Tk’s 2010 Deathly Noninclusions

19Dec10

I have been having in-excess much festivity with thesaurus.com and the fruition may be an entry that is strenuous to read. A few 24 hour periods ago, CK gave us Fatal Omissions. In just a moment, I will unveil my Deathly Noninclusions for 2010 in music.

Below you will find the following categories: Song of the Year, 10 Honorable Mention selections, Disappointments, and The Jury is Still Out.

Song of the Year

“Bloodbuzz Ohio” by The National: Will you see High Violet on my Top 10 Albums list this year? I’ll give you a hint: no (though you may see it honorably mentioned below). The reason being that, in my book, it is a hot-and-cold collection of songs, and not a consistent album. However, when I said “hot” I meant HOT!!! Like, scalding. Like, “that’s so hot it almost feels cold” type shit. “Bloodbuzz” is a 10/10 track with thick drums that don’t waste a second, timely lyrics that don’t waste a word, and stiffly-impassioned vocals that don’t waste a note. Throw in a troop of stringsters and horn-hawks and you have the recipe for a cake. Just kidding, no cake. Just my song of the year.

Honorable Mention

Brandon Flowers – Flamingo: Hipster friends have attempted exorcisms and various other methods to drive out those evil forces which have possessed me into thinking that Brandon Flowers is an excellent songwriter and musician. Evil Forces, 1. Hipsters, 0.

Dr. Dog – Shame Shame: This gang of Philadelphia classic rockers are not reinventing the wheel but they have trued it and it’s never spun straighter. Um… not sure what that means, but Shame Shame is this Beatles-esque band’s best work yet.

Janelle Monae – The Arch Android: When it’s all said and done, this will not be considered Janelle’s strongest output. Nonetheless, it is a powerhouse, sprawling pop debut that people from both indie and mainstream camps can agree upon.

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More: A beautiful English folk-rock release that demands hearty sing-alongs. The banjo has never sounded so crisp and edgy–so fitting–as on “The Cave.” Pitchfork hates it but fans love it (134 five star reviews on Amazon… Ay yi yi). I side with the latter.

The National – High Violet: A hot-and-cold collection of songs, as opposed to a coherent album. However (as noted above) it features some blistering tracks that show The National in top form.

Pantha du Prince – Black Noise: A dark, mood-molding electronic journey from Germany’s arthouse producer, Hendrik Weber.

 

Pantha du Prince knows things.

Sharon Von Etten – Epic: Her voice will melt you. Her voice melts you. Her voice melted you. Another impressive female debut, this time in the storytelling folk tradition.

Spoon – Transference: No offense to the other members, but Britt Daniel makes Spoon worth your time. He gets it. He knows when to keep things tight and synchronized, and when to let anarchic rock and roll blemishes implode the mix. Transference shows that these guys are in it for the long haul.

Swans – My Father Will Guide: Cowboy horror rock. Needs to be heard to be believed.

Yeasayer – Odd Blood: An impulsive, 80s-savvy album that puts All Hour Cymbals to shame. While vibrant, it has also proven to be forgettable.

Disappointments

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II
The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year
Armin Van Buuren – Mirage
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

The Jury is Still Out

Lost in the Trees – All Alone in an Empty House
Glasser – Ring
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Gareth Emery – Northern Lights

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