There were many enjoyable releases that delighted my senses in 2010 & narrowing down a mere ten favorites has been hard, but the following held strong in my go-to rotation throughout the year. So here we go, complete with links to A/V supplements, as per usual.
2. The Black Keys, Brothers — what else can I say? Dan & Pat have an amazing, minimalistic chemistry built on gritty rock n’ roll. Sure they invited a couple other dudes along for the ride this time around, but the dynamic duo remain the focus while consistently keeping things raw & bluesy. Simply put, it’s soulful & sexy.
5. Dum Dum Girls, I Will Be — These broads are all about quick, throwback hits. They deliver with sassy style & sultry, layered sing-a-longs. Their “blissed out buzz saw” strikes an irresistible chord of nostalgia.
6. Sleigh Bells, Treats — this duo produce hard-hitting, energy-packed tracks that combine elements of ferocity & femininity. This album may be the perfect pick me up; the musical equivalent to a strong cup of coffee.
10. Arcade Fire, Suburbs — this is an amazing concept album that just can’t be ignored. They’ve created songs that are huge, yet accessible, with content that taps into the human condition. Don’t get me started.
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…and honorable mentions, because fifteen is easier than ten —Tom Caruana - Enter The Mystical Chamber, Adam Haworth Stephens - We Live On Cliffs, White Denim - Last Day of Summer, Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt, & LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening