This has been an amazing year for music; but before we welcome the great music to come, let's take a moment to review the top 10 albums of 2010.
10Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
This year, Flowers released his debut solo album, Flamingo; the album charted at #1 in the United Kingdom less than one week after its release. His live show in support of this album is not to be missed. Admittedly, the album pales in comparison with the live experience, but it's still worth picking up. It's more personal, and packs more conviction than any album from The Killers.
Favorite tracks: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Only the Young, Crossfire
9Weezer - Hurley
2010 has been a big year for Weezer; they released the deluxe Pinkerton album, they released the album Death to False Metal, and of course, they released Hurley. Hurley resembles the good old days of Weezer, reminiscent of the Blue Album and Pinkerton at times. However, we cannot ignore the growth and maturity that is evident in a number of tracks - excluding Where's My Sex? and Smart Girls, of course.
Favorite tracks: Ruling Me, Unspoken, Run Away
8Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon 2
In 2009, Kid Cudi began his Man on the Moon series; this November, he released Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager. The album features many guest artists, including Kanye West and Cee-Lo Green, and seamlessly fuses hip hop, rap, and rock into a sound you probably haven't heard before. Erase Me, featuring Kanye West, debuted at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Favorite tracks: Scott Mecudi vs. the World, Don't Play This Song, We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up), Erase Me
7Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
This year, Arcade Fire returned with their third studio album, The Suburbs. In addition to the album release, they worked along with Google to produce an interactive music video that features your neighborhood, all to the sound of We Used to Wait. Debuting at #1 in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the Suburbs boasts a more hopeful, mature feel while remaining true to their trademark full sound. It's one of the few albums left that flows from song to song, and is best listened to from start to finish.
Favorite tracks: Ready to Start, Rococo, The Suburbs, We Used To Wait, Sprawl II
6Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Fantasy
Kanye West is known for varying his musical styles, and consistently bringing fresh, inventive lyrics to the table; My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is no exception. His penchant for pushing against boundaries and making them obsolete keeps his audience coming back for more - cue controversy about the album cover, and his 35-minute, film noir-influenced short film based on song Runaway. This album is arguably one of his best, if not the best outright.
Favorite tracks: Power, Dark Fantasy, Gorgeous, Runaway