power combined with an uncanny ability to make the songs catchy becomes readily apparent. - Trey S.

27. Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner

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A number of blue chip electronic musicians pushed their style towards the more organic and minimalist in 2010. Big names like Four Tet, Caribou, Bonobo, and Pantha du Prince sampled chant vocals, forest sounds, and even field recordings from the Swiss Alps, all in an attempt to inject their music with the inimitable hum of naturalistic sounds. No matter how well-intentioned, these stylistic forays all sound like child’s play next to Gold Panda’s Lucky Shiner, an album that truly captures this characteristic placidity and breath-like quality and even adds its own personal touch. From the vibraphone fill on ‘You’ to the wild raga of ‘India Lately’ Gold Panda breathes life into synthetic sounds better than any other artist this year. - Nick G.

26. Dead Letter Circus – This is the Warning

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Dead Letter Circus shoot straight to the top of the burgeoning Australian alternative-rock scene following the release of their long-awaited debut LP This Is The Warning. Building on the promise of their earlier EPs, the Brisbane quintet produce a number of stunning moments over the album’s 53 minutes. Especially impressive are the way in which the soaring melodies of Kim Benzie’s astounding vocals & Rob Maric’s delay-soaked guitar somehow combine exquisitely with a thumping rhythm section. While the crossover appeal apparent here was proved by its surprise #2 debut in the Australian charts, the additional variety provided by the increased use of spacey synths on a handful of expansively experimental cuts tops This Is The Warning off excellently. - Davey B.

25. The Knife – Tomorrow, in a Year

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To create Tomorrow, in a Year, three separate artists (The Knife, Planningtorock and Mt. Sims) came together to write an opera for the stage based on Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, working separately from the choreographers and those in set design and meeting together to create the final piece. Those outside of Europe can only sneak peeks of the finished production through clips online, but the magnitude of the piece is housed in this monolithic soundtrack. For its hour-plus running length, the opera’s singers wade through amorphous clatter, threatened by great swells of drones and noises so warped they sound as if they were programmed by animals. It ebbs and flows, methodically building toward a second act steeped in resplendent pop panache of such skill that one is best left to earn its wonders through the album’s preceding (and far more challenging) act. The Knife have made a name for themselves by providing great electro-pop tunes that adorn gloom and repressed sexuality with an intoxicating responsibility, and here they take that energy and consider the birth of man as only computers and animals could tell it. - Lewis P.

24. Quiet Steps – Think Aloud

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It feels strange to praise an emotional hardcore band for having restraint but Quiet Steps, like their droning, groovy countrymates Ohana and the midtempo and subdued Sinaloa, take the edge off of hardcore’s slinky riffs, shouting, and pulsating rhythms to great effect. Tempos are reduced and sensations are muted, but this compression of dynamic and emotional range actually opens up the band’s sound rather than constricting it. Instead of swinging wildly between soft and loud sections, Quiet Steps do just what their name implies and continuously transform their songs until they become tense, overwrought pieces that resolve in controlled mature crescendos. - Nick G.

23. Tera Melos – Patagonian Rats

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Tera Melos left three years between their last original release, Complex Full of Phantoms, and Patagonian Rats. In that time they found a new drummer, put out an esoteric comedy movie called Snakeville, released a slapstick cover EP called Idioms, vol. 1, and published videos about making Kombucha with roadie pubes. For any other band this absurd, circuitous path would translate to failure. Only Tera Melos could reinvent themselves from a catchy but abstract math rock group to an even catchier surf-rock via pop punk band and have the result be stupidly perfect. The lo-fi production, bouncy instrumental performances, and silly attitude give this album a carefree bliss that transforms the bleakest days into the summer days of my youth full of ice cream sandwiches and skate sessions. - Nick G.

22. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

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American Slang is a signal of hope that well into this new century good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll will continue to survive. It’s the kind of blue collar tradition that made legends out of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and John Fogerty. On prior Gaslight Anthem albums, singer Brian Fallon seemed caught in a web of white picket fence nostalgia, but with American Slang he has emerged as his own man. He pleads his case in ‘Old Haunts’ with the line, “So don’t sing me your songs about the good times. Those days are gone and you should just let them go,” and in the process firmly establishes himself as the most down to earth up and coming rock star of his generation. – Adam T.

