Top 10 albums of 2010

It would be easy just to list the top 10 albums of 2010 based on the best album reviews scores for the year. This would put No Age’s Everything in Between in at number 1 with 4.5/5, MGMT’s Congratulations and Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse’s Dark Night of the Soul at joint number 2 with 4.4/5, The Coral Butterfly House at 4 with 4.3/5, Broken Bells, Brian Eno’s Small Craft on a Milk Sea and Wintersleep’s New Inheritors both at number 5 with 4.1, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs at 8 with 4/5, Hot Chip’s One Life Stand at number 9 with 3.9/5 and Vampire Weekend’s Contra at 10 with 3.7/5. However, the scores were given based on a short time frame to listen to the tracks, so when I look back now, the Tuppence Magazine top ten albums for 2010 are:

#10 Vampire Weekend Contra

It’s hard to listen to Contra without comparing it to their debut album, but Vampire Weekend’s innate individuality leaves you with little else to hold it up to…

#9 Hot Chip One Life Stand

Hot Chip’s new album One life stand came out this week and it’s an instant classic. From the initial drumbeats in Thieves in the night (the opening track) expectations begin to rise, and by the time Take it in finishes you’re left with no doubt that One Life Stand will be a big part of 2010…

#8 Wintersleep New Inheritors

Having seen Wintersleep play a great gig in Barfly Cardiff last year, I was pleased to see that they had released their fourth Album, New Inheritors…

#7 Sleigh Bells Treats

I was a late comer to the Sleigh Bells box of ear splitting tricks, but when I finally got my act together I loved them. Their single, Sleigh Bell Tell Em, was massive and the rest of the album back it up with big punches to the head…

#6 Broken Bells

Broken Bells, the collaborative efforts of James Mercer (The Shins) and Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton), isn’t necessarily going to change your life, but it is a fractured shard of class none the less…

#5 Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse’s Dark Night of the Soul

Following Danger Mouse’s work with James Mercer on Broken Bells, I didn’t really think 2010 could get much better for him, however, in Dark Night of the Soul, and with the help of Sparklehorse and friends, he’s produced a genuine contender…

#4 No Age Everything in Between

No Age’s third album, Everything in Between, is in most parts a loud, fuzzed up hurricane breath of fresh air. While it dips in places, the whole is a brilliant display of noise, souring sounds, beats and ratcheting guitar hits…

#3 The Coral Butterfly House

After hearing The Coral, Butterfly House  free download track back in May I had big expectations for the album, and despite a slightly ropey start, it hits them easily and goes a step above with the bonus tracks in the extended 2 CD Limited Edition LP…

#2  Arcade Fire The Suburbs

The first I heard of Arcade Fire’s 3rd album, The Suburbs, was a play of the title track on the radio around a couple of months ago. When the DJ announced that they’d be getting an exclusive play…

#1 MGMT Congratulations

MGMT broke onto the scene two years ago out of Brooklyn, New York, with their debut album Oracular Spectacular, which nailed electro new wave psychedelia down to the ground. In their new album, Congratulations nothing has changed on that front, but at the same time everything has changed… MGMT’s Congratulations was the stand out album of 2010, breaking the mould, p~ssing in the face of convention and doing it brilliantly their own way.

Honourable mentions go to Brian Eno’s Small Craft on a Milk Sea, which only missed the top 10 because we haven’t had long enough to fall in love with it as much as the other albums.

 

It would be easy just to list the top 10 albums of 2010 based on the best review scores for the year. This would put No Age’s Everything in Between in at number 1 with 4.5/5, MGMT’s Congratulations and Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse’s Dark Night of the Soul at joint number 2 with 4.4/5, The Coral Butterfly House at 4 with 4.3/5, Broken Bells, Brian Eno’s Small Craft on a Milk Sea and Wintersleep’s New Inheritors both at number 5 with 4.1, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs at 8 with 4/5, Hot Chip’s One Life Stand at number 9 with 3.9/5 and Vampire Weekend’s Contra at 10 with 3.7/5. However, the scores were given based on a short time frame to listen to the tracks, so when I look back now, the Tuppence top ten albums for 2010 are:

 

#10 Vampire Weekend Contra

 

#9 Hot Chip One Life Stand

 

#8 Wintersleep New Inheritors

 

#7 Sleigh Bells Treats

 

#6 Broken Bells

 

#5 Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse’s Dark Night of the Soul

 

#4 No Age Everything in Between

 

#3 Arcade Fire The Suburbs

 

#2 The Coral Butterfly

 

#1 MGMT Congratulations

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One Response to Top 10 albums of 2010

  1. Rely design says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :D
    one are two are my favorite too :D

    i will check the other tracks :D

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