Just a quick list of all my 10 top albums that I’ve listened too this year. I’m not going to put this in order but I’ll put my no.1 first anyway. This year was a very weird year. Feels like most of this music is a sign that music is changing rapidly; which is a good thing. Anyways enough of my radical ideas. Here is my top 10 and quick explanations why.
#1. JAY-Z/KANYE WEST – WATCH THE THRONE
This album was probably my most anticipated this year, mostly due to my favourite album of 2010 coming from Kanye West last year. When Watch the Throne was finally released, I bought it day 1 within hours of it going live. On the first listen it kicked my arse. It had awesome samples, raps, beats; everything I expect from Kanye. What surprised me was how stunning Jay-Z was. It was the first Jay-Z album I’ve ever experienced in full. The dark lyrics from “No Church in the Wild” to the amazing end rap in “Who Gon Stop Me”, just floored me in how much intellectual depth rap can have. Kanye West is more emotional rap, but when accompanied by Jay-Z’s military precision rap, the album grabs your attention the whole way.
The music production is flawlessly experimental (if that makes any sense), mostly because there are so many risks. Otis is completely cut up/edited/sampled from one song and turned from a slow soulful song to a masterpiece of a psych up song. Off-beats, crazy arrangements, guitar riffs. Even if your not a fan of this type of music, it simply just must be heard to understand where I’m coming from. The album is a true testament to why people should stop giving shit about West’s so called ego and just listen to the fucking music.
#2 THE BLACK KEYS – EL CAMINO
Not straying from the usual formula too much, but still an amazing album. Lonely Boy is going to bring them some mainstream attention, which is about time because this band deserves the bitches and hot-tubs. Mainstream isn’t bad unless they flog the shit out of the song, which will ultimately happen. Also makes me miss The White Stripes when I hear the amazing bluesy solo’s. Good Damn Album.
# 3 BATTLES – GLOSS DROP
New album without singer/guitarist Tyondai Braxton. And it was probably for the better. Now the band has guest singers which kind of gives the band an endless canvas to work with. Instead of limiting themselves to certain formulas on previous albums, they can now take any direction they want. Awesome rhythm sections, crazy timing and just an all round addictive album to do cocaine too, if your so inclined.
#4 RADIOHEAD – THE KING OF LIMBS
Best definition of a grower album. I liked it the first time I listened to it but left it alone for a while. Then my brain started remembering all the songs and made me miss it immensely. Really hard album to get into but totally worth the pay-off.
#5 BEASTIE BOYS – HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART TWO
Good party album.
#6 TYLER THE CREATOR – GOBLIN
Do not listen to this album. You could probably put up for my Kanye West obsession but this the blackest I get. Jordan Quilty has taken a huge obsession as well. Crazy album with just weird everything and very minimalist. Raps that are really scary as well, which makes it damn interesting. Overall; crazy, weird and a little offensive to women/midgets/teachers/men/dogs
#7 THE KILLS – BLOOD PRESSURES
Straight up blues/soul album that is really heavy and packs a punch. Guitar is loud, drums are cool. A must listen because Alison Mosshart is one of the rare female vocalists who is original and kinda hot.
#8 FOO FIGHTERS – WASTING LIGHT
First good Foo Fighters album in a long time, which kind of reminds me of The Colour and the Shape album. The last band I’m seeing this year, their chances of topping TOOL, DEFTONES, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, KANYE WEST, THE DRONES are slim but let’s see what they pull out.
#9 BON IVER – BON IVER
Well written and produced. One of the best mixed albums I’ve ever heard.
#10 PUSCIFER – CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE
Really new direction for Maynard James Keenan, but I heard he has a really big ego, which must mean the music sucks.
Oh Mercy – Great Barrier Grief
Danielle Lupi & Danger Mouse – Rome
Foster the People – Torches
Future of the Left – Polymers are Forever EP