21. Extra Life – Made Flesh

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It seemed impossible for an album to be more confusing, challenging, and complex than the twisted avant-garde of Extra Life’s 2008 debut Secular Works was, but Charlie Looker achieved that very feat two years later with Made FleshMade Flesh saw the group experimenting further with synthesisers (‘Voluptuous Life’), pop structures (‘Black Hoodie’), and subtle melody (‘One of Your Whores’), being more heavy, energetic, and expansive, and yet even more personal than Secular Works. With his combination of pop melody, progressive and avant-garde structure, brutal rhythmic patterns, melismatic Medieval vocal performances, strange lyrical ideas and twisty, grandiose compositions played by deceptively small ensembles, Charlie Looker’s musical vision is a truly singular one. More than anything, Made Flesh cements his status as a key composer and performer of the 21st century. - Andrew H.

20. Deftones – Diamond Eyes

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Given what’s happened to Deftones over the course of the past two years, you’d be forgiven for being surprised that this album was made at all. Yet from adversity comes triumph – not only does Diamond Eyes exist, it’s also excellent. Even beyond its origins, it’s an album of contradictions: it’s their freest and rawest sounding album since Adrenaline, yet if the band are to be believed it’s the one that required the most work, as their decision to abandon Pro Tools forced them to sharpen up their musicianship like never before. Yet despite the changes in approach and personnel it remains, above all, a classic Deftones album – one that finds sensitivity and finesse amidst its heaviness, and shows off some of the most intelligent dynamic control in music right now. They’ve now outlasted and outplayed their competitors so thoroughly that it’s tempting to wonder if they ever really had any in the first place. - Nick B.

19. Beach House – Teen Dream

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Despite Teen Dream’s early release this year, indie pop duo Beach House left an impression lasting enough to endure throughout the year. Within Teen Dream, each passing second relays this sensation of melting into dreaminess of each track that provides a remarkably easy listen. The thematic opener ‘Zebra’ slowly drifts as climaxes are dictated by vocal dynamics, simple strums and sliding guitar riffs. Meanwhile, tracks like ‘10 Mile Stereo’ and ‘Used To Be’ showcase Victoria Legrand’s mesmerizing voice while providing a subtle diversity among tracks. Most of all, there is a therapeutic vibe throughout Teen Dream, as if this album was made to make everything feel right again within ourselves. - Ryan F.

18. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini

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Prog and black metal have never been the most comfortable of bedfellows, but a number of black metal acts (particularly the Norwegians) have made something of a cottage industry from the unlikely combination. Head and shoulders above their peers stand Enslaved and, now into their 20th year, the sheep-downloading quintet have produced their greatest record to date in Axioma Ethica Odini. Marrying the bleak moods and harsh tones of black metal with the lush smoothness and melodic sophistication of prog’s golden era, Axioma Ethica Odini is positively invigorating. The record’s 58 minutes breeze by in an instant and give a timely reminder that the genre of black metal still has plenty of new directions to follow and avenues to explore. - Dave D.

17. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis

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Ire Works was a good, risky album, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Option Paralysis in the way that the latter weaves experimentation, catchy melodies, and brutality so fluidly and expertly. While it might not be a classic, it’s definitely the closest the Dillinger Escape Plan have come since Greg Puciato joined the band, and that’s saying a lot given how far they’ve come. They’ve lost musician after musician, but the creativity has never departed from one of the most hailed bands in the hardcore/metal scene. - Channing F.

16. How to Dress Well – Love Remains

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In a year where Inception cast such a huge shadow over cinema, it’s only fitting that one of the year’s most talked-about and well-recieved new bands also play around with the idea of dreams. There’s hardly been a review of Love Remains that hasn’t mentioned the hazy atmosphere it creates, its offbeat R&B-fuelled nostalgia blurring the boundaries between imagination and reality, between memory and fiction. For any indie fan that grew up in a world where a Jodeci, En Vogue, Boyz II Men, SWV, or Blackstreet was on every radio and TV station, it’s remarkable how well-judged this is: How to Dress Well have got a eerie knack of making original material sound like samples you’ve known for years. A reminder of a more innocent, simpler time for us all? No wonder people went nuts for it. - Nick B.

