Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Review: Top 60 Albums of the Year (31 to 60)

365 days, 78 posts and 6700 visits later...2010 is about to wave goodbye and we're once again ready to see off another year in our time-honored tradition of counting down our favorite albums of the year.

Today we have the first part of a Top 60 list that could easily expand into a Top 100 as there was no shortage of good music in an otherwise troublesome year. As usual, I'm going to point out the fact that the order of the year-end list is not going to be finalized until I finally find the time to listen to all of the albums currently waiting in my busy player's queue. When this happens, the complete and thoroughly thought through list of 2010 is going to appear in Cool Music Database, the central hub of every yearly list I've ever compiled and more. To get a better idea about all the records I've listened to and appreciated in 2010, check out our Listening Habits posts from the past 12 months here.

Meanwhile, here's how the second half of our Top 60 Albums of the Year list currently looks like:

Top Albums of 2010: 31 - 60

31. Penny sparkle - BLONDE REDHEAD
32. Interpol - INTERPOL
33. Disconnect from desire - SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
34. Cosmogramma - FLYING LOTUS
35. MAYA - M.I.A.
36. Brothers - THE BLACK KEYS
38. Congratulations - MGMT
39. Innerspeaker - TAME IMPALA
40. Halcyon digest - DEERHUNTER
41. Forget - TWIN SHADOW
42. The Drums - THE DRUMS
43. Avi Buffalo - AVI BUFFALO
44. 1000 years - THE CORIN TUCKER BAND
45. The monitor - TITUS ANDRONICUS
46. Phosphene dream - THE BLACK ANGELS
48. The optimist - NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB
49. Swim - CARIBOU
50. Latin - HOLY FUCK
51. This is happening - LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
52. My beautiful dark twisted fantasy - KANYE WEST
53. How I got over - THE ROOTS
54. The Hundred In The Hands - THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
55. Fire like this - BLOOD RED SHOES
56. Transit transit - AUTOLUX
57. Black noise - PANTHA DU PRINCE
58. There is love in you - FOUR TET
59. Stridulum II - ZOLA JESUS
60. The age of adz - SUFJAN STEVENS

Bubbling under: Broken Bells - BROKEN BELLS, The courage of others - MIDLAKE, Northern aggression - STEVE WYNN &THE MIRACLE 3, Blurry blue mountain - GIANT SAND, Together - THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, I'm having fun now - JENNY AND JOHNNY, The five ghosts - STARS, Lisbon - THE WALKMEN, Absolute dissent - KILLING JOKE, 2 - RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR, Beat the devil's tattoo - BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, Amsterdam throwdown King Street showdown! - SOLEX VS. CRISTINA MARTINEZ + JON SPENCER, Odd blood - YEASAYER, Mines - MENOMENA, The golden archipelago - SHEARWATER, Have one on me - JOANNA NEWSOM, Here’s to taking it easy - PHOSPHORESCENT, Possession sound - GUN OUTFIT, Nothing hurts - MALE BONDING, Romance is boring - LOS CAMPESINOS!, Plastic beach - GORILLAZ, Strange weather, isn't it? - !!!, Where did the night fall - UNKLE, Before today - ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI, Grey oceans - COCOROSIE

Next up: 2011 arrives and Cool Music Central spills the beans about the Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Cheers!

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