13 of the best albums of 2010

Posted: June 3, 2010 by undergroundfisherman in Music
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It just occurred to me that we’ve now reached the halfway stage of the year, so it’s a great time to look back and see what the last 6 months have given us music-wise. When I actually sat down and thought about this, I realised how many good albums there’s been this year, so here’s 13 of them.

Why 13? Why not? It’s postmodern.

The Black Keys – Brothers

Caribou – Swim

Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks

Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Flying the flag for Ireland, Conor O’Brien and Co. have made one very nice album indeed. It reminds me a bit of Fionn Regan, the other torchbearer of good songwriting in this country.

Spoon – Transference

These lads are way bigger in America than they are here, but hopefully more people will catch on to the brilliantly catchy and likeable tunes.  This album, released in January, went in at number 4 in the charts in the States, here’s why…

Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise

A fairly minimal, ambient album that elevates itself from many others of its kind by some really nice touches. Throughout the album, Hendrik Weber keeps changing the direction of each tune, ensuring things don’t sound repetitive or dull. A lot of the time, albums like this don’t hold my attention for the entire duration, but this one does, really great stuff.

Four Tet – There is Love in You

Sleigh Bells – Treats

Vampire Weekend – Contra

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Surely Damon Albarn had no idea how successful Gorillaz would become when he first started out with his cartoon creations nine years ago. They’ have arguably become bigger than Blur were in their heyday. The sheer depth and variety of this new album is really impressive. Some have said they are overly reliant on guest stars, but that’s part of the fun – each song sounds like it’s done by a completely different band. Guest stars include Snoop Dogg, Mark E Smith of The Fall and Mos Def among many others. Lou Reed’s appearance on “Some Kind of Nature” is my own personal favourite.

Joy Orbison OK, so he doesn’t have an album yet, but Londoner Peter O’Grady (I’m claiming him as Irish!) brought out one of the best tracks of this year. A really progressive and interesting piece of dubstep, that makes you wonder what defines dubstep exactly?

Foals – Total Life Forever

This is probably my choice for album of the year so far, and it’s going to take one hell of a record to change my mind. The first single off this LP, Spanish Sahara, was such a departure from the frenetic style the Oxford quintet had become known for, it was a sombre, reflective piece, one which gets better with every listen. They’ve just released their second single from this album – “Miami”, and it’s just as good if not better. There’s something about the video that kinda reminds me of Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker.”

MIA’s new album It’s not out yet, but it’ll be savage.

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