Jan 2, 2011

Best Music of 2010

Over the course of 2010, I've reviewed about twenty different albums. These are the best of the best and the worst of the worst. All album titles will have links to the full review written when I first listened to it, but here are some additional comments to how the albums hold up.

Best Album of 2010: "Ironclast" by The Damned Things

This may be due to release date, seeing as how it was one of the most recent albums I reviewed, but it was simply sensational. Making new school metal cool again, this super-group brought a ton of hits to my music library, and hopefully to yours too.

Runner-Up: "Slash" by Slash, and approximately one million guest-stars.

This may have only received a 4 1/4 *'s out of 5 rating initially, whereas there were other albums that received 4 1/2 *'s out of 5, but the work on this album holds up incredibly well over the course of the year and multiple listens. Even tracks I wasn't initially a fan of (Myles Kennedy, cough-cough) became above-average music.

Worst Album of 2010: "Fever" by Sleepy Sun

California experimental psychedelic indie band with potential for the future, but a really underwhelming album.

Runner-Up: "American VI: Ain't No Grave" by Johnny Cash
While this album won't be for everyone, it certainly had some tracks worth listening to on repeat. Also, Cash wrote and recorded the album so close to his time of death that it was released postmortem. So the man still gets plenty of respect from me for putting out a halfway decent album holding a few shining gems so late in his life.

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