|Top 20 Albums Of 2010|
Just a list of my favorite albums from 2010. Working my way backwards.
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.
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.
Dreamy as the title suggests, this album was propelled primarily by their live performance which was just as dreamy as their album.
|4||Broken 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.
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.
Droney, shoegazey, and littered with subtle pop genius.
|7||These New Puritans|
Modern post-punk classic. Very underrated band.
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.
|10||Ted 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."
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.
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.
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.
|14||The 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.
Consistent as ever. "Angela Surf City" is my favorite song by them now, as a result of this album.
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.
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.
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.
Not my favorite of theirs, but still a very solid entry into their discography.