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|Lobby 2010: Top 50|
A great year for music. Noty as good as last year, but still very good. Hopefully this list isn't as bad as the staff one, jk...or maybe not..
|51|| ||Total Albums|
Cycle of the Werewolf
Dying of the Light
A (2)Dope (FreEP)
|39||An Autumn for Crippled Children|
Hymner Till Undergangen
Solve et Coagula
At Echo Lake
A Sufi and a Killer
|29||City of Satellites|
Machine is My Animal
Chapters of Repugnance
|24||The Tallest Man on Earth|
The Wild Hunt
|23||Natural Snow Buildings|
The Centauri Agent
|22||Pantha du Prince|
Majesty and Decay
|20||Gnaw Their Tongues|
L Arrivee De La Terne Mort Triomphante
|18||The Howling Void|
Shadows Over the Cosmos
My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
How I Got Over
Whom the Moon a Nightsong Sings
Crystal Castles II
Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
Pulse of the Earth
|10||Samsara Blues Experiment|
Long Distance Trip
I saw this documentary about marijuana and why it hasn't been legalised in America. One of the early points made on why it was made illegal was because after WW2 America discovered that the Axis powers, had been promoting weed use in the opposition, to make for a lethargic, weary enemy, so it must be banned to prevent the US becoming flat-footed if another war broke out. Something like that anyway. But there's been a wave of Psychedelic Rock bands that have come through and attempt to fuck that all up. The movement, coming from none other than Germany and Japan (!) include Bardo Pond, Acid Mothers Temple, Colour Haze, Can, Boredoms, Ash Ra Tempel, and Flower Travellin' Band. This debut from German Psych rockers, Samsara Blues Experiment continue to create irony in the post-war weed prohibition by producing some of the best psychedelic toking music this year has to offer. Coming off as a fresh look at guitar-driven Psych Rock, Long Distance Trip is an amazing journey into epic, atmospheric riffage alongside stoner drenched haze.
All Idols Fall Before the Hammer
This album sounds absolutely awful. Which interestingly enough, is precisely why it works. Adversarial have created such an unfriendly production and nasty riffs, opening with a track, Thralls, which we thought introduced the band's sound around the 1 minute mark, until 1:50 kicked in, and a shredding guitar picked up, and the infamous drum kit was belted into action. The sound on All Idols Fall Before the Hammer is not exactly the best production, but under the layer of battering snares and filthy guitars is a collection of evil, unique DM riffs. Adversarial have created what I believe to be the best Death Metal album of the year.
I see Eve as one big mountain. It takes a while to get over, it's more of the same as it goes, and the song lengths start out long, get shorter and then longer again. However, this is not a bad thing. Sounding like one long (really long) song can get tiresome after a while, but not for Ufomammut. Eve really is one giant step into Heavy Psych which doesn't let you down for 45 minutes. While Eve does salute their Doom Metal roots, the adventure is more like an immense, stoner, space trip, acknowledging their Sludge prowess while creating badass Psychedelic riffs. It really isn't something you should listen to when sober, not in a "oh-you-can-only-enjoy-it-when-baked" sense, but in that the atmosphere really presents an environment which must be listened to while smoking to really feel what this band has created.
Abu Nawas Rhapsody
The difference between my music tastes of this year and the last could definitely be a leaning towards Drone, Darkwave and Jazz music. The latter aided by several great albums by Avant-garde Jazz extraordinaire John Zorn. Although it was Tunisian multi-instrumentalist Dhafer Youssef that caught my attention with his outstanding 2010 release. Abu Nawas Rhapsody is a strange collection of songs vast in both influences and achievements. Arguably a Jazz Fusion release, the album puts piano at the forefront on mos tracks, and trials various vocal experimentations from Youssef, including haunting hollers, and emotional digitalised wails, while not ignoring the dark voice that rises and falls on several of the album's brilliant track. Imagine a male version of Soap and Skin, with Jazz overtones and made more obscure and middle eastern. I mention the middle eastern influence for World Music (as the genre is normally called) is very much present as traditional Arabic sounds are played throughout. It's not an easy listen, and few will discover its brilliance but if you do, it is well worth it.
