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My Top 10 Albums of 2010

written by Marc Katsambis

23 Dec 2010

1. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening

Summary: James Murphy tops himself. Attempting greatness, he overshoots, and lands on a stone-cold classic. (Source: Sputnik Music)

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

Track Listing:
1. Dance Yrself Clean
2. Drunk Girls
3. One Touch
4. All I Want
5. I Can Change
6. You Wanted a Hit
7. Pow Wow
8. Somebody’s Calling Me
9. Home

Label: DFA Records
Genre: Electronica, Post Punk


2. Four Tet – There Is Love In You

Summary: It seems perfection may be reached in Four Tet’s future. (Source: Sputnik Music)

Four Tet – There Is Love In You

Track Listing:
1. Angel Echoes
2. Love Cry
3. Circling
4. Pablo’s Heart
5. Sing
6. This Unfolds
7. Reversing
8. Plastic People
9. She Just Likes to Fight

Label: Domino
Genre: Electronica


3. Foals – Total Life Forever

Summary: From Bloc Party to Radiohead, “The future is not what it used to be”. (Source: Sputnik Music)

Foals - Total Life Forever

Track Listing:
1. Blue Blood
2. Miami
3. Total Life Forever
4. Black Gold
5. Spanish Sahara
6. This Orient
7. Fugue
8. After Glow
9. Alabaster
10. 2 Trees
11. What Remains

Label: Transgressive
Genre: Indie rock, Dance-Punk, Alternative Dance, Math Rock


4. The Chemical Brothers – Further

Summary: The block rockers grow wings. (Source: Sputnik Music)

The Chemical Brothers - Further

Track Listing:
1. Snow
2. Escape Velocity
3. Another World
4. Dissolve
5. Horse Power
6. Swoon
7. K+D+B
8. Wonders Of The Deep

Label: Junior Boy’s Own, Astralwerks, Freestyle Dust, Virgin Records
Genre: Electronica


5. Yeasayer – Odd Blood

Summary: On Odd Blood, Yeasayer are quite content to make cool yet easy pop music, ultimately keeping themselves as the band to check out if you like (better indie bands). (Source: Sputnik Music)

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Track Listing:
1. The Children
2. Ambling Alp
3. Madder Red
4. I Remember
5. ONE
6. Love Me Girl
7. Rome
8. Strange Reunions
9. Mondegreen
10. Grizeldap

Label: Secretly Canadian
Genre: Alt Rock, Indie Rock


6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Summary: On Odd Blood, Yeasayer are quite content to make cool yet easy pop music, ultimately keeping themselves as the band to check out if you like (better indie bands). (Source: Sputnik Music)

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Track Listing:
1. The Suburbs
2. Ready to Start
3. Modern Man
4. Rococo
5. Empty Room
6. City With No Children
7. Half Light I
8. Half Light II (No Celebration)
9. Suburban War
10. Month of May
11. Wasted Hours
12. Deep Blue
13. We Used to Wait
14. Sprawl I (Flatland)
15. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
16. The Suburbs (Continued)

Label: Merge (US), Mercury (UK)
Genre: Indie


7. Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Summary: Yet another British Indie-Pop band with a likeable, if overly familiar, debut. (Source: Sputnik Music)

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Track Listing:
1. Cigarettes In The Theatre
2. Come Back Home
3. Do You Want It All?
4. This Is The Life
5. Something Good Can Work
6. I Can Talk
7. Undercover Martyn
8. What You Know
9. Eat That Up, It’s Good For You
10. You’re Not Stubborn

Label: Kitsuné Music (Europe), Glassnote Records (U.S.)
Genre: Alternative rock, Electropop, Indie pop


8. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

Summary: Local Natives have branded a likeable mix of indie-rock and folk with an energetic core. (Source: Sputnik Music)

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Track Listing:
1. Wide Eyes
2. Airplanes
3. Sun Hands
4. World News
5. Shape Shifter
6. Camera Talk
7. Cards And Quarters
8. Warning Sign
9. Who Knows Who Cares
10. Cubism Dream
11. Stranger Things
12. Sticky Thread

Label: Infectious, Frenchkiss Records
Genre: Indie rock, folk


9. Angus & Julia Stone – Down The Way

Summary: Australia’s sweethearts try for democracy – but really, sisters are doing it for themselves. (Source: Sputnik Music)

Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way

Track Listing:
1. Hold On
2. Black Crow
3. For You
4. Big Jet Plane
5. Santa Monica Dream
6. Yellow Brick Road
7. And the Boys
8. On the Road
9. Walk It Off
10. Hush
11. Draw Your Swords
12. I’m Not Yours
13. The Devil’s Tears

Label: EMI Music Australia, Capitol Records
Genre: Folk, acoustic


10. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

Summary: “Innerspeaker” is what The Beatles would sound like if they took EVEN MORE drugs with a dash of Led Zeppelin and Cream. The albums nostalgic lo-fi spaced out psychedelia, while nothing groundbreaking, does a lot of things pitch-perfectly right. (Source: Sputnik Music)

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

Track Listing:
1. It Is Not Meant To Be
2. Desire Be Desire Go
3. Alter Ego
4. Lucidity
5. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
6. Solitude Is Bliss
7. Island Walking (iTunes bonus track)
8. Jeremy’s Storm
9. Expectation
10. The Bold Arrow Of Time
11. Runway, Houses, City, Clouds
12. I Don’t Really Mind

Label: Modular Recordings
Genre: Psychedelic rock


Honourable Mentions

Freelance Whales - Weathervanes Antony and the Johnsons - Thank You for Your Love Miami Horror - Illumination The Beautiful Girls - Spooks Wale - More About Nothing Gayngs - Relayted Mark Ronson and The Business International - Record Collection Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy The National - High Violet Massive Attack - Heligoland Ash Grunwald - Hot Mama Vibes The Black Keys - Brothers Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles  (II) Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People (EP) Cloud Control - Bliss Release Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma Broken Bells - Broken Bells

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