Top albums of 2010: 5-1

5. Massive Attack – Heligoland

Releasing their first non-soundtrack album in 7 years Massive Attack presented Heligoland.  Complete with the tension and release that have become synonymous with their electro-hip/hop fusion, this latest release offers an array of rushes and calms that will encourage you to hit repeat.

4. The Black Keys – Brothers

There is no doubt that Brothers was a breakout hit for this bluesy garage-rock duo in 2010.  Punchy and loose, old school and fresh, The Black Keys found their footing in territory that seemed well paved and brought a refreshing dose of soul.

3. Jónsi– Go

Loud, lively, colorful, and dynamic are all perfect adjectives for the solo release from Sigur Rós front-man, Jónsi.  His delicate yet powerful falsetto and the beautifully constructed music blended seamlessly to become a stunning example of what a daring step outside the box can produce.

2. The National – High Violet

The issues we struggle with beneath the veneer of calm and normalcy are the heartbeat of The National.  In High Violet, this indie band brings a perfectly poignant voice along with explosive orchestration to the battles we fight within our inner worlds every day.

1. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

Halcyon Digest is the beautiful realization of a band producing a truly intriguing album of dreamy alternative-rock.  Intimate lyrics and musical landscapes convey that Deerhunter has found their focus and the ability to create a wonderfully unique harmonic environment.

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