Mike’s Top 10 Albums Of 2010

December 30, 2010

10.  LOCAL NATIVES // Gorilla Manor

They were the highlight of my SXSW, and their album continues to be a beacon of jangly, blurry goodness.

9.  MENOMENA // Mines

Thanks to Bucky from The Liptonians for introducing me.  Crazy.  Technical.  Catchy as all fuck.

8.  JOANNA NEWSOME // Have One On Me

She can do no wrong.   Evolved and evocative songwriting with production that is finding the right ways to present her outlandish voice.

7.  FRIGHTENED RABBIT // The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

With no new We Were Promised Jetpacks album yet, Frightened Rabbit satiated my need for big Scottish post-punk.

6.  THE KNIFE // Tomorrow, In A Year

Instead of an album, an electronic opera.   Proving that they are one of the most versatile and creative artists in the world right now.

5.  THE NATIONAL // High Violet

Who am I kidding… this would probably be #2 if my record player hadn’t been on the fritz till recently — meaning I couldn’t spin it enough to really dig into what is unbelievably actually an improvement on Boxer.  I was set for a let-down.  Instead, my boys delivered.

4.  LIARS // Sisterworld

Within 45 minutes of landing in Austin, I was getting stoned with Mat from Boats and watching Liars rock the Brooklyn Vegan stage at SXSW.  Sisterworld then became the soundtrack for Marcus & my post-mixing relaxations in Montreal in July.  I love it when weirdos make great music.

3.  BEACH HOUSE // Teen Dream

Like an updated Cocteau Twins, Beach House satiate my love of delay washes with sparse arrangements and beautiful voices.  I’m a latecomer to the record, but it has barely left my turntable since picking it up.

2.  JONSI // Go

A lush chamber-folk revision of the Sigur Ros sound, with impeccable production and personal songwriting.  A record to turn to in the quiet moments.   So intimate.

1.  ARCADE FIRE // The Suburbs

Its #1 on everyone’s list for a reason.  This album, just like their show at the MTS Centre, feels like its more about the listener than about the artists.  Poignant and simply profound, shedding light on the small moments in millions of lives left unturned.  One of the few albums in recent memory that demands digging into lyrics, metaphors, track order … all the things that we used to do with records.


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