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|2010: The Year In Veigh|
Top 50 albums of the year. 2010 ruled and sucked for a lot of reasons (much like every year before it and likely after it as well) and these albums provided the most fitting soundtrack to me. I've also had fun when on this site, and discovered a great deal of these here. Cheers homies.
I feel like this album lost a lot of steam after some initially deserved hype; my guess it had something to do with fromtheinside leaving. Pretty great blackened tough guyish hardcore. Hell yeah genre descriptors.
Odd Future created a Wu-Tang-like hype train this year, and this sick little bastard played the whacked-out role of Ol' Dirty. I still can't tell whether we're going to look back on these guys in the years to come as more of a gimmick or a revolution, but I'm interested as hell to find out.
|48||Kings of Leon|
Come Around Sundown
Jesus Christ (pun intended), I did not see this coming. I actually kind of dig Only By the Night, but this record manages to be a simultaneous return to form while progressing a few of the more unique elements of their sound in an attempt to create a sort of grandiose, Joshua Tree epic. Of course they fall way short, but it's just shocking they didn't fall flat on their faces. This is a good record.
I never really listen to stuff like this (anymore), but this is really less deathcore and more just good progressive death metal with a few breakdowns. Really cool guitar work at times too.
Yes, a "surprising album" trifecta. Wasn't expecting much from this (hell, I didn't even know it was coming out) but this is a really fun, mathy metalcore album. Nothing game-changing, but the recording technique gives it a raw, performance-like feel that gives it a unique quality of its own.
I put off listening to this for way too long. It's the most fun and accessible Patton's been in years, and I think that's probably all that needs to be said.
|44||The Abominable Iron Sloth|
The ID Will Overcome
A highly overlooked, sludgy, hardcorey mess of an album, the band with an awesome name may have released the heaviest music of 2010.
|43||The Damned Things|
Makes me wanna slam beers with BigHans.
This is a huge grower, so a lot of people will probably write it off after one listen -- but if you stick around it becomes one of the year's most satisfying listens.
|41||Amia Venera Landscape|
The Long Procession
Probably not worth the ridiculous hype it got, but it's still a really fucking good metalcore album in the genre's dying days.
Split the Atom
Why did I put off listening to this for so long too? Usually not my thing, but these guys just create mind-numbingly cool music. Deviant, I blame you for not making me listen to this sooner.
Very heavy, atmospheric sludge metal. The vocals were a bit grating at first, but after I warmed up to them this album actually opened the door for me to listen to more bands with that style -- and I ended up finding a couple of my favorite records from this year.
Really cool dubstep stuff, like a less paranoid Burial in a way (I'm by no means an expert with this kind of thing). This is just a great album to wind down to after a long night.
I F*cking Hate Rappers
I really liked this on first listen, then it grew off, then I listened again and began to appreciate it for what it is -- a sort of outdated approach to indie rap, but done really well. His rhymes and flow are tight and clever, the beats get the job done and at times are very interesting, plus there are enough vocal hooks to make it a memorable listen. Good stuff.
|36||Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse|
Dark Night of the Soul
This is a beautiful, borderline breath taking indie album, full of a lot of subtleties that remind me of why I love music. Great roster of guests too.
I never thought I would like black metal this much, but these guys are kind of what I always had hoped to hear when I listened to the genre, and had previously been disappointed. The guitars are more about aggression than technicality, the drums are consistently interesting and the vocals are just harsh enough to keep it from sounding, too, I don't know... cheesy? Awesome album.
Majesty and Decay
This grew off me as the year wore on, but it's still one of the best death metal albums of the year, and a great addition to their incredibly impressive discography.
|33||Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All|
What could serve as a perfect introduction to the 'gang, this features bomb tracks from all the members. However, don't go in expecting this to be their 36 Chambers, it's really more of a compilation than an actual crew album -- but it still rips shit up.
Revolutions Per Minute
Releasing their second album a decade later was an interesting move, but the Talib and Hi-Tek combine for another successful outing, if a little less epic than it's almost legendary predecessor. Just Begun might be the best hip hop song of the year, and it's definitely my favorite collab of 2010.
