favorite albums of 2010

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2010 was a huge year for music. It had some awesome music and it had some letdowns along the way. For me, the biggest letdown of the year was Brooke Fraser’s album Flags by the way. She usually out does herself, but this time it just didn’t work for me.

Keep in mind as you see my favorites of the year, that I rated entire albums, not individual songs.

Here are my favorite albums of 2010:

1. Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown // this did it for me because they took a risk and went with something totally different and it was amazing. They mixed the sound that they had in the beginning with their last album and it ended up working. It was actually so different that it took a few listens to grow on me, but ended up being my favorite album of the year. Not by much though…

2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy // This is my second favorite album of the year. Kanye is used to pushing the limits, but really pushed it here. There’s nothing like it out there and that’s what I appreciate. I can bet you there are a lot of folks that don’t like this one though. I mean it’s Kanye, folks.

3.Trip Lee – Between Two Worlds // Yes Trip, you are above Lecrae in my books this year. And no, this isn’t just in the “Christian Rap” genre. He knocked it out of the park whether you’re talking Trip or Jay-Z. Don’t even bother arguing on this one.

4. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More // A truly amazing, inspiring, listen to over and over kind of album. They take that easy, but catchy music and gives it great lyrics to back it up. Looking forward to hearing what’s next for this band.

5. Kid Cudi – Man On The Man II // Here’s another innovative guy that even Kanye has said is his favorite artist out there. He brings it every time, folks.

6. Eminem – Recovery // Here’s a guy that I usually can’t stand, but I can’t ignore the lyrics and beats this time around…when there are actually enough to make out. Yes, I listen to edited. Anyways, this project is his best ever and it inspires to create better music.

7. Jesus Culture – Come Away // With “Come Away” they did what they always do. They brought great music, with great lyrics, with great emotion and made a connection with the audience. You really can’t ask for much more. They might have been higher up on this list if Kim Walker would have had more solos on the album and would’ve wowed me. It was a little less amazing  for me than “Consumed” and it almost felt like a step backwards.

8. Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans // Bruno brings those huge songs that top the charts and he brings good songs to accompany them. It’s hard to find a good album throughout, but he pulled it off besides one “filler” song that you could tell was one of those last minute add ons. I’ll let you figure what that one is.

9. Lecrae – Rehab // Lecrae’s newest album is among the best I’ve heard this year, but there was one fault I found with it. It had two “filler” songs. Other than that, the album was solid. The other songs definitely hit hard.

It’s definitely a mixture of artists and genres, but this is the music that did it for me this year. I’m pretty sure I heard everything this year. Every album I’ve listed does have something in common, though. They inspired me in some way. Hopefully you’ve heard them sometime this year or are purchasing them in the near future.

So, that’s 9 albums…

What album would you add to this list and make #10? What albums do you agree with? What album(s) would you take off of this list?

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  • http://www.travismamone.net/ Travis Mamone

    You forgot Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs!”

    • http://jackalopekid.com jackalopekid

      great album. prob my #10 :)

  • http://twitter.com/jb00m Jordan Balint

    I second Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs”. The other two in my top 3 of 2010 are Shad’s “TSOL”, and Sufjan’s “Age of Adz”. Shad just blows my mind all the time and the last song on Sufjan’s album, Impossible Soul, makes the whole thing an epic event. A long, sweet, 25 minute finish.

    • http://jackalopekid.com jackalopekid

      love Arcade fire & Sufjan. that would be a tough choice for my #10

  • http://twitter.com/BrooklynCravens Brooklyn Cravens

    I actually would take off Cudi’s latest. I was disappointed with the lyrical content, and while the music itself was very creative, I felt it drifted too far from Hip-hop.

    Otherwise, great list. I haven’t checked out Kanye’s yet; seems like I should do it soon

    • http://jackalopekid.com jackalopekid

      good stuff man

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

    No Sufjan? I would definitely add that to the list.

    • http://jackalopekid.com jackalopekid

      good stuff man

  • @JeremyDurocher

    I would add Beloved by Jackie Key, And if Our God is for Us by Chris Tomlin, The Daylights Final by The Daylights, and Remember to Live -EP by Flyleaf.  Kings of Leon is good and I can’t say I’ve listened to the rest of the list. I’ve tried Arcade Fire, but can’t really get into them. 

    PAX
    JD

    • http://jackalopekid.com jackalopekid

      good stuff

  • http://jackalopekid.com jackalopekid

    good recommendations

  • http://twitter.com/kbrock28 ? Kevin Brock ?

    I know country isn’t popular with a lot of folks, but I would add “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. Definitely a solid album with no fillers!

    Great list man! Will def be checking out Kanye’s stuff and more than likely be adding it to my collection.

  • http://stalkingdonaldmiller.weebly.com Robin Matteri

    How can you not appreciate Eminem’s previous albums? The lyrics, the words, the vulnerability and the truth in writing is what we all should strive for as writers. I’m not advocating rape, murder, violence and all the dumb stuff but speaking your mind and saying what you feel isn’t so bad, is it?? Love your list. Can’t wait to hear what’s in store for 2011.

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