Top Albums of 2010


20 jan. 2011, 2h00m

I had a short ~150 word review/blurb for about half the albums on this list. Unfortunately, my power went out and Microsoft Word didn't auto-recover my document for some odd reason. I'm not motivated enough to write all those again so instead, I wrote a simple list. 2011 albums have been leaking and releasing so I feel like it's reasonable to hurry up and get this list done quickly. I guess I'll have to wait until 2011 for an extensively written end of the year list.

2010 was the first year I tried to listen to a lot of music - I officially moved out of my phase in the fall of 2009. However, 2010 was also a tricky year in music because no album truly stuck with me for a long time. Therefore, there is no ranking system in this list. This list is in order of release date. Listing the albums in order of release date helps me remember when i listened to the album and also helps me associate those albums with memories/events around that time.

Top 50 Albums of 2010 (in order of release date):

1.Memoryhouse - The Years/Various Singles/ session
2.Vampire Weekend - Contra
3.Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
4.Beach House - Teen Dream
5.Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
6.Hot Chip - One Life Stand
7.Akira Kosemura - Grassland
8.Forest Swords - Dagger Paths
9.Efterklang - Magic Chairs
10.Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
11.Four Tet - There Is Love In You
12.Clogs - The Creatures In The Garden Of Lady Walton
13.Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
14.Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown
15.Daughters - Daughters
16.Liars - Sisterworld
17.Bonobo - Black Sands
18.Alcest - Écailles de Lune
19.The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt/Sometimes the Blues...
20.Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
21.Foals - Total Life Forever
22.Hammock - Chasing After Shadows... Living With the Ghosts
23.Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
24.LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
25.Whirl - Distressor
26.James Blake - CMYK/Klavierwerke
27.Ólafur Arnalds - ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
28.Robyn - Body Talk
29.The Roots - How I Got Over
30.Baths - Cerulean
31.Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises/I'll Be There
32.Haruka Nakamura - Twilight
33.Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
34.S. Carey - All We Grow
35.The Love Language - Libraries
36.A-1 - After School Special
37.Envy - Recitation
38.Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
39.Deerhunter -Halcyon Digest
40.Glasser - Ring
41.Women - Public Strain
42.Swimteam - Street Eater
43.한희정 - 잔혹한 여행
44.Antony and the Johnsons - Swanlights
45.Benoît Pioulard - Lasted
46.Mark McGuire - Living With Yourself
47.Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz/All Delighted People
48.How to Dress Well - Love Remains
49.Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
50.Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

1.Big Blood - Dark Country Magic
2.Delorean - Subiza
3.Fake Problems - Real Ghosts Caught On Tape
4.Ghostface Killah - Apollo Kids
5.Maserati - Pyramid Of The Sun
6.No Age - Everything In Between
7.TOKiMONSTA - Midnight Menu/Cosmic Intoxication

There were several 2009 albums that i didn't get a chance to listen to/know about until 2010. The ones most deserving of a mention are:

1.Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
2.Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

There were also several albums that i disliked this year. However, some of these albums had tracks i really liked. For example, BSS's album was the most disappointing album of the year for me, but it still had a few good tracks. So here's a list of artists that released tracks i enjoyed on albums i generally disliked (in alphabetical order):

1.東京事変 (絶体絶命 , 能動的三分間)
2.Azure Ray (Don't Leave My Mind)
3.Big Boi (Shutterbug)
4.Brooke Fraser (Something In The Water, Coachella, Crows & Locusts)
5. Broken Social Scene (World Sick, All To All)
5.Colour Revolt (8 Years)
6.EF (Sons Of Ghosts)
7.Jaga Jazzist (One-Armed Bandit)
8.Jónsi (Go Do)
9.Kids & Explosions (There Is A Burning Ball Of Fire In Outer Space)
10.Lantlôs (Neige De Mars)
11.Meursault (Crank Resolutions)
12.The National (Bloodbuzz Ohio, Runaway)
13.The School (The Slip)
14.Sleigh Bells (Rill Rill, Tell 'Em)
15.Yeasayer (Ambling Alp, O.N.E.)

I'm a christian and I like to keep up with the christian praise and worship 'scene.' I don't really keep up with 'christian rock' or bands like that have some sort of christian-____ tag. (mainly because 95% are awful). Worship albums usually suck and I'm really proud to have found 10 albums that i really enjoyed this year. These albums are listed in order, with 1 being my favorite:

1.International House Of Prayer - Limited Edition Vol. 31
2.Will Reagan & United Pursuit - Live At The Banks House
3.Gateway Worship - The More I Seek You
4.Hillsong - A Beautiful Exchange
5.Passion - Awakening
6.Jon Thurlow - Strong Love
7.Jesus Culture - Come Away
8.Brian Johnson - Love Came Down
9.Rend Collective Experiment - Organic Family Hymnal
10.alberto & kimberly rivera - Turn


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