The end of the year is here and we're glad. This year has been a good one but 2010 looks like it is going to be even better. Here's our take on the year's releases. Keep in mind that its nearly impossible for our small outfit to keep up with everything, so this is not comprehensive by any means, but keep in mind that our #1 album would still be #1 even if we'd heard everything.
#1. Former Ghosts - Fleurs
This album is remarkable in a lot of ways. In it, Freddy Ruppert's lyrics explore the gamut of a relationship with the clarity and brevity of both a well-seasoned lyricist and someone who has lived the words exactly. And he has. In talking with Ruppert, you get a complete sense of sincerity, something that has been missing from music lately. He doesn't fluff anything up beyond the necessary and writes pop songs that anyone can relate to. With the help of Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and Zola Jesus's Nika Roza, the album takes on both of their styles and incorporates them in a way that perfectly melds their talents together. There is complete agony and there is light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel hope that is needed to cut the dark moments. The songs can make you cry, dance, and cry again because someone out there knows exactly what you're feeling. It's the most beautiful, well-done album I've heard all year.
#2. The xx - xx
#3. Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights
#4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
#5. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
#6. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
#7. The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
#8. Girls - Album
#9. Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
#10. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle