Best Albums of 2010*


Dic 31 2010, 1:36

*According to me.

2010 pretty average overall compared to other years, found it hard to find a real standout and few albums held my interest for extended periods. But i was totally surprised by a couple of amazing albums by artists that i had given up on or that i wouldn't normally listen to, namely The Roots and Massive Attack.

In alphabetical order...

THE STANDOUTS (My favourite albums of 2010)

Artist: Alcest
Album: Écailles de lune

Artist: Arcade Fire
Album: The Suburbs

Better than Neon Bible.

Artist: Bars of Gold
Album: Of Gold

Artist: Black Sleep of Kali
Album: Our Slow Decay

Artist: Drive-By Truckers
Album: The Big To-Do

Another amazing album, probably my favourite for 2010.

Artist: High on Fire
Album: Snakes for the Divine

Artist: Intronaut
Album: Valley Of Smoke

The jazzy stuff is toned down and makes for a more enjoyable album.

Artist: Kylesa
Album: Spiral Shadow

I prefer Static Tensions, the best LP of 2009, but this album is kinda like Mastodon's Crack the Skye - less heavy but showing how much more songwriting and musical talent they have than most bands.

Artist: Massive Attack
Album: Heligoland

Best LP since Mezzanine. Standout album of 2010 for any music released, Paradise Circus is a classic, i can't say enough about how good it is. Total sleeper, cause i really thought it would be shit.

Artist: Minus the Bear
Album: Omni

Don't hate me - i know it's a disappointing departure from their sound, but it's so damn catchy. A good work friendly album. Good summer album.

Artist: More Than Life
Album: Love Let Me Go

A really nice discovery since i've developed a taste for this type of melodic hardcore, and its hard to find anything that doesn't sound contrived.

Artist: The Roots
Album: How I Got Over

Haven't listened to an album since Phrenology. Maybe i need to go see what i've missed cause this is fucking great.

Artist: The Sadies
Album: Darker Circles

Artist: Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers
Album: Agri-Dustrial

Artist: Torche
Album: Songs for Singles [EP]

Artist: Zoroaster
Album: Matador

Slightly melodic and clean/heavy vocals make this above average sludge for 2010.

PRETTY GOOD (GOOD albums! - just not quite standouts)

Artist: Alexisonfire
Album: Dog's Blood [EP]

Artist: Alexisonfire
Album: Aussie Tour 7inch [EP]

Artist: As I Lay Dying
Album: The Powerless Rise

Definitely above average metalcore, just gets boring quickly unfortunately.

Artist: Best Coast
Album: Crazy for You

I enjoyed a few of these surfy shoegazey hipster albums this year.

Artist: Black Tusk
Album: Taste The Sin

Looks the part, sounds the part - just not enough here to be a great sludge band/album, but showing promise.

Artist: Circa Survive
Album: Blue Sky Noise

Artist: Deftones
Album: Diamond Eyes

Artist: Ihsahn
Album: After

Artist: Knut
Album: Wonder

Artist: Kvelertak
Album: Kvelertak

Great album, but the non-english vocals restrained my enjoyment.

Artist: The Ocean
Album: Heliocentric

Great album that gets bogged down by the very un-subtle anti-christian lyrics. As an "atheist" i cannot stand being preached at by anyone.

Artist: Oceansize
Album: Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up

Artist: Parkway Drive
Album: Deep Blue

Artist: Portugal. The Man
Album: American Ghetto

Artist: Priestess
Album: Prior To The Fire

Artist: Sick of It All
Album: Based On A True Story

Artist: Sleigh Bells
Album: Treats

Artist: Surfer Blood
Album: Astro Coast

Artist: The Sword
Album: Warp Riders

THE OTHER STUFF (worth a mention)

Stuff here i listened once or twice…

Anion - Corpse Flower [EP]
Beneath The Sky - In Loving Memory
Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
Blue Giant - Blue Giant
Blue Sky Black Death - Third Party
Calling All Cars - Hold, Hold, Fire
Cancer Bats - Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
Clem Snide - The Meat of Life
Cloud Control - Bliss Release
Dangers - Messy, Isn't It?
Dead Letter Circus - This Is The Warning
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
The Drums - The Drums
Earth - A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra-Capsular Extraction
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Rush to Relax
Gyroscope - Cohesion
Hank Williams III - Rebel Within
Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
Little Red - Midnight Remember
Loma Prieta - Life/Less
Maps & Atlases - Perch Patchwork
Medications - CompletelyRemoved
Midlake - The Courage Of Others
Mouth of the Architect - The Violence Beneath [EP]
Murder by Death - Good Morning, Magpie
NOFX - The Longest EP
Operator Please - Gloves
The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
Ratt - Infestation
Reckless Kelly - Somewhere In Time
Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Rolo Tomassi - Cosmology
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses - Junky Star
She & Him - Volume Two
Sia - We Are Born
Sleepy Sun - Fever
Story of the Year - The Constant
Thou - Summit
Tift Merritt - See You On The Moon
UNKLE - Where Did the Night Fall
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Various Artists - Crazy Heart [Soundtrack]
The Vasco Era - Lucille
Wavves - King Of The Beach
Weezer - Hurley
White Hills - White Hills

2010 albums by Autolux, The Boat People, Broken Bells, Clare Bowditch & The New Slang, The Creepshow, Crystal Castles, Daughters, Devils Brigade, East Of The Wall, Electric Wizard, Harvey Milk, Imelda May, Jenny and Johnny, Jesu, Suma, Terrible Things, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Soft Pack, Turnpike Troubadours, Ufomammut & the True Blood soundtrack vol 2 i was busting to listen to but ran out of time…hopefully i'll get around to some of these this summer.


  • pppppedram

    great list.

    Dic 31 2010, 6:03
  • irishtim

    Great list. Lots of good stuff in there and some stuff I need to check out too. Bars of Gold & Intronaut will most likely crack my top ten too. I'm hoping to get around to my list soon but my computer that has most of my music took a crap on me. I gotta pull the hard drive and see if I can save anything off of it.

    Dic 31 2010, 7:08
  • Kieran0411

    thanks. i almost didnt have bars of gold in the top albums but i had a few more listens the past week and it really is a standout. i always like seeing your list and others to see the things i missed, i reckon i missed a fair bit of good stuff this year, it feels that way. intronaut's new abum is amazing!

    Dic 31 2010, 10:37
  • spikemobile

    got a few of this entries in my top as well. got to check the ones i haven't given a listen yet. some are just out of my league, and some i just missed plain and simple. thanks for the tips.

    Gen 20 2011, 6:32
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