I suppose this would be my favorite death metal album of the year, and it's really good, but it doesn't really say a lot for what kind of year it was for the genre (compared to last year at least). Or maybe I just didn't listen to the right albums, I don't know. But on the subject of Jupiter, it's frenzied, angry and catchy all at once and is a fantastic ride.
Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
RAWK. This is one of the most fun albums of 2010, grab yourself a brew and throw on 7 Shots. At like, 3:30 in the afternoon or something. On a weekday. Just live life, man.
My Wu-Tang analogy of OFWGKTA continues, with the crew's Method Man character releasing a hazy album of choice cuts. Such an easy listen, yet you'll still catch some new stuff in Domo's flow with repeated spins.
This is indie as hell to my ears, but it's fantastic. I found myself doing a lot of driving through Chicagoland in snow storms over the past month or so (between work and family holidays) and this record was the perfect soundtrack.
Now we come to my favorite OF release of 2010, the Ghostface and Raekwon combo (I know there's only one rapper here, shut up and go with it) provide the cool edge to the crew that it needs to balance out the disturbing RZA/GZA vision of Tyler, the psychopathic hysteria of Earl Sweatshirt and the drug-induced ramblings of Domo Genesis. Maybe the coolest album of the year, full of clever rhymes and DOPE beats.
A Determinism of Morality
Really cool post-metal album with a hardcore edge and a spaced-out atmosphere. The clean vocals are a welcome surprise as well. This actually was a contender for my album of the year when it first came out, but it's since grown off a bit.
|25||Cee Lo Green|
The Lady Killer
This is what the Odd Couple should have been, to me. Though I still dug it, I felt it was missing the "it" factor that made St. Elsewhere such a success. Regardless, this is a completely separate affair, and manages to create a James Bond meets Shaft atmosphere with some incredibly catchy neo-soul. Also, Fuck You is still song of the year damnit.
|24||High on Fire|
Snakes For the Divine
Whiskey drinkin' music.
|23||The Black Keys|
Just a great rock album, with a MoTown vibe. The guitar work is great, they managed to create a perfect tone for each song.
Valley of Smoke
An awe-inspiring combination of post-metal and sludge with a flair for the progressive passage, easily one of 2010's best and most unique-sounding metal albums. This sounds like the record I wanted Mastodon to make after Leviathan, when all we got was that relative turd Blood Mountain.
Cold and Distant, Not Loving
If this hadn't been such a great year for hardcore, Kerouac could have given us the genre's best offering. Even though some other releases topped it in terms of quality, the one thing this album can bring to the table is unbridled fucking aggression -- rivaling bands like Converge and early Dillinger Escape Plan in that department.
|20||How to Dress Well|
Yes, this album is dark, cold and chilling. But it's also remarkably catchy, even if you have no idea what the hell the lyrics are. A stunning listen.
|19||The State Lottery|
When the Night Comes
I can see the comparisons to The '59 Sound, but I think this stands on its own. The songs have the youthful energy of punk rock, but the lyrics show the veteran swagger that's needed to make successful Americana. Plus the lead guitar and saxaphone melodies are fantastic.
|18||Minus the Bear|
Maybe it's fanboy bias, but I really liked this record. One of my favorite soundtracks to the summer of 2010, it's fun and catchy yet still provides enough instrumental flourishes to keep you entertained.
It is possibly the year's best debut album, and one of the best indie releases as well. Gorgeous vocals, beautiful atmosphere, intriguing guitar work -- this band's got it all and may have a classic up their sleeve someday.
What a fantastic piece of punk rock. Soaring, melodic, anthemic, BigHansian, whatever you want to call it, these guys have it by the keg-load. Rest assured, this album is best served in a frosty mug. Also props to Satty for getting me (and Hans?) started on these guys.
Total Life Forever
Total Life Forever is stunning, at times progressive, indie pop/rock that is as infectous as it is complex. Spanish Sahara is a song of the year contender, and Miami makes me want to put on a leisure suit and drink Mojitos.
|14||The Dillinger Escape Plan|
Initially, like everyone else I was caught up in the hype train of calling this album among their best and proclaiming it the early album of the year. Then, predictably, the backlash was too strong and this album started getting borderline trashed by people who were singing its praises about five days earlier. The truth is, it's neither album of the year nor a bad release -- it's an excellent culmination of Dillinger's best attributes into what is almost a career-defining album. Maybe not as fresh as their earlier work, but very close in quality.
