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Top 20 Albums Of 2010

Just a list of my favorite albums from 2010. Working my way backwards.
Halcyon Digest

One of the best bands in the last decade and it's evident here. "Helicopter" was one of the best songs of the year by far.
2Titus Andronicus
The Monitor

A massive improvement over their previous effort - the sing-a-long choruses feel like a bar room choir during last call - it's quite humorous that it's mostly about the Civil War.
3Beach House
Teen Dream

Dreamy as the title suggests, this album was propelled primarily by their live performance which was just as dreamy as their album.
4Broken Social Scene
Forgiveness Rock Record

After a small (very small) misstep with their self titled album in 2005, and the side projects galore, BSS returned with an all around great rock record, just as the title suggests.
5No Age
Everything in Between

It's a joy to see them evolve from "Weirdo Rippers" then to "Nouns" and taking a different approach with "Losing Feeling" and finally composing them all into this album.
Public Strain

Droney, shoegazey, and littered with subtle pop genius.
My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

The beginning of the Swans domination. "Jim" is amazing and so is "Reeling the Liars In."
8Arcade Fire
The Suburbs

Disliked "Neon Bible" quite a bit, but here the band finds great footing and bang out some of their best and cleanest songs. The title track captures me every time but "Ready to Start" is just as great.
Diamond Eyes

Far better than expected, but it's still a bit too simple. They've returned to form, but nothing will ever be as great as "White Pony."

A lot of people were harsh on this album for no reason. It's a standard, if a bit brash, Spoon album. It's a bit darker but far more stable and far more rewarding than many gave it credit for.
11Ted Leo And The Pharmacists
The Brutalist Bricks

"Bottled in Cork" was very close to being the best song of 2010, and it's backed by a selection of great songs and songwriting that Ted Leo has been missing since "Hearts of Oak."
12Tame Impala

Psychedelics and a 60s vibe that you can't ignore, Tame Impala were unique in a year of very similar acts emerging. Very Beatlesque, but in a great way.
13Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Not really a rap fan, but "Power" was in my top ten songs of the year, and "Runaway" was very bittersweet.
14The Dead Weather
Sea of Cowards

Didn't care for "Horehound" that much, but after seeing this band open for the Flaming Lips, I was hooked. "The Difference Between Us" was a playlist staple.
15The Radio Dept.
Clinging to a Scheme

Propelled quite a bit by "Heaven's on Fire" this album was a nice refreshing mix of lo-fi and subtle ambiance.
16The Walkmen

Consistent as ever. "Angela Surf City" is my favorite song by them now, as a result of this album.
17Abe Vigoda

A complete 180, but in a great way. Keeping some surf pop roots they went for a more gothic, sort of synth pop avenue and it was successful I think. The only drawback is that most of the album seems rather repetitive.

Choppy, but still a decent record. As always with Liars it gets old pretty quickly, but they still have compelling song writing to boot.
19Black Mountain
Wilderness Heart

It came blazing out in the lead with "The Hair Song" which landed in my top 20 songs of the year, but the album fizzles a bit, as did their previous album, as it plods along.
20Surfer Blood
Astro Coast

With "Swim (to Reach the End)" hitting my eardrums heavy in 2009, it was only natural that I'd enjoy this once it was released. Underrated in a lot of ways, the band provides one of the best live shows you could get out of an indie rock band.
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