Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Favorite Records of 2010

Initially Published Here

1. SuperchunkMajesty Shredding - Hard rocking indie-pop legends come back from a nine year hiatus with arguably their best record yet.

2. Neil YoungLe Noise - Veteran iconoclast starts his 6th decade as a recording artist with his most committed batch of songs in a very long time.

3. Hold SteadyHeaven is Whenever - Their 5th full-length finds this Brooklyn band more powerful than ever and Craig Finn continuing to evolve as both a singer and lyricist.

4. TorcheSongs for Singles EP - Heavy Metal with hooks and brains and heart.

5. HotratsTurn Ons - A throwaway covers record by two thirds of now defunct Supergrass that is as pleasurable a listen as any record this year.

6. FiggsThe Man Who Fights Himself - What I initially suspected to be a stop-gap measure by these veteran rockers has grown in my estimation to be one of their most accomplished and mature (in a good way) records yet.

7. Ted Leo & the PharmacistsThe Brutalist Bricks - Like the Hold Steady, Ted Leo has reached a point in his career where he can stop worrying about defining himself and concentrate on perfecting his craft. Artful, bittersweet pop-punk.

8. MaseratiPyramid of the Sun - Instrumental rock as hypnotic and mesmerizing as anything I heard all year.

9. SpoonTransference - Only songs this solid can hold up to the type of bare bones arrangements Spoon continues to perfect.

10. Ryan AdamsOrion - Hyperactive multi-hyphenate songwriter composes his ‘Sci-Fi Metal Rock Opera’ and stumbles upon his best batch of songs in many a year. A damn fine joke

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