Best Albums of 2010
I’ve delayed making this list. Mostly because I think that there’s just one really great, timeless album that reigns so high above all the others (and I’ve already written about it so many times). So here’s my list.
#1 : Teen Dream (Beach House)
Teen Dream is by far the greatest album of 2010. I’ve listened to it dozens of times over the past 12 months. It came out in January and at no point in the year did I ever get tired of this album. In fact, I love it even more with every listen. It’s almost a completely flawless album; something timeless and unique. No other band sounds like Beach House. Beach House made this sound! In a time when almost everything sounds a bit like something that came before, this is truly special.
This album really marks a great development for Beach House. I absolutely adore the self titled album and ‘Devotion’; they are two of my favourite albums of all time, but ‘Teen Dream’ marks a step away from the lo-fi subtleties of the songs on those records and a step into something bigger. The sound here is so full, so big! The build ups on this album are epic – from the crashing cymbals of ‘Zebra’ right through to the joyous choruses of ‘Take Care’, this album is rich with moments that will make you swoon.
Lyrically, Beach House have always been curious. The lyrics are strange, sweet, unique; never tedious or tiring. Victoria finds ways to say things which, on the one hand, make absolutely no sense, but on the other they make perfect sense. Everything about this record is bold. The flow from song to song is seamless. I can’t listen to songs individually without wanting them to drift into the following track on the album. The melodies are always interesting and Alex’s guitar pieces are every bit as brilliant as they’ve always been, and even more so. The shimmer of the pre-chorus of ‘Walk In The Park’ is enough to send you into a joy-coma. These songs completely wash over you and stick with you.
I remember the first time I heard ‘Teen Dream’. October 2009. I wrote about it here in my blog and said: “And there you have it: one of the best records of 2010, no doubt.” No doubt indeed. Best record by miles, and I’m sure it’ll be a favourite for a long time- much like ‘Devotion’ and ‘Beach House’ before it.
#2 The Magician’s Private Library (Holly Miranda)
#3 Ring (Glasser)
#4 Twin-Hand Movement (Lower Dens)
#5 Wild Go (Dark Dark Dark)
and then I cant even try and order these, but here are the rest of my favourites. These albums have some brilliant songs and moments:
Have One On Me (Joanna Newsom)
Grey Oceans (CocoRosie)
Songs For The Ravens (Sea of Bees)
Darwin Deez (Darwin Deez)
Fossils and Other Phantoms (Peggy Sue)
Made The Harbor (Mountain Man)
I See The Sign (Sam Amidon)
Rivers (Wildbirds & Peacedrums)
Kairos (White Hinterland)
I Learned The Hard Way (Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings)
Muu’s Way (WOOM)
Happy Birthday (Happy Birthday)
Halcyon Digest (Deerhunter)
Own Side Now (Caitlin Rose)
The Fool (Warpaint)
And in terms of EPs, I love Twin Sister’s, the Dirty Projectors and Bjork collaboration and the two Parenthetical Girls EPs. Also, Beach House’s itunes EP is brilliant, with some special re-workings of old songs, plus the brand new ‘White Moon’.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten some. I mostly just wanted to write about ‘Teen Dream’, y’see.