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01.13.12 Five Essentials Of 201101.08.11 Top Albums Of 2010
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Top Albums Of 2010

My personal list for the best albums 2010 had to offer. Not really in any particular order, since I rbelieve all of these albums are worth listening too.
10Nas & Damian Marley
Distant Relatives

Quite possibly one of the best collaborative albums I have come across,
ever. "As We Enter" easily shows off the amazing compatibility of the two
distinct artists with two different styles of music. Throughout the entirety of
this album there is a great polarization between the two styles and they
come off quite unique and amazing.
9Sed Non Satiata
Sed Non Satiata

Sed Non Satiata's self titled album has some of the best that the screamo
genre has to offer. This album alone houses Sed Non Satiata's best songs
to date. They show their constraint and knowledge of the genre to create
each grande song on the album.
Fake History

Easily the best Post-Hardcore album of this year. Very similar in approach to
post-hardcore as Glassjaw, with that being said, you know this is
something amazing.
7The Saddest Landscape
You Will Not Survive

2010 marks the first release by the legendary "The Saddest Landscape"
since 2005!!! There is not much to say about this album, except that The
Saddest Landscape still know how to create moving and incredibly amazing
music after such a long time. Listen to the amazing song "Declaring War on
Nostalgia" and you will know that they don't mess around. Oh and one
6The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis

After "Ire Works" it seemed as if The Dillinger Escape Plan has run out of
ideas. With their new album, they have more than redeemed their selves
and created the most relentless album I have heard in quite some time.
Although the song structures always jump around all over the place
throughout the album, it was tastefully done and well thought out. If you
are looking for the most aggressive and relentless albums of 2010, this
would be it.
5The Republic of Wolves

What makes this album so special is how much thought and effort you can
see that went into making it. Each song is incredibly grand and well worth
listening too.
4Sufjan Stevens
All Delighted People EP

It has been years since Sufjan Stevens' magnum opus "Illinois". "All
Delighted People" marks the first new material and it was well worth all the
wait. This EP serves more as a statement saying that Sufjan still has all the
talent from before to create grande orchestral arrangements. Although the
EP does have some problems, it is easy to over look them with Sufjan's
new and improved musical prowess.
3Circa Survive
Blue Sky Noise

Circa Survive's best album so far. Everything on this album takes what they
did in the past and makes it bigger and better. Gone are the droning
guitars and replaced with a more straight forward album which is actually
for the best. Instead of trying to recreate "Juturna" again, Circa Survive
breaks the mold and inputs highly energetic songs that bolsters everything
each of the musicians of the band are capable of. Anthony Green also has
improved his vocals, sounding a lot more mature and flat out awesome.
Check out the song "Get Out" for the new and definitely improved Circa
2Six Gallery
Breakthroughs in Modern Art

Each year gives us one of those "brainy indie" bands that showcase
amazing musicianship and schools mainstream bands on how to create real
music. 2008 gave us This Town Needs Guns and 2009 gave us Sholi, so
who do we have for 2010? This year we have Six Gallery, who in their new
album aptly named "Breakthroughs in Modern Art" have this time around
delivered the goods. Six Gallery showcases their mad musicianship through
their amazing guitarists who makes it sound easy to create unique and
complicated two-tapping riffs and finger plucking patterns. Not only that, Six
Gallery has a good use of effects and pedals giving them that extra and
unique edge that other bands of their caliber don't.
1Sufjan Stevens
The Age of Adz

So what was Sufjan Stevens doing the past five years since "Illinois"?
Obviously, it was creating this album. This encompasses all of Sufjan's skills
and makes them contemporary. What I mean is that, Sufjan no longer uses
grand orchestral arrangements on this album, however, he uses a clever
use of modern day technology to paint an amazing album. "All Delighted
People" may have been just practice, for this album. With that being said,
this is definitely a classic Sufjan Stevens album, made with contemporary
modes of production...AMAZING!
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