Best of 2010


21 fév. 2011, 10h03m

10. Against Me! - White Crosses
Probably their weakest album, the lyrics- aside from a few stand outs -don't seem to have that same bite as before. However, the tunes are still huge, and if it wasn't for the sickly production it would be a lot higher up this list.

9. Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man
A bit of a let down if I'm honest. There's some great tracks on here (Only Rain is stunning) but as usual they don't know how to cut the not-so-good ones. I like the slight change in style though.

8. Off With Their Heads - In Desolation
Just a really solid album, with brilliantly self-deprecating lyrics.

7. Fake Problems - Real Ghosts Caught On Tape
If only this album had come out in the summer, it probably would be a few places higher. The stripped-back style really works as the melodies and lyrics really come to the fore, plus Soulless is a cool rip-off of Walking on Sunshine.

6. The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits
At first I didn't really get what all the fuss was about (punknews I'm looking at you), but after hearing their first album the leap in quality if obvious. I still don't really get the Clash comparisons though.

5. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
I gave in to the hype and was pleasantly surprised by this, its nowhere near as pretentious as I thought it would be. Probably one of the most deserving 'mainstream' bands around.

4. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Only 10 songs, but arguably a step up from The 59 Sound which is a huge achievement in itself.

3. The Arteries - Dead Sea
Again proving to be one of the best punk bands in the UK at the moment, The Arteries shows maturity to go with their energy and passion. They deserve to be big.

2. The Flatliners - Cavalcade
This was going to be #1 right up until a few weeks ago. A huge step up in song writing from the last record (which I still loved), even the B-sides are pretty amazing. The best feature of this album is its diversity, something that prevents me from picking a clear highlight.

1. Make Do and Mend - End Measured Mile
Emotional, catchy and just generally brilliant- especially for a debut album. Its the small touches that really make this album, the female backing vocals and strings on Firewater being a definite highlight.


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