It is that time of year again where we review or favorites of 2010. So over the next few posts we will look at our favorite albums, songs, movies and moments from 2010.
Today we will start with our favorite albums of the year…
Top Albums of 2010 –
1. The Silver Seas – Chateau Revenge
My friend Beau Black turned me on to this record back in July. It’s one of those records that keeps bugging you to listen more closely if you just have it on in the background. Really thoughtful production, a sense of humor, and an intentionality about making a whole musical statement from the first track to the last. Something, unfortunately, you don’t get to hear much of any more.
2. Maroon 5 – Hands All Over
I’ve listened to this record so much this year, my colleagues that I share office space with are sick of it. Not me. This is one of those extremely rare records (especially these days) where every single song is good. And so welcomed since the previous record was a bit of a bomb. Produced by Mutt Lang! So glad to hear that this guy still knows how to drive home the hook.
3. Gungor – Beautiful Things
Something is going on in the area of modern worship music. It’s hard to describe, but it’s good, and Gungor is right in the middle of it. In fact, it’s probably not an accurate description to call this worship music, at least as that term has come to be used. But there are certainly elements to not only the lyric, but also the music on it’s own, that shove me toward acknowledging and praising God for who He is, and all that He is doing. Buy this record.
4. Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place
Great rock and roll with a thoughtful lyric approach. These guys have been making good records for a while, but this is their best work to date. I don’t think it’s making a lot of noise out there, but it’s every bit as good as, and better than most of the higher profile rock records that released this year. Brendan O’Brien rarely disappoints as a producer, and was the perfect call for this band. Also a joy to discover Nicolas Essig and the great mixes he brought to these tracks.
5. Elenowen – Pulling Back The Veil
Man o MAN how I love this record. I think this is my most listened to record this year, and I could listen again right now and love it. Husband and wife Josh and Nicole Johnson make up the band and their voices compliment each other’s in a beautiful, seemingly providential way. And I love how the lyrics take such an honest yet encouraging look at the glories and complications of a marriage relationship. This is the sort of record that deserves way more attention than it’s getting. Everyone in your circle needs to know about it. Spread the word.
1. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
My son introduced me to them late last year and fell in love with them Passionate, spiritual and powerful. They drop an occasional curse word for they are Irish. And the best concert of the year.
2. Tourist History – Two Door Cinema Club
Another introduction from my son. Funky, fun brit pop with hooks galore. This record makes me happy.
3. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Didn’t love this at first but I find myself wanting to listen to the record a lot. I am surprised at the number of plays it got this year.
4. Weathervanes – Freelance Whales – Who? When I read the review that said it was a mix of Postal Service and Noah and the Whale, I bought it right away. Amazing textures and interesting production. You have heard it on a few commercials. I love it
5. Broken Bells – Broken Bells –
Some great songs surrounded by vibe-y production.
1. Sigh No More – Mumford and Sons
Probably the trendy pick, but no record affected me as much as this one did this year. Incredible song writing, epic melodies and great musicianship. To me it was the best record of the year.
2. Battle Studies- John Mayer
Came out in late 2009- but I will claim it for 2010. He continues to be the best songwriter of our time. He crafts songs that evoke the human emotion and condition better than most. I choose to believe that John is a pre-Christian because he has a gift that I think God will use one day to glorify him.
3. Animal- Ke$ha
I am embarrassed that I love this record. Please don’t judge me, the lyrics are horrible and it is trash, but it is awesome trash.
4. The Suburbs- Arcade Fire
No one makes good concept albums anymore- Arcade Fire did, and it continues to solidify them as one of the better bands of my lifetime.
5. Beautiful Things- Michael Gungor
This record is so well written and sonically it will continue to open new doors in Christian music.
Sorry, I am more of a singles guy.
1. Black Swan – Athlete.
This is my favorite band from London. I had to wait patiently for this album to be released in the U.S.
2. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons.
From start to finish a brilliant & moving album.
3. Of The Colour Of The Blue Sky - OK GO.
I love everything about this band: music, album artwork, videos, & live performance.
4. Brothers – The Black Keys.
This album seems to follow me everywhere. I was in love with this album from the first track.
5. Come Around Sundown - Kings of Leon.
Huge expectations coming into this album, Kings
1. Christmas Comes Alive, Don’t Mess With A Big Band and Songs From Lonely Avenue – Brian Setzer Orchestra
Brian Setzer album? Yes! I’m that fan. But he’s just such a KILLER guitarist (and I love swing and rockabilly) and he does it so freakin’ well!
2. A Tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates- The Bird & The Bee
If you weren’t around in the 80′s, Hall & Oates were the quintessential hit-makers. Everything they touched was gold. Look them up and count the hits sometime, it’s astounding. Great tribute to the classic songs with a fresh twist.
3. Country Music – Willie Nelson
Great album of bluegrass tunes, but with a different take. Be sure to check out the boppin’ “Freight Train Boogie,” the catchy “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” and the incredibly haunting “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down.”
4. I Got Your Country Right Here – Gretchen Wilson
She’s stated this may just be the first female Southern Rock alum, and I think she’s right.
5. Revolution” (Sept. 2009) - Miranda Lambert
Catchy, power, guitar-driven country/rock with the classic ballads thrown in.
- Derek Webb : Stockholm Syndrome
- Kings of Leon : Come around sundown
- Jonsi : Go
- Lady Antebellum : Need You Now
- Sting : Live in Berlin
1. Invented – Jimmy Eat World
Is anyone really surprised at this? They’ve been my favorite band for almost 10 years now!
2. Good Old War – Good Old War
The sophomore release of a band from my home-town, Philly. I love their style.
3. Weathervanes – Freelance Whales
A new band I was introduced to this year. Postal Service meets Sufjan Stevens.
4. Age of Adz – Sufjan Stevens
Speaking of Sufjan Stevens…. not my favorite album of his, but I still listened to it a lot, especially after seeing it performed live.)
5. Go – Jónsi
Not a huge fan of Sigur Rose, but I do love the Jónsi album)
1. Sigh No More - Mumford and Sons
This is the album of the year, every song is awesome. It’s raw and spiritual, I will continue to listen for a long time.
2. Counting Stars – Andrew Peterson
This was my most played album of the year, and not just because I work for Centricity. Its powerful songwriting.
3. This is War- 30 Seconds to Mars
This album is epic!
4. The Medicine- John Marc McMillan
His worship music is raw, and creative. It’s not perfect, but is worshipping the one who is perfect.
5. Fire Flies and Songs- Sara Groves
I know, it’s an older album, but I discovered it this year and its beautiful.
Angilee Smith -
1. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Huge Kelley brothers fan (both Josh and Charles) and when Charles got involved with this band – I fell even more in love with their music!
2. Kaleidoscope Heart - Sara Bareilles
I like this whole album. It had to grow on me, but I listen to it almost daily now.
3. Play On- Carrie Underwood
Definite standouts on this album.
4. The Outsiders – Needtobreathe
Sure, this isn’t 2010…but I love them and their most current album will always been at the top of my list!
Ben Stauffer –
- The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
- Crazy For You – Best Coast
- Treats – Sleigh Bells
- High Violet – The National
- The Five Ghosts – Stars