So there's a bunch of kids who grew up wanting to make a rock band but heard maybe only a couple Indie Rock albums and then decided that was the direction they would take. That album would sound something like this. Tracks like "Don't Cry" with its awkwardly foreboding guitar and the childish hint in "Desire Lines" create a brilliant sound. The comparisons end when looking at the professionalism of the album. Halcyon Digest is anything but immature. It is a rock album, with songs that slowly sink in to reveal themselves only once you have given up trying to enjoy it. But once this album opens up to you, there's nothing 2010 could offer that rivals the Indie rockers output. Also, why have them playing live in Melbourne on the same night as I'm seeing menomena???!?? argh
Death Is Silent
Ah yes, this album. It's the kind of thing I wish wasn't here. It's like when you arrive in a new school/country and you need to find a friend and at first you think you've got your next new bud but after a while you get some other friends, and they're cooler, and you don't really want to hang out with your old buddy anymore. This album is that buddy. Cunninlynguists' celebrated producer, Kno, is no foreigner to the Southern Hip Hop sound. He's been rapper and producer on about half a dozen CL releases, and was heavily petitioned to create a solo album from fans of QN5 (the group's label).
Introduce "Death Is Silent". For a long time, my number one album of the year. It's easy to see why. First impressions are nothing short of spectacular. Hailed as the best produced album's of the new century, the bass-lines and loops are immense, creating grounds for an album that should have been one of the best recent additions of the genre. The catch to the success of the album is the lyrics. This time round, Kno brings a mixed bag of lines. At times, it's the smirkingly gritty punchlines Kno displayed on early CL releases, and at other times, the lyrics are terribly embarrassing. Featured artists are terrific, including fellow CL members, as well as QN5 owner, Tonedeff. Give it a few spins, love it, leave it.
Run Thick in the Night
More times than not, when a band claims to sound like Pink Floyd, they are wrong. Take it from me, U.S. Christmas do Pink Floyd pretty friggin well. If not, more Psychedelic and Space Rock influenced, burrowing deep into your deepest recesses of the brain, to the most fragile neurons, only to be hit by a wave of sensual psychotropic riffs to melt your head into one big mess. Perhaps its not that intense, but what must be understood is that Run Thick in the Night, is a pretty fucking heavy album. Borrowing influences from Doom/Sludge Metal like Kylesa and Electric Wizard and giving it plenty of space to expand not unlike post-rock leanings. This sound is something that is far from pretty, and oozes a slow psychedelic disposition. Vocals induce feelings of energetic detachment, best exemplified by Sludge Metal band, Solstafir. But at its deepest, this album is just a collection of slow, emotional, crushing tracks laced with gorgeous folk numbers. It will be an album hard to top, and one of the best in the genre.
Have One on Me
Remember Joanna performing on The Tonight Show with David Letterman? While it was such a great plug for the album, as she performed "Soft As Chalk", I couldn't help feeling she was out of her element. The gorgeous voice wavering between odd attachment to the songs and startling uncomfortableness, she reminded me of a rabbit caught in headlights. It was quirky, exciting and amorphous, which often makes for great listening. And the studio album is no let-down. 3 discs of Kate Bush reminiscent chamber folk, with a perfect mix of easy listening folk tunes ('81) and slow-revealing heart aching gems (Go Long). It's an album that doesn't respect the current cultural directions, but evokes memories of lost lovers, old friends and humble days. It's in no way bold nor tries to be. But the level of grace, beauty and character on this album is impressive, and something to be celebrated.
