musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010: 30-21

pantha-du-prince_albums30. Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise (Rough Trade)

What we said: “This is a special album, make no doubt about it, casting its spell as it makes both a moving memorial and an example of raw talent. If techno with a soul is what you’re after, then look no further than this.”




Stornoway - Beachcomber's Windowsill 29. Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill (4AD)

What we said: “With every listen, Beachcomber’s Windowsill reveals a new layer of depth which in turn suggests that Stornoway have released one of the most impressive debuts of the year.”




Bellowhead - Hedonism28. Bellowhead – Hedonism (Navigator)

What we said: “For those who think folk is dead, or even the preserve of delicate shrinking violets like Laura Marling, Bellowhead provide the antidote to their misconception. Hedonism is a whirlwind of frivolity which needs to be heard to be believed.”




Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit 27. Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit (Ninja Tune)

What we said: “Walking a fine line between being leftfield and hook-laden, Jaga Jazzist have delivered another selection of epic, psychedelic sojourns through electronics, brass and beats that consistently engage and excite. One-Armed Bandit has the strength, originality and creative fire to go all the way.”



Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here26. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (XL)

What we said: “Those with patience will be well rewarded; most of this album is stunning and so different from the norm that you can’t help but be drawn in. To paraphrase a lyric on the album, it’s ‘hard to get to know and difficult to forget’.”




Big Boi 25. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty (Mercury)

What we said: “What emerges as much as Patton’s musical invention is his riotous sense of humour. This is party music – and Patton is preoccupied with hedonistic concerns – yet it’s all handled imaginatively as well as playfully.”




Best Coast - Crazy For You 24. Best Coast – Crazy For You (Wichita)

What we said: “Behold, here arrives the first ‘star’ from a productive lo-fi music scene. She’s proved to the world that she’s got something to say. Simple, but impossible not to adore.”





Grinderman - Grinderman 2 23. Grinderman – Grinderman 2 (Mute)

What we said: “Both hilarious and brilliant, funny in a way which doesn’t get tired, exciting in a way that belies the fact this is a project which isn’t the day job for four men more than half way towards getting a telegram from the queen. For what it sets out to do, it’s damn near perfect, and what higher praise is there than that.”




Owen Pallett - Heartland 22. Owen Pallett – Heartland (Domino)

What we said: “No-one else combines such intricate classical styling and technology to such pop-savvy effect. Hearing Heartland, one can’t help but realise how unique Pallett’s skills and outlook are.”





Menomena - Mines 21. Menomena – Mines (City Slang)

What we said: “Despite its experimental genesis, Mines is an incredibly relatable indie-pop gem. It hides innumerable secrets in its layers, and it rewards both casual and obsessive revisiting.”

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