The Top 50 Albums of 2010 (50-31)

It’s that time of year again. The time to reflect upon another year of art and entertainment and junk. I’m not gonna waste too much time blathering here. The list will be presented in three parts: 50-31, 30-11 and the top ten. Expect youtube videos, some blurbs and my patented accessibility rating (1 being the most accessible and 5 being batshit)



Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Standout: “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

Accessibility: 1


Mark Sultan – $

Standout: “Go Berserk”

Accessibility: 2


Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

Standout: “Swim”

Accesibility: 2


Possessed by Paul James – Feed The Family


Standout: “When It Breaks”

Accessibility: 3



Best Coast – Crazy For You

Standout: “When I’m With You”

Accessibility: 1


Paul Cary – Ghost of a Man

(Get It Here)

Standout: “Iryna”

Accessibility: 3


Curren$y – Pilot Talk

Standout: “Chilled Coughee”

Accessibility: 2


Shabazz Palaces – Shabazz Palaces/Of Light EPs

Standout: “Blastit”

Accessibility: 4


Actress – Splazsh

Standout: “Lost”

Accessibility: 4


Owen Pallett – Heartland

Standout: “Lewis Takes His Shirt Off”

Accessibility: 3


Zola Jesus – Stridulum/Valusia EPs

Standout: “Sea Talk”

Accessibility: 3


Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can

Standout: “Covered In Snow (Goodbye England)”

Accessibility: 1


James Blake – CMYK/The Bells Sketch/Klavierwerke EPs

Standout: “CMYK”

Accessibility: 4


Twin Shadow – Forget

Standout: “Shooting Holes”

Accessibility: 3


Sharon Van Etten – Epic

Standout: “A Crime”

Accessibility: 1


Spoon – Transference

Standout: “Written In Reverse”

Accessibility: 1


Grinderman – Grinderman 2

Standout: “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man” (or “Super Heathen Child” if we’re counting the bonus tracks)

Accessibility: 3


The Fresh and Onlys – Play It Strange

Standout: “Waterfall”

Accessibility: 2


Suckers – Wild Smile

Standout: “A Mind I Knew”

Accessibility: 4


Fang Island – Fang Island

Brooklyn-based  five-piece Fang Island struck it big in 2010 with their first proper full length and an opening slot for The Flaming Lips. With their sound it’s not hard to see why.

The album opens with a relatively ethereal track: the sound of firecrackers giving way to and punctuating an ascending guitar and organ, soon to be accompanied by harmonized vocals. Then the drums kick in and we’re transported so somewhere else entirely. The key here is the massive jubilant riffs that fill the album. They evoke a simple mid-00’s pop-punk sound at times, but the prevailing math rock elements keep things interesting and nimble. Combine that with some fantastic drumming and manic sing-a-long vocals and you get a very fun and unique sound that never strays to far from rawkin’.

Standout: “Daisy”

Accessibility: 2

Head here for albums 30-11

About Matt Gerardi
Matt Gerardi is a journalist and musician. He also happens to write about video games.

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