Friday, December 10, 2010

Year in Review 2010 - Top 10 Albums - Part 1 (The Just Misses)

Well we are about to complete the first calendar year for Rock The Body Electric, and we have had some amazing times in my brain and chatted about some great music.  I have been able to expand my writing style, delve deeper into The Dead and conduct a few special interviews; here's hoping it's only the beginning of things to come.

I got some ideas for the upcoming year and hope to incorporate a few new voices/threads/topics so we shall see.  Before we stumble into 2011 though we should probably give a look back, and because everyone and their mother enjoys a good list I am going to rattle off my top ten albums of 2010. 
In the instance that I have reviewed the album either on the site or somewhere else I will link to that review and I will also provide a link to Amazon so you can pick it up with the quickness.  I worked with the Glide Team to give input on the their Top 20 so expect some overlap, but not a ton. Again the focus here is on full albums, not singles, but full releases you can slap on and listen to the full way through.    

Today I am going to focus on the "Just Misses" and unfortunately the "Let Downs" released this year.  Here's hoping you like them, but also feel free to call me an idiot in the comments and tell me your choices.  Expect installment 2 soon, but for now click on the jump homey:

There is always a host of great albums and since I like the number 10, I use that for lists (hey it was my playing number, and it is a good round digit, what can I say?) but these albums are also really really solid; worthy of praise, your time, and hard earned cash. In no particular order:

Trombone Shorty- Backatown
Pure NOLA Booshness, this vid isn't from the album, but who cares, he is awe inspiring

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
This is a solid album I can appreciate but it is not one I particularly listen to often, doubt I will go back to it, but you may really enjoy it's style...

Megaphonic Thrift - Decay Decoy
Norwegian Noise Rock at it's Sonic Youth-y-est:
The Megaphonic Thrift - "Talks Like A Weed King" - WOXY Lounge SXSW from WOXY on Vimeo.

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
A solid album that I actually liked better when I first heard it then I do now...surprisingly not aging so well in my brain but still very enjoyable and worth hearing if you haven't.

The Roots - How I Got Over
The best Roots album since Illadelph Halflife if you ask me....and you are reading that so it is implied.  Now they just need to stop hanging around with Fallon.

Screaming Females - Castle Talk-
Another satisfying release from one of the most exciting groups on the scene today.
Screaming Females - I Don't Mind It from thomas tobin on Vimeo.

Galactic - Ya-Ka-May
Galactic's first studio that I can completely get behind. I dug it when it came out last year, and still go back to listen to a bunch of tracks.  To me this does a hell of job in capturing the wide range of the NOLA Music I love so much...

The Let Downs
Now for the bad news...some Albums that let me down...had high hopes for dice.  These are by no means the worst albums of the year, far from it, they are just from artists I like/respect that went a different route which I didn't particularity care for.  To each his own...
Neil Young - Le Noise-
Uncle Neil needs a bit of direction...or at least some drums and bass
Spoon - Transference -
Not sure what it is but this album did not resonate with me at all, forgot all about it really.
Delta Spirit - History From Below -
Not much love for Ode To Sunshine's little baby brother.
Eels - End Times -
Woof a downer of an album but maybe prophetic in it's End Time title as I haven't touched it since I reviewed it.

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