Honestly, everyone and their blogging Grandmother does a yearly “Top 10 Albums” list. That’s because it’s as indulgent as it is fun and, apparently, people can’t get enough of it. Count me among those pitiful souls.
My standard disclaimer here is that I don’t listen to thousands of albums a year like the multiple sets of ears at Paste, Pitchfork, NPR, and the like. This list is culled from the albums that came out this year that I’ve had time to listen to, which is still a ludicrous amount of music. Also, every time a really good album hits my ears, I have to listen multiple times, which leaves less time for me to discover that totally amazing cassette-only release from Garden City’s best new band, or to tolerate The Besnard Lakes. This is probably the un-hippest thing ever, but there’s just way too much music – good and bad – to keep up with. Anyway…
The Wounded Messenger’s Top 10 Albums of 2010
In an arbitrary order
Broken Bells – Broken Bells
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Dangermouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
Field Music – Measure
B.o.B – The Adventures of Bobby Ray
The Black Keys – Brothers
Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
The Morning Benders – Big Echo
It seemed like 2010 was going to be a little light on great albums, and while the truly “great” ones are still rare, there were more albums worth listening to this year than any in recent memory. So many albums that I still listen to every month didn’t make this list, like Tame Impala, The Books, and many more, and I’m STILL listening to things that came out this year. That’s a sign of a great year!