The top 25 music albums of 2010

November 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

So. Another year has gone by.

This is my distillation of the music I have experienced during 2010. When I look at the list, it feels very predictable and slightly boring, but that is who I am.

This is a list of CD albums. Counting down from twenty five to one. I have illustrated each album with a Youtube clip (some of them you have to double click to watch).

You can also get this list via Spotify: årsbästalistan 2010 (Seventh Wonder’s album is not available on Spotify right now, but I will add it if it becomes available).

25. Teenage fanclub – Shadows

Some good songs, but on the whole a very uneven album.

24. Mutiny Within

A good debut album in the progressive metal genre.

23. Kort – Invariable Hearthache

Country duetts by Kurt Wagner and Cortney Tidwell.

22. Rooney – Eureka

Pure pop. Upbeat and sunny.

21.Shelby Lynne – Tears, Lies and Alibis


20. Sound Massi – Ô Houria


19. Anais Mitchell – Hadestown

Mitchell was a new acquaintance for me. She has a very personal diction. I feel that this album is a bit reminiscent of last years Decemberists’ album, but not as good.

18. Robert Plant – Band of Joy

The guitar playing by Buddy Miller is fantastic, but Plants performance is a bit too restraint.

17. Tom Jones – Praise & Blame

Devotional and gospel covers sung very heartfelt by Mr Jones.

16. My Jerusalem – Gone for Good

Good indie album. Vulgar video. But just a tad.

15. Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare

A varied rocker with Mike portnoy behind the drums.

14. Kiuas – Lustdriven

A lot of Finnish sisu on this power metal album with some progressive influences. Nice.

13. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can

Weather beaten English folkey music.

12. Cherry Ghost – Beneath This Burning Shoreline

Pure longing on the second effort from the Bolton indie band.

11. Shugo Tokumaru – Port Entropy

Brittle and beautiful Japanese pop.

10. The National – High Violet

American indie gloom.

9. I am Kloot – Sky At Night

Great songs from this Manchester trio.

8. Duke and King – Long Live the Duke & the King

Second album from this Huckelberry Finn inspired band. Again, it is a slightly uneven album, but Shaky is one of the betters songs of the year.

7. Khoma – A Final Storm

Dark post metal from northern Sweden. Not as good and heavy as their 2006 effort ‘The Second Wave’ though.

6. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

The son of Steve Earle is living the roch n’ roll dream. And he’s making some good music in the process.

5. Dylan LeBlanc – Pauper’s Field

Soaring country rock album from this young new talent.

4. Johnossi – Mavericks

Solid third effort from Swedish rock duo.

3. Seventh Wonder – Great Escape

Rulers of the Swedish progressive metal scene.

2. James – ‘The Morning After’ and ‘The Night Before’

These two mini albums could have been released as one album. The really feel like one statement. This is rock when it is for real.

1. Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From a Young Man

Fantastic pop melodies, packaged in an incredibly crisp production by Dave Eringa.

And Merry Christmas to you all.


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§ One Response to The top 25 music albums of 2010

  • javakingen says:

    I’ve changed the list a bit. Seventh Wonder’s CD came in so late that when I wrote the list I hadn’t had the time to digest it enough. But now I have. And it is a great album. So up it goes 😉

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