Monday, January 24, 2011

The Music of 2010

      So all these magazines and websites are going through their top 10, 20 or even 50 albums of the year. Of course, this is all subjective to who is compiling them. Everyone has their own taste on music, so no list will be the same. I have been thinking about my top 10 REALLY hard. I'm not a critic or anything, so I'm sure most won't agree with me, but I don't care. These are the albums I've been jammin' too all year long. It's very difficult to number them, so I won't. Here is MY top 10, in no particular order :)

The Black Keys
From start to finish, this album is absolute genius. Their best album to date. What these guys can do on a drum set and an electric guitar is amazing! They're even better live!
Key Track: "Howlin' For You"

Crazy For You
Best Coast
From the first note, you can tell the coast they're referring to is the West. Specifically California. They're vibe is very "venice beach" meets Jenny Lewis. The melodies and lyrics are simple, but they work. You instantly wanna sing along to "I wish he was my boyfriend, but instead he is just a friend". 
Key Track: "Boyfriend"
Come Around Sundown
Kings of Leon
I think some of their die hard fans didn't like this album a whole lot. I actually thought it was great. This is the type of album that a band puts out who will be around for a long time. Plus, they brought in a bit of their country upbringing in a few songs that felt very fresh for them. 
Key Track: "Back Down South"

Speak Now
Taylor Swift
Yes, I'm a Taylor fan! Don't care if you aren't. She is so amazing a putting melodies together and just so talented for her age. This album has much more mature songs than her last without losing the fun country  pop songs she's know for. 
Key Track: "Dear John"
Teen Dream
Beach House
So my brother gave me this for Christmas. It was an album that I kept wanting to buy, but never did. Once I played it, I was entranced into some other world. The music and her hypnotic voice just sucked me in. 
Key Track: "Used to Be"

The Suburbs

Arcade Fire
I had had mixed feelings about them until this record came out. I had always like songs of theirs, but never got the urge to out an album on. This one, however, is very different. It feels very concept like, in terms of the songs are telling a story. It's also tough to pick out the best song, because they're all equally great. That's when you know you're listening to a great album. 
Key Track: "Sprawl II"

Sigh No More

Mumford and Sons
It's hard to put into words how much I love this album. This folk-rock band plays the mandolin, accordion and banjo with such feeling and zealous. 
Key Track: "Little Lion Man"

Vampire Weekend
Sounds much like their first album, however the songs are much better. Who hasn't rocked out to "Holiday" on EVERY single holiday commercial last month? Their music is just so different from everything out there, which is what makes a great artist. 
Key Track: "Cousins"

Catching a Tiger
So, I actually discovered her when I was in London in October. There were article all over about her, so I bought her record at HMV to take back with me. Sometimes it's nice to take a chance on a record even though you haven't heard a things from the artist. It's even better when the album is good. Her voice has quite the Stevie Nicks flair, but her songs edge more on country rock. 
Key Track: "Little Lovin'"

The Reason Why
Little Big Town
The best country act around that doesn't get the attention they deserve. Their 4 part melodies mixed with their Fleetwood Mac vibe is one of the best things around right now. They're also one of the few country acts that write their own songs. I hope to one day see them cross over, much like the Dixie Chicks did, because I think that those who aren't necessarily fans of country would like them. 
Key Track: "Little White Church"

1 comment:

  1. I'm now adding those songs on my ipod because I'm too lazy to discover new music myself haha..Thank you for sharing! xoxoxoo