Belated 2010 Music Catch-up Session

The Grammy Awards are over, but here are my final notes on albums and songs from 2010 that I failed to write about during the year itself. Take heed of my warnings. Heed I say!

One Sentence Reviews of Other Albums from 2010

Titus Andronicus’ The Monitor (March)

It’s an ambitious concept album (inspired by the American Civil War), but the lead singer’s complete inability to carry a tune has dropped them from my playlists. “Theme from ‘Cheers’”

Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid (May)

You should own this stellar album, and go see her equally magical live show if you have the chance (as I did when she opened for Arcade Fire in Toronto). “Cold War”

The National’s High Violet (May)

Stirring arrangements, haunting vocals, and lightning lyrics (in “Anyone’s Ghost”) have made this a new drug for when I need a fix of Interpol or Editors. “Conversation 16”

Miss A’s Bad But Good and Step Up (June and July, respectively)

Sure it’s generic K-Pop, but damn is it fun for turn-off-your-brain-dancing . . . and Min is hot as불닭. “Bad Girl / Good Girl”

Of Montreal’s False Priest (September)

Groovy stuff, but I have not had the urge to bless it with significant listening. “Sex Karma”

Steven Page’s Page One (October)

As disappointing as the BnL release. “All the Young Monogamists”

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (November)

Some of the tracks (like “Monster”) are fetid crap, but the majority are wonderful . . . in spite of their often mundane lyrics. “All of the Lights”

Top Five Albums of 2010

1. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire (stop whining America: they deserved the Grammy)

2. High Violet – The National

3. Go – Jonsi

4. The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monáe

5. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West


Favourite Singles of 2010 (in no particular order):

“I Just Had Sex” – Lonely Island

“Fuck You” – Cee Lo Green

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Glee Cast

“Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” – How I Met Your Mother Cast

“Sing Talk (TiK ToK Parody)” – College Humour

“Better Than Neil” – Nathan Fillion (from Commentary! The Musical)

“Nobody’s Asian in the Movies” – Maurissa Tancharoen (from Commentary! The Musical)

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One response to “Belated 2010 Music Catch-up Session

  • J

    I’m glad you mentioned Miss A here and thank you for your reviews. I was getting sick of the playlist of my mp3. Considering your comment to Arcade Fire, they must be Canadian, right? :p

    Barney’s song is a good example to explain the usage of “suit” for students though it reminds me of my hot teacher in a suit. Sigh….

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