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Since I joined sputnik in november, I needed some time to catch up with all the stuff that came out earlier that year and to give this list some thought.
10Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession

To quote the man that deserves an honourable mention on this list: '...this shit is fucking ridiculous.'
Halcyon Digest

Earthquake still is my favourite song of the year.
8Sufjan Stevens
All Delighted People EP

I chose this one over The Age of Adz because it makes me look different. Also, it's superior.

I don't get this album.
6Flying Lotus

Bleeep boop trrrriddiioom bleep.
5The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

I plan to be forgotten when I'm gone.
4Tera Melos
Patagonian Rats

With Patagonian Rats, Tera Melos created the funnest noise of the year.
3Titus Andronicus
The Monitor

I'd like to thank couldwinarabbit for recommending me this one back in november. Since then, this and The Airing of Grievances still receive daily listens from me. To me both albums are on par and complement each other, though The Monitor tends to be a bit more confronting. There is of course the civil war flavour that also sets it apart, also meant to keep things together. But what really makes it cohesive is that the album as a whole feels like an anthem of life. Despite it being full of anger and on-surface pessimism, the album works like a warm hand on your shoulder, after first punching you in the face.
2The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis

October 2010, Amsterdam. After seeing them live for the first time, I was convinced: this is TDAP, this is exactly what they want to do, and it's exactly what I want them to do. Right after the show, Greg came to me (I still don't really know why) and we talked for a while. During the show, the band got some slack from some of the "give me my old school TDAP back"-fans in the crowd. I told him Option Paralysis was what got me into their music, and he started smiling. After the conversation he looked me straight into the eyes, gave me one of the strongest and sincere handshakes I ever got, and thanked me for 'dancing'. Allright, I'm starting to sound like the biggest fanboy out there. Let's just say this album's pretty fucking awesome.
Public Strain

This album is both the most perfect and imperfect album made in a long time. It's definitely a grower, but in a different way. After a first listen, it feels extremely hollow and devoid of any form of humanity. This has been said many times, but it's when you regard it as something different, something not tied to the same restrictions we all live by, that's when it opens up. Public Strain creates its own dimension within this universe, be it on the verge of breaking apart. It doesn't care about its place in the world you and I live in. It doesn't care about you. Hell, it doesn't even care that it's on this list, let alone on the very top of this list. And that's why it's here.
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