My Favourite Releases of 2010
December 10, 2010 § 5 Comments
So I have trouble remembering everything that came out this year, but I do think this is going to be a better decade than the 2000s for music. In no particular order. Also, apologies for the different sizes of images, I got them off the net. I decided not to include reissues like Black Tambourine’s release of old stuff, though it was awesome. I probably forgot something. Any suggestions?
I wish most bands sounded this good. Strings and an amazing drummer, solid female vocals.
The Vaselines Sex with an X
The usual charm of The Vaselines updated with the same perverse topical lyrics.
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be
Buzz band of the year, lo-fi excellence, good melodies.
Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
Scottish goodness and pop together, again and at last. What can I say?
Wild Nothing Gemini
Somebody has been listening to their House of Love records, and every Creation band.
Parenthetical girls Privilege Parts 1 and 2
Forays into musical experimentation from string ballads to euro pop. Always strange and always good.
Woods At Echo Lake
Rootsy, noisy with falsetto vocals and excellent harmonies.
Xiu Xiu Dear God, I Hate Myself
Self-deprecating and on par for Xiu Xiu.
Manic Street Preachers Postcards From a Young Man
The band does epic, soaring choruses, and seems a bit cheerier than in the past.
Phil Wilson God Bless Jim Kennedy
Soulful vocals, and really nice instrumentation–refreshing.
Best Coast Crazy For You
Surf rock and girls mix, evidently.
Edwyn Collins Losing Sleep
His voice is still quite strong, benefits from collaboration with other famed musicians. Mixed bag.
There should be more modern music influenced by the 60s pop groups. Glorious tube and plate reverbs.
The Cavalcade Many Moons
Gentle vocals, clean and warm guitar with snappy chords.
The Fresh & Onlys Play It Strange
Complex, messy and requires full attention.
The Liminanas self-titled
French rock, buzzy guitar underlies everything, great basslines.
The Depreciation Guild Spirit Youth
An album with no attack, very soft and lovely for having so much video game noises. Vocals sometimes too quiet.
The Love Language Libraries
Rousing, boisterious anthems.
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Just, Really. Really. Really. Good. You’ve probably heard it already anyway.
Teenage Fanclub Shadows
The band shows their fandom of The Byrds and the 90s, but updated.