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Top 10 Albums of 2010

January 4, 2011

Just as I did last year, I bring to you my top 10 albums of the year, with special attention to the top three.

1. Danger Days (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) – My Chemical Romance

Danger Days was one of the most hotly anticipated albums of this year, especially since the release date was pushed back from a spring release to a November one, but it was more than worth the wait. The highly conceptual album detailing the post-apocalyptical world in which the killjoys from the album title are living was a neon explosion of colour, the complete antithesis of in their previous offering, the somber Black Parade. The cinematic way in which they introduced the characters, through trailers and beautifully shot music videos tied in perfectly with Gerard Way’s other career of comic book creator. Danger Days is a varied album, showcasing My Chemical Romance’s love of various styles of music and perfectly demonstrates level of musical talent needed to draw from it, and create something entirely new and they sound all the better live. Highlights include the undeniably dance-tastic Planetary (GO!) and album closer Vampire Money.

My Chemical Romance will be touring in February, and it is a testament to the success of this record that all of the dates sold out on the day of release.

2. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

The Suburbs is the third studio album by Arcade Fire and boasts some of their most upbeat tracks to date, the double A side that was released prior to the album (reviewed here) was a perfect taster of the new direction that they had taken their music. The Month of May sounds eerily similar to something by Brakes, and the urgent, almost punk feel to the song is a welcome surprise, something that I’d definitely like to hear live which, to me is the mark of a good song. The album is consistent from start to finish, unlike Funeral, which I found to be more of a grower than an instant favourite, The Suburbs is good from the first listen and only gets better on each subsequent listen. The songs are tighter, and it feels like the band have really hit their stride with this album and I can’t wait to see what they’ll produce next.

A review of Arcade Fire’s tour for the album can be read here

3. Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man

Any year with a Manic Street Preachers release is going to see it in my top ten, because they are one of my favourite bands. Bias aside, Postcards From A Young Man continues their streak of releases (and they have been quite prolific of late) that have gained praise from critics, almost making up for the memory of the poorly received Lifeblood. Postcards From A Young Man see the Manics continuing with what they do best, sweeping, almost anthemic rock songs perfect for the fans to sing along to as fervently as to the old classics, something that I witnessed at their recent date at the Birmingham O2 Academy. A review of which can be read here. The Manics are masters of their craft, managing to turn mostly negative lyrics into uplifting pop songs that you can’t help but smile when you hear. For that alone they deserve to be in the top ten.

 

4. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Hold Steady – Heaven is Whenever

 

 

 

 

 

6. Ben Folds & Nick Hornby – Lonely Avenue

 

 

 

 

7. My Dinosaur Life – Motion City Soundtrack

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards

 

 

 

 

 

9. Alkaline Trio – This Addiction

 

 

 

 

 

10. The Black Keys – Brothers

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