Elephant’s Favorite Albums of 2010. ~ Krystal Baugher & Lindsey Block

Via on Dec 21, 2010

T’was a darn good year in music.

And though it would be impossible to hear everything that’s been released, here are our top picks. Feel free to create your own list in the comments section.

Joanna Newsom: Have One on Me

She plays a harp. Her album is in three parts. Enough said.

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Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

It’s very eclectic with a bit of classical composition, electronica, rap, and even a glimmer of bollywood pop. Plus it has some pretty badass guest appearances (Snoop Dogg as an example).

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Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles

It’s just…fun.

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Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)

Energetic, Epic and Exceptional. Seriously worth taking the time to listen to the entire album in one sitting, as it’s a journey everyone should experience.

Sufjan Stevens: Age of Adz

The reasons are covered here.

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Beach House: Teen Dream

Simply a beautifully written album.

LCD Soundsystem: This is Happening

Witty and fun, perfect for a road trip or even a house party.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg: IRM

Produced by Beck, every song tells its own story in its own way, yet there is a synchronicity that pulls the whole album together.  French pop combines with american dark dream drama making the album part sexy, part intellectual.

Sleigh Bells: Treats

Treats, the debut album from the electro-rock duo Sleigh Bells, is a thrill ride…

Warpaint: The Fool

All-female quartet became a local sensation in LA after the release of their 2009 EP Exquisite Corpse. They enlisted John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers to help with mixing the EP. Their 2010 release, The Fool, is comprised of charisma, psychedelia, post-punk, experimental funk and electro pop instrumentals glazed in a hazy wash of vocals.

Here we go Magic: Pigeons

Their second album released by the five-piece Brooklyn, NY band.

Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest

The “perfect balance between noisy adventurism and pop immediacy.”

The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt

That voice. Oh…that voice! The passionate Swedish folksinger, Kristian Matsson, who is behind The Tallest Man on Earth, rocks out on the guitar, banjo and piano.

Delorean: Subiza

On their new album, Subiza, the Spanish four-piece deploys the build-and-burst tempos of 90s house and techno music, and they do so explicitly, never shying away from arms-in-the-air piano bridges or incandescent raves. This music is proudly informed by the resiliency and vigor of classic club music, and its title (named after the Basque town in which the album was recorded) recalls the famously nightclub-centric Ibiza and the Balearic dance music that originated there.

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Yeasayer: Odd Blood

Electrifyingly ‘Odd‘”

The experimental rock band also did a remix of a fave, Florence and the Machine‘s hit single “Dog Days Are Over,” which was released in October 2010.

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

Just a happy sounding band with just the right amount of sulky.

Bands We Missed But Wish We Hadn’t:

Glasser: Ring

Twin Shadow: Forget

What else?!

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7 Responses to “Elephant’s Favorite Albums of 2010. ~ Krystal Baugher & Lindsey Block”

  1. thee says:

    rachel harrington, celilo falls
    alasdair roberts — too long in this conition
    ted leo + pharmacists — brutalist bricks
    pantha du prince — black noise
    bonny prince billy + cairo gang — wonder show of the world
    scout niblett — calcination of scout niblett
    otis gibbs — joe hill's ashes
    tallis scholars — sing william byrd

  2. Joe Mohr says:

    Love the Tallest Man on Earth!

  3. Troy says:

    You should have included Kellee Maize's "Aligned Archetype." Not only is it a fantastic album, but her lyrics are all about yoga and spirituality. Perfect for this website! And she's offering it for free.

  4. francoish says:

    Jónsi – Go
    The Hundred In The Hands
    Robyn – Body Talk (all three of them)
    Marina and the Diamonds – Family Jewels
    Ólafur Arnalds – …and they have escaped the weight of darkness
    Amiina – Puzzle
    Ölof Arnalds – Innundir Skinni
    Angus & Julia Stone – Down The Way
    Lali Puna – Our Inventions

  5. elephantjournal says:

    I looooove Jonsi Go. The video for Go Do is amazing! ~ Lindsey B.

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