Best Albums of 2010: Arcade Fire and Girl Talk are Not on Here

It’s that time of year again. The time where you look at all the great music released in the past 365 days and narrow it down to the best 10. I listed the Top 10 albums that made some great listening experiences. No Richmond-based artists are on here. That will be coming in another post.

TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS – THE BRUTALIST BRICKS
Ted Leo’s newest album was a surprise for me since I haven’t really enjoyed the last few releases, but The Brutalist Bricks brings back what makes Ted Leo so great – catchy beats and lyrics that make you laugh and think.

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – Bottled in Cork

PASSENGER – FLIGHT OF THE CROW
This is possibly my favorite album of the year. I’ve always enjoyed British-based folk band Passenger and while they released “Divers & Submarines” earlier this year, “Flight of the Crow” blew that album out of the water. Singer Mike Rosenberg traveled to Australia and created an album with numerous Australian artists. This album made me fall in love with Passenger all over again and introduced me to a bunch of new artists.

Passenger – Golden Thread

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – THIS IS HAPPENING
Dance music was probably the biggest genre of 2010 and LCD Soundsystem led the pack. Seeing them bring the place down in Boston made me love listening to this album over and over again.

LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean

THE WEEPIES – BE MY THRILL
I’ve always thought the music of The Weepies was good but always depressing. However, “Be My Thrill” offered edgier stuff while still keeping the soft tone that the Weepies are known for.

The Weepies – Be My Thrill

JIMMY EAT WORLD – INVENTED
The boys in Jimmy Eat World offer another great album full of hard rock energy. While I feel it’s not as good as their previous efforts, they do manage to keep it together to make a good selection of songs.

Jimmy Eat World – My Best Theory

ENGLISHMAN
I would have never heard the beauty of Englishman’s music if not for the Listening Room. Something about singer Andrew English’s voice just grabs a hold of me and will not let me go. This is a collection of well-crafted heartfelt songs that just tear at your soul. Possibly one of my favorite new acts this year.

Englishman – Pet Cactus

JEREMIAH CLARK – JUST ANOTHER SAD SONG
I met talented Jeremiah Clark one rainy night at the Camel and was blown away by his songs of loneliness, love, heartbreak and hundreds of other emotions. His album “Just Another Sad Song” is a look inside this young man’s mind as he grows up with each song.

Jeremiah Clark – Practicing Lines

THE GRADUATE – EVERY OTHER TIME
I had completely forgotten about pop punk group The Graduate after 2008’s “Anhedonia,” which made my best of list that year. After a random search one day, I learned not only that they released a new album this year, but this new album built up tenfold what “Anhedonia” started. “Every Other Time” is one riotous, non-stop party that I don’t want to leave.

The Graduate – Don’t Die Digging

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS – PICKIN’ UP THE PIECES
This one was a big surprise thanks to my good friend Karen. She recommended this album to me and described it in the vein of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. I took a listen and it immediately made my best of list. Nothing but upbeat swing and dance songs on here,

Fitz and the Tantrums – Breakin’ the Chains of Love

THE NATIONAL – HIGH VIOLET
This one is a no-brainer. “High Violet” was one of the highest ranking indie albums on everyone’s best of lists. And it’s easy to see why. This has got to be one of the catchiest albums by The National in a good while.

The National – Anyone’s Ghost

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