This list is severely long overdue. I’ve been working on it for almost a month now, because I wanted it to be perfect but it was just too difficult to come to a concrete decision. So, in a bid to be as impartial as possible and not to repeat the songs off my albums of the year list, I decided that I won’t include any songs from that list. That means no “Excuses” (pun) or that Deerhunter song which is just so damn good.
My 10 best songs list is sort of a mish mash of stuff from 2010, but they are all very very good (duh). Since today’s already almost the end of the year, I’ll be posting the 10 songs over the course of the next three days, counting down from #10 to #1.
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Happy new year folks! It’s gonna be a good one.
I’m not an AnCo fan, but if there’s one thing those boys know how to do well, it’s psychedelic album covers. You guys might remember 2009’s best album cover, Merriweather Post Pavilion’s ‘omg is it moving?’ optical illusion mindf**k.
So, another year has passed and that means, well, more album art that we can stand behind of, pretending the head on the record is our true brain container. Ahh the thrills of life…
I can’t claim to have seen them all but let’s give a rundown on some of my favourite album covers of the year:
And my best album cover of the year:
Here’s the full list (from top to bottom):
Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me; Four Tet - There is Love in You
Sleigh Bells - Treats; Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
Philip Selway - Familial; Antony and the Johnsons - Swanlights
Flying Lotus - Pattern + Grid World EP; Weezer - Hurley
Menomena - Mines; Ratatat - LP4
Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People EP; The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon
Klaxons - Surfing the Void; Land of Talk - Cloak and Cipher
Fang Island - Fang Island
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(image via Rolling Stone)
In light of its #18 placing on Rolling Stone’s best of 2010 list, I wrote this review:
Come Around Sundown, of course, is Kings of Leon’s follow-up to their arena rock exploration Only By The Night. With their latest album, they tried to reconnect with older audiences while stringing along newer fans. The tracks are more blues-inspired than that of the previous album, yet seem to straddle the odd line between old and new KOL. The effect is very underwhelming. The songs don’t have the melodies required for blues or southern rock songs, and neither do they have the hooks that make for great rock songs, like they managed with “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody”.
There is one hook in the entire album, and that’s the brilliant guitar riff in the lead single “Radioactive”. It’s punchy and deliberate, and its sheer speed makes your heart race. That’s a damn good riff. But that great piece of handiwork is let down by the supporting cast of pretentious gospel influence and even more ridiculously fake music video. Everything else in the LP is directionless and the album seems thrown together, with the only similar theme being boring and balls-less; they’ve got gospel going one moment, and then it’s back to channeling Lynyrd Skynyrd.
KOL can do three things well. One is dissing their fans, another is super impressive rough-on-the-edges southern rock, and the last is producing anthemic rock songs which possibly a quarter of the world’s population can sing along to. With this album, they just scored a measly one out of three.
Hear Cee-Lo cover “Radioactive” here.