T. William’s Top 10 Albums of Twenty Ten
Last week Rune posted his top ten for our readers here On the Couch, so now it is now my turn to submit in my list. Notice that we aren’t numbering our lists, because we don’t see the difference between number 10 and number two. If it makes the list then we are pretty sure it is an album that should be listened to, if you haven’t yet.
Later this month I would think that we will each select our album’s of the year, because we want show some more love to the album that we listened to the most.
Below are ten albums that were released in 2010 that I paid money for and religiously listed to throughout the year.
The Roots – How I Got Over
The Roots proved that a collection of people who play instruments (also known as a band) can still produce relevant music in the age of solo acts, samples, and auto-tune.
Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard
The Orchard was the much-anticipated fourth full-length album from the group and the ensemble did not disappoint. A documentary, that was released shortly after the record, gave listeners the opportunity to get a feel for their recording process.
Check out one of my earlier posts to check out Ra Ra Riot – Monday Morning Melody: Ra Ra Riot – Boy
I must say that after two lackluster releases the guys from the Deftones proved to me that my love for hard rock has not left my heart. As a note this was the first album the band recorded without bassist Che Cheng. We here at On the Couch wish him all the best in his recovery.
Check out one of my earlier posts to check out the Deftones – Cellular Phone Sending Out DEFTONES
Deftones – Rocket Skates
Menomena – Mines
I am a little ashamed to admit that I was not aware of this group until late 2009. They had released three earlier albums that I was oblivious to, it was only when I heard Brent Knopf’s side project Ramona Falls that I got on-board the Menomena train.
Girl Talk – All Day
All Day was released just last month, but I can tell you that this hour-long mashup album has been one of the best things to happen to music lovers in years.
I shared my thoughts on the whole album in a post last month. Check it out here: All Day Err Day
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Who doesn’t love an album with a track titled “Drunk Girls”?
LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh
Erykah cause a stir with her video of “Window Seat”, where throughout the video she stripped pieces of clothing off as she walked around downtown Dallas. If you can get past the controversy, the album stands on its own.
If you would like to see the video check it out over at YouTube HERE
John Legend feat. The Roots – Wake Up!
Legend takes the opportunity to cover some historic protest tracks from the 60’s and 70’s. The album features the styling of The Roots to help bring a contemporary touch to the unearthed tunes.
John Legend feat. The Roots – Wake Up!
(Just press play and hear the whole album)
I am sure this album is going to get passed over by all the year-end lists because it was released in January 2010. Don’t hold the release date against them though, it was probably the first album of the year that made a recurring appearance on my work playlist. From top to bottom Eyelid Movies captures your imagination and forces you to think about how indie rock should sound.
Chiddy Bang – The Preview
You might have heard the hit single “Opposite of Adults” on commercials, remixes, or you even saw the dope music video. Do yourself a favor and listen to the whole album. Chiddy Bang has more to offer than one would think from just hearing “Opposite of Adults”.
Chiddy Bang – All Things Go
- Top 10 of Twenty Ten The Vander Wey (twilliamgooch.wordpress.com)
- Erykah Badu Brought Soul, Funk And Good Vibes To The UIC Pavilion (chicagonow.com)
- Best albums of 2010 (sentientdevelopments.com)
- Critically Acclaimed 2010 Albums (musicbyday.com)