Thursday 2 December 2010


So, it's that time of the year again and whilst everyone is writing their 'Albums of the year' list with no explanation to why they chose each album, I thought I'd do a one sentence explanation per album, apart from my number 1 which gets a paragraph. So here we go, there are some obvious choices and some rather controversial ones...

30. Jónsi - Go

For being a beautifully epic, well orchestrated masterpiece.

29. Wild Nothing - Gemini

For being sweet on the ears

28. Harry's Gym - What was ours can't be yours

Because they deserve more recognition for the brilliant, haunting pop music that they create.

27. Beach Fossils- Beach Fossils

One of the most relaxing, happiness inducing albums of this year

26. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

For being an excellent pop album with a cynical twist

25.Hurts- Happiness

A great pop album

Johnny Flynn - Been Listening

For being lovely

24. Beach House - Teen Dream

For being one of the 'chillwave' albums of the year.

23. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

For the wonderful American folk-pop

22. Everything, Everything- Man Alive

For being utter indie-pop darlings

Freelance Whales- Weathervanes

For the individuality and the delicious intricacy of their music as well as the man at Brick Lane market (whoever you may be) who listens to it on Sundays whilst he works his stall.

21. Tame Impala -Innerspeaker

For the delicious guitar riffs and the trippy ambiance that they conjure

20.The Drums - The Drums

For providing one of the soundtracks to my Summer.

19. Marina and the Diamonds - The Family Jewels

For being one of the best female pop stars of the past ten years.

18. Blood Red Shoes -Fire Like This

Because they're one of my favourite bands and don't get enough credit for their talent in crafting superb rock music.

17. Foals - Total Life Forever

An album that takes you to another place.

16. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

The best album to drive to, ever.

15. Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws

For being one of the sweetest albums of the year

14. Zola Jesus – Stridulum II

An EPIC album

13. Glasser -Ring

For taking you on a journey to a far away land.

12. The National- High Violet

For it's urgent emotion

11. Caribou- Swim

Trippy, yet motivational dance music at it's best.

10. Laura Marling- I Speak because I can

For the mature poetry, collaborations and sleek musicianship.

9. Mystery Jets - Serotonin

One of the best indie albums of the year; brilliant songs songs with brilliant lyrics.

8. Perfume Genius- Learning

For it's ability to take away your breath with just one listen.

7. Villagers- Becoming a Jackal

For Connor's beautifully honest lyrics that tug at the heartstrings.

6. Sleigh Bells- Treats

For being Rad.

5. These New Puritans- Hidden

For the extreme experimentation and for doing things that no band has ever done before.

4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

For it's polished brilliance and for the songs 'We Used to Wait' and 'Sprawl II' which are two of my favourites of the year.

3. Best Coast-Crazy for you

For reminding me of the best summer of my life

2. Los Campesinos! - Romance is Boring

This album is already an old friend that I turn to in times of need.

Warpaint- The Fool

After being completely and utterly blown away by them at Reading Festival (despite being quite unknown they were literally a highlight of my weekend), I knew that this album was going to special as their set proved that the material they had created was of an incredibly high standard. Since Reading, I long awaited this album and the wait paid off and made me even more happy when it finally arrived. For me, Warpaint's powerful lyrics really strike a chord and are backed by tidy guitar riffs with effects that build up a blissful, hazy ambiance and urgent drumming that captures the intense restlessness that the album seems to possess. I know it may be a controversial choice but I think it definitely deserves the position I've given it.

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