OT: Album of the Year

Submitted by maineandblue on May 29th, 2010 at 8:37 AM

When I heard The National was releasing a new album, I was kinda skeptical that it could live up to Boxer, which was my album of the year when it was released ~3 yrs ago. At first I was unimpressed, but after 6-7 listens the new one is absolutely wearing out my ipod. At this point in the year, it's my pick for album of the year. The recent Titus Andronicus is a close second. I wish the new Hold Steady and Broken Social Scene (was really looking forward to both) were growing on me in the same way.

What are your picks for album of the year?



May 29th, 2010 at 8:53 AM ^

1. Titus Andronicus-The Monitor

2. The Gaslight Anthem-American Slang (comes out in mid-June but I have it already and it's awesome)

3. Vampire Weekend-Contra

4. The National-High Violet

5. LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening

6.  The Tallest Man on Earth-The Wild Hunt (great folk album)

7. Beach House- Teen Dream (the lead singer has one of the, if not thee, best voices in music today)

8. The Hold Steady- Heaven is Whenever (really really growing on me)

Annndd I can't think of anymore at the moment

duffman is thr…

May 30th, 2010 at 5:59 PM ^

Saw them at Rothbury, and Broken Social Scene actually.  I think Hold Steady was a late edition to the lineup, but I hadn't heard of them at the time.  Great show, if you say their album is that good I'm going to have to buy it soon because I have yet to hear them in the studio and am very curious.


May 29th, 2010 at 2:11 PM ^

this was the place for Indie music talk ... good stuff.  "the Monitor" & "Teen Dream" were my previous favs but Broken Social Scene's newest takes the prize for me.  i had an opposite reaction than the OP, thought the National's most recent was a bit underwhelming, while BSS recaputured some of the magic from "Feel Good Lost"  (best Indie album EVER IYAM)


May 29th, 2010 at 5:52 PM ^

Absolutely.  If I would have shelved any album that I didn't appreciate at first listen, I would never have fallen in love with Wilco, Radiohead, Deerhunter, or Iron & WIne.  And those bands are now easily among my favorite artists of this generation.


May 29th, 2010 at 9:57 AM ^

Beast Rest Forth Mouth was my 2009 album of the year.

I Like High Violet. It has grown on me.

The new Band of Horses is great.

American slang = sucks (see alkaline trio)

I liked the 59 sound and American Slang ain't no 59 sound.


May 29th, 2010 at 11:11 AM ^

Pornographers album? Or is that old people music? My wife is a big fan of Neko Case, and while I am going to be gone on her birthday, I thought I might get it and hide it somewhere in the house so she could find it. Also got her M.I.A.'s Kala. . .


May 29th, 2010 at 12:36 PM ^

One of my favorite albums this year is Surfer Blood's Astro Coast.  Great disc.  The new Band of Horses album is also good.  Contra was not as good as I thought it was going to be.  I don't know if any of those are album of the year candidates.  

Neko Case is great.  Fox Confessor Brings the Flood is an outstanding disc.  

Tom Pickle

May 29th, 2010 at 2:07 PM ^

But as far as a top ten is concerned


Beach House - Teen Dream

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (II)

Demdike Stare - Forest of Evil

Deru - Say Goodbye to the Useless

Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Four Tet - There Is Love In You

Infinite Body - Carve Out the Face of My God

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Yellow Swans - Going Places


May 29th, 2010 at 5:15 PM ^

2010 has been a great year for music so far. I can't wait for Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" to drop in August. This year will really be something special if Radiohead releases something by year's end


May 29th, 2010 at 5:54 PM ^

I really think Kele's album The Boxer could be pretty sweet.  I love Bloc Party, and his (first?) single Tenderoni is just addictive.

Louisville Wolverine

May 30th, 2010 at 4:30 PM ^

TGUK released a new EP this year titled Simple Science. (First new material in 6 years) I'm not sure if it would qualify for album of the year but it certainly is 4 great songs and worth a download.

duffman is thr…

May 30th, 2010 at 6:08 PM ^

Has anyone heard Widespread Panics new album?  Just saw today that it came out last week, wondering if it is worth the money or not.  Any insight would be appreciated. 

Lupe Fiasco

May 30th, 2010 at 7:26 PM ^

L.A.S.E.R.S-Lupe Fiasco


From what has come out from Drake's "Thank Me Later", I am disappointed in it. Coming into the year that was penciled in as my pick.

Crable Robber

June 1st, 2010 at 1:05 PM ^

Delorean- pure cheese, in a good way

Black Keys

Dr. Dog

Major Lazer & La Roux mixtape is the most fun possible thing to listen to

Mumford & Sons

Joanna Newsom

And yeah, Surfer Blood and the National