My Top 15 of 2010


20 Dic 2010, 18:06

Here is a list of my personal favorite albums of 2010. It's 15 Because 10 wouldn't be enough....ha!

15. She & Him - Volume Two
I love Zooey D. She isn't the best singer and She & Him isn't the best band, but I love how they go into the studio and create music from what they feel. Thats what art is! Volume Two is a spunky collection of songs to make you feel good, make you feel sad and everything in between. (HIGHLIGHTS: In The Sun, Me and You, Thieves, Home, If You Can't Sleep)

14. Sade - Soldier of Love
Sade has still got it. The English band definitely put out a great cd this year, their first in 10 years. Full of mid-tempo & slow jazz/R&B/soul jams. (HIGHLIGHTS: The Moon and The Sky, Babyfather, Be That Easy, In Another Time, Soldier Of Love)

13. Vampire Weekend - Contra
Contra is my first introduction to the indie pop sensation that is VW, and must I say, what an intro it is. Quirky, full of catchy innuendos, slightly conscious while still being fun. Sounds like the perfect combo. (HIGHLIGHTS: I Think UR A Contra, Horchata, Giving Up The Gun, Cousins, Taxi Cab)

12. Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Lady A, gave us a simple, country pop album full of emotion, heartbreak, love and fun. The trio sounded great on their second album, I love their harmonies and straightforward lyrics. (HIGHLIGHTS: American Honey, Our Kind Of Love, If I Knew Then, Love This Pain, Hello World)

11. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West is a genius. He gave us the best hip hop album of the year! (HIGHLIGHTS: Blame Game, All Of The Lights, Monster, Who Will Survive In America)

10. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh
Badu took us on trip through her mind, teaching us lessons about love, love lost, finding ourselves and finding our freedom. (HIGHLIGHTS: 20 Feet Tall, Out My Mind Just In Time, Love, Fall In Love (Your Funeral), Window Seat )

9. Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
While her first LP was lighter in tone and equipped with more hope in love, Bailey Rae returns with her sophomore album more mature in tone, heart and sound. On The Sea you see Rae in rawer form, more heartbroken and most of all more honest. She pushed the envelope in all areas and delivered big time with this record.(HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea, Paris Nights/NY Mornings, I'd Do It All Again, Closer, The Blackest Lillyf)

8. Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
MCS, by far my favorite punk rock band of all time, delivered a perfect album this year. My Dino Life is for all the underdogs and thats why it rocked my 2010! (HIGHLIGHTS: Her Words Destroyed My Planet, Disappear, Pulp Fiction, Stand Too Close)

7. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Not many artists can deliver a 2nd album that compares to their debut, but Katy sure delivered with TD. Katy brings us dance, pop and a little rock edge this time around and she sounds amazing doing it. (HIGHLIGHTS: Circle The Drain, Not Like The Movies, Firework, Pearl, Who Am I Living For?)

6. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
Heart pumping, futuristic, galaxy jumping, moon gliding trip-hop. Mr FlyLo himself tokes us on a journey with Cosmogramma. Sit back, relax, listen and enjoy the spaceship. (HIGHLIGHTS: Galaxy in Janaki, Zodiac Shit, Do The Astral Plane, Dance of the Psuedo Nymph, Auntie's Harp)

5. Katie Melua - The House
Katie gave us a haunting collection of songs. She intertwined jazz, pop and acoustic genres throughout this album, while highlighting her quirky voice. (HIGHLIGHTS: The Flood, The House, No Fear of Heights, Red Balloons, Tiny Alien)

4. Kelis - FleshTone
The only artist to successfully crossover into the electro/euro/dance/pop genre. Kelis released a flawless record fusing heartfelt lyrics about love, strength and her son and catchy electro beats. (HIGHLIGHTS: 22nd Century, 4th Of July, Brave, Song For The Baby, Home)

3. The Foreign Exchange - Authenticity
Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Electro and Jazz all fused together and you'll get Authenticity. TFE delivers one of the year's smoothest albums. (HIGHLIGHTS: The Last Fall, Eyes To The Sky, All Roads, Everything Must Go, The City Ain't The Same...)

