It wouldn’t be year end without Drake‘s annual “Best Albums of The Year” post. -ed.
Drake’s Top 50+ Albums of 2010
2010 turned out to be another pretty good year for music, but no album ran away with the top spot this year. LCD Soundsystem‘s This Is Happening gets the nod for me, by a nose, but it’s not even really James Murphy‘s best effort (that would be Sound of Silver). The rest of the more than fifty releases below are an eclectic collection, although my rockist bias is still probably apparent. But how many lists out there are you going to find with Ty Segall, Kanye West and John Mellencamp on it. (Yeah, the last one surprised me as well, but it’s gooooood.) [For my money, the new Tom Jones record probably belongs on the list as well. -ed.]
If this is indeed the last album that LCD Soundsystem releases, and James Murphy has hinted as much, then this is the way to go. This is Happening, lyrically, is Murphy’s most personal release, continuing the inward trend since LCD SS’ beginnings in detached irony.
Review: May 18, 2010
The slow and steady progression for Deerhunter from damaged art rock to accessible (yet still damaged) pop band has been fascinating to witness, and with Halycon Digest, they’ve perfected the right balance between the two for a artful pop album that rewards on repeat listens.
Review: September 28, 2010
Nate Williams rebounded nicely from an up and down 2009. Enlisting the late Jay Reatard’s old band to back him, King of the Beach finds Williams still in the loner/outsider role, but now the music backing the loser-based lyrics are far more rich. Easily one of the most exhilarating releases of 2010.
Review: August 3, 2010
With every repeat listen of The Monitor, the seams holding together New Jersey split just a little more, as the love/hate relationship Titus Andronicus has with their home state is volatile, to say the least. And this from an album allegedly about the Civil War, complete with spoken word cameo from Craig Finn as Walt Whitman (the best recording Finn took part in this year).
Romance is Boring is anything but boring, instead at times white hot and most of the time unable to sit still. It’s pop at in the face of chaos. An album that seems to have been overlooked by many (maybe some were assuming they’d be releasing more like the year prior).
Review: January 26, 2010
As if The Go! Team’s cheerleaders decided to make out with the AV club guys, sending the dial into the red. Distortion and pep don’t often go together, but this noisy affair is one for the eardrums.
The album I played the most in 2010. Combines everything I loved about the early 90s and turned the BPMs up to workout pace. Lift those knees!
Review: May 11, 2010
Much like Deerhunter, Ariel Rosenberg has graduated a bit from the lo-fi art noise of his earlier recordings, moving from the bedroom to an actual studio. The songs, however, are still warped by the sun and probably under the influence of illegal substances. So there’s that. Wheee!
Might have topped my list had it been released sooner/Kanye didn’t seem like such a douchebag/it weren’t for my aforementioned perceived rockist bias. Certainly wins for Best use of a King Crimson song on the scorcher, “Power.”
Review: November 23, 2010
The Baltimore duo Beach House also upgraded their recording studio this year, in their first Sub Pop debut, putting some extra polish on their already lush and dreamy sound.
Review: January 26, 2010
11. Vampire Weekend – Contra
(Review: January 12, 2010)
12. Ty Segall – Logos
13. The Posies – Blood/Candy
(Review, September 28, 2010)
14. Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
(Ear on TV Preview: December 13, 2010)
15. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
(Review: August 3, 2010)
16. Best Coast – Crazy For You
17. Spoon – Transference
18. Twin Shadow – Forget
19. John Mellencamp – No Better Than This
20. The Fresh & Onlys – Play it Strange
21. Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
(Review: September 14, 2010)
22. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
(Review: October 12, 2010)
23. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
24. No Age – Everything In Between
Review: September 28, 2010
25. Off! – Four EPs
View albums 26-50+ after the jump.
26. The Walkmen – Lisbon (Review: September 14, 2010)
27. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
28. The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack (Review: February 2, 2010)
29. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
30. Grinderman – Grinderman 2 (Review: September 14, 2010)
31. The Intelligence – Males
32. The Black Keys – Brothers (Ear on TV Preview:)
33. Field Music – Measure (Review: February 16, 2010)
34. Bottomless Pit – Blood Under the Bridge (Review: August 17, 2010)
35. She & Him – Volume 2 (Review: March 23, 2010)
36. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid (Ear on TV Preview: for May 24, 2010)
37. Jenny & Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now (Review: August 31, 2010)
38. Robyn – Body Talk
39. Liars – Sisterworld (Review: March 9, 2010)
40. Crystal Castles – II
41. Baths – Cerulean (Review: 05/19/09)
42. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son Of Chico Dusty (Review: July 5, 2010)
43. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern
44. Yeasayer – Oddblood (Review: February 9, 2010)
45. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (Ear on TV Preview: February 15, 2010)
46. Tyvek – Nothing Fits
47. The Roots – How I Got Over (Review: June 22, 2010)
48. The National – High Violet (Review: May 11, 2010)
49. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
50+. New Pornographers – Together (Review: 05/19/09)
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record (Review: May 4, 2010)
Women – Public Strain
Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM (Review: February 13, 2010)
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – Brutalist Bricks (Review: March 9, 2010)
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be (Review: March 30, 2010)
Hot Chip – One Life Stand (Review: February 9, 2010)
Perfume Genius – Learning
Boston Spaceships – Our Cubehouse Still Rocks (Review: September 21, 2010)
Delorean – Subiza