I think 2010 was an exceptionally great year for music. Off the top of my head I would say I enjoyed "This is Happening", "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy", "Forgiveness Rock Record", "The Suburbs" and "Sir Lucious Left Foot" more than anything I have heard this year.
I'll agree there were some no brainers last year, and my top five was pretty easy to make. But this year, there are just a lot more good albums than last year, even if it's missing what might eventually be referred to as "classics."
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Nov 17, 2011 18:41:02 GMT -5
Drive-By Truckers - Go Go Boots Panda Bear - Tomboy Paul Simon - So Beautiful So What Destroyer - Kaputt Radiohead - King of Limbs The Perfect Vessels - Name Our Own Stars Yann Tiersen - Dust Lane Man Man - Life Fantastic If By Yes - Salt on Sea Glass Boston Spaceships - Let It Beard Primus - Green Naugahyde They Might Be Giants - Join Us Moonface - Organ Music and Not Vibraphone Music Like I'd Hoped Colin Stetson - New History Of Warfare Vol. 2: Judges 13 and God - Own Your Ghost Umlaut - Umlaut St. Vincent - Strange Mercy Glorie - Glorie Feist - Metals Tom Waits - Bad As Me M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming My Brightest Diamond - All Things Will Unwind Wilco - The Whole Love David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time Atlas Sound - Parallax Pepper Rabbit - Red Velvet Snowball
I thought all of these were pretty solid albums, some are a lot better than others, but trimming it down to a Top 10 won't be too easy.
There are a few others I haven't added to the list yet.
I'm giving that M83 album a few more goes because everyone loves it so much. I just can't help but feel like it would have been a perfect 50 minute album.
Also, the track with the little kid talking is the most indulgent thing, like "I'm just going to have a song where the cutest little kid describes the happiest possible scenario!" It gives me diabetes. That being said, the highlights of the album are becoming highlightier for me, so it's definitely improving in my view.
I literally can't listen to the St. Vincent album too much because I know I'll ruin it for myself if I do. It's like not eating cake to lose weight. It's so fucking great.
Also, I'll admit that I believed the rhetoric about the Bjork album being sub-par songwriting and more ideas than substance when it first came out, but listening to it now, I really really like most of those songs and think it stands next to some of her best work.
And last, the new Tom Waits is a really solid album but as many times as I listen to it, it's just not transcendent like you always expect with Tom Waits. Just a tad disappointing. But still excellent.
James Blake - James Blake Active Child - You Are All I See Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX - We're New Here Neon Indian - Era Extrana Justice - Audio, Video, Disco The Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions Real Estate - Days M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost Washed Out - Within and Without Fucked Up - David Comes to Life