15. Dark Time Sunshine – Vessel

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Whereas Kanye West and Big Boi stole all the hip-hop critical acclaim and publicity this year, Vessel was the little rap record that could, flying under the radar and stealthily staking its claim as one of the best albums in the genre. Vessel is an apt name; Dark Time Sunshine takes you on a trip through the furthest fringes of the hip-hop universe, a sector populated by likeminded pioneers like Aesop Rock and P.O.S but still its own unique, innovative beast. This isn’t nerd rap or hip hop that’s unpalatable to the average fan; MC Onry Ozzborne is easy to understand and even easier to listen to, weaving engaging tales as he does on ‘E.R’ and ‘Little Or No Concern,’ while producer Zavala runs the gamut from the propulsive, tribal ‘Defender’ to the psychedelic layers of ‘All Aboard’ without a dud to be found. This is a trailblazer for the new decade, a road map of where hip-hop can go and what it can do, and the kind of release that makes you believe that, yes, there always is something new under the sun. - Rudy K.

14. Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People

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During midsummer, when Sufjan Stevens abruptly announced and subsequently dropped All Delighted People, it was viewed as one of the best-kept secrets in the music world this year. It took all of a day to remove that title, as it became a trending topic on Twitter and appeared in the top 50 of the Billboard 200. All Delighted People provides a stark contrast to The Age of Adz, as it is a darker, more emotionally brimming piece whereas The Age of Adz is rather jovial and enticing. All Delighted People sees Sufjan Stevens provide a transitional album that proves its merit with grand compositions such as ‘All Delighted People (Original Version).’ Most importantly, it shows Sufjan Stevens’ capabilities free of any concept, and he undoubtedly passes the test. - Ryan F.

13. Women – Public Strain

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There seems to be opposing logic at work within Public Strain, how the band seem content to break out of the comfortable formalities we’ve come to understand in indie rock, even as they possess and display a great personal knowledge of how the whole indulgent spectacle works. That all means very little; just more critical analysis, more public strain on a band that are really just writing bleary, post-punk kind-of rock as they wish. It’s lost in a blizzard of anonymity, self-encased in a repellent vibe that clears the room for everyone else. One will think of Sonic Youth and Unwound, call out Deerhunter for letting ‘Eyesore’ get away from them, wonder what the hell these guys are even saying, recollect only the hazy mumblings of a man, a boy, some singer with a distant howl, “Can’t you see?” See what?Public Strain lacks decipherable content; we add personal context. Women asks us to feel as the bass drum kicks off dirt only to reveal more grime, but yet, beneath the grime, there comes the shimmering dust of public strain settling into our lungs until we cough up a laugh from pure exhaustion. Public Strain is kind of like that, when it blooms into a dust cloud so large that ‘Eyesore’ can only blast rays of light through it, creating solid beams out of nothing. And in there, I see Public Strain. - Lewis P.

12. Parades – Foreign Tapes

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Perhaps the most striking thing about Parades’ debut record, Foreign Tapes, is just how dynamic it is. It’s certainly an ambitious effort, but the Australian quartet don’t let that affect their ability to pen intimate pieces. Foreign Tapes has its fair share of complex songs, with the six minute ‘Marigold’ coming immediately to mind yet, despite this, it’s one of the year’s easiest listens. Chalk that up to Parades’ genre-bending incorporation of indie pop, electronic music and post-rock, the male/female vocal trade-offs used in several of the tracks, or the band’s knack for excellent song writing: the point is that Foreign Tapes is a joy to listen to. That Foreign Tapes accomplishes this while remaining original and innovative is what makes it such a special album. - Mike S.

