Miya T: Top Albums of 2010

Philadelphia, PA

top ten albums

10MGMT: Congratulations

Standout Track(s): Someone’s Missing

09Gil Scott-Heron: I’m New Here

The guy who did “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is still being a badass. Also, extra love for the great album cover.

Standout Track(s): Me and the Devil

08Neil Young: Le Noise

Le Rock God.

Standout Track(s): Walk with Me

07Vampire Weekend: Contra

I once mentioned that I like VW to some hipstery music snob and got a disapproving look in return. Then he talked bad about some middle-aged women he saw at the Peter Hook show: “I guess they were Joy Division fans when they were young.” And I was like, you are so right, how DARE people over 40 show themselves in public. But I digress. I like this album a lot, even though Ezra Koenig sounds like Adam Sandler.

Standout Track(s): Horchata

06Sleigh Bells: Treats

“Every time a song from this record pops up on my iPod, I just want to punch someone in the face.”—Robin Hilton on NPR, All Songs Considered. Does this album have staying power? Will I want to punch someone in the face 3 years from now? When I am no longer writing my dissertation? Doubtul (admittedly). But the 2010 me loves this record.

Standout Track(s): Crown on the Ground

05Robyn: Body Talk

If one wanted to–hypothetically–have a solo dance party in that part of the living room not visible from the neighbor’s window, this would be just the album for the occasion. Smarter/funnier lyrics for an electrodancepop album.

Standout Track(s): Hang with Me

04The Mynabirds: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood

Balances a vintage-y sound while still sounding fresh and like there’s room for experimentation and growth. Bravo.

Standout Track(s): Let the Record Go

03Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

Well duh. And extra points for their excellent show at the Mann Center this summer.

Standout Track(s): Modern Man

02Black Dub: Black Dub

I had been awaiting this album for almost 2 years. And despite getting exactly 0 people to accompany me to their Philly show and having to crank myself up on Advil Cold & Sinus to make it and then being chased through the 2nd St. subway station by some creepy man who had followed me from Girard (true story!), it was totally worth it.

Standout Track(s): Surely

01Jónsi: Go

Probably my most-oft played album of the year, so it gets to be #1. Also, it’s Jónsi, Dave. Learn how to spell in Icelandic, already. Geez. [Ed note: the submission page was not built to recognize special characters.]

Standout Track(s): Go Do

honorable mentions

Josh Ritter, So the World Runs Away (“Rattling Locks”); The Roots, How I Got Over (“Right On”); Natalie Merchant, Leave Your Sleep. Maybe that last one boots me from the “cool” category, but this was an ambitious album. NM put music to 25 British and American poems from the 19th and 20th centuries, and worked with over 100 musicians to make it happen. Its sound is big and beautiful, so respect.

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top songs

10LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean”A strange album for me–I actively disliked a lot of stuff on it. But some tracks I found quite good, like this one.

09Dean & Britta, “I’ll Keep It with Mine”A truly lovely cover. Uses the power of Auto-Tune for good.

08Arcade Fire, “Modern Man”

07Gil Scott-Heron, “Me and the Devil”

06Josh Ritter, “Rattling Locks”This one kind of hits me in the gut. In a good way.

05Glasser, “Apply”Standout track on a “meh” album. But it’s a debut, so I have hope.

04Broken Bells, “The Ghost Inside”

03Sleigh Bells, “Crown on the Ground”

02Black Dub, “Surely”A powerful, spare track. Executed masterfully by Lanois, Blade, and Whitley (that voice!)

01Jónsi, “Go Do.”Closing out 2010 on an exuberant note.

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