My Year In Lists, 2010 (Part 1)

So here it is, my favourite albums for the year! My counterpart and I have listened to well over 150 albums this year and we can safely say that 100 of them were good, sure there were a lot of bad albums and a whole lot of ‘meh’ albums, but overall 2010 was a phenomenal year for music.

Looking through the list, there is 11 Australian albums out of the 40 and 2 in the top 5, which is about normal for me. Yeah there were quite a few good Australian bands releasing music this year but there was only a few that really excelled.

Okay, here we go, enjoy.

40. Down The Way – Angus & Julia Stone
39. 229 – The Bavarian Druglords
38. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (OST) – Various Artists
37. Le Noise – Neil Young
36. Heligoland – Massive Attack
35. The Crystal Axis – Midnight Juggernauts
34. Maximum Balloon – Maximum Balloon
33. Hollow Realm – Talons
32. Sisterworld – Liars
31. Mantra Hiroshima – Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez
30. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante – Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante
29. Strange Tourist – Gareth Liddiard
28. The Fool – Warpaint
27. All Day – Girl Talk
26. Chimes & Bells – Chimes & Bells
25. Go – Jònsi
24. Bliss Release – Cloud Control
23. Interpol – Interpol
22. Fifteen – Super Wild Horses
21. Foreign Tapes – Parades
20. High Violet – The National
19. This Is Happening – LCD Soundsystem
18. Brothers – The Black Keys
17. Crazy For You – Best Coast
16. Beat The Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

15. Rush To Relax – Eddy Current Suppression Ring

Rush To Relax is probably not the bands best album, but it’s not far from it. Starting with the high energy track ‘Anxiety’, Rush to Relax goes to new places for the band and provides a blank canvas on some tracks that allows for long improv sessions. I saw them at The Palace earlier in the year and the amount of fun they were having playing the new songs was definitely on show for everyone to see. Watch out for the frontman’s (Brendan Suppression) side-project (and Melbourne supergroup) called Boomgates next year.

14. Transference – Spoon

This album grew on me throughout the year, yeah it may not be their best album, but it is a very solid album.

Read my review here.

13. Forgiveness Rock Record – Broken Social Scene

‘Forgiveness Rock Record’ is exactly what the title says it is. Their isn’t a bad song on it and quite a few standouts, where it loses to other top albums this years is the overall cohesiveness of the album. Songs like ‘Chase Scene’ are great, but they don’t quite fit into the album. Despite this though it’s still a phenomenal record and the fact that it’s not higher is due to the fact that 2010 was a stellar year for music.

12. Sea Priest – Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!

I saw these fantastic guys twice in 2010, and could’ve seen them many more times if it wasn’t for a busy schedule. I don’t know why I like them so much, but they just seem to be able to write songs that are catchy and just a little bit different to keep you interested. Anyway, if they ever go by your part of town, don’t miss the chance to see them live. It’ll definitely be worth your while.

11. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern

This whole album can be summed up in two words. Zach Hill.

Okay, yeah, and some amazing guitar work and amazing songs and rhythms. Innovative, catchy and highly skilled.

10. Grinderman 2 – Grinderman

Nick Cave, Warren Ellis. Can they do wrong? The answer is, probably not. A bit more poppy than their debut but it lived up to the first album and while it isn’t as good, it’s still a phenomenal album.

Read my review here.

9. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

This album really set itself apart from the rest, in my opinion it still wasn’t as good as some other albums, but it sure surprised me. Funnily enough, I think this album is growing on me as well…

Read my review here.

8. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

I really liked this album at first, but it never grew on me. It always stayed at the point where you say it’s good, but never say it’s better than that. In retrospect and after listening to it again, I’m probably being a bit harsh. It’s just not as good as Funeral and I think there was the potential for it to be.

Read my review here.

7. Plastic Beach – Gorillaz

The fact that Plastic Beach is this low on the list, is testament to how good a year 2010 was. Guests included Snoop Dogg and Mos Def, along with the brilliant Bobby Womack. It’s a phenomenal album not only because it fuses rap with modern alternative music, but with how Damon Albarn keeps a defined direction.

Read my review here.

6. Romance Is Boring – Los Campesinos!

I could not for the life of me, remember why I gave this album a 9/10. Then I listened to it fully again. Enough said.

Read my review here.

5. Little Joy – My Disco

This was an album I didn’t review in 2010. Which is disappointing, because I love it. It’s a grower and after listening to the band play it in full live, I know it’s a masterpiece. They’re a Melbournian band and play a type of music that can’t really be defined. It’s really a demonstration in rhythm and chord changes, where other bands a architects, My Disco are engineers. It is their best album yet and I await their next release with fanboy-like enthusiasm.

4. Innerspeaker – Tame Impala

This is one of the best Australian debuts of the last 15 years. It’s laid back with a sense of the beach. Plus it’s just good old rock, and it’s not trying to be anything it’s not.

Read my review here.

3. Teen Dream – Beach House

This album can be listened to by anyone at anytime. It is timeless, as I said in my review in May, it will still be as good in 10 and maybe even 50 years time. I look forward to listening to this when I’m 60 and kicking back.

Read my review here.

2. Before Today – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti

This was my number one album for almost half the year. It’s such a classic album. It could’ve been made in 1970, or even 1980, and possibly even 1990, it’s just an album tht takes influences from everywhere and Ariel Pink somehow makes them his own. Side note, ‘Round and Round’ is a phenomenal track.

Read my review here.

1. Mines – Menomena

2010 was a brilliant year, from #7 onwards, any album could’ve been #1. But Menomena took what I loved about TV On The Radio and fused it with some really innovative loops and riffs. I’m kinda disappointed I didn’t review this all year, but I didn’t really know what to say. I still don’t really. All I know is that this hit me more than the rest and it still has the same effect on me as it did the first time I listened to it.

fyi, I can not wait for their gig at the East Brunswick Club in February.

Come back tommorw for the second part that will include my favourite gigs, singles, EP’s and moments.


~ by Michael Hodder on December 30, 2010.

One Response to “My Year In Lists, 2010 (Part 1)”

  1. great list!

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