Only 7 or so months late!
Off the top of my head, I'd say these are my five favorite albums from last year.
Collins was in the late 70's band The Beat. I don't know what he's been doing since then but I don't think it was putting out albums like this. The title says it all. A great album.
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding, 2010
I had given up on this band years ago. I know Chris Larry was in love with some of the recent Portastic albums but I wasn't nearly as enthralled. So where the hell did this come from? So darn good. A return to form? Perhaps. But it might be overall one of their best -whether it's 2010 or 1995.
The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt, 2010
This was my favorite album of the year. Kind of reminiscent of a lot of things that I really like - maybe a little Zopilote Machine era Mountain Goats with a sprinkle of Neutral Milk Hotel. Maybe even a little The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan action? Yet, it all sounds unique and new to me. Great obtuse lyrics, great delivery, incredible voice. This guy brings it.
Best Coast - Crazy For You, 2010
My favorite of all the new indie rock girl groups even though they do have a dude in the band. Some damn catchy jams on this LP.
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang, 2010
I reviewed their previous album like this:
Imagine an Old 97's cover band obsessed with Springsteen who also happened to grow up idolizing The Hooters and have a Crooked Fingers album in their collection and that is what this band sounds like. Only not nearly as good as any of those bands.
I'm not even sure what the hell I was talking about. But I hear a lot more Springsteen on this one and I like it more. All hail the Boss.