I used to fear extreme genres of Metal would compete to see who could become the biggest, heaviest, evilest, extremist, etc, til every band sounded like a parody of each other. "Au Ellai" convinces me otherwise. In the realm of Funeral Doom, here is a band that takes a step back from trying to blast your face off with an intensely heavy riff, and concentrates on constructing experimental doom metal, with incredible atmosphere and slow progressive guitar melodies. Yes, melodies. Not the kind of melody you would hear on a Megadeth album, but the slow transcending power of guitar passages given up to twenty minutes to engulf your body and infest you with a depressive doom-inspired atmosphere. "Nia Saeli a Taitalae" is the best example of this. While the song is carried on a beautiful solo, this band has in no way become easy-listening music. But give it time, and attention, and "Au Ellai" reveals itself. And when it does, you will not be disappointed.
Axioma Ethica Odini
Fuck knows how this got here. 2010 was one of those year's where you get to the end and everything is up in the air. What's gonna be number 1? Who really cares, the fact is there's a handful of albums that could've got this spot. Most surprising however, is that Ivar Bj?rnson and co managed to salvage the position with an album under the guise of "progressive metal"; a genre riddled with uninspired melodies and guitar wankery. Luckily, Enslaved knows the game well. Combining their unique Progressive direction with Black Metal influences, this Norwegian band continue to expand while worshiping their BM roots with their latest release: Axioma Ethica Odini.
It's difficult to even argue that BM inspiration still exists. The album sounds very different to their work form the 90's and the tremolo picking is seldom included, yet Grutle Kjellson is there, rasping through gritted teeth, trying very hard to convince us otherwise. It makes sense to make this album sound like it does. It isn't generic, nor elite, it simply provides the next stepping stone for a band who will be around for a bit longer. Mainstream? Maybe, but who gives a shit when it sounds this good.
|List is in exact order. I listened to most genres, and most albums that were critically acclaimed as well as those I felt I would enjoy. |
|fuck me running another boner jamming list how is it possible not on this site not twice in one day jesus jackrabbit christ|
|Do people really like to boast about how many 2010 albums they have?|
|whats your problem with it you obviously have some qualm if you decided to ask the question|
|This ain't your list so get off my sack.|
|only list makers are allowed to respond to stupid shit who wouldve thought. you ever think that some people listen to music as a hobby and some are more active in it than others. some of these people also enjoy sharing what theyve listened to or mentioning the amount theyve consumed in a given year not a hard concept to understand genious if you dont care to take the time to do the same thats your prerogative people spend time doing the shit they want to do|
|"not a hard concept to understand genious"|
|I dont see it as boasting, deathofasalesman, more of a chance to put it in persepective. Unlike those people who have a top 20 of 2010 even though they only listened to 40 albums or something. This way, i'm giving weight to the albums that made the cut.|
|1 WAS OVERRATED|
|very nice list, 7 and 10 have piqued my interest.|
|"I dont see it as boasting, deathofasalesman, more of a chance to put it in persepective. Unlike those people who have a top 20 of 2010 even though they only listened to 40 albums or something. This way, i'm giving weight to the albums that made the cut."|
thats pretty much how i feel, wasn't braggin about all the albums i had, i just enjoyed a lot of albums and felt the need to share
regardless, list is awesome man, def some stuff on here i need to check out, black masses would have been on mine but i wasn't sure when it was/going to be released, i knew originally the release date was in nov but then i thought they pushed in to jan, w/e the shit rules as does this list
|wyankeif: not overrated, but i was surprising myself by putting it as number 1. There would have been about half a dozen albums from 2009 that couldve been album of the year if they were released this year.|
liledman: would love it if someone checked out 7!!
feav233: black masses is def '10, glad u enjoyed the list.
|1 excellent, a few to check out like your last digs list|
|Fuck yeah 1, 13, 20, 21, 26, 36, 39, 46, and 47.|
|"feav233: black masses is def '10, glad u enjoyed the list."|
just got it on vinyl too, was pretty excited when it came
|Nice, props on 23,20,16, and 14.|