Moving into the Top Twenty of 2010

It’s been a very interesting week here at ‘Album of the Year 2010’ central (wish it was some fancy office, shaped as an LP and adorned with music memorabilia but hey, life intervenes!) or more importantly weekend, as after deciding on the twenty albums that shall go forth as contenders for album of the year this year and removing the other eleven in the mix, I did my annual pilgrimage of the music mags, to see how we compared, or, more importantly, differed.

And my do we differ, with not one single magazine having my current number one anywhere in their chart. Whether it be 50 albums or 20, there is no sign of the album that has affected me most, so far, this year.

Goes to show how much I they know eh?

And so, without further ado, here are the albums that are leaving the stage now, and the next time you will get a report from the album of the year, it will be to let you know the albums between 20 and 11 (all neatly presented with links and album covers – my I spoil you lot!).

Here’s the list:

  • Wild Nothing: Gemini [8.0] First time I’ve heard them, very impressed!
  • Wavves: King of the Beach [8.0] See above!
  • Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse: Dark Night of the Soul [8.0] Fan of Sparklehorse and actually had bigger hopes for this one.
  • Four Tet: There is Love in You [8.1] Didn’t like this at all at first but it really grew on me!
  • Kaki King: Junior [8.1] Really warming to Kaki King, I think she’s a talent to watch!
  • Jonsi: Go [8.1] Preferred the Jonsi and Alex collaboration better last year and of course Sigur Ros.
  • Interpol: Interpol [8.1] Not one of their best and nowhere as good as Julien Plenti.
  • Laura Veirs: July Flame [8.1] Love Laura and it’s a great album.
  • Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can [8.2] Really enjoyed this, and a couple of the songs are real stand outs!
  • Massive Attack: Heligoland [8.2] Excellent as always.
  • Midlake: The Courage of Others [8.2] Feel like I’m a steady Midlake fan now!

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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