11. Arcade Fire –  The Suburbs

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When a band release a debut LP as accomplished & magical as Funeral, the critical magnifying glass is sure to hover over them for the remainder of their career. If Arcade Fire’s superb third album The Suburbs is anything to go by however, then such examination will only motivate them to reach greater heights. Displaying a deft balance of personal intimacy and grand accessibility, The Suburbs is ambitious, yet accessible, epic without being pretentious. The Montreal septet include greater diversity and more varied inspirations on this well-produced and densely-layered album, where the splendidly crafted attention to detail seemingly culminates in effortless melodies appearing from nowhere. The absorbingly honest theme of questioning reminiscing results in a mature (almost parental) album that may not appeal to teenagers and should therefore age strongly. At 64 minutes it could have done with some editing, but otherwise The Suburbs deservedly fuels more “world’s best band” talk for Arcade Fire. - DaveyBoy





Crysis
01.04.11
Enslaved was pretty good.

Hep Kat
01.04.11
I've been pretty disappointed so far : (

Motiv3
01.04.11
glad atheist is on here, i would put DEP higher but thats just me. Surprised Enslaved's on here too.

Lucid
01.04.11
Nice to see that All Delighted People and Love Remains got this high.

MorningView425
01.04.11
I've been really interested to see if Karnivool makes it on here. It was a 2009 release some places, but 2010 here in the States. Then again, not sure if it ever got a big enough crowd here on sputnik to listen to it.

Xenophanes
01.04.11
List is really cool. Some surprises as well. Especially surprised to see Diamond Eyes so low, I was for sure thinking that was easily going to crack the top 15.

conradtao
01.04.11
11? Really?

Happy to see that Tomorrow, In A Year made it, a little sad that How to Dress Well didn't crack the top ten.

Metalstyles
01.04.11
Again, props to Trey for the formatting, this looks gorgeous. Also, why are some of you surprised that Enslaved is here? At least 3-4 staff members had it on their end of the year lists on a high spot.

DoubtGin
01.04.11
I guess All Delighted People is an exception

FadeToBlack
01.04.11
Paracletus for top 10 then... :P

Thor
01.04.11
ugh Deftones at 20, what kind of shit is that

IsItLuck?
01.04.11
I was surprised DEP didn't make it higher on the list

Irving
01.04.11
Why isn't the All Delighted People EP sitting in the EP section?

Crysis
01.04.11
"Paracletus for top 10 then"

That would be sick but the only Staffer who has it rated is Adam and he gave it a 3.5.

FadeToBlack
01.04.11
"Why isn't the All Delighted People EP sitting in the EP section?"

because it isnt; deal with it

Crysis
01.04.11
Oh and Trey gave it a 4 as well.

Ponton
01.04.11
loved this ;)

great work so far

greg84
01.04.11
30, 20 and mostly 17 ftw.

Lucid
01.04.11
Hope Joanna Newsom gets Top 5 but unlikely

Electric City
01.04.11
8 songs, 60 minutes of music- we made an exception for All Delighted People

Thane
01.04.11
Good to see Patagonian Rats get some love, awesome album.

StreetlightRock
01.04.11
I know I'm biased but goddamn this is the best top of '10 list on the internet, hands down.

Motiv3
01.04.11
The National for #1. Won't happen, but oh well xD.

bloc
01.04.11
This is pretty interesting. Many albums I thought to be in the Top 10 have already appeared here. Excellent.

Electric City
01.04.11
to knife fans, lewis and i say you're welcome for 25. and public strain at 13 does this old heart some good :)

AliW1993
01.04.11
I wasn't expecting to see Americal Slang so high, but it's a pleasant surprise. That record has definitely been dismissed too easily.

conradtao
01.04.11
Sufjan, Kanye, National, Titus, and The Wild Hunt in the top 5. My guess. No clue in what order, though.

mvood
01.04.11
most of the stuff I'm expecting haven't appeared yet i don't know if that's good or bad.

fr33convict
01.04.11
The amount of metal makes me happy :)

louie772
01.04.11
30, 16, and 15, yum

Adash
01.04.11
21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 GOD

Love how your comment just completely shits on Four Tet, Caribou, Bonobo, and Pantha du Prince i.e. the best albums of the year



AliW1993
01.04.11
I reckon in no order the top 10 will be;

The National
Kanye West
Titus Andronicus
Sufjan Stevens
The Tallest Man On Earth
Big Boi
LCD Soundsystem
Deerhunter
Janelle Monae
Flying Lotus

Dont think any of those have featured so far...

rainonmyparade
01.04.11
Completely forgot about American Slang, good album. Deftones and AF are way too low here.

conradtao
01.04.11
Honestly I would be surprised if they featured LCD Soundsystem...

