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Old 06-11-2010, 12:08 AM   #1
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Best of 2010's First Half

Well, the music year is virtually half over because

1) A lot of stuff leaks in advance

&

2) December always blows.





Personally, I'm disappointed. There's been a few amazing albums this year along with some other great ones, but not as many as I have become accustomed to having yearly over the last decade. So, this thread is here to help recommend great albums from the year so people like me will stop whining.

My keepers:

1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
2. Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
3. Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
4. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

5. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
6. Drive-By Truckers - The Big To-Do
7. Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
8. Hot Chip - One Life Stand
9. Vampire Weekend - Contra
10. Sambassadeur - European
11. Beach House - Teen Dream
12. Jason Collett - Rat A Tat Tat
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A top ten:

1. The National - High Violet
2. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
3. Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
5. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
6. Beach House - Teen Dream
7. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
8. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
9. Spoon - Transference
10. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:19 AM   #3
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The National High Violet
The Black Keys Brothers
Beach House Teen Dream
Goldfrapp Head First
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
Spoon Transference
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Beat The Devil's Tattoo
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:31 AM   #4
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Heard or sampled everything on both of those lists although I should probably hear the Goldfrapp album in full since I did quite like Supernature.

The other ones I haven't heard in full are Black Keys, BRMC, Shearwater & Dead Weather although I have heard full albums in the past from all of those and was underwhelmed.
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1. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
2. Los Campesinos! - Romance is Boring
3. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
5. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
6. Hot Chip - One Life Stand
7. Massive Attack - Heligoland
8. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
9. The National - High Violet
10. Frightened Rabbit - Winter of Mixed Drinks
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:18 PM   #6
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High Violet, easily.
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I have a lot that I have yet to hear, but for now I would rank this year's releases as follows:

1. The National, High Violet
2. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
3. Jonsi, Go
4. Charlotte Gainsbourg, IRM
5. Veil Veil Vanish, Change in the Neon Light

I think that only the new Antony and the Johnsons release coming in October has a realistic chance of dethroning High Violet for album of the year.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:01 PM   #8
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I've heard 71 albums this year, so a top 10 just doesn't feel sufficient. Everything after 30 or so is average, however, so I'll just keep it to 20:

1. The Morning Benders - Big Echo
2. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
3. Drive-By Truckers - The Big To Do
4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
5. L!o!s! C!a!m!p!e!s!i!no!s! - Romance Is Boring
6. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh)
7. Pantha du Prince - Black Noise
8. The New Pornographers - Together
9. Spoon - Transference
10. Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
11. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned The Hard Way
12. Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
13. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
14. Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer Of The Void
15. The National - High Violet
16. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
17. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
18. Goldfrapp - Head First
19. Lawrence Arabia - Chant Darling
20. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago

I'm not sure about the placement at all, but the albums are right. A number of those I've only heard once or twice, so there is a lot of room for this to change, even if I only listen to a few more albums in the next 6 months.
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The National - High Violet
Beach House - Team Dream
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
The Morning Benders - Big Echo

 
She & Him vol 2 Its a guilty pleasure
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1. The National – High Violet
2. Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
3. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
4. Phantogram – Eyelid Movies
5.
Vampire Weekend – Contra
6. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
7. Jonsi – Go
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Four Tet - There is Love in You
9. Goldfrapp – Head First
10. Hot Chip - One Life Stand
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did you ever get around to The Warning by Hot Chip Ashley?
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did you ever get around to The Warning by Hot Chip Ashley?
Yeah...I really didn't care too much for it actually :\

And after listening to High Violet and Winter of Mixed Drinks back to back, I'm actually not sure which is my favorite of the year yet. Honestly, that's great that there's two albums I feel that strongly about.
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Yeah...I really didn't care too much for it actually :\

And after listening to High Violet and Winter of Mixed Drinks back to back, I'm actually not sure which is my favorite of the year yet. Honestly, that's great that there's two albums I feel that strongly about.
nah, just joshing. guess it's just myself, scumbo, cassie and (i think?) LMP who are The Warning's big fans.

i've only listened to 15 or so albums so far this year (2010 albums, anyway) and it feels really great that i've got two albums that i feel strongly about as well (LCD Soundsystem's & Los Campesinos'!). Forgiveness Rock Record isn't far off either.
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1. High Violet
2. Teen Dream
3. Cosmogramma
4. This is Happening
5. Plastic Beach

And all sorts of honorable mentions. It's been a nice year so far.
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I haven't listened to nearly enough new albums thus far, but, from what I have listened to:

1) High Violet
2) Forgiveness Rock Record
3) The Golden Archipelago


892) This is Happening
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