I recently found somebody’s list of the top 20 albums of 2010. As I’m always rather behind the times, I didn’t get a chance to sample those I was unfamiliar with until this weekend. This is the list:
- Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
- Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- The Black Keys – Brothers
- Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
- LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
- The National – High Violet
- Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
- Beach House – Teen Dream
- Broken Bells – Broken Bells
- Vampire Weekend – Contra
- Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
- Cee-Lo Green – The Lady Killer
- The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
- Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot – The Son of Chico Dusty
- Sleigh Bells – Treats
- Caribou – Swim
- Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
- Yeasayer – Odd Blood
- Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
- Jonsi – Go
I went through all twenty albums, listening to two or three songs from each. I’m already a fan of Vampire Weekend, Mumford and Sons and Sufjan Stevens, and I added The Tallest Man on Earth (rather Dylanesque) and Jonsi (ethereal and joyous, maybe less moody than Sigur Rós?).
I was still unmoved by Arcade Fire. I’d heard a lot of praise for The National, too, but I found them pretty banal. Plus, the singer is a total mumbler.
In any case, here are a couple of videos from the new-to-me artists. I am, uh, unclear if the Jonsi video is official or fan-made.
It’s interesting that Kristian Matsson, the man behind The Tallest Man on Earth, is Swedish. He sounds like he’s from Kentucky.