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23 Dic 2010, 8:42

In an effort to organize myself the arduous task called ''Best Albums in 2010'', I have, here, a list of all albums released in 2010 that I have listened to.

01. High Violet by The National
Key Tunes: Terrible Love, Sorrow, Little Faith

“Imagine sitting in front of your therapist and discussing life’s miserable journeys, wandering through both the past and the present – the good, the bad and, mostly, the very ugly – absorbing these memories, accepting them, and letting them take you over ‘like a little drop of ink in a glass of water’. This is the experience of listening to The National.”
"Perfect summations of what it means to be young, deeply romantic, but also feel terribly old at the same time; terribly cynical about the caverns of unknowing and lurking tragedy that surround every relationship, waiting to destroy it. This is the experience of listening to High Violet"
The band tackles different subjects throughout their songs: from stories about nervous love to isolated and haunting pieces about friendship to songs about regret, commiseration, and sorrow. 'Terrible Love' for instance, it isn't necessarily so bad, it's just about being overwhelmed by this emotion of love, whatever that is, or if you did something wrong to someone you love. There's a lot of stress and anxiety on there. But the music, even if rarely ‘happy’, is almost always hopeful. Therefore, the songs do not leave you feeling down and downright depressed; they give you hope – hope that someday you will overcome your miseries, sorrows and regrets. For me, The National’s tracks are pieces of comfortable sadness.
My ranking list: Boxer, Alligator, High Violet, Cherry Tree, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, The Virginia EP, The National

Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks:
„Man it’s all been forgiven
Swans are a-swimming
I’ll explain everything to the geeks
Hanging from
Same small woe
At your heels.“

02. Teen Dream by Beach House
Key Tunes: 10 Mile Stereo, Real Love, Take Care


„Where you thinking that you gotta run to now
With the beating of a tiny heart?
Hang on to the things that you're supposed to say
Millions of stars, they hold onto your breath.“

03. Lisbon by The Walkmen
Key Tunes: Woe Is Me, Stranded, Juveniles

„Every chance you had
All the love and light
all the joy and grace
don't be upset.“

04. The Wild Hunt by The Tallest Man on Earth
Key Tunes: Love Is All, Kids on the Run, Troubles Will Be Gone

Love Is All:
„Oh, I said I could rise
From the harness of our goals
Here come the tears
But like always, I let them go
Just let them go.“

05. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
Key Tunes: We Used to Wait, Rococo, Suburban War

We Used To Wait:
„Like a patient on a table
I wanna walk again
Gonna move to the pain
Now our lives are changing fast
Hope that something pure can last.“

06. Tomorrow Morning by Eels
Key Tunes: What I Have to Offer, Mystery Of Life, Oh So Lovely

What I Have To Offer:
„I got a pleasin' disposition
And I don't care about
Football or fishin'
And you know that I'm all full of love
For you.“

07. So Runs The World Away by Josh Ritter
Key Tunes: Lantern, See How Man Was Made, The Curse

The Curse:
„Long ago on the ship
She asked why pyramids
He said "Think of them as an immense invitation."
She asks "Are you cursed?"
He says "I think that I'm cured."
Then he kissed her and hoped
That she'd forget that question.“

08. Brothers by The Black Keys
Key Tunes: Too Afraid to Love You, Howlin’ For You, Everlasting Light

Too Afraid To Love You:
„All those sleepless nights
And all those wasted days
I wish loneliness would leave me
But I think he's here to stay
What more can I do
I'm wringing myself dry
And I can't afford to lose
One more teardrop from my eye.“

09. Falling Down A Mountain by Tindersticks
Key Tunes: Harmony Around My Table, Factory Girls, Peanuts

Factory Girls:
„It's the wine that makes me sad, not the love I've never had.“

10. Cinema by The Cat Empire
Key Tunes: Reasonably Fine, Call Me Home, Only Light

Call Me Home:
„And I went down to the water,
Where my heart beats slow, oh oh,
The river started flowing,
And I know where it goes.
Call me home.“

11. I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling
Key Tunes: Devil’s Spoke, Hope in the Air, Rambling Man

Goodbye England (Covered in Snow):
„But a friend of mine says it's good to hear
That you believe in love even if set in fear
well I'll hold you there brother and set you straight
I wont make believe that love is frail
And willing to break.“

12. As I Call You Down by Fistful Of Mercy
Key Tunes: Restore Me, Fistful Of Mercy, With Whom You Belong

Restore Me:
„You dream a lot about the past
And you dream that it's never gonna last
So you wanna give your love to your sister and your friends
You wanna give your love to the one who's faced in the end
You want it all but you gotta give
You want it all but you gotta forgive
Restore me, Restore me, now and make me sane
Restore me; Restore me, now I gotta give up your ghost.“

