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|Mutatedfreek's Top 25 Albums Of 2010|
Says exactly what it says on the tin. Late due to my desire to actually let the year end before posting a list ranking its outstanding albums.
|25||Cee Lo Green|
The Lady Killer
After releasing possibly the best pop single of the entire year in "Fuck You", Cee Lo proves it was no fluke by reinforcing it with a surprisingly consistent album.
Stand Out Tracks: Bright Lights Bigger City, Fuck You
I don't know much about Titus Andronicus except that this album sounds like it would feel like to have been born into the 70's punk scene. You get that?
Stand Out Tracks: No Future Part III: Escape From No Future, Four Score And Seven
Though it took a while to sink in, Diamond Eyes is definitely Deftones' second best album, and a perfect response to the unfortunate accident of Chi Cheng.
Stand Out Tracks: Sextape, Risk
The Notorious XX
On its surface, the notion of taking the dreamy melodies found on The XX's 2009 debut XX and mixing them with The Notorious B.I.G's effortless flow perhaps sounds a little barmy and yet somehow Wait What's hybrid of the two vastly differing styles is perhaps the most innovative release of 2010, and also one of the best.
Stand Out Tracks: Juicy-r, The Curious Incident Of Big Poppa In The Nighttime
|21||Coheed And Cambria|
Year Of The Black Rainbow
Chris Pennie joins Coheed and Cambria and immediately shows his class by reviving the band's tired rhythm section.
Stand Out Tracks: Guns Of Summer, Far, Pearl Of The Stars
|20||The Dillinger Escape Plan|
It takes all of eleven seconds for Option Paralysis to break out the pounding drums, light speed guitars and hyperactive vocals but as soon as the initial roar of "Farewell, Mona Lisa" exits the speakers it's clear that The Dillinger Escape Plan haven't changed one iota. And, let's face it, this is a good thing.
Stand Out Tracks: Farewell, Mona Lisa, Gold Teeth On A Bum, Widower
The ArchAndroid (Suites II And III Of IV)
Thoroughly over-the-top and painstakingly addictive, this amalgamation of styles should be, by rights, a clusterfuck of epic proportions. Instead, Monae's eclectic palate serves only to emphasize the moments of genius on display throughout The ArchAndroid.
Stand Out Tracks: Cold War, Tightrope
|18||Devil Sold His Soul|
Blessed & Cursed
Although it is not as good as "A Fragile Hope", Blessed & Cursed feels more complete than its predecessor and still packs a punch, albeit a cute jab rather than a crunching left hook. Maybe my skepticism is bought about due to an unfair bias towards the album that introduced me to post-metal, but nevertheless this is further proof that Devil Sold His Soul deserve to be massive.
Stand Out Tracks: Tides, Frozen
Riffs a plenty converge with heavy drums and raw vocals to produce one of the surprise entities of the year. Kvelertak combine black metal (vaguely) with hardcore and old school rock 'n' roll to create a dense, guitar-led sound completely unlike anything I know.
Stand Out Tracks: Fossegrim, Liktorn
|16||More Than Life|
Love Let Me Go
Okay so it's not the best hardcore release of the year - heck it's not even the best southern English hardcore release of the year - but that doesn't mean it's not damn good. While Love Let Me Go doesn't really bring anything new to the table (Defeater and Modern Life Is War have both done intelligent melodic hardcore in recent years; and better) it is a well crafted album with next to no filler and heaps of highlights, none more so than the sublime "Daisy Hill" in which drums, bass, guitar and vocals come together perfectly.
Stand Out Tracks: Daisy Hill, Love Let Me Go
The Golden Archipelago
Let's get one thing out of the way, The Golden Archipelago is a slow-burner, in fact scrap that, it's a real slow-burner. On first listen it is difficult to appreciate the delicate touches that make the album so enjoyable and the slow tempo may be too off putting for some. However once this initial barrier is breached the enjoyability of the album enhances exponentially with the fantastic track ordering only helping to aid the cause.
Stand Out Tracks: Black Eyes, Castaways
Poignant baritone vocals over lush richly layered instrumentation, where have I heard this before? Regardless of how many bands have copied The National's formula over the last few years, High Violet proves that the Cincinnati quintet are still ahead of the curve.
Stand Out Tracks: Afraid Of Everyone, Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
David Sylvian is the master of collaborations, and this is a masterwork of 10 years worth of them. Whether exploring new genres with which to attach his unashamedly unique vocals or redefining the nuances of ambient electronica with long term colleague Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sylvian rarely skips a beat over the seventeen tracks. Though the artistic disparity between the tracks can confuse, Sleepwalkers is well paced and assembled as an album rather than a collection.
Stand Out Tracks: Money For All, Exit/Delete, Wonderful World, Trauma
Ecailles De Lune
In a triumph of ambience, shoegaze meets black metal, and Alcest deliver the most beautiful album of 2010. Though the heartbreaking melody and soaring cleans of "Sur l'Ocean Couleur De Fer" make for perhaps the most emotionally stirring track of 2010 there are many more highlights to choose from and when added to the consistency of Ecailles De Lune makes for a stunning record.
Stand Out Tracks: Percees De Lumiere, Sur l'Ocean Coleur De Fer
|11||Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse|
Dark Night Of The Soul
If anybody ever tries to convince you that music isn't an art form you should force them to listen to the most understated, emotionally charged 45 minutes of music released in 2010. Whether employing Wayne Coyne to tug at the heartstrings (pun not intended) whilst ever-so-succinctly summing up the album in "Revenge" (Pain; it's just a matter of sensation) , turning to Iggy Pop's rampant vocals to get the heart pumping (again, no pun intended) in "Pain" or leaving David Lynch to thoroughly weird you out through his glorious accompanying artistry Dark Night Of The Soul is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. RIP Mark Linkous.
