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Fuck I hate this time of year!
When you’re a music blogger people always want to know what your favorite albums of the year were. Not surprising since you’ve been bugging the hell out of people all year long with your ‘posts’ and your ‘articles’ and your ‘recommendations’ and shit. But that doesn’t make the task ahead any less daunting!
Choosing 10 or 15 or 25 albums among the hundreds one listens to in a year is not easy at all. Better said, it’s a pain in the ass to do! Which albums to include, which albums to leave out. What will people think when I choose this one over that one… *sigh*
Luckily I usually don’t give a rat’s ass what people think about my taste in music, and this year isn’t any different. I’ve included some albums that normally wouldn’t even come close to bearing the title ‘Best Of The Year’ but they happen to be among my favorites of 2010, and that’s what this list is all about after all.
My list has five overlaps with Ol’ Tsuru’s list of 25 Tsururific albums which pretty much sums up why our teaming up on Tsururadio has worked rather well so far. Not too many similarities, not too few either. Some stuff that he’s disappointed about, some stuff he pointed me to in the first place.
Enough intro already, let’s get started!
Honorable mention: The Best Of by Suede
Everyone should have this collection. Every song on it is worth your attention and their back catalogue has about a gazillion more of those to enjoy.
25. Happiness by Hurts
Not a great album at all, but damn there are some great songs on it nonetheless. Read my earlier blurb here.
24. Tourist History by Two Door Cinema Club
Extremely catchy and addictive. You will plays this for weeks in a row! Nuff’ said.
23. The Drums by The Drums
Much more below the surface than you’d expect at first glance. Good melodies. Cool guys.
22. Contra by Vampire Weekend
I couldn’t care less for their debut (which supposedly is better than this follow-up), but I like this. It’s fun.
21. Below The Belt by Danko Jones
Danko Jones never disappoints. That’s not Danko’s style. Danko’ ROCKS! Read my earlier blurb here.
20. The Boxer by Kele
One of the most surprising releases of 2010. Completely different than his work with Bloc Party. Not any less good though! Read my earlier blurb here.
19. Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son Of Chico Dusty by Big Boi
Best hip-hop album of 2010, hands down. Read my earlier blurb here.
18. I Learned The Hard Way by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
Almost this year’s best soul release. Not quite, but a brilliant runner-up!
17. Turning On by Cloud Nothings
Sounds like it was recorded in a toilet, but the quality of the songwriting reveals hints of future greatness!
16. Innerspeaker by Tame Impala
Psych-indie or something like that. Like Grizzly Bear with guitars. And good too!
15. A Sufi And A Killer by Gonjasufi
Don’t talk, just listen. And read my earlier blurb here.
14. Grinderman 2 by Grinderman
When Nick Cave wants to rock, Nick Cave wants to ROCK!
13. Fire Like This by Blood Red Shoes
Cute girl, ugly dude. Guitar, drums. Rock, hard.
12. Are You My Mother? by Kathryn Calder
This is the ‘other female singer from The New Pornographers’. I might like this one better than the ‘other female singer from The New Pornographers’ though.
11. Teen Dream by Beach House
Sweet and cute. And credible too. I like.
10. Down The Way by Angus & Julia Stone
See number 11.
9. Odd Blood by Yeasayer
Yeasayer make the top 10 on the strength of three of the best songs of 2010. The rest is less, but still pretty okay.
8. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
Never cared for Arcade Fire much, until they started adding memorable melodies to their songs. This is the album where that happens.
7. Brothers by The Black Keys
Reliable as always. A bit poppier than before and I like it even more because of it.
6. Together by The New Pornographers
See number 7.
5. Expo 86 by Wolf Parade
Don’t believe the (negative) hype. No, not even Tsuru’s ramblings. This is an excellent album.
4. Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti
Weird and unique. Quite possibly brilliant. Read my earlier blurb here.
3. Postcards From A Young Man by Manic Street Preachers
This really is a last shot at mass communication, and a very very very good one indeed! Read my earlier blurb here.
2. Good Things by Aloe Blacc
Not just the best soul album of 2010, but almost the best of album of 2010 period! This album is amazing from start to finish and should be listened to even though soul isn’t your first choice in music. It’s relevant, maybe even essential. That’s all that matters.
1. Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You by Lightspeed Champion!!!!!!!!!
Tsuru said it very well when he shouted “Holy shit, where you been LC?” This guy is AMAZING!! Meaningful lyrics, heartfelt vocals, melodies that will haunt your brainwaves for years to come!
I think Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You is a near flawless album which has all the qualities that should put it at the top of my list, and waddayaknow, it’s right there.
The Year That Was 2010, In Music And Whatnot Mixtape
Don’t forget to check out my other articles, in case you’ve missed them (which would be an absolute shame, because they’re great and shit).