It’s been a pretty tame year as far as music goes. There was certainly some incredible stuff released, but it was not as overwhelming as last year. My top 10 list is a collection of my personal favorites of the year, and deviates pretty far from Consequence of Sound’s top 10, which is great in its own respect. CoS’ Top Albums pretty much cover all of these in one place or another. I’ll link my review of each respective album, if one exists, for your reading pleasure. Otherwise there’s a little blurb. Here it is:
01. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
This album and subsequent EP have pushed me to the point that I pretty much want to hear whatever Justin Vernon’s layered whispery vocals sing. He is every singer songwriter’s dream and I wholeheartedly believe he is deserving of the hype he’s been recieving. The lyrics are about love, but not in the cliche sense. The atmosphere’s are vibrant and chilling. A man and his guitar have never sounded so magical.
02. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
03. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
Depressing subject matter has never been so danceable. These guys continue to bring the goods with each release. If you thought 2006’s Return to Cookie Mountain was great, do not miss this.
04. Okkervil River – The Stand-ins
05. Sun Kil Moon – April
Mark Kozelek knows how to make some sad folk songs. His inability to make a song thats under 4 minutes won’t really bother you when the songs are this good. His blend of alt-folk and folk rock instrumentation goes perfectly with that magnificent voice of his.
06. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
07. Dept. of Eagles – In Ear Park
08. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Lie Down in the Light
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is the king of indie folk, end of story. Where the brilliant I See A Darkness and The Letting Go were dreary, Lie Down in the Light is twangy and upbeat. The songs are all full of great and clever wordplay that tricks you into singing along, before you realize what it is you are singing about. The highlight would have to be “So Everyone” a song that pleads for public fallacio, in the guise of a charming love ballad. Will Oldham is one weird dude, but boy can he write a song. A great record from a great songwriter.
09. Spiritualized – Songs in A & E
10. Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight
These brothers from Scotland have got this whole music thing pretty much down. From the fiddle driven album opening “The Modern Leper,” to the last track it’s hard not to love this album.
yeah, don’t bother telling me Bon Iver didn’t come out this year. I am considering it as such, because it kicks ass. Ok? Be sure to check out all the fun end of the year lists over at Consequence of Sound.