Nikkolae
01.04.11
american slang that high? hmm...

AliW1993
01.04.11
I seem to remember loads of really high staff ratings when it came out. Sure they could have dropped a bit but I'd be amazed if it's not in the top 50.

mvood
01.04.11

I reckon in no order the top 10 will be;

The National
Kanye West
Titus Andronicus
Sufjan Stevens
The Tallest Man On Earth
Big Boi
LCD Soundsystem
Deerhunter
Janelle Monae
Flying Lotus

Dont think any of those have featured so far...

I agree exept Joanna Newsom will be in there somewhere too

Yotimi
01.04.11
I like a few of these.

thumbcrusher
01.04.11
i thought diamond eyes would have been higher

snerefedsav
01.04.11
deftones at 20 and behind beach house...

WHAT THE FUCK

StreetlightRock
01.04.11
WHAT THE FUCK

plane
01.04.11
I thought Deftones at 20 was really good ??

greg84
01.04.11
Is it gonna be a user-based list or something like that this year?

Hep Kat
01.04.11
user-based

WHAT THE FUCK

Lucid
01.04.11
LCD Soundsystem won't be in the Top 10.

ffs
01.04.11
more like user biased am i right heh! urgh

wyankeif1337
01.04.11
o i see wut u just did theyr

greg84
01.04.11
Ah. Sorry. Stupid, rethorical question.

Willie
01.04.11
That is TBD. The contributors just barely got me the Users' Decade list right before Christmas.

greg84
01.04.11
"User-biased" is still good enough for me.

cinaedus
01.04.11
ugh 23

Metalstyles
01.04.11
"That is TBD. The contributors just barely got me the Users' Decade list right before Christmas."

Luckily for the userbase, that list would most probably be compiled quickly. Unless you're going to give it to us contribs again in which case it would make a solid summer feature lol.

Flyboy
01.04.11
Deftones at 20? I have to say im shocked to see. I thought it would be in the top ten at least. This is my album of the year for sure tho



EVedder27
01.04.11
surprised to see American Slang that high

BassDemon333
01.04.11
Damn...I was hoping Diamond Eyes would be at least in the top 10.

greg84
01.04.11
I'm surprised it's that high actually.

SpaceGhost
01.04.11
Dude, if LCD isn't on this list, I'll be super disappointed. Thank god 11 wasn't any higher b/c honestly it was a pretty mediocre album. And that Women album is amazing, glad to see it so high

BigTuna
01.04.11
I need to listen to 29 and 27

DhA
01.04.11
Happy Arcade Fire missed out on the top 10, unhappy Deftones did.

BigTuna
01.04.11
also glad to see 15 on here

brandnewAAAA
01.04.11
I guess with this part goes my hopes to see Orbs' album anywhere on the list, oh well.

brandnewAAAA
01.04.11
And Six Gallery better be in the top ten, way better than 12 and 11 imo.

Yazz_Flute
01.04.11
I totally missed 30.

Really enjoy 17, 18, 20, and 28. Thought 11, 23, and 27 were overrated.

Yazz_Flute
01.04.11
26, not 27 I mean.

elephantREVOLUTION
01.04.11
i thought deftones would of made it into the top 10 easy. and i'm really glad to see tera melos. i thought they were gonna get snubbed.

Baphomet
01.04.11
Loving the lists and loving the fact Deftones won't be in the top 10.

Manic_
01.04.11
surprised to see Deftones at 20, that album has been on the popular album chart since it came out.

also expected Immolation somewhere in here, I highly doubt its gonna make the top 10.

Imperial
01.04.11
If Kanye beats out Deftones I'm going to shit in an envelope and mail it to sputnik

acADHDemy
01.04.11
- Davey B.

