Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Stereogum's Top 50 Albums of 2010

Stereogum, one of my most trusted sources for music news (if only for the reasons that it's updated frequently and has hilariously petty hipster quarrels on the comment boards), released their list of their 50 favorite albums of 2010 today. (They also included a list of their 15 top EPs, a feature that Il Buono will sorta also include when its own year-end lists come out.) Unlike in previous years, the 'gum's list is a staff list as opposed to a fan-generated list known affectionately as The Gummys; that said, there will be a less fun, less comprehensive modified Gummys to follow. Anyhow, the list itself is pretty interesting--at least more so than Rolling Stone's--and many of my own favorites grace the top 50, even if many find themselves in the 30 to 50 range on the list. Definitely high on predictable blog picks, but also high on great albums, so... yeah. The top ten, per the usual, is found after the jump, as are their top five EPs of 2010. The whole darn thing is here.

10. Deerhunter--Halcyon Digest
Fair enough.
9. Wild Nothing--Gemini
8. Antony & The Johnsons--Swanlights
I'm glad I'm not the only one who really likes this album.
7. Vampire Weekend--Contra
Again, no.
6. Sleigh Bells--Treats
Boo Ben Konop! Boo!
5. Robyn--Body Talk
Okay. Whatevs.
4. Sufjan Stevens--The Age of Adz
3. Beach House--Teen Dream
Surprised that we're not seeing this in the top 5 more often.
2. Arcade Fire--The Suburbs
Of course.
1. Kanye West--My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Of course--although, while I'm not surprised, I approve.

And their EPs list is topped by:

5. Balam Acab--See Birds
Dig it.
4. Girls--Broken Dreams Club
Dig it less.
3. Twin Sister--Color Your Life
Don't dig it.
2. James Blake--CMYK
Dig it the most.
1. Zola Jesus--Stridulum
Dig it, but not this much.

In Il Buono news, today marked the first day of my upcoming listen-only-to-music-that-came-out-this-year-for-a-couple-weeks-so-I-can-make-my-lists-perfect phase. Over the past few hours, I've listened to Games' newish EP, Jack Rose's Luck In The Valley, Perfume Genius' Learning, and a handful of 2010 singles. So there!

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