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Old 12-30-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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B&C's Best of 2010 in Albums

I'm re-upping with Impy's old point tally end of the year jaunt. Here's the rules:

- You have 100 points (congratulations!).
- You have a list of your 15 favorite albums of 2010.
- Distribute those 100 points amongst those favorite 15 albums in whatever way you want to. The max for one album is 15 points, however.
- Post them in this thread (unless you desire anonymity for one reason or another, in which case you can PM me or send it to Dalton via smoke signals).

That's basically it. I'll tally them up and we'll come up with the best of 2010 in list form for B&C (everyone's favorite form!).

If you have a full list of rankings (I'm looking at you, LeMel), feel free to post that shit. Discussion is more than welcome. Post your favorite songs too. Post your favorite live acts. Post your favorite whatever.

Talk. Laugh. Listen. Enjoy. Happy New Year.
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If I ever get my old laptop's harddrive back, I'd have a full list to post, but, I have no idea when that's happening, so I'll have to piece my top 15 together again and get back atcha, but I'm glad you're doing this PeefDAWG
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No rush. I'm sure people's listening for this year will spill over into January, so I'll probably tally it all up several weeks from now.
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I'm re-upping with Impy's old point tally end of the year jaunt.
Ah, those halcyon days when I actually gave a shit.
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Speak Now - Taylor Swift - 15 points
High Violet - The National - 10 points
The Suburbs - Arcade Fire - 10 points
True Love Cast Out All Evil - Roky Erickson/Okkervil River - 7 points
Can't Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus - 7 points
Heaven Is Whenever - The Hold Steady - 7 points
The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae - 7 points
Contra - Vampire Weekend - 7 points
Messy Little Raindrops - Cheryl Cole - 6 points
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West - 6 points
Treats - Sleigh Bells - 4 points
Together - The New Pornographers - 4 points
Mojo - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - 4 points
Body Talk - Robyn - 3 points
The Brutalist Bricks - Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - 3 points
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I recently spent over thirty hours on the road, so I had a great deal of time to think and write about 2010 music. Here’s my list:


1. The National: High Violet (15 points)

Perhaps I share a collection of life experiences with The National that made High Violet resonate so profoundly with me, or perhaps it is an album that thoroughly encapsulates the current political and cultural atmosphere in urban America. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that no album since perhaps In Rainbows has so beautifully and sullenly combined the personal and the universal.

Matt’s vocals and the swelling arrangements perfectly complement the lyrical content, which paints vivid pictures of individuals quietly enduring challenges that they can neither control nor reasonably hope to overcome. Permeating the entire album is the fear that we are regressing rather than progressing, which is as valid a fear as any in the current political climate. Yet the album counteracts the somber lyrical content with a subtle warmth in the music itself, with hooks strong enough that one wants to sing enthusiastically about souls being swallowed and being engulfed in a flood. Ultimately, no 2010 album was as balanced and poignant as this.


2. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest (13)

With Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter achieved the rare feat of an album that was at once seamless and laden with highlights. The same contemplative, shimmering ambience that imbued Cryptograms is present throughout the album, but the songs now have a definite shape with refined melodies and crystalline vocals. The “ambient punk” of the band’s past is now ambient pop; the individuals populating this album seem to be enjoying themselves, but the ambience suggests that the enjoyment is still grounded in reflection and a hint of skepticism about its perseverance. To my tastes at least, the combination is wondrous.


3. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening (12)

The margin in terms of overall quality between This Is Happening and Halcyon Digest is razor-thin. On certain days, I think that this album would occupy the number two spot on my list, if only for the reason that it can instantly elevate a persistent cynic like me into a sunny, life-affirming mood. From the moment that “Dance Yrself Clean” kicks into hyper-drive, the album is a non-stop party. That the mood sometimes ebbs only reinforces the correlation to an actual party or night at the club; at the end of the night, you have both had fun and learned a little bit about yourself.


4. Antony & The Johnsons: Swanlights (10)

Antony is the one artist whom I am intent to promote on this forum. In my personal opinion, no other artist in the current indie scene is as distinctive or thematically daring as he. On Swanlights, all of his considerable talents are on display: haunting piano lines, delicate orchestration, contemplative lyrics, and ethereal voice among them. The progression of the album suggests the course of a day as a metaphor for the maturation of an individual’s identity; the theme is so delicately spun, however, that it can just as easily function as a collection of self-contained sketches. Therefore, while I would not call the album “accessible,” it contains vast rewards as both an intimate listen and a mood piece.


5. Wild Nothing: Gemini (8)

I bought Gemini on a whim; it has repaid that whim many, many times. I am not usually one to reference arbitrary genre labels, but “dream pop” seems to be impeccably well-suited to this album. The recent EP title Golden Haze may have been more appropriate for this album, as it washes over the listener in waves of melody and texture rather than making any direct strikes. And the whole thing sounds so effortless, which bodes very well for this artist’s future.


6. Robert Plant: Band of Joy (7)

Old Percy continues his remarkable late-career winning streak, which now spans four tremendous, roots-rock albums over the past decade: Dreamland, Mighty Rearranger, Raising Sand, and this year’s Band of Joy. His song selection is eclectic and his interpretations laden with admiration. Above all else, the nuance and character in his vocal performance allows him to inhabit both the songs and the history behind them in a manner few other active singers have or can.


7. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma (5)

Pitchfork and co. made a great deal of Flying Lotus’s familial relation to Alice Coltrane, but the suggestion that this album is somehow in the line of the Coltrane family legacy is actually quite accurate. The songs display technical accomplishment and free-form structures, the latter in the sense that they seem to obey no particular format. In all honesty, this is close to how I would imagine a modern-day John Coltrane album sounding. And that is probably the highest compliment that I can pay to Cosmogramma.


8. Neil Young: Le Noise (5)

Le Noise is the most emotionally naked album that I heard all year. Neil’s voice and guitar resonate with the memories of nearly fifty years, and every track emanates with honesty. I have always enjoyed Neil Young most in his solo, acoustic incarnations; this album takes that concept as a base and adds layers upon layers of texture, creating a feeling that is both familiar and novel.


9. Sufjan Stevens: Age of Adz (5)

I applaud Sufjan for adopting what I see as a radical shift in direction on Age of Adz. Although I was not terribly impressed upon my first listen, repeated spins revealed more and more lyrical complexity and musical nuance. Despite the treated vocals and electro freak-outs, the hooks are still there, and Sufjan’s characteristic eccentricity shines through on almost every track. An album framed by this much raw ambition will have moments when that ambition is not entirely realized, but those moments only make the high points that much higher. And that is perhaps Sufjan’s greatest artistic gift.


10. Veil Veil Vanish: Change in the Neon Light (5)

One Amazon review that I read of Change in the Neon Light called it “the best Cure album in twenty years.” That assessment may not be terribly far off the mark. The influence of Head on the Door-era Robert Smith pervades the fractured vocals, dancing guitar/synth structures, and generally saturnine atmosphere, but the band also incorporates modern electronic influences and unabashed rock into the fold. I was lucky enough to find this album on an obscure review site; I hope that this band’s future efforts receive more attention, as they certainly deserve it.


11. Perfume Genius: Learning (4)
12. How to Dress Well: Love Remains (3)
13. Los Campesinos!: Romance Is Boring (3)
14. Caribou: Swim (3)
15. The Black Keys: Brothers (2)


16. Beach House: Teen Dream
17. Janelle Monae: The ArchAndroid
18. Joanna Newsom: Have One on Me
19. Jónsi: Go
20. Abe Vigoda: Crush
21. Warpaint: The Fool
22. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
23. Zola Jesus: Zola Jesus Meets LA Vampires
24. Charlotte Gainsbourg: IRM
25. Cee Lo Green: The Lady Killer


Honorable Mention:

Four Tet: There Is Love in You
Matthew Dear: Black City
Morning Benders: Big Echo
Twin Shadow: Forget
Women: Public Strain


Best Semi-New Music

The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street Bonus Tracks
Bruce Springsteen: The Promise
Jimi Hendrix: Valleys of Neptune


Disappointments

Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record
Band of Horses: Infinite Arms
Broken Bells: Broken Bells
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No singles or EPs, I take it? The top 2010 releases list that I've been working on at Rate Your Music has a number of them quite prominently featured ... a list without them would feel kind of incomplete, to be honest.
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Yeah well... albums.
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I'm getting to the point where I find the format of release to be basically an irrelevancy. Good music is good music regardless of the format, and especially in this digital age, format distinctions are becoming blurred and, in my opinion, needless.
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I guess all novelists should just stop writing books and just focus on short stories they can post on their blogs.

And filmmakers should just make shorts that can be uploaded to YouTube.
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IY, that post was awesome. Great read.
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No singles or EPs, I take it? The top 2010 releases list that I've been working on at Rate Your Music has a number of them quite prominently featured ... a list without them would feel kind of incomplete, to be honest.
For the purposes of the rankings of albums, no, but feel free to list singles/EPs and make recommendations. Like I said, the ranking thing is only one part, this is for discussion just as much.
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1. The National – High Violet (15 points)
2. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (15 points)
3. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 10 points
4. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul 10 points
5. Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns 9 points
6. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma 8 points
7. School of Seven Bells – Disconnect from Desire 7 points
8. Various Artists – Scott Pilgrim vs The World 7 points
9. Against Me! – White Crosses 5 points
10. How to Destroy Angels – How to Destroy Angels 4 points
11. Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring 3 points
12. Sleigh Bells – Treats 2 points
13. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang 3 points
14. Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross – The Social Network Soundtrack 1 point
15. Girl Talk – All Day 1 point

Honorable Mention:

16. Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune
17. Best Coast – Crazy for You
18. Ghost Mall – Goons
19. The Black Keys – Brothers
20. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening


Most Disappointing:

MGMT - Congratulations
Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
Street Sweeper Social Club - The Ghetto Blaster EP

Worst Album I've Heard This Year:

Brandon Flowers - Flamingo (This hurt, I'm a huge Killers fan.)
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I guess all novelists should just stop writing books and just focus on short stories they can post on their blogs.

And filmmakers should just make shorts that can be uploaded to YouTube.
Wasn't meaning to start some debate on the values of different format lengths, especially not with regards to unrelated forms of media. Was just clarifying a point, especially since plenty of "top albums" lists out there merrily include EPs and compilations (e.g. if RYM's categorisation is to be taken seriously, a number of publications better take Das Racist off their 2010 album lists because it's a compilation).
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IY, that post was awesome. Great read.
Thanks. Like I said, I had a lot of time on my hands.
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