The Best Albums of 2010

17/12/2010 § 1 Comment

10. “Side Show” – The Burns Unit


2010 lacked a proper King Creosote release, but he appeared as part of Scottish-Canadian folk super-group The Burns Unit, alongside Karine Polwart, Emma “Delgados” Pollock, and Future Pilot AKA (BMX Bandits, Soup Dragons), amongst others. There’s some primo KC tunes on here (like “Since We’ve Fallen Out” (above)) , and some bonkers psuedo-bollywood rapping from a mad Canadian MC – just for (un)balance.

9. “All Creatures Will Make Merry” – Meursault

I wrote extensively about this LP of epic Scots lo-fi here

8. “The Wants” – Phantom Band

The Scots proto-robofolk sextet have gone and released a follow up to their amazing debut that’s every bit as baffling, beguiling, and bizarre. Listening to some of their music makes me think of pagan villagers emerging from a field of corn 10 feet high, holding aloft a machine they’ve made in the woods somewhere. A machine emitting hypnotic noises that drive men insane.

7. “Boys Outside” – Steve Mason

The former Beta Band singer’s first release under his own name, a very enjoyable collection that veers from polished pop songs to space dub reggae – all topped with the unique Mason vocal touch.

6. “Phosphene Dream” – The Black Angels

My fave modern heavy deavy psyche rockers went pop with this, their third LP, throwing in some 60s garage nuggets amongst the usual skull crushing i’m stuck in a foxhole in ‘Nam paranoid drone antics. “River Of Blood”, below, falls into the latter category however – yikes!

5. “Subjection” – Your Loyal Subjects

Guitar and drums haven’t sounded this good for bloody ages. Heavy mental action from the band no-one’s calling “Viking Bolt”. Nice sleeve that too…

4. “Nothing Hurts” – Male Bonding

Male Bonding’s LP is the musical equivalent of comfort food for me. In the early 90s they would’ve been called “noiseniks” and I probably would’ve crowd surfed as they supported the Senseless Things at the New Cross Chimney & Bracket. It’s 29 minutes and 13 tracks of fuzzed out alt pop, stolen Nirvana basslines, joyous backing vocals, lo-fi feedback, battered drumkits, vague singing, incessant riffage, tropical top end – basically everything that’s actually any good about 3 guys with guitar, bass n drums – but stuff that’s been forgotten ever since bloody britpop happened.

3. “Winter Of Mixed Drinks” – Frightened Rabbit

It’s always hard to get the follow up to a record you hold dear, as it can never be as good as what you have in your head and your heart. It took a while – and perseverance- but I came round to the new record, and now I bloody love it. BLOODY LOVE IT!

2. “I Speak Because I Can” – Laura Marling

I’ve been a devotee of Laura Marling for three years, and in that time she hasn’t put a foot wrong or released a bad song. Her second LP has been christened “not bloody Marling again” by other bunker residents, and found Laura losing any timidness evident on the first album with a strong, emotional and unique voice.

“I Speak Because I Can” is a big rock wolf disguised in an acoustic folky woolly jumper; the title track is below.

2. “Method” – 30 Pounds Of Bone

I went a bit bonkers and declared this album of the year a month ago, so it’s probably not any surprise to see it here. “Method” is a mix of heart rending broken down folk and guitar freakouts hiding the beautiful pop songs, but that’s the way I like it. A lost-at-sea classic. Listen to his reinterpretation of the folk standard “All For Me Grogg” below, and weep…

Here’s the full top ten in one handy list

1. “Method” – 30 Pounds Of Bone

2. “I Speak Because I Can” – Laura Marling

3. “Winter Of Mixed Drinks” – Frightened Rabbit

4. “Nothing Hurts” – Male Bonding

5. “Subjection” – Your Loyal Subjects

6. “Phosphene Dream” – The Black Angels

7. “Boys Outside” – Steve Mason

8. “The Wants” – Phantom Band

9. “All Creatures Will Make Merry” – Meursault

10. “Side Show” – The Burns Unit

 

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