musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010: 20-11

Field Music - Field Music (Measure)20. Field Music – Field Music (Measure) (Memphis Industries)

What we said: “Field Music have never sounded so focused. For the most part, this is an album that rocks. Put simply, it’s like a regular Field Music album, only longer.”




Surfer Blood 19. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast (Kanine)

What we said: “An archetypal ‘soundtrack for summer’ album. Its youthful sense of noise and joy and wonder are heartening, its way with a tune addictive. Would that all summers were as warm, as happy and as big-hearted as this music.”




Edwyn Collins 18. Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep (Heavenly)

What we said: “This is an album about coping, and the determination to lead a normal life. It is also about amazing songwriting and musical craft. With or without the context of Collins’ life over the last five years, Losing Sleep is a brilliant record.”




Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me17. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (Drag City)

What we said: “Set aside an afternoon, pull down the shutters and immerse yourself in it. You don’t have to like it all, or even process it all first time round. It might take a week, a month, or even a year for it to yield up all its treasures. But Have One On Me is a masterpiece.”




Vampire Weekend - Contra16. Vampire Weekend – Contra (XL)

What we said: “This is a fine follow-up to their successful debut. Not only that, but there are enough signs that album number three could well be the classic that they’ve always threatened to make.”





Warpaint - The Fool 15. Warpaint – The Fool (Rough Trade)

What we said: ” Listen to The Fool a couple of times and the record’s charms start to unveil in front of you. It’s a very promising dbut that grows in stature on every listen. If you’re willing to put the time in, this could easily live up to the hype.”




Jónsi - Go 14. Jónsi – Go (Parlophone)

What we said: “Go is a phenomenal record with almost every bar bursting with beauty. It is soulful, fun, nave and sad in its own fantastical world; if only life really were this good. This is a record that will make you believe it could be.”




Yeasayer - Odd Blood 13. Yeasayer – Odd Blood (Mute)

What we said: “Yeasayer’s wit and inventiveness always manages to avoid any kind of descent into clich. Yet so many ideas and layers of sound are crammed into each song that nothing can ever be taken for granted. Riveting stuff from the Brooklynites.”




Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy12. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Mercury)

What we said: “Kanye still spits out whimsical cultural references with the best of them. He’s like a filter for pop culture. His huge ego stems from his do-or-die mentality; his quest for the spotlight is the same quest everyone has to make their mark on the world. It’s just that most people stamp down this yearning for greatness and accept their lot in life.”



Gorillaz - Plastic Beach11. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (Parlophone)

What we said: “An album whose only real fault is that it’s ridiculously ambitious. Its real strength lies in the fact that it implores you to return for repeated visits to a world riddled with other people’s cast-offs.”

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