Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Favourite Albums of 2010

Here's a list of my 20 favourite albums of 2010. Note my continued use of the word "favourite" as opposed to "best", as one of the greatest things about music is its ability to speak to different people in different ways. These are the albums that contained music and words that spoke to me most over the past year.

While I could go on about the reasons why I found each of these albums to be particularly appealing or interesting, I will instead encourage you to download the mixes I've posted on this blog throughout the year so that you can check out songs from each of them on your own.

And now, the list...

1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

5. !!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It?

6. Beach House - Teen Dream

7. Delorean - Subiza

8. Foals - Total Life Forever

9. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

10. The National - High Violet

11. Vampire Weekend - Contra

12. Hot Chip - One Life Stand

13. Black Keys - Brothers

14. The Drums - s/t

15. Broken Bells - s/t

16. Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz

17. Jonsi - Go

18. Avi Buffalo - s/t

19. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal

20. Moonface - Dreamland

I'm sure it's also no secret that I listen to a ton of music; probably too much at times. So there are inevitably always going to be a bunch of other albums that I really loved which narrowly missed inclusion on the list. You'll also find songs from each of these on the aforementioned mixes though, and here they are in no particular order...

Liars - Sisterworld

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Spoon - Transference

Gigi - Maintenant

The English Premership - Affects

MGMT - Congratulations

The Walkmen - Lisbon

jj - No. 3

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Twin Shadow - s/t

Sleigh Bells - Treats

The Morning Benders - Big Echo

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Brian Eno - Small Craft On A Milk Sea

Stars - The Five Ghosts

Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises

Casiokids - Top Stemning Pa Lokal Bar

Apparatjik - We Are Here

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Klaxons - Surfing The Void

Wolf Parade - Expo 86

Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago

ceo - White Magic

A couple of quick notes: Support the artists by purchasing the albums you love most, or by seeing them live in concert. And never stop discovering great new music!