Monday, December 20, 2010

2010 Albums: On my radar, but not good enough

This is a LIST of a lot, but likely not entirely every record I heard, or meant to hear that weren't able to find their way onto my 2010 Albums Index.

In other words, it's a Turkey List. However, due to time, the actual hyperbole that should be put up in here about a lot of these, will be coming soon, but not just yet at this time.

Not bad, just not good enough to make the cut
The Dillinger Escape Plan | Option Paralysis
Antoine Dufour | Convergences
Envy on the Coast | Lowcountry
Jónsi | Go
Kayo Dot | Coyote
Lazerbeak | Legend Recognize Legend
Shining | Blackjazz
Tu Fawning | Hearts on Hold
Tunng | ...And Then We Saw Land

Disappointing follow-ups
Alter Bridge | Alter Bridge III
Black Mountain | Wilderness Heart
Brain Drill | Quantum Catastrophe
Demians | Mute
The Graduate | Only Every Time
Minus the Bear | Omni
Midlake | The Courage of Others
The New Pornographers | Together
Pain of Salvation | Road Salt One
Wolf Parade | Expo 86

Older artists not capturing glory of their past
Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman | The Living Tree
Peter Gabriel | Scratch My Back
Jimi Hendrix | Valleys of Neptune
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 | Propellor Time
Brian Wilson | Reimagines Gershwin

Not bad for what it is, just not enough of my thing at this point
Cameron Clarke | Falling
Cameron Clarke | Tired
Empires | Bang
A Great Big Pile of Leaves | Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
Iron Thrones | The Wretched Sun
Jaga Jazzist | One-Armed Bandit
Shooter Jennings | Black Ribbon

Debuts that were not bad, but not as good as hoped
Crash Karma | Crash Karma
Kaura | That Which Defines Us
The Limousines | Get Sharp
Middle Class Rut | No Name No Color

Didn't listen to enough to grab me or weren't memorable enough to go back to often
Akryllic Love | Strawberry Palace
Alcest | Écailles de lune
Borknagar | Universal
Dark Tranquillity | We Are the Void
Eluveitie | Everything Remains as It Never Was
Field Mouse | You Are Here
Fond of Tigers | Continent & Western
Gloria Morti | Anthems of Annihilation
God Is an Astronaut | Age of the Fifth Sun
Mastodon | Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP
Moonface | Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums
Places and Numbers | Waking the Dead
Sufjan Stevens | All Delighted People EP

Bad Production
East of the Wall | Ressentiment
The Crinn | Dreaming Saturn
Shaolin Death Squad | Five Deadly Venoms

Mediocre studio recording, but better Live at least
School of Seven Bells | Disconnect From Desire

Overhyped Online
Foxy Shazam! | Foxy Shazam
Versa Emerge | Fixed at Zero

Unjustified hype in the prog and metal scenes online

Cloudkicker | Beacons
District 97 | Hybrid Child
James LaBrie - Static Impulse
Mutiny Within | Mutiny Within
North Atlantic Oscillation | Grappling Hooks
Periphery | Periphery
Spock's Beard | X

Circa Survive | Blue Sky Noise


The Alps | Le Voyage
The Deer Tracks | Eggegrund
Fishermans Mission | This Is Therapy
Jeff Martin & Steven Padin | The First Joke & Other Matters
Shaman | Origins
White Hinterland | Kairos

Derivative Metal
Fleshwrought | Dementia/Dyslexia
Slice the Cake | Cleansed

Jumped the Shark

Coheed and Cambria | Year of the Black Rainbow
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's | Buzzard
Murder by Death | Good Morning, Magpie
Serj Tankian | Unthinking Majority

Hipster Garbage

Arcade Fire | The Suburbs
Beach House | Teen Dream
The Besnard Lakes | The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Citay | Dream Get Together
Four Tet | There Is Love In You
Glasser | Ring
Gonjasufi | A Sufi and a Killer
Gorillaz | Plastic Beach
Here We Go Magic | Pigeons
LCD Sound System | This Is Happening
The Morning Benders | Big Echo
The National | High Violet
Joanna Newsom | Have One on Me
Malachai | Ugly Side of Love
No Age | Everything in Between
Phantogram | Eyelid Movies
Panda Bear | Tomboy
Sleigh Bells | Treats
Spoon | Transference
Tame Impala | Innerspeaker
Wavves | King of the Beach
Vampire Weekend | Contra
Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Yeasayer | Odd Blood

Didn't hear/maybe heard once

Arsis | Starve for the Devil
Beneath the Massacre | Marée Noire
Biffy Clyro | Lonely Revolutions
Barren Earth | Curse of the Red River (1x)
Chrome Hoof | Crush Depth
Evelyn Evelyn | Evelyn Evelyn
Haken | Aquarius
The Most Serene Republic - Fantasick Impossibliss EP
Nachtmystium | Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. 2
Ghostland Observatory | Codename: Rondo
Gogol Bordello | Trans-Continental Hustle
Kraan | Diamonds
Kula Shaker - Pilgrims Progress
Motorpsycho | Heavy Metal Fruit
Prince | 20Ten
Shearwater | The Golden Archipelago
Six Gallery | Breakthroughs in Modern Art
Suckers | Wild Smile
Susanne Sundfør - The Brothel
The Unwinding Hours | The Unwinding Hours