AD 2010 TOP 10: Staff Writer & News Editor Amy Sciarretto
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 14:22:26
ARTISTdirect.com Staff Writer & News Editor Amy Sciarretto's Top Ten Albums of 2010
1. Far — At Night We Live
They are one of my fave bands ever; I have a tattoo of lyrics from their last album, Water & Solutions, which came out in 1998. I cashed in 50,000 frequent flyer miles on a whim to fly out for their first reunion show in California in October 2008. Obviously, I had HUGE expectations for this album. And it did not disappoint me. The tension between Jonah Matranga and Shaun Lopez is still there, making the album's sturm und drang its best quality.
2. Michael Bublé — Crazy Love (Hollywood Edition)
Bublé has replaced Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra as my favorite crooner; they are the legends and he is the new torch bearer. There is none more talented in the game in 2010.
3. High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine
So metal, I can feel chest hairs sprouting on my 34 DDs. Seriously, if you are a girl, this record is so metal it'll make you grow chest hair, manufacture testosterone, grow an Adam's apple and develop a deep voice when you listen to it! I crank this and I need a shower, because it's dirty metal.
4. The Jersey Shore Soundtrack
I am from Jersey my whole life and of Italian heritage, and even though I embody none of Snooki's or J-Wow's traits, I certainly know tons of guidettes in the hood. So this show DOES reflect reality. Baby, I LIKE IT! Great song from Enrique Iglesias.
5. Linkin Park — A Thousand Suns
The rap-rock combo wins again. "Waiting for the End" is my fave song of 2010, for the simple, but powerful lyrics. Mike Shinoda raps, "What was left when that fire was gone? I thought it was right, but that right was wrong. All caught up in the eye of the storm, trying to figure out what it's like moving on. And I don't even know what kind of things I said, my mouth kept moving and my mind went did. So I'm picking up the pieces, now where to begin? The hardest part of ending is starting again." No, it's not Shakespeare or Plath, but it's simple and sums up what happened to me in September 2009. It is a moody song, dotted with electronics, but still warm and full of life. Since this is my fave song of '10, this album HAD to make my list.
6. Iron Maiden — The Final Frontier
Bruce Dickinson and Maiden never, ever disappoint. I love metal, so I love this! If you've not listened, what are you waiting for, son?
7. Ratt — Infestation
"Best of Me" is also one of fave songs of 2010. This is a true catchy glam rock masterpiece. Sure, people are like "Ratt? OMG, that's so 1987." Yeah and? There is still plenty of gas in the band's tank. I listen to this and feel transported to a simpler time. The band still can manufacture hooks.
8. Norma Jean — Meridional
I felt like someone kicked me, repeatedly, in the groin when I heard this, and I crank it whenever I am in a bad mood and don't want to break stuff. To hold back the anger or the rage impulse, I rock this. It's like raking a crowbar over your teeth.
9. Pantera — Cowboys From Hell reissue
Ok, so it's a reissue. Who cares? It's one of the most important records...ever. And to hear a "new" but old song that is from the vaults and to be reminded of the pure power of "Domination?" Hell yeah.
10. Watain — Lawless Darkness
Blackened fury, dark as night. True evil. Makes the hair on the back of my swan-like neck stand up. Believe it.
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