AD 2010 TOP 10 by Editor In Chief Rick Florino featuring My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, Stone Sour, Korn, Redman and More
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 14:36:31
ARTISTdirect.com Editor In Chief Rick Florino's Top Ten Albums of 2010
1. My Chemical Romance — "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys"
On "Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys," My Chemical Romance rise from purveyors of conceptual punk to veritable rock 'n' roll gods. The band destroy and rebuild the very framework of modern pop with this trip to post-apocalyptic California. "DESTROYA" rages across the wasteland with tribal drums, heartbreaking screams, and machine gun guitar melodies. Then, "Bulletproof Heart" sails to heights that The Who would be proud of, floating on vivid lyrics, saccharine keyboards and airy riffs. In the rubble of their 2019 California, My Chemical Romance also raise a collective middle finger to Hollywood on the vitriolic punk crash of "Vampire Money." At the same time, they weave a tale more compelling than anything currently in cineplexes.
2. Linkin Park — "A Thousand Suns"
Linkin Park painted a groundbreaking portrait of pain and paranoia on "A Thousand Suns." It's a simultaneously hypnotic, heavy and haunting masterpiece that catapults the band into territory only properly tread by genre bashers like M.I.A. and Nine Inch Nails—until now. No album this year burned as bright as "A Thousand Suns" did. "Wretches and Kings" and "When They Come For Me" would be the perfect backing tunes for any high speed chase through space or gunning through the dark with a Blade Runner. Linkin Park have made the future look bright, by exposing the darkness of the present.
3. Korn — "Korn III: Remember Who You Are"
Korn exorcises their most dangerous and deadly demons on "Korn III: Remember Who You Are." It's a violent, vicious record that sees Korn exposed like never before. Jonathan Davis unleashes a poetic fury tempered by years of evolution. Meanwhile, James "Munky" Shaffer reinvents heavy delivery on the likes of "Holding All These Lies," switching from thrash-ed out riffage into an eerie lead line. It's classic Korn, but more succinct, smart and sharp.
4. Stone Sour — "Audio Secrecy"
Stone Sour don't hold anything back on "Audio Secrecy." Everything is woven into the fabric of the band's third offering. From battering bruisers like "Mission Statement" to somber elegies such as "Threadbare", Stone Sour's diversity is daring. It's deep, dark and definitive. "Audio Secrecy" is nothing short of an aural tour de force.
5. Alter Bridge — "AB III"
Alter Bridge storm the gates of hard rock royalty with "AB III," and they rightfully clinch their place alongside the genre's legends. "AB III" sees Alter Bridge engaging sensory destruction on the likes of "All Hope is Gone" and the psychedelic emotional torrent that is "Slip to the Void." However, the band also craft an arena-worthy ballad in "Wonderful Life," before razing everything once more in the ashes of "Words Darker Than Their Wings."
6. Slash — "Slash"
Slash enlists the vocal talents of everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop to Chris Cornell and Fergie for his first proper solo album, plus Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy sings his heart out on two amazing tracks! The one common thread throughout the album is the guitar god's face-melting, mind-blowing, and life-changing playing. This is everything that a rock ‘n' roll record should be, and it's more proof why Slash is god.
7. VersaEmerge — "Fixed at Zero"
VersaEmerge's dreamy alternative rises and falls with the gorgeous gusto of vocalist Sierra Kusterbeck's voice. There's a swirling darkness at the heart of songs like "Stranger" and "Figure It Out," while "Mythology" is chillingly sweet. Lilting instrumentation matches the vocal swooning for pure aural bliss.
8. Stone Temple Pilots — "Stone Temple Pilots"
Stone Temple Pilots return with a record that's as fearless, fresh, and fiery as any of their classic output. "Between the Lines" roars with a renewed vigor, while "Cinnamon" stands proudly alongside the band's most beautiful moments. Perfect way to return fellas...
9. Redman — "Reggie"
Redman rhymes like no other, and "Reggie" sees him at his most raucous and raw. He can drop lines about "Step Brothers" and "Avatar" and then he can wax philosophical about the roles we all play in "Mic, Lights, Camera, Action." Of course, Reggie Noble still keeps it hood, closing out his most cinematic offering yet with the gritty gutter anthem, "Tiger Style Crane". Redman keeps the game in check, when it needs it most.
10. Kid Cudi — "Man on the Moon Vol. 2 — The Legend of Mr. Rager"
Kid Cudi redefines what's possible in hip hop once again, and he does it by nodding to rock. However, Cudi doesn't retread any hybrid ground. He blows open the doors of what's possible and constructs his very own ladder from the gutter to the moon. It's intriguing and infectious. Blast off now...
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