Ryan M: Top Albums of 2010

Philadelphia, PA

top ten albums

10Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse: Dark Night of the Soul

Music inspired by photos taken by David Lynch? Much more linear than one would expect.

Standout Track(s): Little Girl

09The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt

The Tallest Man on Earth is Swedish? His voice has more in common with hopping a boxcar in Minnesota than ABBA, Ace of Base or a finesse hockey forward.

Standout Track(s): The Wild Hunt

08Beach House: Teen Dream

Light and airy, but interesting enough not to induce rapid eye movements.

Standout Track(s): Walk in the Park

07Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record

Not quite sure how all 47 members of the band plus assorted guests can put together high quality rock albums. But they do.

Standout Track(s): All to All

06Sufjan Stevens: All Delighted People / The Age of Adz

A welcomed change to his sound. Although 25+ minutes of ‘Impossible Soul’ without the diversion of an inflated pig proves a bit much.

Standout Track(s): Too Much

05Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today

Diverse, eclectic and scattered – exactly what you’d expect from something named ‘Haunted Graffiti.’

Standout Track(s): Bright Lit Blue Skies

04Phosphorescent: Here’s to Taking It Easy

Nothing ground-breaking, just a great collection of folk/alt country tunes.

Standout Track(s): Los Angeles

03Best Coast: Crazy for You

Lyrically – embarrassingly simplistic. Sonically – pure pop bliss. So sunny and breezy my drivers side farmers tan deepens after every play.

Standout Track(s): Our Deal

02Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

Remove two/three songs and see ‘Halcyon Digest’ comment.

Standout Track(s): Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

01Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest

Unlike most albums that fade to filler, the further it gets from track one, the better it gets.

Standout Track(s): Helicopter

similarity to overall top ten: 30.17%, 3 matches

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