Messy, Isn't It?
Man, another hardcore album that could easily been the best of the year if 2010 wasn't so amazing. Dangers up the catchiness on this one, without having to sacrifice much aggression at all. Some truly epic moments on this album, and really not a dull moment. One of modern hardcore's coolest bands continue to etch their legacy in (broken) bones.
Album of the Year
I think I liked this one more than most, and even though I liked the catchier, more synth-laden beats on Tronic, I really like the risks he took with the production on this one; hearing original and fresh production on a hip hop record is so rare in this age where everyone and their little brother can make beats on their computer. This is also Black Milk's best rhyming to date, and rather than merely suppoting the beats his lyrics actually take center stage for a good portion of the album.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
No, it's not in my top 10. While it is an excellent record, and may end up being the album that actually defines 2010 in a pop-culture sense, the lyrics just aren't interesting enough (in a non-TMZ kind of way) to make me place this above the other albums on this list. Don't get me wrong, I love the honesty and the clever punch-lines here and there, but it's just not quite lyrical enough for my tastes. Still, an epic record to be certain, and should at least be heard by all music fans simply because of its cultural relevance.
|10||More Than Life|
Love Let Me Go
Yes, the year's best hardcore album! Incredibly melodic yet energetic, Love Let Me Go also happens to boast some of hardcore's catchiest riffs. There's also a subtle, urban atmosphere present here that's almost indescribable, yet also irresistable. A must-hear album for anyone with even a slight interest in the genre.
|9||Dark Time Sunshine|
Another one that hit me almost instantly, grew off a bit, then I came to my senses and realized it was easily the best indie rap album of the year. Again, fresh production is the driving factor to the album's success, but it also contains some impressive lyricism -- especially in the album's middle section.
It's no Clientele, Ironman or Fishscale, but it's probably the next best thing. Wu-Tang's most consistent solo artist releases another gem with some classic-sounding beats and a multitude of guest spots that actually add a lot to the album's variety. Ghostface still has an otherworldly flow.
A musical journey into outer space, complete with zero gravity and mind-numbing complexity. A truly refreshing piece of musical genius, Flying Lotus deserves every bit of praise he's gotten for Cosmogramma.
If I had made this list in July, Diamond Eyes would easily have taken the top spot. Alas, we generally make our lists in December and this one had time to reveal that it had less staying power than I originally anticipated. Nonetheless, it's some of Deftones' strongest material, and that's saying something, considering they have one of the most consistent discographies in modern music. Full of crushing atmospheric beauty, ethereal vocal melodies and a few riffs that will demolish your speakers, Diamond Eyes is still a defining album of the year. Also, Abe's still a beast behind the kit, remaning one of heavy music's most underrated drummers.
The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)
The most energized that pop music has sounded in a long time, Janelle not only incredibly hot, but also maybe the year's most single intriguing artist not named Yeezy. Catchy, thought-provoking pop music that contains a surprising amount of depth (both lyrically and musically), TheArchandroid will likely be looked upon in years to come as a milestone for the genre.
This might have ranked a bit lower if I wasn't such a sucker for rawkin' metalcore -- but damnit this is the most fun heavy album I've heard in a long time. The riffs are loud and catchy, I find myself chanting along to words that I have no idea how to pronounce and it just really makes me want to break shit. To me, this is metalcore, and it's also the best metalcore album of the year.
Another album that I seemed to like most than a lot of others, this takes EW's signature psychadelic, sludgy, stoner brew and adds a heavy dose of melodicism into the fold. It's songwriting forumla is steeped in mid-70s Black Sabbath, only stretched out so as to achieve maximum impact. Also, insert requisite mentions of bong hits and clouds of smoke as a metaphor for sound here.