GnarlyShillelagh
01.04.11
Imperial you're a fucking moron

Baphomet
01.04.11
Also, PARADES FUCK YEAH!

I thought it wouldn't appear here with Davey being the only staff supporting it and all...

FatChickIrl
01.04.11
18 should be lower most definetely

jeremologyy
01.04.11
good to see arcade fire getting the proper placement. too much hyper in my opinion, and 11 seems like a good spot.

JJwins
01.04.11
soooooooooooooooooooooooo glad to see tera melos on here.

it seems like every user excluded it from their list, glad the staff gave that album the recognition it deserves. This gives me hope for the top 10, the kind of hope that kanye WON'T be number one.

NailScarredHands
01.04.11
Great list.

asaf
01.04.11
how has of montreal false priest not made anything on the list yet...

asaf
01.04.11
or plastic beach for that matter...

asaf
01.04.11
and if amia venera landscape sneaks in over these two...

asaf
01.04.11
and blue sky noise...

Defeater
01.04.11
finally the list started getting good at 20

21-30 are shit

Crymsonblaze
01.04.11
Thank God #30 is on here. I was gonna be pissed if it wasn't.

taxidermist
01.04.11
If I don't see Blue Sky Noise...

brandnewAAAA
01.04.11
I feel compelled to ask: Is there some kind of deal between sputnik and myspace, because all this free advertising is a little suspicious to me...

kingjulian
01.04.11
Surprised that more people aren't going berzerk over Diamond Eyes not being in the top 10.

Defeater
01.04.11
maybe if it was top 10 material they would be

it has good placement in this list

plane
01.04.11
"21-30 are shit"

Aw, harsh. 30 (letlive), 27 (Gold Panda), 25 (The Knife), 24 (Quiet Steps) and 23 (Tera Melos) are all excellent, and those are the only ones I've heard.

Aids
01.04.11
yay good list, can't wait for the top 10.

starry
01.04.11
Consensus lists are always too predictable that's why people can already predict the albums that will be in the top 10. The only decent no1 of those that would be in the top ten would be Age of Adz.

Apollo
01.04.11
lol at 1000000 comments of "why the fuck is DE so low"

Deftones are my favorite band of all time and DE is great. Not amazing, just great. 20 is a fair spot for it to be at.

FishPhoenix
01.04.11
Yay for 30 and 17!

foreverendeared
01.04.11
I will stop logging on to sputnik for two days 2 DAYS! if Kanye is number one.

YoungHeretic
01.04.11
Tera Melos and Beach House are kinda overrated. If Beach House is in this list, and The Republic of Wolves aren't I am going to be upset.

TheStefan
01.04.11
the plot thickens.

24 is the tits

Romulus
01.04.11
awesome seeing Dark Time so high

Romulus
01.04.11
Sunshine*

Deviant.
01.04.11
Surprised Deftones made it on here to be honest. I knew a few staffers liked it but I didn't see it cracking top 50

Interested to see what's been snubbed because I can count more albums I expected to be on here than there are spots left

Gyromania
01.04.11
Who cares if Deftones' Diamond Eyes didn't crack the top ten, Its spot is more than acceptable. Besides, it wasn't even that great. I'm really glad to see The Knife on here at all, but I'm even happier to see it in the top 30. Can't wait to see the top ten.

Defeater
01.04.11
unpuff your chest there gyro

AtavanHalen
01.04.11
Parades :)

Also, fuck Deftones.

Enotron
01.04.11
yeah deftones was reall boring

eternium
01.04.11
Dear God, don't let Kanye be number one.

Enotron
01.04.11
nah too generic

kanye deserves one only for the effort he put into it, but even though i have it rated high and enjoy it, i firmly believe there's no emotional weight on that record

Defeater
01.04.11
clearly that questions was to atavan

Enotron
01.04.11
oh my b

deathofasalesman
01.04.11
It's inevitable now that Kanye is in the top 3.

djunior
01.04.11
getting worried about the TA/LD split. :[


Bulldog
01.04.11
Wow, okay, so no rap releases on the first installment, and now, fucking VESSEL? Shit. Better see both Big Boi and Kanye in the Top 10.

