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This is my second annual top albums list. I make no apologies for my list, for I like what I like. I will, however, have you know that I am not a professional music critic or even consider myself musically literate. But I like what I like and this is what I liked in 2010. If you'd like to see my list from 2009, click here.
Honorable Mention: The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Nothing wrong with a little straight up rock and roll sometimes.
40. Wolf Parade - Expo 86
A bit twangy for my taste, but a solid album.
39. Interpol - Interpol
A solid effort, but not their best by a long shot.
38. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Celebrated by actual critics, this album never caught on fully with me, but enough to make the list.
37. The Apples In Stereo - Travelers In Space And Time
Not a lot of catchy pop hooks as usual in this collection of songs, but they are good even at their worst.
36. Fang Island - Fang Island
More musical than lyrical, there are moments of brilliance.
35. Caribou - Swim
Best electronic album of the year in a year not filled with many.
34. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Half The Shins, half above average. A couple greats songs, the rest are forgettable.
33. Marina And The Diamonds - The Family Jewels
Catchy, poppy and fun, the highest female led band on my list this year.
32. Of Montreal - False Priest
Some of the most bizarre lyrics I have ever heard, but I have always been drawn to the bizarre.
31. Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
They kinda went soft for this 2nd album and it worked, but not nearly as well.
30. Delta Spirit - History From Below
Probably deserves to be higher. Consistently strong from beginning to end.
29. Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
For those that would like to see Wolf Parade and Tokyo Police Club mixed.
28. Foals - Total Life Forever
Original guitar sounds and riffs and more original vocals make for a cool sound.
27. Spoon - Transference
Spoon always puts out hip and upbeat rock and this one fits the bill.
26. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
An infusion of surf sound bands this year and this one was one of the best.
25. The Drums - The Drums
An infusion of surf sound bands this year and this one WAS the best.
24. Weezer - Hurley
Loved it at first, but it never really grew on me. Won't be one of Weezer's best, but still good.
23. OK Go - Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
With the great videos, people forget that these guys and jam. And well.
22. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
So much talent on this album. Not as great as hoped, but still very, very good.
21. Maps & Atlases - Perch Patchwork
Best male voice of the year in this band!
20. New Pornographers - Together
Pop/Indie at it's best.
19. Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Best Hot Chip album so far by far.
18. Efterclang - Magic Chairs
A little strange, but a powerful and well produced album.
17. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
Took me awhile to warm up to this one, but then I realized how many truly great songs there are on it.
16. Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
This album was somewhat hated by critics, but I loved the solo project by The Killers frontman.
15. Belle & Sabastian - Write About Love
Mellow to the core. 70's, cheesy mellow, in fact. But I can't get enough.
14. Minus The Bear - Omni
They sound almost identical to Foals, but I like their songs more.
13. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms
My least favorite Band Of Horses album. Says a lot that it is still this high on this list.
12. Cloud Cult - Light Chasers
A latecomer to this list; the best use of string instruments I've ever heard in a rock band.
11. Neon Trees - Habits
Local Utah band hits the big time! Well deserved too. This album is awesome.
10. Tokyo Police Club - Champ
Perplexingly addictive album. I have worn it out on the iPod.
9. Matt & Kim - Sidewalks
My friend (Spencer) says it sounds overly produced, I say I love the new sound! You decide.
8. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Many lists have this #1. I just can't put it that high, despite the million times I've listened.
7. Rogue Wave - Permalight
More upbeat and catchy than their other albums, even my boys sang along to these tunes.
6. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
Their 60's sound is smooth and such a welcome break from the norm. This might be their best.
5. Mates Of State - Crushes
An album of covers this high? Why yes, when it is this good, which it is.
4. Mumford And Son - Sigh No More
The music on this album flows perfectly from one song to the next and is terrific. I am so glad they are finding a larger audience.
3. Shout Out Louds - Work
Very likely my favorite band put out this album with three superb songs, 5 good ones and 2 average ones.
2. Vampire Weekend - Contra
Had a hard time not placing this album #1, but the one ahead of it is just a twitch better.
The actual critics agree with me on this one. This album rocks from beginning to end and will likely stand as the highest peak for The National. It is also my most listened to album of 2010. The National, I bow to thee.