2010 seemed to be a year defined by the escapism of electro and the sincerity of folk. As a culture, we seem to crave descending into our own Monster Balls, locking the doors, and doing whatever we want - within reason, of course. People seem to be aggressively resisting hype - even when someone genuinely talented comes along, like Janelle Monae, people still resist.
A lot of the artists on my list either kept their head above water and refused to hop on the electro-pop bandwagon so many seemed to be on, or took electronica and worked it into their personal vision, tapping into the Top 40 zeitgeist while remaining true to themselves. Some are established acts, some are newcomers, but above all these are the records that fascinated and captivated me in 2010.
10. Pomplamoose, Tribute to Famous People
9. She and Him, Volume Two
8. Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz
7. Laura Veirs, July Flame
6. KT Tunstall, Tiger Suit
5. Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me
4. Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid
3. Miss Emily Brown, In Technicolor
2. Corinne Bailey Rae, The Sea
1. Mumford and Sons, Sigh No More
How Does My List Stack Up?
- The ArchAndroid - #1
- Have One On Me - #13
- The Age of Adz - #19
- The ArchAndroid - #2
- Sigh No More - #3
- The Age of Adz - #9
- July Flame - #23
- Volume Two - #30
- American Songwriter
- Sigh No More - #2
- July Flame - #10
Click on each album title to hear a song from that record.