musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010: 50-41

Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner 50. Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner (Notown)

What we said: “An album full of interesting sounds, from unusual cut up vocal samples to clanging percusssion or atmospheric synths. The intelligence and patience with which it has been constructed make sure that Gold Panda stands out as a talent with tremendous potential.”




Bryan Ferry - Olympia 49. Bryan Ferry – Olympia (Virgin)

What we said: “A rich, soulful and immersive album; and a terrific return to songwriting form. For anyone who appreciates Mr Ferry’s oeuvre, it’s what you’ve been waiting for.”





Liars - Sisterworld 48. Liars – Sisterworld (Mute)

What we said: “It’s reminiscent of Nick Cave at his most aggressive, or Gallon Drunk armed with a hammer and murderous intent. Brutality has never been so delicate. Exhausting and exhilarating.”





Hot Chip - One Life Stand47. Hot Chip – One Life Stand (Parlophone)

What we said: “English in the best possible sense: it’s cosmopolitan, unassuming and ever-so-slightly eccentric. Another record as good as this one and Hot Chip will soon be rubbing shoulders with Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry in our pantheon of National Treasures.”




Everything Everything - Man Alive 46. Everything Everything – Man Alive (Geffen)

What we said: “Most impressive is the band’s ability to cross genres in the space of one song. They’ll embed themselves as a cult phenomenon with this debut. This is a unique listen.




Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead 45. Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead (Strut)

What we said: “You don’t need to know much about Western (let alone Ethiopian) jazz in order to recognise and enjoy Astatke’s genius, which is so proudly on display here.”




Wild Nothing - Gemini 44. Wild Nothing – Gemini (Captured Tracks)

What we said: “A sound that takes the best bits of ’80s indie and somehow recreates with it that feeling you get on those long summer nights, where happiness is tinged with the fact that you know it won’t last.”




Villagers - Becoming A Jackal 43. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal (Domino)

What we said: “Shot through with a verve and confidence that belies O’Brien’s tender years. Rather like that other, more famous, Conor – Oberst, of Bright Eyes fame – there’s a sense of foundations being laid, in preparation for a career of real longevity.”




Nedry - Condors 42. Nedry – Condors (Monotreme)

What we said: “The band always, somehow, emerge with a compelling and coherent voice, albeit a strange and often dark one. it’s always plain that this band have a clear idea of where they’re taking the listener, even if the listener is a little frightened or a little lost, yet still, in all probability, involved and entranced. Quite astonishing.”




These New Puritans - Hidden 41. These New Puritans – Hidden (Angular)

What we said: “Once described as a cross between Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and Underworld (and by themselves as “dancehall meets Steve Reich”), this is where TNPS prove they’re worth the hype.”

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Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best
Gold Panda – Half Of Where You Live
Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner
musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010: 50-41