Enotron
01.04.11
WHY ARE YOUR TASTES IN HIP HOP DIFFERENT FROM MINE I AM THE MASTER OF HIP HOP AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH

deathofasalesman
01.04.11
"getting worried about the TA/LD split. :["

There are no EPs in the top 50 dude. It was already mentioned in the EP/Honorable Mentions post.

danielito19
01.04.11
"If Kanye beats out Deftones I'm going to shit in an envelope and mail it to sputnik"

Actually lemme fix it for ya:

If Kanye beats out DEP I'm going to shit in an envelope and mail it to sputnik.

AtavanHalen
01.04.11
Kanye is better than DEP and Deftontes combined.

Also, lol @ homophobic trolling

Spare
01.04.11
gonna have to prepare myself for the inevitable kanye top 5ing or fucking 1ing. album was so mediocre it hurts. also how to dress well was so bad ugh fuck you guys i am RIGHT GOD DAMN IT

DaveyBoy
01.04.11
"Also, PARADES FUCK YEAH!... I thought it wouldn't appear here with Davey being the only staff supporting it and all..."

Baph, I almost fell off my chair when I saw Mike had it as his #1 also... Alex had it #3 & a couple of others had it lower down in the 20's. Of course, if Downer had a couple of more weeks, he would have got it into the top 10 & then you all would have been thrown for a loop as to what was in the top 10.

Trist66
01.04.11
Welp, all of mine are up there. Save maybe Big Boi and the Tallest Man on Earth, which are both shoe ins for the top ten.

I'm actually surprised DEP or Deftones weren't in the top 10.

Vooligan
01.05.11
Yes Dead Letter Circus!

DaveyBoy
01.05.11
You can thank Jom & I for that Billy.

RiversCuomo
01.05.11
ugh 30

Electric City
01.05.11
you guys make me laugh sometimes, you really do

viewerslikeyou
01.05.11
oh cool, I love pitchfork

Electric City
01.05.11
other times you make me yell at my computer screen

Lucid
01.05.11
"I'm actually surprised DEP or Deftones weren't in the top 10."
lol

PayneTiger777
01.05.11
Top 10 has to have Oceansize.

Lucid
01.05.11
It won't.

FilthyBorgir
01.05.11
No It'll have Alcest.............................. Hopefully

Eko
01.05.11
yessss i was afraid american slang wouldnt make it. kanye/titus/national/sufjan/tallest man will be top 5, who knows the order.

myhigherpie
01.05.11
aghh only 10 left and I feel like there are more than 10 that deserve a place in those spots.

Long as The Wild Hunt is up there. That album has been hugely inspirational for me as a guitarist.

captaincrunch11
01.05.11
Flylo better be in the fucking top ten.....

InFiction
01.05.11
I'm happy to see #28, #20 and #17 on here.
Bring on the top 10!

Blackbelt54
01.05.11
wow 22 is really high... i need to hear 15. I'm not dissing it, but shouldn't 14 go under the EP category?

psykonaut
01.05.11
flylo better be in the top goddamn five at least
excellent list so far gentlemen, i look forward to seeing the top 10

Electric City
01.05.11
again, 8 songs, 60 minutes of music- we made an exception for All Delighted People

Spare
01.05.11
hey downer y u suk so muhc

psykonaut
01.05.11
yeah all delighted people is definitely an LP, you are all getting trolled by sufjan

Baphomet
01.05.11
So Silveri and Mikesn also gave Parades some luv? I need to put my favorite Staff list up to date...

Imperial
01.05.11
[quote]No It'll have Alcest.............................. Hopefully[/quote] Hopefully, but if we look at #16 we see albums getting on here that shouldn't be. How to dress well, or how to record and entire album in your basement and include horrifying crackling and distortion in every track. So I doubt it...

Jom
01.05.11
Man, this looks so God damn sexy.

snerefedsav
01.05.11
honestly, i was expecting diamond eyes to be number one. should have been higher for sure though

foreverendeared
01.05.11
LOL

Electric City
01.05.11
yes.

