Best of 2010: Aubin's picksAubin's picks (2010) staff picks
Reviewer Rating: 5
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My favourite records of 2010
Against Me!: White Crosses
After a few albums of inconsistent quality, Against Me! took an artistic left turn with White Crosses, but one that paid off with mature.
Like Against Me! with White Crosses, Gaslight continue to dig into their American origins for inspiration, bringing everything from the obvious (Bruce Springsteen, the Replacements) to the surprising (Van Morrison, Exile-era Rolling Stones) It's a shock how much this band has grown and accomplished since 2007's Sink or Swim.
Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
Broadening his sound after the astounding Los Angeles, experimental musician Steven Ellison continues to expand the vocabulary of instrumental hip-hop. The most interesting producer in the genre since DJ Shadow.
Comeback albums are supposed to be a nice gift for long-term fans, but rarely add anything meaningful to the discography. Majesty Shredding avoids this trap by writing songs just like they did a decade ago. Hooks, velocity and a ton of fun.
I'm going to take some shit for this one, but rarely have I been so surprised by a hip-hop album. While I can't claim to be one of the many writers who have lauded West since 2004's The College Dropout and I didn't entirely "grasp" 808s & Heartbreak, the sheer ambition and execution of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is astounding. Kanye is arrogant and outspoken but he's also overflowing with talent.
An album that has received nearly universal critical and fan acclaim and with good reason. While many critically acclaimed indie rock and post-punk acts become almost sterile in their experimentalism, the National continues to write bleak, heartfelt songs and yet manage to push their sound further than anyone could expect.