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Knott's Top 20 Of 2010

It's been a good year. Half of the last 12 months I was in France and Spain so getting hold of new music was difficult but I have definitely caught up pretty well since I got back to the UK. I'm sure there's still things I've missed so rec them; happy 2010 folks.
20Eminem
Recovery


It crept on. Fired-up Marshall Mathers again. Of course it crept on.
19I Am Kloot
Sky At Night


Mercury Award nominated singer-songwritery stuff from Manchester. Imagine if Oasis got a violin and were still good and Liam didn't exist.
18Snowing
I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted


Messy, raw, emotional pop-punk. Fuck emo.
17Daft Punk
Tron: Legacy


Haven't seen film. Doubt I'll enjoy it as much as this though!
16Parades
Foreign Tapes


Pretty!
15Foals
Total Life Forever


To be honest, this is just pretty good, with the exception of 2 mid-album songs which are genuinely astounding. Spanish Sahara and This Orient are the perfection and essence of the band's new, more expansive, less rigid sound, but it's displayed elsewhere with aplomb as well.
14Stars
The Five Ghosts


Sincere!
13Frank Turner
Rock & Roll


But what if it's over, and we're sober. and we still feel like fixing to die?
12Motion City Soundtrack
My Dinosaur Life


This is just an enjoyable set of songs with remarkable staying power. The band's previous record was overloaded with pop at the expense of real energy or passion but it's all replaced here on an album which draws from the best of their previous work and puts it all in one place.
11Frightened Rabbit
The Winter Of Mixed Drinks


I was so, so excited for this and it didn't let me down. It has atmosphere - a different one to Midnight Organ Fight, but one just as powerful - and hooks in abundance. I loved the band when they were sad; I love them when they're happy(er) too.
10The National
High Violet


OMG! SO FAR DOWN! Yeah, despite a plethora of plays through this hasn't connected with me anywhere nearly as much as Boxer or Alligator ever did; Conversation 16 is sublime, the closing trio in general is as strong as any other The National song, Bloodbuzz Ohio and Terrible Love are brilliant, but too many of the other songs feel like they slightly miss the mark, and Lemonworld is awful.
9Taylor Swift
Speak Now


I was very, very careful not to overrate this when I wrote about it; truth be told, I think this girl was fantastic even back when she was writing songs about Tim McGraw, so I knew I'd enjoy this at least to some extent. It surpassed those expectations; it's subtly diverse, there are a few absolutely perfect songs on it, not a single moment of filler, and who doesn't love a little bit of John Mayer-bashing?
8Steel Train
Steel Train


A month and a half ago this probably wouldn't have gotten a look in but after revisiting the harmonies and the strings and the playful melodies it's impossible for me to deny its excellence. You & I Undercover and Fall Asleep are both track of the year contenders.
7Jimmy Eat World
Invented


Everybody else thought Chase This Light sucked; I loved it. These guys might be my favourite band in the world, simply off the back that I can put their entire back catalogue on shuffle and actively love any track that comes on. This just adds to that catalogue with fantastic pop-rock tunes and is gorgeously constructed as a record, too.
6Mae
(e)vening


There probably isn't a more straight-up beautiful trio of songs released this year than Seasons, but everything on here is so completely effortless. Off the back of 2 mediocre-to-poor EPs, Mae came back stronger than they've been since The Everglow. Stunning indie-pop.
5Bomb The Music Industry
Adults!!!


To lift directly from my review, this is nothing but a summary manifesto of what BTMI! do well. That makes it awesome.
4Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Brilliantly ambitious, I've heard it described as hipster-hop and I think that's pretty accurate, but what an immense collection of daring, superbly- produced songs this is.
3Los Campesinos!
Romance Is Boring


Lots of albums cause controversy among communities and critics but few are the cause of internal controversy quite the way this one is for me. Los Campesinos! were and remain one of my favourite indie bands but even I had no idea how to approach the abrasive, all-over-the-place sound on Romance Is Boring. But it's drilled its way into my skull and it's there to stay.
2The Weakerthans
Live At Burton Cummings Theatre


I fell in love with this band this year and how this album just gorgeously encapsulates the best things they've ever done in a flawless live performance. Incredible.
1Titus Andronicus
The Monitor


This is just, simply put, why I listen to music. It's melodic, honest, instinctive, intelligent and fucked-up. I've said numerous times over the last 6 months that I can see this topping a decade list in 2019, and nothing has happened or come along to throw this album off that pedestal. It sounds like a ridiculous amount of praise to be heaping on a year-old record - not even that - but The Monitor hit me like I can't remember anything doing since I first heard Kid A. It's that good.
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