2. Justin Nozuka - You I Wind Land And Sea
Justin is amazing! He has one of the most soulful spirits EVER! This is Justin's 2nd effort bringing us guitar & B and it's perfection. You couldn't fake the emotion, heart, love, and tears Justin put into this album. (HIGHLIGHTS: Carried You, Love, Swan In The Water, Hollow Men, Soulless Man)

1. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid (Suites II & III)
By far the best album of 2010. It shouldn't even be called an album, it's an emotion picture. Janelle Monáe takes us and throws us into the world of Cindi Mayweather and Anthony Greendown and uses music to tell their story. Jazz, funk, pop, dance, rock and R&B all show up on the ArchAndroid and Janelle magically mixes and flows all these genres together to make a collective sound. (HIGHLIGHTS: Dance or Die, Suite III Overture, Sir Greendown, Cold War, Neon Valley Street, BaBopByeYa)

Honorable Mentions: Another Round / The Adventures of Bobby Ray / Beautiful / We Are Born / Ben L'Oncle Soul / Colorblind / BAGS & SUITCASES / Pulse / Blackmagic


  • Sir_LePaul

    Hmm, I'm surprised you dislike Katy Perry so much, I mean she is only as bad as Rihanna. AND Katy can do 3 things Rihanna can only dream to do... hold a note, play an instrument and write a song. I can completely understand your dislike for Kanye, Jaheim, and the Script. :( Boring is such inappropriate wordage to use regarding Katie Melua, you must respect that every artist isn't an entertainer or pop artist. I feel her album served it's purpose, and that her and others like Sade and Corrine Bailey Rae are just smooth jazz/ slow pop singers. One can't expect too much "flashy" from them. But I appreciate that you do respect these artists' talent. And believe me we can definitely still be friends we have enough artists in common like Chrisette, Janelle, CBR & etc. Thanks, I don't think this list is that varied, but I do love hearing someone that listens to as much music as you say it is "varied". :) Yes, Kelis' album made my year, I LOVE IT!

    20 Dic 2010, 21:39
  • Sir_LePaul

    Yes, Rihanna is far from boring and has style and is a different kind of star... but she is no musician nor singer. She's cute and so is her music :-) I beg to differ tho, I don't belive Katy is trying to be a Lady Gaga or Rihanna nor is she trying to get a hold on dance/euro music, I beleive Katy wants to stick with a variety of pop sounds. This album had ballads, "rocky" tunes and pure pop on it, which is why I liked it.... but I digress. And honestly when it comes down to pure talent the only American pop stars that can outdo Katy are Beyawnce and Lady GAG! :P I agree with you about Katie Melua, but I really feel her album was good, maybe I just really like that type of music. I'm an old soul and Katie delivered exactly what I needed this year with The House, Ha! Kanye is Kanye.... I can look past the bull and honestly see he put out a decent record this year. I mean he was the only hip-hop artist to leave an impression on me this year (besides Speech, but her LP was in 09). Uhm, Nicki Minaj can die a slow painful death and rot in in hell for all I care.... but I didn't say that because I'm a "sweetie"! *smiles* :)

    21 Dic 2010, 20:04
  • Sir_LePaul

    I don't have a beef with Rihanna, I really enjoy her music and she is a sweet girl. I just think if you strip away all the hair and style and countless re-inventions and stick her in a studio... will she be relevant? I honestly feel you can do that with a Gaga or Solange or M.I.A. and they will come out with good music and a message. And I actually think M.I.A. is a good rapper =/ Maybe I like Katy because I can relate to her more than Rihanna..... Agree to disagree about Katie. Not to defend Kanye too much... but I believe all men (mankind) to be egotistical assholes.... he is just upfront about it! Doesn't make him right, but it doesn't necessarily make him wrong. But, you aren't the first to be completely turned off by his music, even I once was. You are like the 4th person to tell me that about Janelle, I guess she is no god. =/ But if I listened to anything as much as you listened to Jane... I'd be sick of it too, ha. How do you find the time to listen to soo much music in between 5000 word essays and art projects anyway???

    22 Dic 2010, 14:11
  • Sir_LePaul

    Hmm about Rihanna. But like I said I think I relate to the quirky, happy go lucky Katy more than I do to the ever changing dance queen Rihanna. I also prefer Katy's voice. (Also you brought something to my attention, the reason why I don't care for Madonna, Kylie, Gaga and etc.... I don't like that they're always changing styles, trying to stay relevant) Yes, M.I.A. is great, I like her. Yes for Lauryn I feel the same way about The Miseducation. Bah! Humbug! @ Janelle.

    22 Dic 2010, 16:48
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