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Another 2010 List... ...except This One Rules!

So this is the best stuff I've come across this year. Not a particularly rblues heavy year which rrrwas disappointing by nevermind eh. Here rwe go. Any recs for stuff I should have listened to rrrthis year are ralways welcome.
1Janelle Monae
The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)

Best thing I've listened to all year by a mile. Just an amazing creation with such variation. This album is so ambitious and ridiculous yet it manages to be more cohesive that it has any right to. Fantastic!
2The National
High Violet

Their third perfect album in a row. Everything that needs to be said about this album already has so I won't bore you!
3The Gaslight Anthem
American Slang

Probably not quite as good as '59 Sound but I'm always gonna be a sucker for some Springsteen influence Americana
4Bruce Springsteen
The Promise

Speaking of the Boss this collection of material from the Darkness sessions really gives a fresh insight into the work that went into that album. I love the alternate version of Racing in the Street and Candy's Boy is real gem that offsets Candy's Room brilliantly. We see the original version of Because the night as well which is fast becoming a Springsteen favourite of mine. I realise it's a bit dubious putting a load of material from 1978 on a 2010 list but, hey, it's my list so screw you!

This was a real surprise for me. I was expecting this to be shit but there are great collaborations here that really make it great including Myles Kennedy and, oddly, Fergie.
6Frightened Rabbit
The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Great follow-up album from a great Scottish Indie band.
7Titus Andronicus
The Monitor

Loved this more than Airing of Grievances. Great album, lets hope they keep up the great material in the future.
8John Butler Trio
April Uprising

Far more accessible than previous albums and as such it doesn't really compare to Sunrise Over Sea but I really enjoyed this album nonetheless. Revolution and C'mon Now are the standouts
9Joe Bonamassa
Black Rock

A more Greek-influenced album (i think that's where it was recorded). A really great collection of songs including a great cover of Leonard Cohen's Bird on A Wire.
10Joanna Newsom
Have One on Me

Lengthy, odd but amazingly engaging. I'm still discovering new facets to this album with every listen.
11 The Weakerthans
Live At Burton Cummings Theatre

First time i'd really given this band a listen, and what a great introduction it is. The only reason this is so low is because it's a live album and essentially a greatest hits album and so feels like a bit of a cheat in that respect!
12Cee Lo Green
The Lady Killer

Awesomely catchy album from the Soul Machine. Stand-outs are Wildflower and a great cover of No-Ones gonna Love You.
New Inheritors

These guys are building up a very impressive back catalogue. Another really good album.
14Band of Horses
Infinite Arms

See 13.
15Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Live! In Chicago

Fantastic live blues rock album, just brilliant. Love Kenny's guitar playing and combining that with what was clearly an amazing crowd this is a massively good live album.
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