The RiO!Bs Top 7 albums of 2010…-so far
It’s the middle of 2010 and I thought that we should take a look back at the past six months and, from all the albums that have been released, pick the Rock it Out! Blog’s top 7 albums of 2010…so far. This isn’t a ranked list since we’ve still got six months to go and it wouldn’t be fair to the new albums that may blow my mind in the next few months. So consider this a round up of the albums I feel stood out over the first half of the year. Here we go.
The Black Keys’ newest album, Brothers, is a tight blues-rock package that can easily be listened to while making you feel cooler than you ever have in your life. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, mixed with Danger Mouse’s production skills, bring songs that prove you don’t have to constantly distort your rock music to get a bad ass sound.
The Black Keys – “Howlin’ For You”
Let’s see. Jack White and Alison Mosshart + a sharp, loud album filled with tracks that make you want to get all sorts of down and dirty = album on the list. The Dead Weather knock it out of the park with Sea of Cowards. Songs like “Gasoline” and “Blue Blood Blues” bring the grittier, more violent side of blues-rock into the forefront and no one can deliver these songs like Mr. White.
The Dead Weather – “Blue Blood Blues”
Deftones return with Diamond Eyes which balances their harder edge while presenting songs that are softer yet still presentable. With all the shit that this band has been through with bassist Chi Cheng ending in the hospital, it’s amazing that they scrapped their original album, Eros, and put this together in a matter of months. One can only imagine what would happen if they put a year or more into this record. Our heads would probably explode.
Deftones – “Rocket Skates”
You may think I put American Slang on the list just because the band is from New Jersey…and that may be partially true. But the main reason is that this album is just awesome. Yes, while the comparisons to Springsteen will still be made (even by me), this New Brunswick band knows how to toe the line between punk and and that older rock sound you love listening to when you get good and plastered at the bar at 2 a.m.
The Gaslight Anthem – “Boxer”
I’ll be honest. When I first heard Plastic Beach I really wasn’t a fan. It didn’t have that same upbeat feel that made me love Demon Days so much. But after a few more listens (some whilst under an influence) you begin to hear the subtleties the album surprises you with. Plus, collaborations with Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg and members of the Clash definitely help to bring the album to another level. This is Gorillaz all growed up.
Gorillaz – “Rhinestone Eyes”
This album is on the list for one reason. MGMT has balls. Giant, brass ones. Their first album was chock full o’ singles and could have easily gone the same route for LP #2. But with Congratulations they threw out the rulebook and pretty much started from scratch. Singles? They don’t need no stinkin’ singles! They just need you to relax your mind and give this album a few listens.
MGMT – “Brian Eno”
I have to credit Alex Young from for getting me into this band. The National’s High Violet is an album that makes me wonder what lounge singers from the 40′s and 50′s would have sang if they had a band behind them. Matt Berninger’s baritone vocals don’t try to soar to heights unknown. They sit in a comfortable environment while still exuding a confidence that says “You can’t listen to this band any other way.”
The National – “Runaway”