13. To The Sea by Jack Johnson
Key Tunes: Turn Your Love, No Good With Faces, To The Sea

Only The Ocean:
„After all this time after all these seasons
After your one decision to go to the water for reason
Now it’s only the ocean and you
After all these lines will all be erased soon
They go out with the tide
Then come back with the waves
It’s only the ocean and you.“

14. End Times by Eels
Key Tunes: End Times, The Beginning, On My Feet

Little Bird:
„Little Bird
You look alright
I‘m sure it‘s not easy
Getting through your night
So tell me this can‘t be
How it‘s gonna end
Tell me my heart
Dear God
It‘s gonna mend.“

15. God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
Key Tunes: For The Summer, Are We Really Through, Devil's In The Jukebox

For The Summer:
„Can I come home for the summer?
I could slow down for a little while
Get back to loving each other
Leave all those long and lonesome miles behind
Through the years I have learned
Some things worth the tellin'
And you'd be right in guessin'
That each and every lesson they were hard won.“

16. Contra by Vampire Weekend
Key Tunes: Taxi Cab, Diplomat’s Son, White Sky

„I had a feeling once
That you and I
Could tell each other everything
For two months
But even with an oath
With truth on our side
When you turn away from me
It’s not right.“

17. Y Not by Ringo Starr
Key Tunes: Walk with You, Everyone Wins, Mystery of the Night

Walk With You:
„You paint a picture of love in pain
I don't have time in what time remains
What I have just tried to explain flew by you
What can I do with a heart of steel
I would impart what I've come to feel
Love is the answer and It is real
I'll always be there beside you.“

18. Go by Jónsi
Key Tunes: Sinking Friendships, Around Us, Kolniður

Animal Arithmetic:
„Get it on, get it on
Fuck it, let's go and live
Get it on, bring it on
Fuck it, break out and be
I see you're colourful
I see you in the trees
I see you're spiritful
You're in the breeze.“

19. Transference by Spoon
Key Tunes: Out Go the Lights, The Mystery Zone, Got Nuffin’

Out Go The Lights:
„If you lean any harder
That window breaks at the bone
And when that light turns back again
You will remember the way
They fall for you like a brick
Oh but nobody loves you
Or woos you when you're down or kicked.“

20. Wreckorder by Fran Healy
Key Tunes: As It Comes, Buttercups, Sing Me to Sleep

As It Comes:
„I'll never let you be lonely
As long as you're by my side
You say you'd leave me - if only
Another tear in the eye
Another funeral parlour
I'll have to get a new tie.“

21. Puzzle by Amiina
Key Tunes: What Are We Waiting For?, ásinn, Mambó

Over And Again:
„We cross the sea over and again
Traveling with sun and seagulls
All day around, around in our boat.“

22. The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe
Key Tunes: Cold War, Wondaland, Faster

Cold War:
„So you think I'm alone?
But being alone's the only way to be
When you step outside
You spend life fighting for your sanity
If you wanna be free?
Below the ground's the only place to be
Cause in this life
You spend time running from depravity.“

23. The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead
Key Tunes: I’ll Be Waiting, Headphones, The Sound Of Sunshine Going Down

„Please, don't go breaking my heart
I only have one, I only have one
Plug your headphones straight into my heart.“


01. Terrible Love/Terrible Love (Alternate Version)/Terrible Love (Castle Rock Session)/Terrible Love (Acoustic)/Terrible Love (Live)
02. Used to Be
03. End Times
04. On Melancholy Hill
05. When You Die
06. Conversation 16
07. You Were a Kindness
08. Cold War
09. Walk with You
10. Blue As Your Blood
11. Love Is All
12. Someone’s Missing
13. Runaway
14. Bloodbuzz Ohio
15. You And Your Heart
16. I Want the World to Stop
17. Restore Me
18. Changes
19. Change of Time
20. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
21. Big Appetite
22. All of the Ways

Top CZ/SK records:

Prago Union - Dezorient Express
Nej kusy: Procházka parkem, Myšlenkovej pochod, Skládací

Jana Kirschner - Krajina rovina
Nej kusy: O láske nepoznanej, Unesená, KRAJINA ROVINA

DVA - Hu
Nej kusy: Tatanc, Uhuh, Tralala

Richard Müller -
Nej kusy: Čiara, Čo ťa bolí, Majú ma rady

Hana Hegerová - Mlýnské kolo v srdci mém
Nej kusy: Tak už bal, Ten zloděj čas, Stará píseň

| Delicious Leftovers |
most of them are good, some of them are mediocre and only few and far between are bad

