Even though Bodden and I had our own opinions on some of the top albums of 2010, there were 8 albums that we both agreed stood out. These albums got a lot of plays on ipods and computers, at parties and on docks, so without further adieu, in no particular order, I give you Part 2 of the Top Albums of 2010.
Cee-Lo Green – The Lady Killer
Cee-Lo has proven that he doesnâ€™t need Danger Mouse in order to produce some great jams. His solo effort produced The Lady Killer and has a range from sexy soul to gangster edge. I think Cee-Lo says it best himself when he described his album as a â€œsexy, sophisticated night in the life of a lady killer.â€ Itâ€™s a great album overall, but the real gems are tracks 6 to 13. Check out this Toe Jams post for a more in depth look at this album.
Cee-Lo Green – Satisfied
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Suckers – Wild Smile
I remember I told Bodden to check out this album earlier this summer and after the first listen he was like â€œI tried Mon, but Iâ€™m just not feeling itâ€. Then, one day I got this email that said â€œI was about to throw in the towel, when all of a sudden on the 5th spin, I was like woah, Iâ€™m feeling these tracks.â€ I felt the same way. I think I loved it because I didnâ€™t love it at first â€“ if that makes any sense. I loved that it grew on me and I appreciated the tracks even more because of it. The vocals, the building instruments â€“ I guarantee this album will be the diamond in your rough.
Suckers – Martha
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Kanye West â€“ My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanyeâ€™s latest release received perfect scores from just about anyone who reviewed it. In my opinion, itâ€™s not quite perfect, but I will say that it is pretty damn good. Thereâ€™s a lot going on, on this album. Itâ€™s much more than a Hip-Hop record. Thereâ€™s the guest vocalists, the Bon Iver collaborations, the orchestration, the list goes on. Love him or hate him, itâ€™s tough to deny his talent when it comes to making music. I believe Kanye is striving to be much more than a Hip Hop artist, and on his latest record, I think he may be another step closer.
Kanye West – Monster (feat. JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)
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Arcade Fire â€“ The Suburbs
This was by far my most anticipated album in 2010, and as expected, it did not disappoint. Arcade Fire changed up the game plan a bit on this one. Itâ€™s not as heavy on the anthems. Thatâ€™s not to say they were not up to their old tricks. The entire crew is back. The band is backing front man Win Butler behind the keys on quite of a few of the tracks – opposed to the strings. This probably gets my vote for the album of the year. I had the pleasure of seeing them twice this year. And the new tracks sound fantastic live. If you havenâ€™t already, do yourself a favour and check this album out.
Arcade Fire – Rococo
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Vampire Weekend â€“ Contra
I had a pretty good feeling that Contra was going to end up on my favourite albums list at the end of 2010. However, being a January album, I wasnâ€™t sure if my thinking was premature. It wasnâ€™t. This album is a beauty. A great follow up to their self-titled debut. It contains some of the same elements I loved in their debut, while keeping it fresh at the same time. Itâ€™s pretty hard not to like this music. You can revisit this album anytime and it always sounds great.
Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s Son
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Best Coast â€“ Crazy For You
The lo-fi surf-pop sound seemed to have a bit of a resurrection in 2010. I didnâ€™t think I was crazy about the sound. I read quite a few positive reviews about Best Coast so I thought Iâ€™d give it a shot. After checking it out, I didnâ€™t think too much. Then next thing I know, Iâ€™m singing the songs all day long. I had to go back to the album. Itâ€™s a pretty easy-breezy listen. Sounds a bit better when the weatherâ€™s a bit warmer. But not a bad way to keep warm in winter either.
Best Coast – Bratty B
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Matt & Kim – Sidewalks
As I said in a previous post, Sidewalks is a great soundtrack to listen to while discovering your city, but thatâ€™s not where itâ€™s potential ends. Their more polished sound is a welcome change while still keeping their signature garage rock/punk sound. These guys never fail to get me a good mood and this album is no exception. Even in their approach to softer songs you can hear their optimism.
Matt & Kim – AM/FM Sound
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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings â€“ I Learned The Hard Way
Now this is a great combination. Sharon Jones pipes backed by the cool cats known as the Dap Kings. Sharonâ€™s vocals are fantastic. Singing R&B/Soul like she means it. You can just tell that thereâ€™s real meaning behind her vocals. And the Dap Kings provide the perfect backdrop for her to shine. The Dap Kings are more than just background music though, this is a talented group that can work the horns with the best of them. A great listen.
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – Better Things To Do
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