I didn’t think 2010 was as strong a year as 2009 in terms of albums. Tons of great individual songs (Truth by Alexander Ebert, Not in Love by Crystal Castles & Robert Smith, and Rill Rill by Sleigh Bells off the top of my head) but albums as a whole felt slightly weaker and less refined than last years crop (more Phoenix please). Still, I think the twenty I picked here are fairly strong. And as always I’m probably tougher on some of my favorite bands who aren’t on the list that put out decent releases. In fact, as I was putting together this list I realized I could have kept going, so the first sentence of this paragraph might be completely out of line.
Anyhow, these are the albums I came back to the most in 2010.
- The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
- Go – Jonsi
- Weathervanes – Freelance Whales
- Forgiveness Rock Record – Broken Social Scene
- Brothers – Black Keys
- A Balloon Called Moaning – Joy Formidable
- High Violet – The National
- Light Chasers – Cloud Cult
- Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
- Contra– Vampire Weekend
- Broken Side of Time – Alberta Cross
- Subiza – Delorian
- Yukon Blonde – Yukon Blonde
- All Day – Girl Talk
- Catching the Tiger – Lissie
- Birds and Cages – Deas Vail
- Have One On Me – Joanna Newsom
- Tiger Suit – KT Tunstall
- Broken Bells – Broken Bells
- Come Around Sundown – Kings of Leon
And because it would be irresponsible for me not to list them, here are my five favorite movie scores of last year:
- Tron Legacy – Daft Punk
- The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
- The Karate Kid – James Horner
- Inception – Hans Zimmer
- How to Train your Dragon – John Powell
Really excited about what 2011 will bring! Will we get a new Radiohead? Fleet Foxes? Maybe an entire album by Alexander? I’ve already liked what I’ve heard from the upcoming Decemberists release, a band I’ve never been too excited about before.
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