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Jared’s Top Ten Albums of 2010

So it’s that time of year again, when all the blogs are buzzing with their picks for the best albums of the year.  I figured it was only right for me to get in on it!  I had quite a tough time deciding what albums to pick.  I can think of at least 20-25 albums I had in heavy rotation all year, and there are a bunch of albums I never really got a chance to fully listen to that I know I would really enjoy (The National, anyone?).  I was able to come up with a list though, as well some some honorable mentions.  So without any further ado, here it is!  My top ten of 2010.

  1. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (XL)
  2. Fake Problems – Real Ghosts Caught on Tape (SideOneDummy)
  3. Superchunk – Majesty Shredding (Merge)
  4. Make Do and Mend – End Measured Mile (Paper + Plastick/Panic)
  5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks (Matador)
  6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Merge)
  7. The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits (Red Scare)
  8. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Kollaps Tradixionales (Constellation)
  9. Envy – Recitation (Temporary Residence Limited)
  10. Crime in Stereo – I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone (Bridge 9)

Honorable Mention

  • Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man (Epitaph)
  • The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang (SideOneDummy)
  • Free Energy – Stuck on Nothing (DFA)
  • LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening (DFA/Virgin)
  • The Magnetic Fields – Realism (Nonesuch)
  • Grinderman – Grinderman 2 (Mute/Anti-)
  • Trash Talk – Eyes and Nines (Trash Talk Collective)

Albums That Probably Would Be on This List If I Listened to Them More

  • The National – High Violet (4AD)
  • Iron Chic – Not Like This (Dead Broke)
  • Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
  • Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Young Livers – Of Misery and Toil (No Idea)

Albums That Are Kind of Mediocre But Have a Few Awesome Songs

  • Against Me! – White Crosses (Sire)

Well, there it is.  My top lists of 2010.  Hopefully you enjoyed reading it!  I certainly enjoyed making it.  I urge you to check out all the records listed.  Go out and buy them if you can!  See y’all in 2011!


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