Stand Out Tracks: Revenge, Power, Dark Night Of The Soul
|10||Marina & The Diamonds|
The Family Jewels
Marina Diamondis is Welsh. Marina Diamondis has a beautiful voice. Marina Diamondis released a quirky, catchy-as-fuck pop album called The Family Jewels. You should listen.
Stand Out Tracks: Are you Satisfied, Obsessions, Hermit The Frog
Crystal Castles II
Irrational, spasmodic, and utterly moreish Crystal Castles II improves upon every facet of the original. The energy is still there, as are Alice Glass's majestic vocals, but where Crystal Castles was infuriatingly inconsistent, II is a more refined and complete record.
Stand Out Tracks: Celestica, Baptism, Vietnam
Australian indie/art-rock that punches well above its weight, Foreign Tapes is similar in many ways to another album on this list, Foals' Total Life Forever. While it may not have the opulent range of styles found in TLF it is immediately captivating and though the instrumental delicacy is composed proficiently it is the mesmeric female vocals that really make this album stand out.
Stand Out Tracks: Lung Full Of Light, Loserspeak In New Tongue, Marigold
There's no doubting it now, Arcade Fire are officially a big deal. While Neon Bible was a disappointing follow up to Funeral, The Suburbs is a (not quite so) surprising return to form for the septet.
Stand Out Tracks: The Suburbs, Half Light I, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Majesty And Decay
Majesty And Decay combines everything you would expect of a death metal album in a brutally heavy package without once dropping from the inhuman tempo set by first proper track "The Purge".
Stand Out Tracks: The Purge, The Rapture Of Ghosts, The Comfort Of Cowards
The Age Of Adz
Having never heard any Sufjan Stevens before I approached this with trepidation. I was expecting cutesy indie pop with decent if not amazing instrumentation. What I got was vastly superior; lavish vocals sprawled over subtley technical melodies.
Stand Out Tracks: Futile Devices, Too Much, Vesuvius
|4||Sed Non Satiata|
Sed Non Satiata
Melodic post-rock tinged screamo from France, sounds sexy and it is.
Stand Out Tracks: Les Colonnes De Soie, Entre Le Mots, L'arrache Coeur
Cold And Distant, Not Loving
Heavy, brooding, and unrelenting, this southern English hardcore group sure know how to get your blood pumping; and at only 17 minutes you can listen to this 3 times in a row and still have change from an hour. Though the post-metalesque "Heavy Hearted" does little to get the blood pumping it sets the mood perfectly for the remaining 6 tracks to pummel your ear drums, concluding with the sensationally chaotic "A Sheep, A Well". Also, if you manage to obtain the vinyl release the artwork is mindblowing.
Standout Tracks: Heavy Hearted, Pale, A Sheep, A Well
Total Life Forever
I didn't think anything would top this, I really didn't. I know I'm in the minority but for me this is close to perfect. From the over-the-top poppiness of "Miami", the under-the-bottom (?) subtlety of "Black Gold" and the haunting beauty of "Spanish Sahara" the album is both expressive and varied throughout without losing any of its intimacy.
Stand Out Tracks: Miami, Black Gold, Spanish Sahara, Alabaster
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
I didn't expect this to be here. Honestly, I wouldn't have expected this to make my top 25 at the start of the year. However, the leak and subsequent release of "Power" piqued my interest. This interest was sufficient for me to acquire a copy when the album leaked and it blew me away. Purchasing the non-censored version did nothing but increase my love for this album and while its longevity has yet to be tested, the sheer brilliance of this album and the impact it has had on me since its release means placing it anywhere but first on my list would be a travesty.
Stand Out Tracks: Power, So Appaulled, Runaway, Hell Of A Life, Lost In The World
|Fuck me that took a while!|
|mr cool ice|
|Ur just jealous.|
|Lotsa descriptions this year.|
|needs less fagcest, more deathspell omega|
|Awesome list. I still feel bad for shunning David Sylvian and Alcest |
|Very nice list, I really need to check out the Cee-Lo album|
|Deathspell would make a top 30 list.|
|Good stuff Rosco Ice... Although, you're off Foals' Christmas Card list now.|
LOL at "under the bottom".
|Shame on you Matt.|
Yeah Cee Lo was surprisingly good Ali, if you like Gnarls Barkley and/or "Fuck You" I'd recommend it.
Haha I still voted it higher than you did Davey, where did Arcade Fire come from?
|Well, some of them are from Houston & others are from Haiti... But now they're from Montreal.|
|...I meant when did it suddenly sneak up your best of 2010 list?|
|Hehe. I knew what you meant. Being an Arcade Fire fan & absolutely loving 'Ready To Start', I knew I'd like the album a fair bit, so I left it towards the end while I got other albums out of the way. Then I took it away with me on the honeymoon (with about 5-6 other albums) & it stood out BIG time. |
|DaveyBoy's sex album of 2010.|
|i respect this list. |
even though i don't think 1 deserves that spot, and 24 was my favorite album of the year.
|Great list, Ross.|
But Kvelertak is top 10 Material and you know it!
AND MARINA NEEDS TO BE HIGHER!!!
AND WHERE IS NOISIA?!?!?!
|Also, mother fucking Deftones.|
|Ugh, diamond eyes...|
|Shinedown now has a song called Diamond Eyes.|
Good list, Ross, but Kanye at #1?
|Deftones are good, I don't really understand the objections to Diamond Eyes, but it's lowish so hopefully it can be overlooked. |
Baph: Noisia suck, ok well maybe they just aren't my kind of music. Still at least I checked them out.
Mimsy: Yeah, surprisingly, what was your number 1? (as you didn't order your list you sly fucker)
|Well maybe you're not Noisia's kind of listener have you thought about that?!|