Sound Opinion's opinions (mid-year review)
Amazon's top 50
The Current's Hosts' picks
NME (New Music Express)'s top 75
My Favorite Albums of 2010:
Phantogram: Eyelid Movies
The National: High Violet
Yeasayer: Odd Blood
Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More
Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz (I think i'm going to write in "Impossible Soul" on the Top 89 of 2010. Because can you think of any other 25-minute song that is this amazing? and i want them to play it on the Current sometime!)
Broken Bells: Broken Bells
LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (I kind of feel like i have to put this. but the songs are good. and who doesn't love a concept album.)
Cloud Cult: Light Chasers (their songs are so uplifting, and i love the harmonies and all the instruments.)
(interesting fact: i saw nearly all of these bands live this year. i could see Broken Bells on Monday, and that would complete the list!)
Late Additions (2009 releases):
Avett Brothers: I and Love and You
Lady Gaga: The Fame Monster (what can I say, I was a little late to the party.)
Favorite Songs (songs I love but don't think the whole album deserves to be on the list above):
Matt and Kim, "Cameras"
S. Carey, "In the Dirt"
Dessa, "Dixon's Girl" (I don't have the whole album, so I really can't judge it, but the song makes this list at least)
There are so many albums that came out recently that i don't have! (Cee-Lo, Kanye...I kinda want to hear Taylor Swift and Rhianna's new albums too, even though i have none of their earlier stuff.)
Best live show of the year:
it's a tie: Gaga vs. Sufjan. one cost $80 and i was at the back of the arena; one was about $45 and it was in the front row. front row always wins!
2009: I forgot i put Florence + The Machine on my Strib "Pick Six" in August 2009. They officially "broke out" in 2010, which I always thought was amusing because I knew that album was over a year old. I think i liked the music of 2009 better than 2010. I wonder what 2011 will bring! All this stuff, apparently.
2007 (not just music)