Saturday, January 1, 2011

another year over, and a new one's just begun

2010 has slipped away and here we are in a new year. It's time for resolutions and promises that will be kept for a month or so, time for hope and optimism that the next 365-ish days will bring better things, time to wave goodbye to the last 365, whether fondly or with great relief.

It would be fitting to do a "best of 2010" type of post here, maybe with a top ten list, but there are already so many of those out there. Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy won the hearts of most of the big music bloggers, and some of us here would agree. There were a ton of great albums released this year and I could throw down a top ten, though it would be hard to choose. Instead I'd like to revisit just a few albums I didn't get the chance to write up since I joined the staff here late in the year.

In the spring a collaboration between Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse was released. Dark Night Of The Soul featured a bevy of guest singers, including the always unique David Lynch. It was the last work of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, who committed suicide this year. I've always loved the band's subdued sound and delicate approach. Sparklehorse will be missed.

The Books released their fourth full-length album, The Way Out in the spring as well. If you're unfamiliar with The Books, they're a duo who use found art to create lush soundscapes. With the number of samples they blend it should be a mess, but they put it all together in a remarkably listenable way. This was one of the most interesting albums of the year, by far.

Click to play The Books - Group Autogenics I

M.I.A.'s Maya hit the charts and helped cement her position as a challenging, brilliant, artist. She's political, throws tons of different genres into the mix, and still makes it groovy and danceable.

Click to play M.I.A. - Space

Man, there were just so many more. Broken Bells, The Black Keys, The Arcade Fire, you'll see them all on the lists out there. This is a great time to go back and listen to anything you may have missed along the way.

I'm looking forward to what 2011 has in store. At the very least we should get new releases from Veto and Elbow, which will be enough for me.

I hope the new year treats everyone well.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I remember the night Rachel left a Sparklehorse CD on your bed and said you HAD to listen to it.