Standout Track(s): Carolina
Standout Track(s): Something’s Missing
Standout Track(s): All I Want
Standout Track(s): Sugar in Bed
Standout Track(s): World Sick, “Sentimental X’s”
Standout Track(s): Mermaid Parade, Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)”
Standout Track(s): Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Standout Track(s): Monster, “Lost in the World”
Standout Track(s): Norway
Standout Track(s): Desire Lines
The Black Keys, Brothers: An incredible effort, marred by a belief that more songs would produce better results.
Sufjan Stevens, Age of Adz/All Delighted People EP: Between the EP and LP, there’s the material for a serious contender for album of the year. But far, far too much uninteresting flotsam.
Vampire Weekend, Contra: A great album, but not as great as it’s cover.
Neil Young, Le Noise: Parts of this album are as good as anything in the Young canon. Which is saying something.
Sun Airway, Nocturne of Exploded Chrystal Chandelier: Thankfully, far better than its title. A Philly gem.
Twin Shadow, Forget: File under, can’t wait to see what he does next.
The Roots, How I Got Over: The most slept on album of the year, and the best Roots album in a stone’s age. They also created an album with John Legend, scored a soundtrack, and, I can only assume, helped little girls get their cats down from trees.
Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty: The highs are high, the filler is frequent.
similarity to overall top ten: 53.5%, 5 matches
10Loscil with Dan Bejar (Destroyer), “The Making of Grief Point”A spoken word track. Some atmospherics. Completely magnetic.
09Sun Airway, “Put the Days Away”With the perfect complement of a video to boot:http://levay.info/noisenarcs/2010/10/25/this-is-philadelphia/
08Standard Fare, “Philadelphia”Simply. Perfect. Pop.
07Arcade Fire, “”Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”Abba.
06Sufjan Stevens, “Heirloom”Everything that Sufjan could have been in 2010, but wasn’t. “And when you walk inside I feel the door”
05Beach House, “Norway”Seriously, what has Norway done to deserve this song?
04Phosphorescent, “Mermaid Parade”Give me a beer, this song, and a dock/porch/roofdeck.
03Deerhunter, “Desire Lines”I’ve said all I can say above.
02LCD Soundsystem, “All I Want”James Murphy channeling Bowie and Neu! Repeat that three times.
01Kanye, “Monster”Titular truth: it’s a monster track.
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