AD 2010 TOP 10: Contributor Mark Phillips
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:44:09
ARTISTdirect.com Contributor Mark Phillips' Top Ten Albums of 2010
1. Arcade Fire — The Suburbs
One of the best bands of our time, Arcade Fire delivers a beautifully orchestrated album that hits that rare intersection of pure art and utterly enjoyable tunes. It's also got a bit more of a rock edge than their previous work. With this album, they have cemented themselves as a band that will be a seminal artist for years to come.
2. Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye is one of the most inventive and talented hip hop producers ever- and one of the best rappers around, while he's at it. The production has never been so inventive, the samples have never been so expertly executed, and the meshing of seemingly disparate styles has never fit together so well. As much as we want to hate him for his continuously rude, egomaniacal and erratic public behavior, Kanye makes it tough with his beautiful, dark, twisted masterpiece.
3. The Black Keys — Brothers
The Black Keys have established themselves as a great indie band with staying power- which is no easy task among such a fickle community. Their latest offering perfects their fuzzy blues-stomp. It's amazing how much music can come out of two guys from Ohio. They may be sad about Lebron leaving Cleveland, but they still rock like there's no tomorrow.
4. Korn — Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Korn sounds as good as ever on their return-to-roots record with the help of legendary producer Ross Robinson (who helmed their first two classic records) to recapture their early sound. Mission accomplished- this album is raw, weird, and visceral- it's everything that has made Korn one of the most original and important bands of the last twenty years. That's probably why these hard rock vets nabbed a Grammy nomination this month.
5. My Chemical Romance — Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
My Chem made rock ‘n roll a graphic novel with this fantastic concept album. The brilliant Rick Florino said this reminds him of a Who record, and I couldn't agree more. Like The Who, this band has the chops to handle everything from garage band immediacy to epic rock-opera. Danger Days is chock-full of catchy tunes, and a lot of soon-to-be hit singles- just watch, this album is going to last well into next year.
6. Eminem — Recovery
We haven't been this excited about an Eminem album since 2002's The Eminem Show. This is Eminem at his most vibrant and impressive in years; he's kicked his demons to the curb and is cruisin' down the road to recovery.
7. John Legend & The Roots — Wake Up!
John Legend teamed with The Roots to cover a selection of Seventies soul songs here. It's a fantastic musical collection; Legend is wailing and flat out rocking with a passion like never before, backed by The Roots' organically beautiful instrumentation.
8. The Hold Steady — Heaven Is Whenever
These guys are Randy Newman with an edge. With an introspective Midwestern sensibility, Heaven is Whenever is a boozy Americana album that has cornered the market on the corner bar music scene.
9. Deftones — Diamond Eyes
Deftones are The Pixies of hard rock- it's impossible to find a young metal band that doesn't idolize these guys. Diamond Eyes is another great exhibition of their signature sound- heavy yet free-flowing, splashed with Chino Moreno's haunting, ethereal vocals.
10. The National — High Violet
These elegantly morose Brooklyn rockers released an album reminiscent of Interpol's first album, Turn On The Bright Lights. They are able to pull off the rare role of the stylish indie band with actual substance. Matt Berninger's melancholy croon can reach beyond the shoe gazers.
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