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|Puzzles' Pieces Of 2010|
9 albums and 1 EP.
|10||The Dead Weather|
Sea of Cowards
I really could not stop listening to on purchase. Although it could have more longevity and texture, Sea of Cowards is still excellent fun initially and great to go back to once in a while.
|9||The Black Keys|
Another Black Keys record with scuzzy riffs, bluesy vocals and punchy songwriting. Every minute is worth something, and this is surely a must-have release of 2010.
|8||Birds of Tokyo|
Birds of Tokyo
What they've done with their sound is interesting. The orchestral elements make for some great variation from past material, but that said, some of it doesn't have the same spark as "Universes". That said, it is still a fantastic release from one of the best Australian acts around at the moment.
Lose Your Delusion Too
Yes, that's right. Over-Reactor released two records this year. Two records: the first of seventeen tracks, and the second of fourteen. Honestly, there was no other record I anticipated as much as this one. To have a band write so much music in such a short period of time and to be of such high quality just astounds me. While it falls only slightly short of the first, it still stuns and marvel's throughout it's 45 minute duration.
The Age of Adz
Time for something different. And I mean that with every inch of sincerity in my body. Sufjan's "The Age of Adz" is just about as different as you can get without being Mr Bungle or Post-Rock. Throughout this record's duration, Sufjan does everything from A to 9999 and it is just as fascinating and engaging as it is enjoyable. He is certainly this generation's auteur of all things avant-garde, and if not, then for at least 2010.
|5||Twelve Foot Ninja|
Another band that have broadened their sound, but this time there was so much to expand upon. They've bettered their brilliant debut EP in so many ways and then some. EP of the year for sure.
|4||Dead Letter Circus|
This Is The Warning
This gave just what I was hoping for from this promising new Australian band. While not quite as exciting as their self-titled EP, this is a record I know I'll come back to every now and then. For their sound alone, this is one worth getting, for this band is going places indeed.
Lose Your Delusion: Vol. 1
I couldn't stop listening to this when I first got it. Cory Blight's got the biggest groove on drums, and Ezekiel Ox continues to serve fresh his own steaming hot brand of anger and insanity. It certainly stands tall above anything either of them have ever done. It is undoubtedly my third favourite record of 2010, the better of the two, and they say they will release another two in 2011.
|2||The Dillinger Escape Plan|
A true masterpiece. It's expanded on everything they've ever done and broadened their sound into perhaps more of a balance between elements. That said, this is still one of the most aggressive, insane-sounding records released in recent memories, and a brilliant one at that. Purchase is a necessity - this one shouldn't be missed.
Just mindblowing. A classic album. Amazing, brilliant, breathtaking, sprawling, jarring, just full-scale uninhibited, unmitigated awesome. It has everything a Deftones fan could want and more, and in the scheme of things it is deeper, broader, more dynamic and straight up better than anything released this fine year. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best release of 2010.
|Artwork isn't working for Option Paralysis, for some reason.|
|because it's *The Dillinger Escape Plan|
|Oh thanks man, stupid that I didn't pick up on that. Fix'd|
|nice list, is the second over-reactor much like the first, i didnt dig that one to much, but ill probly give the 2nd a go|
|Deftones, BoT, DLC noice.|
|@cb123, I think you should definitely check it out. Zeke's quick-rapped anger is still there, of course, but the riffs are more "out-there" than before and it's a bit more avant-garde, with increased electronica influences. They experiment alot more and I think they've really succeeded. There are tracks on there better than anything they've done before, like "Control of This", "Wasteland" and "Word". Like I said, you should check it out.|
|Puzzles.... Pieces... You so clever.|
|Awesome list dude. Mine will look pretty similar to this...|
Agree that the second OR album isn't quite as good, it seems pretty samey...
|Yeah Billy, it is a bit samey. That said, its best songs are better than anything of their first record, ie the ones I mentioned before. Control of This is just off this fucking earth. Mechanism is really electro, maybe even Industrial, I love it. Can't believe they're putting another two out next year.|
|Word is my fave. Zeke's vocals on that are awesome.|
|you should be a writer for how i met your mother or something.|
|btw, you gunna review LYDT or shall i, Puzzles?|
|Go ahead man, I'm pretty busy at the moment. I'll do one myself eventually, though.|
|Cool list, man. 2 is much better than 1, I reckon. 5 is mindblowing.You're right about the longevity thing with 10. I used to like this album much more when it came out. Check out my list for some recs: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=245259&listid=61957|