December 14, 2010

2010 Music Survey Results - Top 50 Albums (31-40)

# 31
Josh Ritter - So Runs The World Away (May 4, 2010)

"Josh Ritter fell in love and it shows on this album. His songs are weighty and elegiac and full of strength of emotion. Mad props to Folk Bloodbath, where Delia and Stagger Lee meet." - AnnMT

# 32
Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues (September 14, 2010)

"Doesn't do rock like his father Steve Earle, but does just about everything else that "Americana" could include: country/folk/blues/rockabilly/ragtime. And even Philly soul and gospel, thanks to the influence and help of former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell. Low key, short (30 minutes), but really amazing in its grasp of roots music." - JasonT

"Signs of songwriting genius here. Hope he can stay clean long enough to bring us more." - AnnMT

# 33
The Books - The Way Out (July 20, 2010)

"Sound collage. Found words and texts. Great orchestration. More than absurdity or noise -- there are great stories filled with ambiguity in these songs. Demands to be listened to again and again." - JC Hackett

# 34
Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (January 19, 2010)

"More Ryan Bingham-centric music, but he anchors a collection of songs that includes Townes Van Zandt, Buck Owens, Lightning Hopkins, Waylon Jennings and even "The Dude" himself. The first movie soundtrack I've gotten in years." - JasonT

"Good mix of old alt-country songs and new ones. These are the songs you find yourself humming three days later." - AnnMT

# 35
Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard (August 24, 2010)

"I'm not sure if many other people are with me on this album, but it hit me like a ton of bricks.  At the time I had just broken my clavicle and I needed something to be amped on.  This album was what I needed." - Ancient Indian Wizard

"I like singing along to this album. Just try it." - ve1cro

"Romantic indie pop with catchy riffs that makes my heart melt." - Mona

# 36
Shout Out Louds - Work (February 23, 2010)

"Never Not Winning" - TheCraneWife

"Moody, full of longing and right up my alley." - Ancient Indian Wizard

# 37
She & Him - Volume Two (March 23, 2010)

"Zooey Deschanel is just too cute dancing around on stage with her tambourine!  This album makes me want to sit on the porch swing in the sunshine and sip lemonade (well lemonade with vodka, that is)." - Abbie

# 38
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor (March 9, 2010)

"Hated it at first, then it grew on me like a mofo." - Taylor

# 39
Tift Merritt - See You On The Moon (June 1, 2010)

"Tift Merritt is one of my all time favorite singers. I set the bar high and she delivered." - Brasilliant

"Merritt's voice has never sounded better: lilting, rich and soulful." - awmercy

# 40
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid (May 18, 2010)

"Funky, fresh, funny, and genre bending." - JC Hackett

"Sci-fi R&B with a Metroplis-inspired cover and its own dance, "The Tightrope." Can't go wrong here." - Jeremy

"I love a good concept album. Can't decide if I like or love this one, but I keep listening to it, so I guess that's something." - AnnMT


awmercy said...

I really need to give Janelle Monae a spin. She seems to be one of the most interesting voices in soul music these days.