StreetlightRock
01.05.11
fucking win

Propaganda
01.05.11
Was extremely suprised to see Dead Letter Circus on this list.
Sure is a great album, but didn't expect it here. Great to see some hometown music (Australian) up high.

Kiran
01.05.11
"Consensus lists are always too predictable that's why people can already predict the albums that will be in the top 10."

you dont have to be a god damn soothsayer to observe which albums we've spent the last year hyping



mvood
01.05.11
10. Flying Lotus
9. Janelle Monae
8. Joanna Newsom
7. Sufjan Stevens
6. Deerhunter
5. Big Boi
4. The Tallest Man On Earth
3. The National
2. Kanye West
1. Titus Andronicus

Just my predictions ....

mvood
01.05.11
Or Maybe Circa Survive, Amia Venera or Gorillaz somewhere in there....

kangaroopoo
01.05.11
Dead Letter Circus (sweeeeet), Enslaved, Deftones my top 3

Deviant.
01.05.11
"That is TBD. The contributors just barely got me the Users' Decade list right before Christmas."

You give me that bad boy and it'll be done in 2 weeks

DaveyBoy
01.05.11
That's why I'm here Propaganda & kangaroopoo... But you can also thank Jom for getting DLC in there & so high.

Guys, you are all forgetting such an obvious album. My, how short your memories are.

kangaroopoo
01.05.11
Dead Letter Circus a sweet surprise, nice work Davey + Jom

IRAI
01.05.11
DLC is badass. happy theyre on here for sure.

brandnewAAAA
01.05.11
@Daveyboy The Graduate "Only Every Time"? If so, couldn't agree with you more, that album deserves to be in the top 10

brandnewAAAA
01.05.11
Plus would make everyone mad around here, it'd be fun to see that.

omnipanzer
01.05.11
Please switch Foals and Arcade Fire. Thank you

AztecChieftain
01.05.11
YEEZY confirmed for #1 deal with it

coleba
01.05.11
Yea, I fear for Six Gallery. Sup with Beacons?

HenchmanOfSanta
01.05.11
The new Immolation is miles ahead of Atheist's comeback, and Atheist are my favorite death metal band.

jrowa001
01.05.11
18 and 17 should be higher on the list. not bad though

sleepyhead
01.05.11
shame about no Intronaut here. not that that's the only one missing js

HenchmanOfSanta
01.05.11
Where's the top 10?

SpaceGhost
01.05.11
WHERE'S THE TOP 10?!?!?!?!?!

Phideaux
01.05.11
Fuck Yes 26!!

also, 30, 22, and 12

MorningView425
01.05.11
Yeah, I'd love to see Cloudkicker in the top 10 but there is just no way it gets on there. I'd be stunned- they just have a niche appeal. Progressive-math metal, ambient instrumentals with programmed drums...not what I expect Sputnik to put on the list. Really surprised to see 20 so low...I thought the "best album of their career" + pity vote for chi would lock them up for top 10. too bad. Is the 2009 list still up on the site anywhere?

HenchmanOfSanta
01.05.11
http://sputnikmusic.com/bestof2009

HallucinogeNick
01.05.11
http://sputnikmusic.com/bestof1776

DaveyBoy
01.06.11
I wish The Graduate would have made the top 10. I could hardly get any of the staff to listen to it, let alone vote for it.

Ironic re: the comment of switching Foals & Arcade Fire, since I took a while splitting them for #2 & #3 personally.

DaveyBoy
01.06.11
Shhhh you.

Since it's power-popp'ish, I think Jom was the only other possibility to include it in his list anyway.


Willie
01.06.11
You never know, Davey. You've said a few times that you're still unable to gauge my tastes.

Knott-
01.06.11
Graduate would seriously never have made top 10. I mean it was good but.. yeah.

DaveyBoy
01.06.11
I can't believe this has actually started a discussion... I was just trying to throw a few off the scent.

But I'm glad you at least liked it Adam. It would have been too poppy for you Trey.

Wildcatforever
01.06.11
Frightened Rabbit?

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