musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010: 40-31

Allo Darlin' - Allo Darlin' 40. Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’ (Fortuna POP!)

What we said: “Their timing couldn’t be better; the Aussie portion of the band bring a ray of sunshine to soundtrack your summer, but its sharp lyrics and occasional downbeat moments mean it’s not sickly sweet. Expect them to grab the indie-pop baton and run with it.”




The Walkmen - Lisbon 39. The Walkmen – Lisbon (Bella Union)

What we said: “The Walkmen are one of those bands whose sound could never be successfully aped, whose approach could never be imitated. So powerful is its imagery, and so timeless is its presentation, Lisbon is sure to join any shortlist of the most memorable albums of 2010.”




Sleigh Bells - Treats 38. Sleigh Bells – Treats (Mom+Pop)

What we said: “As soon as the album finishes, you’ll want to put it on again straight away. In fact, it’s so good that it does raise the legitimate question of whether they’ll be able to follow it up. But that’s a question for the future. Treats is one of the most impressive albums you’ll hear this year.”




Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can 37. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can (Virgin)

What we said: “An album to really delve into, and one to lose yourself in for hours. Never mind the cohorts she rose to fame with; those acts are fine and dandy, but the depth, flair and literary skill of Marling’s work is now in a different league altogether.




Titus Andronicus - The Monitor 36. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (XL/Merok)

What we said: “This album, funny, occasionally scabrous, occasionally angry but most often simply passionate, is one of the smartest and most intelligent punk releases in a while, and one of the most enjoyable too.”




The Irrepressibles - Mirror Mirror 35. The Irrepressibles – Mirror Mirror (V2)

What we said: “Mirror Mirror is, first and foremost, art; yet it’s art that wears a playfully flamboyant carnevale mask while inviting round likeminded company. Calling to mind Weimar cabaret one moment and the outlandish baroque phantasmagorica that inspired it the next, it transports the listener to somewhere other. Sounding as though it’s performed amid scenes of stockings, make-up and delectable boys with secrets to keep, this theatrical pomp offers at least a surprise a minute.”


Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern 34. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern (Souterrain Transmissions)

What we said: “While she remains steadfastly uncommercial (there’s not going to be any breakout mainstream hits here), this album will likely garner her a large amount of new fans, and is certainly already confirmed as one of the best albums of the year.”




Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles33. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (Fiction)

What we said: “Fortunately the lack of ambition displayed during the album-naming sessions doesn’t correspond to this work’s contents. It’s a bold, dramatic, more than a little screwed-up and stunningly exciting statement.”




Phosphorescent - Here's To Taking It Easy 32. Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy (Dead Oceans)

What we said: “A rootsy album where the strong, clear voice of its author cuts through powerfully. One of the year’s most satisfying and convincing albums.”




65daysofstatic - We Were Exploding Anyway 31. 65daysofstatic – We Were Exploding Anyway (Hassle)

What we said: “The incredibly detailed, layered and proficient way in which they combine so many different elements is intriguing, and gives an enjoyable sense that the unexpected is just around the corner. An album full of drama.”

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