2010 saw the long-awaited return of my favorite band in The Graduate, discovering amazing new bands (including ones that made music before 2010 that I'm kicking myself for - looking at you, Valencia), and a large influx of female lead vocalist bands coming into my catalog. Here were my favorite albums this year.
10) Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Is there a sicker start to a song than Stylo's beat? Found this album instrumentally stimulating.
9) Mercy Mercedes - Believe It
Sugar-sweet pop-rock done right. I love how this band has guitar solos. Points down for the lame album art.
8) Neon Trees - Habits
They actually make me proud to live in Utah. There is not a single person who hasn't liked "Animal" after I introduced it to them. And I've introduced it to a lot of people.
7) Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
The definition of catchy. These guys know how to shred.
6) The Maine - Black & White
Not well-received on this site, but I love their play on words (“I did the right thing to the wrong girl”, “growing up won’t bring us down”) which are so simple but work.
5) He Is We - My Forever
Heard them for the first time opening for Yellowcard. Now I might like them better than Yellowcard. They make it very hard for me to hear Taylor Swift on the radio now, knowing there's a band that's doing what she does a lot better lyrically and musically.
4) The Narrative - Self-Titled
They have filled the void The Hush Sound hiatus left in my life. ”Don't Want To Fall” is the most beautiful piano song by a female vocalist I've ever heard.
3) My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
I never thought I would be liking, let alone, buying a MCR record after booing along with the crowd at the mention of their name at a Thrice concert in high school. But how can you not like an album with that awesome of a name? I usually hate 15-song albums because that means the fat hasn’t been trimmed, but it was all meat on this album. It's a very fun record, the type that I can't wait to hear live and dance along.
2) The Graduate - Only Every Time
I waited three years not knowing if this band was going to ever make music again, but the wait was worth it - this album is more indie (if that’s a sound) than their debut, but in a good way. ”Pull Me In” is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard - it’s play-at-your-wedding worthy in my opinion. Love love love this album art as well.
1) Valencia - Dancing With A Ghost
Their previous record is one of my all-time favorites, so I knew it was going to be impossible to replicate that (nor do I think lyrics that deep are easily repeatable because of the trauma Shane underwent). But I really enjoyed this different sound from them, and it has this way of drawing out the same emotion in me as it does from Shane (particularly the end of "Still Need You Around").