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Big Boi's long-awaited solo album finally dropped this year -- and it was damn well worth the wait. There really shouldn't be a question now of who was the secret to OutKast's success, but if there was Big Boi killed that debate with this monster of a hip hop album. Showcasing everything that's made southern AND mainstream hip hop great over the past decade plus, Big Boi's not afraid to pull out all the stops with the rhymes and production to even add a few new twists. This stands up there with even OutKast's best material and is a must-hear for any fan of the genre.
|1||The National |
Surprise! Was there really ever any question though? The year's best shot at a true classic is The National's third epic in a row. Successfully completing the coming-of-age trio of albums is their most mature and inspiring work they've ever composed, full of subtle intricacies and musical flourishes that not only stand on their own as enjoyable, but actually enhance the overall mood and theme of any given song -- creating a total package where the lyrics reflect the music, and vice versa. Form working together in harmony with content is something that I think we as music listeners either take for granted, or simply forget to think about at times, but that's really the most important aspect of true art. It's one thing for an album to have great lyrics or music, and another thing for it to have both. But when the lyrics and music are able to both stand on their own as excellent, yet combined make a cohesive statement it's truly something special; an aspect of music that's often missing yet never missed. The National are a band that understands that and rewards listeners who are able to stick around long enough to appreciate it.
|damnit that took a long time. also, stupid edit messing up my album art.|
|Amazing bro. Good to see Kvelertak in the top 10. Though it pains me to see Noisia that far down...|
|Omni is terriballs but I like most of the stuff here|
|Pretty sure i'll never listen to High Violet or Fantasy.|
|I hate 48 but yay 2 not a fan of 1 but I get it.|
|Great list, good to see 2, 3 and 4 so high.|
|why not Balls?|
stuff like Noisia's not usually my thing Baph, but I really like that record. OMNI's great.
|great list, always great to see 16 and 19 |
|Props for 35 buddy.|
|hell yeah Hawks that album's the shit|
Ved I always think of you and Satty when listening to stuff like that
|It really is. Its probably worked it's way up to my third favorite this year.|
|Well as long as Noisia is here...|
Also, obligatory ugh Deftones comment.
|Dont think ill ever get around to it. Definitely not The National. Thought about 32 though.|
|yeah 32's great if you're into that kind of hip hop (Talib, Mos Def, Common etc)|
|Epic, man this must have taken awhile. Yeah we'll have to pound some brews to the Damned Things. I think it was a combo of Satty, Sea, and Eved that got me into the Menzingers. Feature fo sho.|
|Honestly this list is great and should be featured. Especially the amount of time you put into it. |
|Pretty good list. Haven't actually listened to a lot of these. But a few of these will be on my list as well. |
|lol yeah this took like over an hour... good thing I'm not at work.|
|Good thing the dreaded "log out" thing didnt happen to you were writing and before submission.|
|WHERE THE FUCK IS THE WILD HUNT?!?!??!?!!?!?!|
|About time somebody besides me didnt have the Wild Hunt on a year end list. It has like 3-4 good songs but not album of the year material.|
|only listened to a couple songs off it Brandon, wasn't really my thing (at least it didn't seem like it)|
and yes Hans, I would have blown a fucking gasket.
|I'm going to puke on you, hans.|
|list stole my wallet and gave me a nosebleed|
|yeah, I like my list, but it has a serious drug problem. sorry, porch.|
|45 should've been on mine|
|yeah some of the sections were kind of toss-ups for rankings, 11-17 could probably be re-ordered completely and I'd still be happy with it|
|porch I actually just got that album last week. completely forgot about it for most of the year.|
like the variety on here
|This is a fantastic list. So much win on here. I need to check out 21, 24, 35 and 42-44. |
The only thing missing which I thought you might put on here is Alcest.
|couldn't agree more on 42.|
list in general is epic. as expected we share quite a few top 50s.
nice seeing Sir Lucious at #2 as well, jyeah
|Yeti if I'd heard Public Strain earlier it may have been even higher.|
thanks Apollo, definitely check out 35 -- I think you'd love it. Alcest was on my honorable mentions list, it was too much of a mood album to make it on here for me.
|I just got some of those odd future LPs too. been too busy with Apollo Kids, new James Blake and Asobi Seksu though. 2011 is already shaping up to one hell of a year in 2010. |
|finally someone else who enjoyed Black Milk. i heard that Abominable Iron Sloth album sucked and their first one was only ok i'd need some motivation to pick it up|
|I'm just now getting all of James Blake's EPs Yeti, but I'm on my way to his new one. also lol @ "2011 is already shaping up to one hell of a year in 2010"|
alachlahol idk, I like it a bit more than their first one, then again I haven't given the first one much of my time. do you like the other sludgy albums on the list?
