2010 – 2019

Vampire Weekend – Contra

Released: 01/12/10 (XL)

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Delightfully catchy and stronger in every way their their first effort. Contra is an album that has something to offer everyone. Samples, pop hooks, guitar rifts, ballads, and best of all, a sense of sincerity, honesty and acceptance that allowed Vampire Weekend to produce the album they knew they could.

Beach House – Teen Dream

Released: 01/25/10  (Sub Pop)

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Beach House struck gold with this hazy dream of a record. Each song is beautifully sculpted and released to the listener under the perfect sonic circumstances.

LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

Released: 05/17/10 (DFA)

Rating: 4.3/5.0

James Murphy claimed before the release of this album that is was definitely better than anything else he’d done. It’s hard to argue for or against this record in comparison to the others. LCD Soundsystem seem incapable of constructing something that isn’t sharp, biting, witting and danceable-all at the same time.

Surfer Blood – Astrocoast

Released: 01/19/10

Rating:

sleeper

Tokyo Police Club – Champ

Released: 06/08/10

Rating:

almost as good as their debut

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Released: 03/03/10 (Parlophone)

Rating:

better than their previous efforts

Wavves – King of the Beach

Released: 07/01/10 (Fat Possum)

Rating:

surf rock bliss

Four Tet – There Is Love In You

Released:01/25/10 (Domino)

Rating:

four tet is flawless

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles

Released:05/25/10 (Motown/Universal)

Rating:

better

Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer

Released: 03/08/10 (Warp)

Rating:

top notch hip hop

The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme

Released: 04/21/10 (Labrador)

Rating:

smooth

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

Released: 02/08/10 (XL)

Rating:

the return

Sleigh Bells – Treats

Released:05/11/10 (N.E.E.T.)

Rating:

fabulous

Wild Nothing – Gemini

Released:05/25/10 (Indie Europe/Zoom)

Rating:

pg

Japandroids – No Singles

Released: 05/11/10 (Polyvinyl)

Rating:

yes

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Released: 03/30/10 (Sub Pop)

Rating:

sure, this works

M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\

Released: 07/13/10 (N.E.E.T.)

Rating:

coming soon…

Best Coast – Crazy For You

Released: 07/27/10 (Mexican Summer)

Rating:

coming soon…

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3 thoughts on “2010 – 2019

  1. I don’t like the new VW album Contra. I thinks it’s annoying as hell, any tips like ways to think about it?

  2. I’m not sure. It might just be one of those times where you just don’t get into it. Happens to the best of it. That’s pretty much how I felt about their first album, I thought it all sounded too similar and annoying.

    The thing I like most about it is that it just sounds more like an album that took time to make. It sounds like they put effort into the lyrics and the layers of the songs.

    But hey, if you don’t get into it, there is plenty of more great stuff out there.

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