Drew L: Top Albums of 2010

Syracuse, NY

top ten albums

10Sleigh Bells: Treats

Fun, loud, festive, combative.

Standout Track(s): Rill Rill, Tell ‘Em

09The National: High Violet

Kinda like Newsom; good, but not as good as the last outing. I cannot understand why so many critics liked this better than “Boxer.”

Standout Track(s): Bloodbuzz Ohio, Runaway

08Samantha Crain: You (Understood)

Samantha Crain’s voice is part Joanna Newsom, part Neil Young, part Woody Guthrie. She’s been cranking out an album a year over the last three years, and the results are always enjoyable but vary in quality from song to song.

Standout Track(s): Lions, Blueprints, Santa Fe, We Are The Same

07Vampire Weekend: Contra

Okay, I’ll say it: I did kinda miss ska. Glad I’m not alone.

Standout Track(s): Cousins, California English

06Joanna Newsom: Have One on Me

This wasn’t quite the epic masterpiece I was hoping for. I like that she’s branching into more percussion and piano, but too many of the piano tracks started to blend together. It’s no coincidence that two of my favorite songs are among the shortest, yet none quite reaches the heights of “Sadie” and “Cosmia.” For all my complaints, I still really, really liked this album.

Standout Track(s): 81, Good Intentions Paving Co., Occident

05Beck/Metric: The Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Soundtrack.

The original tracks from Beck and Metric are part of a delightful mix of ear-splitting three-chord punk rock, wistful “Sea Change”-style love songs, and power indie-pop, plus some T-Rex and Stones classics.

Standout Track(s): Black Sheep, Garbage Truck, Scott Pilgrim, Ramona

04Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More

English-made, Celtic-tinged folk with the dramatic crooning and heart-on-the-sleeve earnestness of Roy Oribison.

Standout Track(s): The Cave, Lion Little Man, Awake My Soul

03Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Fantasy

Kanye may be a douchbaaaaaag, but there is something infectious about his juvenile ramblings and his alarmingly good taste in samples.

Standout Track(s): Power, Runaway, Monster, Lost in the World, Blame Game

02Black Keys: Brothers

Easily the most pretentious album cover of the year.

Standout Track(s): Everlasting Love, Tighten Up, Howlin’ for You, She’s Long Gone

01Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

I bought this in August. I still listen to it at least once a week.

Standout Track(s): Rococo, Modern Man, We Used To Wait

honorable mentions

April Smith and the Great Picture Show//Songs for a Sinking Ship, The New Pornographers//Together, Frightened Rabbit//Winter of Mixed Drinks

similarity to overall top ten: 47.17%, 5 matches

top songs

10The New Pornographers, “The Crash Years”Neko-heavy standout of an okay album.

09Rihanna, “Only Girl in the World”Because sometimes the songs at the top of the charts are there for a reason.

08The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio” Carries you away like a swarm of bees.

07Auditorium, “Sunday”Okay, it’s my college roommate’s band, but seriously, you gotta hear this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhHuw22-Wq4

06The Heavy, “How You Like Me Now”

05Kanye West, “Runaway”

04The Black Keys, “Everlasting Light”

03The Clash at Demonhead (Brie Larson covering Metric), “Black Sheep”This cover is actually better than the original by Metric; as of now, the only available version is the scene from the movie on YouTube.

02Mumford & Sons, “Awake My Soul”Man, this song is good.

01Arcade Fire, “We Used To Wait”The GoogleMaps webvideo thingy did increase my affection for this song. Now I can’t listen to it without a lump in my throat.

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