|Iai's Top 40 Of 2010|
I haven't heard Cee-Lo yet. Judge me as you see fit.
Swaps the ket for weed, smartly distances himself from the thug end of
dubstep, and writes a genre classic in "Heart Space".
Criminal Art Lovers
The third-best Smiths studio album.
Millimetres away from becoming one of the best metal bands in the world
Drone with hypnotic African percussion - makes an hour feel like 15 minutes.
|36|| ||Woven Hand|
Like Comus on downers, this is Christian music done right.
Split the Atom
Ventures outside drum'n'bass in electro house and dubstep, but never
forgets to bring the bangers, hard.
|34|| ||Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings|
I Learned the Hard Way
One of the most authentic retro-soul acts working today. If released in the
'70s it'd be a cult classic.
UK hip-hop that genre-hops in a way that's almost psychotic. Feel free to
mark this down as the only time 'grime' and 'post-rock' will ever appear in
the same sentence.
A return to form that's not actually much of a return at all - this is a new
kind of Massive.
They've gone prog. Amazingly, they're still great.
Curse of the Red River
They understand how and when to show their technical ability to its best
effect as well as any other metal band I've heard.
|29|| ||Erykah Badu|
New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh
Would be better served without the billing of a sequel, but she's still right
at the forefront of soul in the 21st century.
Not as good as the debut, sure, but still way more accomplished and
involving than a band of this age and genre has any right to be.
The Age of Adz
Definitely not an EP. Definitely the second best thing he's ever done.
|26||Dark Time Sunshine|
Underground hip-hop run through a futuristic blender.
On the one hand, such a deeply personal album. On the other, what a way
to come out swinging after 9 years of record company bullshit.
|24||How to Dress Well|
The R&B of Jodeci, New Edition et al. as if it were a sound being
rediscovered in the 2200s on degraded magnetic tapes.
Songs for Swinging Lovers
Indie pop par excellence, with some properly sarky lyrics for grumpy old
bastards like me to enjoy.
Forest of Evil
Dark, dubby, reducing a chilling atmosphere to the level of a whisper.
|21||Chancha Via Circuito|
Digital cumbia, world-weary and elastically funky all at once.
The golden age of Balearic house wedged into an indie context - almost
defines the phrase 'surprisingly effective'.
Ecailles de lune
Everything the follow-up to Souvenirs should have been.
Album of the Year
Is there another artist more obviously ready to take the step up to 'classic'
with their next album?
The legend of Orpheus told as a folk-opera, with a cast including Justin
Vernon and Ani Difranco. Better than it sounds.
Composer attempting cello-led classical crossover, with the unusual advantage of
actually sounding like he knows what he's doing.
Made me completely forget why I couldn't warm to their earlier albums.
|14||The Gaslight Anthem|
Honest, unpretentious, and completely lacking in all the things I hate about
|13|| ||Georgia Anne Muldrow|
Those in the know said she'd leapfrog Erykah one day, and on the strength
of this year's albums, she's done just that.
Makes you wonder if there's any kind of rock music they wouldn't be great at.
It must be hard work for the haters - they're such an easy band to enjoy.
Probably has a better chance than anybody of emulating Burial's success
For an album that's so frighteningly complex, it's amazing how good it still
sounds when you're not paying attention.
|8||The Tallest Man on Earth|
The Wild Hunt
An unerringly consistent lyricist, with an ever-expanding sonic pallette to
draw from. Makes other singer-songwriters look silly.
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Gleefully inventive and it also doesn't suck - so it gets over the bridge
Andre 3000 always struggled with, then.
Marrow of the Spirit
Ignore the naysayers, it's their best yet.
|5||Her Name Is Calla|
The Quiet Lamb
Lovely people that make lovely music. Top 10 post-rock album of all time for
If the heaviest of heavy dubstep is your religion, this should be your Qur'an.
All Delighted People EP
Definitely not an EP. Definitely the best thing he's ever done.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
After his last two turds, I can't believe he's come back with something so
The Archandroid (Suites II and III of IV)
Outrageously ambitious, and frighteningly successful with it.