Ten That Turn Ten In '20
Spoon Dished Out a Delicious Disk In 2010
Any year this century not comprising a pair of twenties can now be recollected as a good one, considering the virus and riots and political enmity besetting the current one. An especially pleasurable year during this score, which was 2010, offered us such delights as Barenaked Ladies and New Pornographers.
Those gifts, despite their controversial names, were as appealing to women as they were to men. Each established band, who both hail from Canada, released new records in 2010. All In Good Time was the first Barenaked Ladies album without front man Steven Page, while the New Pornographers came out with a disk called Together.
The year 2010 featured other great albums, all of which celebrate their tenth anniversaries at some point during these twelve months. Here are the ten best.
1. Transference by Spoon
Following up the smash Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Brit Daniel and his Texas trio served up on this disk singles as diverse as “Got Nuffin”, “Written In Reverse” and “Trouble Comes Running.”
2. I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart by Butch Walker
Artists from Taylor Swift to Weezer to Panic at the Disco had incorporated Walker as a producer, leaving him to shine on this solo record with catchy tunes like “Trash Day” and “She Likes Hair Bands.”
3. Self-Titled by Broken Bells
James Mercer of the Shins teamed up with well-known producer Dangermouse, so the results were destined to be as slick as this debut.
4. Innerspeaker by Tame Impala
Front man Kevin Parker introduced us to his Australian version of chillwave poo-rock on this debut, highlighted by “Solitude Is Bliss” and “Lucidity.”
5. Tomorrow Morning by the Eels
It is the happier follow up to the mostly dark Hombre Lobo, as Mark Oliver Everett provides light numbers like “Spectacular Girl” and “I Like the Way This Is Going.”
6. Hurley by Weezer
“Where's My Sex” and “Smart Girls” are the memorable tracks on the quartet's album named for the character from the TV show Lost.
7. Lonely Avenue by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
The author had written about a Folds song in a recent book, and the two seemed to hit it off musically as well with songs like “Password” and “Doc Pomus.”
8. Easy Wonderful by Guster
“It isn't such a bad, bad world” Adam Gardner declares on this release, even though he might have omitted such a rosy line had they waited ten years to write it.
9. Write About Love by Belle & Sebastian
That is precisely what the band does on this catchy album, as evidenced by “I'm Not Living in the Real World”, “I Didn't See It Coming” and “Sunday's Pretty Icons.”
10. Wonders of the Younger by Plain White T's
First came Delilah and then a hit about the first four numbers, so the pop princes on this record gave us “Rhythm of Love.”