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Rashandarei's Top 25 Of 2010

My final ranking for 2010, not including EPs or splits. Maybe I'll make a much smaller, less important list about them that will cost less and probably be a bit more experimental than my typical full length list.
25Titus Andronicus
The Monitor

This took a long time to grow on me, but it's youthful exuberance and spirit eventually force you to start enjoying it, and enjoy it I did.
24Joanna Newsom
Have One on Me

Her uniquely charming voice does wonders for me, and I can't help but think that this is the prettiest shit I've listened to in a while every time I put it on.
The Golden Archipelago

Speaking of pretty, The Golden Archipelago just makes me want to be sitting out in front of a beautiful landscape, just taking life in.
22Sed Non Satiata
Sed Non Satiata

Great atmosphere and intensity, and on top of that... French. What more can be said?
Foreign Tapes

Indie done right, everything is top notch here. I absolutely love the vocal pairing.
The Lonely Robot

Spacey, desolate, simultaneously minimalistic and grandiose, even a bit jazzy, The Lonely Robot will put you into a trance... of awesomeness.

No more Craig Owens means lots more fun apparently. Crazily catchy and listenable, it was one of my more heavily played albums this year.
18Envy On The Coast

Oh so enjoyable, Lowcountry is twangy, energetic, catchy, fun, and diverse. Great vocals by Hunter, it's a shame they broke up.
17The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis

Dillinger melts my face off, and then gets softer, then melts my face off again. I love it. It's my favorite album by them yet, it would probably be higher if it didn't wear off as quickly as it did.
16Beach House
Teen Dream

More pretty music. Lovely vocals by Victoria Legrand, I was astonished to find that it was actually a woman singing.
15Six Gallery
Breakthroughs in Modern Art

These guys just hit a sweet spot with me; fun vocals, intricate instrumentals (love the guitar), and probably a hint of pretentiousness.
Asleep Next to Science

Literally the very last band I listened to before posting this list and made me reorder everything (and get rid of poor Sufjan at #25), and lord are they awesome. It's progressive music with some crazy keyboarding and whiny post-hardcore vocals, and to top it off, crazy lyrics that lead to some of the most fun listening I've had in a while.

Underoath always surprises me with the quality of their releases, and Disambiguation continues that trend. Excellent screaming, good clean vocals, and just so damn consistent.
12Cherry Ghost
Beneath This Burning Shoreline

Simon Aldred's low voice is just plain dreamy, I wish I could match his tone. Taking after the likes of Johnny Cash, Cherry Ghost is catchy and nostalgic all at once and it's a wonder to listen to.
11Los Campesinos!
Romance Is Boring

More lyrical fun here, I love the sarcastic tone and the unique sound. "I can't believe I chose the mountains every time you chose the sea."
Fake History

An eclectic collection of sounds make their way into Fake History and I love it. Jason Butler absolutely slays with his vocals here. It's a blast to listen to and not easily forgettable.
9Paul Baribeau

With his heartfelt and charming lyrics, Paul Baribeau has become one of my favorite artists. He's not the best singer, but he's just so genuine in his approach that it strangely works. And it works remarkably well.
8Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession

Epic, epic, epic and awesome as all hell. The screams are great, it's constantly on edge, and even has some fun clean vocals. Definitely my favorite metal album of the year.
7The Reign Of Kindo
This Is What Happens

Probably the most pleasing music on the list. It's so peaceful and jazzy, it's sure to put you into a zen-like state. The smooth vocals and the wonderful percussion just work so well. Perfect for a sleepy evening doing work or reading something nice or some other cliched nonsense like that.
6My Epic

Noticed a trend yet? I really love me some thrown in post-hardcore vocals and I love lyrics that can capture powerful emotion. My Epic does both of these things and more. Pleasing to the ear and also really fun to listen to, Yet is a wonderful example of a band putting all of the pieces in right. On top of that, Lashes in a phenomenal song. "My God, I'm so scared, because I'm fractured, but I don't feel the breaks."
5Circa Survive
Blue Sky Noise

I was not a fan of Circa Survive until this album, but oh my lord, save for my number one album, this was easily my most played music on the list. An improvement in all aspects to their previous works, this is catchy, fun, and I just love it. Anthony Green is so good to my ears and the lyrics really hit me in the right place at the right time.
4Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

I'm not a rap guy. I don't have anything against rap, but I don't often find much of it that I like. That said, Kanye made an excellent album. It's odd telling people that I like this because my music-loving friends will either praise it or think I'm crazy for liking it.
3The National
High Violet

Oh, The National, I love you so. High Violet is a masterpiece pure and simple. Berninger's vocals are breathtaking. High Violet is amazingly consistent and still manage to have standout songs. I absolutely love Conversation 16.
2The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

The one album I've been listening to consistently since it came out. I got used to Matssen's vocals very quickly and from that point on, I was in love. His guitar work is elegant. This music just makes me happy whenever I listen to it.
1Lone Wolf
The Devil and I

I have a big soft spot for folk music, and Paul Marshall hit that spot with the utmost precision with The Devil and I. Under his new moniker of Lone Wolf, Marshall has taken his unique lyrical qualities along with his smooth delivery and added more than just a guitar behind it. The composition behind the album is beautiful and fits his voice perfectly. Despite the dark lyrics, the album is so intoxicating and emotional, that you'd swear Marshall was singing about something deeply personal. My favorite album of the year without question.
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