Animal Liberation Orchestra - Man of The World
Antony and the Johnsons - Thank You For Your Love EP
Antony and the Johnsons - Swanlights
Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love
Ben Folds - Lonely Avenue
Ben Harper & Relentless7 - Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat the Devil's Tattoo
Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
Brian Eno - Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Broken Bells - The High Road
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Clogs - Veil Waltz EP
Clogs - The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds - Live In Las Vegas
David Gray - Foundling
Dirty Projectors and Bjork - Mount Wittenberg Orca
Donavon Frankenreiter - GLOW
Ed Harcourt - Lustre
Four Tet - There Is Love in You
Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Gayngs - Relayted
Goldfrapp - Head First
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Gravenhurst - The Western Lands
Grinderman - Grinderman 2
Hans Zimmer - Inception
How to Destroy Angels - How to Destroy Angels
Interpol - Interpol
Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune
Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave
Josh Rouse - El Turista
Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
Katie Melua - The House
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
Laura Veirs - July Flame
Leonard Cohen - Songs From The Road
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
Manic Street Preachers - Postcards from a Young Man
Mason Jennings - The Flood
Massive Attack - Heligoland
Matt Costa - Mobile Chateau
Menomena - Mines
MGMT - Congratulations
Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep
Owen Pallett - Heartland
Ozomatli - Fire Away
Pat Metheny - Orchestrion
Pete Yorn - Pete Yorn
Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
Phil Selway - Familial
Phosphorescent - Here's To Taking It Easy
Regina Spektor - Live in London
Renée Fleming - Dark Hope
Rogue Wave - Permalight
Rufus Wainwright - All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu
Sade - Soldier of Love
She & Him - Vol. 2
Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
Stars - The Five Ghosts
Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People EP
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
The Album Leaf - A Chorus of Storytellers
The Beautiful Girls - Spooks
The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
The John Butler Trio - April Uprising
The Kissaway Trail - Sleep Mountain
The New Pornographers - Together
The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
The Tallest Man on Earth - Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird EP
The Twilight Sad - The Wrong Car EP
The Weepies - Be My Thrill
The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights
Various Artists - 180 Degrees South: Conquerors Of The Useless OST
Wolf Parade - Expo 86
Xavier Rudd - Koonyum Sun
Yann Tiersen - Dust Lane
Yeasayer - Odd Blood
Zee Avi - One More Time With Colors


THE NATIONAL with Beach House, The Low Anthem, The Kissaway Trail, THE SWELL SEASON with Josh Ritter, THE FRAMES with Duke Special, Sváteční pop, Open Air Festival 2010 at Panenský Týnec


The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

The National – Terrible Love (Alternate Version)

St. Vincent – Laughing With a Mouth of Blood

Jack Johnson – At Or With Me

Eels – Spectacular Girl

The Black Keys – Tighten Up

Janelle Monáe – Cold War

The National – Little Faith (Castle Rock Session)

The National – Lemonworld

Beach House – Used To Be

The Walkmen – Blue As Your Blood



  • Serendipity69

    now i know from where to look for new music. thanks mate!

    23 Dic 2010, 11:51
  • filippeeters

    I'll explain everything to the geeks!!!

    24 Dic 2010, 15:06
  • miguel88

    high violet for the win!! pretty good list. i think it's been a good year, musically. there's a few albums i have yet to listen!

    24 Dic 2010, 22:01
  • MagdA88

    Ha ha ha sorry can't stop laughing ... the last gif is just amazing. Matt is such a funny person. When they were performing in Chorzów this year Bryce and Aaron played a special tribute to Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. After that Matt said that during their performance he thought about: pizza, boobes and candies. GREAT list, couldn't agree more. The National are everywhere this year and they deserved it. Greetings from Poland :)

    25 Dic 2010, 13:12
  • histema

    Your journal is THE BEST! If I did more pisition ther would be for sure The Tallest Man On Earth, Eels and Ritter I think. Well, I must check a few albums more, from your list too, now I am curious much more! The National definitely rule this year. Love all videos and songs!

    25 Dic 2010, 14:14
  • snowy657

    Great collection you've put together here. "High Violet" most definitely best album of 2010!

    25 Dic 2010, 15:46
  • emergingsynergy

    This is great! Thanks!

    10 Ene 2011, 21:36
  • fastlane01

    Not a bad list at all, and absolutely agree with the nr. 1

    17 Ene 2011, 16:49
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