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08.25.11 [insert Sniffing Here]01.23.11 Roo'10 Top 30 Albums
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Roo'10 Top 30 Albums

Best 2010 albums I heard, mostly in the pop/alt/post/prog genres.
30Ellie Goulding

Cute voice with a distinct quiver. Catchy pop tunes. [Under the Sheets, The Writer]
29The Hundred in the Hands
The Hundred in the Hands

Indie synth pop punk with melodic trance-like siouxsie female vocals. [Young Aren't Young]
Ecailles de Lune

The opening track doesn't quite work for me but the rest of the album is excellent. [Ecailles de Lune ? Part II]
27Killing Joke
Absolute Dissent

The Great Cull wins the best anthemic rock tune of the year. A few absolute stand outs but there is quite a drop off with the rest after several listens. [The Great Cull, European Super State]
26As I Lay Dying
The Powerless Rise

They do this vein of metalcore well with plenty of resonant riffs and melodies. [Parallels]
25Haste The Day
Attack Of The Wolf King

A solid album with a lot of enjoyable songs and quality, melodic clean vocals. [Travesty]
24Deathspell Omega

These mysterious Frenchmen create a very dark, seedy atmosphere amidst a multitude of complex style and tempo changes which result in a very enjoyable, fluid album. This still requires some absorption. [Wings of Predation]
23 To Speak Of Wolves
Myself < Letting Go

Standard metalcore with exceptional cleans, especially my standout track. [You Should Have Locked Your Doors Days Ago]
22Coheed and Cambria
Year of the Black Rainbow

A real enjoyable, upbeat melodic release with a lush, energised production. [The Broken, World of Lines, The Black Rainbow]
21Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession

Very polished debut with excellent harsh vocals and long, diverse song structures. Cleans felt a bit weak at times and the flow of the album isn't always seamless, however, the ingredients are there for an incredible follow up. [The Traitor's March, Empire, Nicholas] Thanks Willie
20Amanda Jenssen

Strong, sexy, husky voice belting out some great bluesy pop tunes. [Happyland, Borderline] Thanks jrowa001 for this and other female vocalists
19An Autumn For Crippled Children

The most depressing album I heard this year. Really feel the pain and despair in the blackened cries and the slower tempo and ambient passages add weight to the melancholy. [I Beg Thee Not To Spare Me, A Dire Faith]
18Samsara Blues Experiment
Long Distance Trip

A psychedelic mix of Hendrix, kyuss and amplifier. Vocals take a back seat to these lengthy stoner jams. [For The Lost Souls] Thanks lobby
17The Mire
Volume: II

Cruisy post-metal with an even balance of light and shade. Some excellent ambient melodic passages and top quality clean vocals. [Shadows, The Rift] Thanks wyankeif1337
16Bring Me The Horizon
There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It.

Considering my range of tastes it wasn't a shock that I ended up enjoying this album once I got around to hearing it. Very catchy, effective integration of sound samples and the female vocal parts are downright sexy. [Fuck, Crucify Me, Don't Go]
Marrow of the Spirit

It doesn't have the same immediate pull as Agalloch's previous albums but it is still gaining ground with each listen. [Black Lake Nidstang]
14The Ocean

A much more cohesive and resonant follow up to the disappointing Heliocentric. The cleans are much improved with several stirring melodic moments. His thick accent still annoyed me a little as it tends to affect his diction and pitch but much less so than on Helio. [Anthropocentric, She Was The Universe]
13 Janelle Monae
The ArchAndroid (Suites II and II of IV)

A real fun, poppy, quirky delight. Many standouts, although several fillers emerge after multiple listens. [Cold War, Faster, Dance or Die]
12Kill The Client
Set For Extinction

Grind how I like it. The production, tempo and growls in the pig destroyer, napalm, nasum range. [As Roaches, The Walking Dead] Thanks sunofnothing13
Monument To Time End

Listened to this recently straight after watching the French horror flick, The Horde, the growls and atmosphere went right through me. [Red Fields]
Dark is the Way, Light is a Place

Anberlin maintain a very catchy, rich sound through the entire album with many standouts. Excellent feel good album. [We Owe This To Ourselves, Closer, You Belong Here]
9At The Soundawn

Cruisy, brassy post-metal with an even balance of light and shade. It is not as heavy or dynamic as Rosetta and Amia Venera Landscape yet I enjoyed this more. Those cleans in Release by Rosetta, this album is full of them. [Mudra, Caofedian, Black Waves]
8Kings of Leon
Come Around Sundown

A laid back enjoyable album with only a couple of fillers. There are some stirring melodies on this release. Could have thrown in a few faster tempo rockier tunes for extra variety. [Pyro, The End, Pickup Truck]
7Sarah McLachlan
Laws of Illusion

Not in the league of her Surfacing and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy classics but this subtle grower is ultimately a very pleasurable listen filled with sweet, touching moments. Tracks 2 to 4 are a bit light on but the melancholy really hits home for the remaining 8 songs. [Rivers of Love, Love Come, Bring on the Wonder]
6Birds Of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo

A poppier release than their more spirited and rocking Universes yet I wasn?t disappointed at all. This is a luscious collection of consistent, catchy pop tunes and ballads. [Circles, The Gap, Plans]
When All Became None

Bludgeoning blackened sludge with stirring low/high blood curdling vocals. The low growls and song titles are to die for. [Strip Nude For Your Killer, Start Saving For Your Funeral]
Diamond Eyes

Remarkably consistent band produces another stella piece of work treading the line effortlessly between angst and beauty. [Beauty School, Diamond Eyes, Royal]
Axioma Ethica Odini

Flawless, seamless listening experience from the infectious black and death growls to the melodic, progressive elements. I enjoy every aspect of Enslaved's sound. [Ethica Odini, Singular, The Beacon] Thanks hawks for this and a lot of the heavy stuff on this list.
We're Here Because We're Here

Immaculate, seamless, enchanting melodic progressive rock which conveys such beauty and melancholy. Subtle at first, this album is a grower and just keeps getting better. The pitch and melody in his vocals on the opening track call for song of the year. [Thin Air, A Simple Mistake, Summer Night Horizon]
1Dead Letter Circus
This Is The Warning

Their 2 EPs were amazing and I enjoyed this, their debut album, even more so. Massive production, melodies, choruses and crescendos. This is an incredibly consistent, catchy and emotive alt rock delight. The soundoff on the staff aoty list describes this album perfectly. [Here We Divide, Big, The Space on the Wall, The Design, One Step, Cage...you catch my drift]
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