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2010 Albums: Best Various Artists Compilations

1 COLD WAVES AND MINIMAL ELECTRONICS VOL 1 Angular Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 Albums: Honorary Mentions-Songwriters

10-WOLF PARADE-Expo 86 (Sub Pop)

A healthy mix of young and old; male and female; traditional and renovators grace our selection of the best songwriter works of 2010. French troubadour Dominique A presented ‘La Musique’; US punk rocker Ted Leo came back with his Pharmacists in ‘The Brutalist Bricks’; young folk-flavored vocalists from the US (Sam Amidon) and Sweden (The Tallest Man On Earth) went hand by hand with a promising new generation of female singers (Laura Marling; Sharon Van Etten). Elsewhere, Phosphorescent carried on the country route he began with his tribute to Willie Nelson; Anais Mitchell offered an intriguing sort of opera folk and the charming Snake Fairies brought their Americana tinged vocals to the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 Albums: Honorary Mentions-Electronica

10-THE BOOKS-The Way Out (Temporary Residence)

The electronica genre finally shook off the cobwebs and experienced a double boost. The artists and labels keeping the genre alive for the past years (DFA; Kompakt; K7!; etc) were joined by a new wave of interest for pioneers from the nineties, boasting top notch comebacks by the likes of Four Tet or Autechre; and also by the chillwave trend, which few months ago was still dismissed by many as a joke for hipsters, but it has produced some of the most enjoyable records of the year (Toro Y Moi; Baths; etc). In Britain dubstep evolved and hung out with the maintream or the most adventurous minimal thanks to Mount Kimbie; Ikonica and some other representatives. But the star of the year was Canadian Daniel Lopatin, who brough innovation and versatility to several projects ranging from the experimental (Oneohtrix Point Never) to the dance oriented (Games). Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 Albums: Honorary Mentions-Veterans

10-SWANS-My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (Young God)

Good year for veteran artists and comebacks with Michael Gira re-ensembling his Swans; Stephen Merritt celebrating the 10th anniversary of his masterpiece ’69 Love Songs’ while touring to promote his new folk album ‘Realism’; Low’s Alan Sparhawk and Edwyn Collins fully recovered; Neil Young partially returning to shape with Daniel Lanois; Laurie Anderson releasing her best work in two decades and Brian Eno joining the Warp roster. World Music album of the year was the late Ali Farka Touré’s latest recording next to Toumani Diabate. Meanwhile, The New Pornographers or Wyatt, Altzman & Stephen carried on bringing new ideas for alternative concepts of “supergroup”. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 Albums: Honorary Mentions: In The Charts

10-EVERYTHING EVERYTHING-Man Alive (Polydor)

The charts kept on being a no go area for anyone searching for a minimum of good taste; however, there were always a few nice surprises among the general rubble. BBCs influential sound of 2010 wasn’t very accurate this time, with most of the chosen artists flopping artistically or commercially. A couple of them (80’s flavored Brits Everything, Everything and young Americans The Drums) still managed to break the curse and released decent records. Lady Gaga consolidated herself as the biggest star in the planet with another bunch of pop hits and misses; Rihanna came second, rescued from the shadows of emotional balladry and back to her more likeable dance-oriented persona. Sade stole the show as the comeback of the year. The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire hit the headlines by bringing a sorely missed contemporary twist to the top of the Billboard album chart and Rumer, a new discovery of Pakistani background sounded like she was produced by Burt Bacharach in the seventies. Retro soul remained big both sides of the Atlantic, providing former rapper Plan B with a final way to popularity and Cee-Lo Green with the biggest solo hit of his career. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 Albums: Honorary Mentions-Urban

10-KELIS-Flesh Tone (Interscope)

It’s official. Hip-hop has had an amazing period for the first time in ages, thanks not only to two of the genre’s biggest names delivering some of the best albums of the year , but also because is finally going through a much needed creative shakeup and some of the best releases of the last twelve months seem to prove it. Beginning with the Odd Future label and its guerrilla tactics from a tumblr page where most of its records are made available as free downloads. Their stars –Earl Sweatshirt; Tyler The Creator; Domo Genesis and Mellowhype- have amassed a terrific body of work that’s about to become recognized. Other new and promising names in rap were Curren$y and his double ration of ‘Pillow Talk’; Shabazz Palaces – the new project of ex Digable Planet Butterfly- recently signed by Sub Pop and another self-releasing promise act, Big K.R.I.T.

In the urban world the situation was not as rosy, although some surprises appeared from the hands of Lil Wayne’s protégée Drake; John Legend teaming with The Roots in an album that revisits the politically conscious spirit of black musicians from the 70s; Erykah Badu and her second installment of her ‘Nu Amerykah’; Kelis surviving such dubious company as David Guetta or Will.I.Am and Chrisette Michelle, whose second opus has just arrived and is easily one of the best R&B works in years. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 ALBUMS: Disappointments Of The Year

We began once more our recap of the most notable albums of the year making a brief stopover in deceptionland, where some former favorites have landed due to recent missteps. They’ve found themselves in the company of a former grunge glories returning to the spotlight; rap stars that’ve seen better days and some kings who’ve definitely lost their crowns. The following are not the worst records of the year –though some of them could make strong contenders, you just have to check the charts to find plenty of contemporary horrors of a much more terrifying kind – but those ones which by former merits or renewed hype we had high expectations for that have remained sadly unfulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »

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#56-OWEN PALLETT-Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (Domino)

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#57-JOANNA NEWSOM-Baby Birch (Drag City)

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#58-FLYING LOTUS FEAT. THOM YORKE-…And The World Laughs With You (Warp)

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#59-ROBYN-Hang With Me (Konichiwa)

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#60-THE NATIONAL-Bloodbuzz Ohio (4AD)

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#61-TWIN SHADOW-I Can’t Wait (4AD)

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#62-GONJASUFI-Kowboyz & Indians (Warp)

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