Stage Two has now begun!

And here’s when the competition hots up and the music gets serious, as I move into the second phase of decision making for the album of the year 2010.

The system has changed this year, as time and energy (or lack of it) have made the rating of every album with the grades between 01 and 69 an arduous task and have been skipped in favour of a reject pile. This pile is albums that would have received a grade between those figures and that won’t be listened to again this year. The list is:

  • Bruce Springsteen: The Promise
  • CEO: White Magic
  • High on Fire: Snakes for the Divine
  • Katharine McPhee: Unbroken
  • Paul Weller: Wake up the Nation
  • Sade: Soldier of Love
  • The Dream: Love King
  • Uffie: Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans
  • Hole: Nobody’s Daughter
  • Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today
  • Shining: Blackjazz
  • How to Dress Well: Love Remains
  • Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
  • Robyn: Body Talk (Parts 1 & 2)
  • The Walkmen: Lisbon
  • Sia: We are Born
  • Titus Andronicus: The Monitor
  • Best Coast: Crazy for You
  • Das Racist: Sit Down Man
  • Curren$y: Pilot Talk II
  • The Gaslight Anthem: American Slang

For now I move onto the 57 albums that are in the 70+ area and these are the albums that will be listened to extensively for the next week or so before I move onto the cull for the top 20.



About Mark S. Deniz

English teacher, writer, editor, publisher, reviewer and blogger. Founder of publishing company, Morrigan Books and imprint, Gilgamesh Press and editor-in-chief for review site, Beyond Fiction. Also cycles, plays floorball, listens to lots and lots of music, reads a ton of books and tries to fit in some TV, film and writing too. View all posts by Mark S. Deniz

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