Its that time of year again, when we all come together and argue the toss about what albums were our favourites of the year. Online discussions and face to face rants, mulling over the fine details and absolute absurdity of everything musical released this year. So I am not gonna waste anymore time, but instead just jump straight into it. I present the Sourmash Music Top 10 Albums of 2010…..
1. All Our Kings Are Dead by Young Guns – Well certainly a surprise choice for me too, before you start asking why? This big powerful, hard hitting heavy rock gem, just became an instant hit with me when I first heard it. An album that is constantly on repeat and one that I absolutely love everytime.
2. There Is A Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is A Heaven Lets Keep It A Secret by Bring Me The Horizon - One hell of a title, but a genius conceptual Metal album that totally blew me away when I first heard it. This band keep getting stronger and stronger with their relentless and cleverly constructed assault on the eardrums. Two words, fucking amazing!
3. Romance Is Boring by Los Campesinos! - A stroke of lyrical genius as always from the Welsh 8 piece. As always they never to cease amaze me, with what is ‘officially’ their second album, for me it is definitely their best.
4. Danger Days: True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys by My Chemical Romance – A refreshing welcome return for MCR and certainly a sucker punch for all the haters I think. To go from a bleak and “emo branded” last album to a comic book induced, fun thrill ride like Danger Days is one mean feat. It is a joyous album and one that I have had the most pleasure listening to since its recent release.
5. Treats by Sleigh Bells – M.I.A. endorsed Sleigh Bells delivered a urgent and at points, original debut. Simply one of the most creative electro/guitar crossover albums ever made. Mixing elements of Hardcore and Pop to create what some people called ‘Noise Pop’. Whatever you want to call it, it was a must listen this year.
6. Dirt by Kids In Glass Houses – I thought they would not be able to better their debut, ‘Smart Casual’, but they certainly did with ‘Dirt’. A pop-tastic, Duran Duran inspired treasure, that invokes all types of happy, warm fuzzy feelings! I mean it even has a “Saturday” on it, what more could you ask for.
7. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West - I think I am not alone when I say that was a surprise release from the most ego-tistical man in Hip Hop. Guest spots galore and that’s just on ‘All Of The Lights’, but damn what a rather obtuse but wonderfully odd rap record it is. Those of you that have heard it, know what I am taking about, those of you that haven’t, YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!!
8. Man Alive by Everything Everything - Lyrically misquoted and a ramshackle of cheesy goodness, it is a forward thinking golden nugget that you should revel in. Quirky, frivolous and sublime in equal doses and fox references thrown in too. Delightfully weird but an accomplished slice of pop genius.
9. Happiness by Hurts - Are you sensing the Pop theme yet? Big choruses, opera singers and beautiful endearing charm in abundance here. ‘Happiness’ was in a class of its own this year, inspired by the greats and setting themselves the task to write the biggest ballads of 2010.
10. Odd Blood by Yeasayer – The soundtrack to an unmade John Hughes movie. Certainly a more commercial and mainstream second album from this Brooklyn lot. A little bit kooky, oozing nostalgia and sunshine 80s dreamy psychedelia. It is simply a joy joy joy joy joy from start to finish.
Unfortunately not every album can make it on to the list, but below are a list of albums that certainly deserve a mention also….
- Tourist History by Two Door Cinema Club
- Alive Til I’m Dead by Professor Green
- The Fool by Warpaint
- Sugar For My Soul by Sweet Jane
- Fuzzy Dreams by Geronimo!
- Start/Stop by Union Sound Set
- Record Collection by Mark Ronson & The Business International
- Acolyte by Delphic
- Maximum Balloon by Maximum Balloon
- Magnetic Man by Magnetic Man
- Total Life Forever by Foals
- Avi Buffalo by Avi Buffalo