Top 17 Records of 2010: 11-17
While most people do a top twenty, I couldn’t come up with 20 records that deserved to be on such a list, so here is the second half of my 2010 Top 17. Look for 1-10 in the next day or two.
11. Envy on the Coast – Lowcountry
The best record that no one listened to this year, Lowcountry suffered from awful distribution and the band’s unfortunate implosion. Despite all of this, the album successfully manages to strip away the extra layers that at times bogged down 2007’s Lucy Grey, and helps the band to go out on a high note.
12. The Wonder Years – The Upsides
When I get depressed and think about how much I hate the daily grind, I just put on this album and let The Wonder Years do the complaining for me.
13. Neon Trees – Habits
How did this 8 song mini-album make the list? Well, two reasons really. “Sins of My Youth” and “Our War.” These two songs show why this band could be rock’s next big thing, if they aren’t already.
14. My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
I give this one bonus points solely because it isn’t The Black Parade Pt. 2. I also admit that this record has some great tracks, including “The Only Hope For Me Is You,” which is one of the strongest songs the band has written. However, we had to wait four years for a record that is not nearly as good as the two records that preceded it.
15. Senses Fail – The Fire
While they probably didn’t win over too many new fans, it was another solid addition to the Senses Fail catalog, and featured some of their best work, including “Landslide,” which is one of the best songs of the year.
16. Hollerado – Record in a Bag
After winning me over with their live show, I purchased the appropriately titled “Record in a Bag,” which does, in fact, come in a confetti-filled zip-lock. While it doesn’t shine in the lyrics department, the songs sure are fun.
17 – Free Engery- Stuck on Nothing
If there is a California sound, Free Energy embodies it perfectly. This record features a handful of sunny, bouncy tracks that beg to be blasted through the speakers while driving with the top down (in the convertible I don’t have). However, it also features quite a bit of filler, which is why it’s at the bottom of this list.