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Puzzles' Pieces Of 2010

9 albums and 1 EP.
10The 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.
9The 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.
8Birds 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.
6Sufjan Stevens
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.
5Twelve Foot Ninja
Smoke Bomb

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.
4Dead 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.
2The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis

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.
Diamond Eyes

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.
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