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08.05.10 Best Albums Of 2009

Best Albums Of 2010

Although ordinarily I put ten, I only found five albums I would consider rworth mentioning in a "best of the year" list. There were a few runner-rups: Pain of Salvation, "Road Salt One;" Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, r"The Social Network OST;" and The Dillinger Escape Plan, "Option rParalysis."
5The Pineapple Thief
Someone Here is Missing

A highly infectious album, full of alternative rock riffing, electronic touches, and prog-tastic instrumental sections all awash in the sound of modern prog; an excellent outing for the band.
4Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More

Mumford and Sons make folk music that is both highly catchy and musically intriguing; the band interplay is fantastic on this record.
3 Hans Zimmer
Inception-Original Soundtrack

Zimmer's best score in awhile, "Inception" mixes the composer's requisite epic sounds with post-rock and electronic influences, crafting something quite bold, intense, and moving.
2 Shining

I would ordinarily not think to mix free jazz and metal, but Swedish experimentalists Shining did, and I'm quite happy for it. "Blackjazz" is highly inventive metal; the things they do with a saxophone on tracks like "HEALTER SKELTER" should be illegal.
1 The Elms
Stoppin' on a Dime: Live & Rare 2000-2010

A fond farewell from the band, "Stoppin' on a Dime" compiles unreleased studio tracks (that, in effect, make up their own album) and unreleased live recordings in a 40 song box set that truly shows how great this band is. The Elms have broken up now, but this album shows them to be a rock and roll band to be reckoned with.
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