|his EPs are bit different. Still great but his LP is like a fine mix between Burial and Bon Iver.|
which is probably why it's destined to send this place into a tizzy--as it kind of already is...
|The Year In Geigh|
|Veigh to tha Izz-ay|
|fuck yeah dude Thou ruled, Electric Wizard (stoner doom i know) ruled, High On Fire was awesome even though his vocals are getting worse, and i haven't listened to Intronaut's latest or all of that Rosetta album but what i did hear was pretty cool|
|oh yeah needs more yelawolf|
|36 got no love in these 2010 lists|
|I still need to listen to some of these (like #1, I heard some stuff but wasn't interested very much).|
Great list, brah
|Awesome list. I forgot about 5 on my list, sad now.|
|"(like #1, I heard some stuff but wasn't interested very much)."|
That's why I love you, "dante"...
|Awwwwh, love you too "Antonio"|
|Also, holy shit I'm not banned anymore!|
| 2,4,5,6,7,10,11,23,41 and 50 will be on my list too.|
|Tryin' to get featured bro?|
|top effort on list, i like def, j.mon, tdep, ros, amia + KoL most|
|wait what...you compare Odd Future to wu-tang but say Odd Future is good...|
i dont get it
|cool we have the same no. 1|
|bulldog shut the fuck up|
|4's description is hilarious|
|list rules btw|
|Bully's cool, but is wrong with lot's of opinions, such as that wu-tang comment :)|
if I was trying to get featured Spec, I obviously didn't try hard enough lol
alac, if you like all those then you should definitely at least give Abominable a spin. but that Intronaut should be your priority, because it rules.
thanks everyone, love you guys.
|Slam beers with BigHans. What about me? Haha. Mad props for Big Boi, Janelle, Dillinger and Cee-Lo. Cool list!|
|thanks Greg, you're invited to the beerfest as well! |
also I should probably give props to This Life Is Genocide for PackFM, Deviant and porch for Flying Lotus, Pit for More Than Life (sort of, I'd heard it but he helped me understand it's awesomeness), Hawks for Woe and probably a bunch of other people for reccing me these albums (DeafMetal for The Abominable Iron Sloth for one) -- much appreciated.
|oh and Eno and Yeti for Women.|
lol thanks for the feature mods!
|just stopping in to say i like the title of the list|
|thanks Spirit. might be an odd request, but since I like Woe a lot can you rec me another band/album that's similar?|
|45, 31, 14, all good choices |
|Epic list Blake, and my bad on Noisia. Honestly didn't think it would be your thing, even though it's pretty accessible |
|lol I was just giving you shit Jas, there was no reason to believe that would be anything that would interest me. I'm shocked that I like it as much as I do tbh.|
|lol at taking me seriously about the wu tang comment. lol at the possibility of being "wrong about opinions". cool list though inveigh|
|Great to see 3 so high, well done|
|Bully I was just messing with you, referring to an convo we had a long ass time ago where I told you I thought your optionions were "questionable" lol|
On a side note, I would like to say that the production on the Black Milk, Kanye and Darkt Time Sunshine albums put them in another stratosphere of beats compared to the rest of this year's hip hop albums. Flying lotus and madlib don't count.
|I would've said big boi, but that's more hip hop perfection and slightly less experimental/ambitious|
|good effort on the descriptions. It's a great list aside from the "(pun intended)" in the Kings of Leon write up. |
|list is missing Eminem's "Recovery"|
I'm sure it must've just slipped your mind ;)
|actually i think he went a different route and opted for better music.|
definitely one of the best best of lists that i didn't make. good job dude.
|I'm sorry I offended you Aids, sincerist apologies.|
lol somb, I'll go with Satty's explanation. thanks dudes.
|awesome list inveigh, i think we share about half of our top twenty|
|in hindsight, 13, 23 and 26 should probably have been higher, while 15 and 18 (and maybe even 3, though that one's still top 5 material) should probably have been a little lower.|
Dangers' new one has almost surpassed Anger for me now
|I would definitely reorder the shit out of this if I did it again, will make my 2011 list soon enough.|
STAY ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEATS SPUTNIK
|*grips on to theater armrests*|