2010 is rapidly becoming one of those stupefying years where release after quality release comes stumbling towards us like a series of musically literate zombies. It's frankly overwhelming. Nearly halfway through the year, and almost immediately in the middle of the release schedule (nothing not by John Tesh gets released after December 10th), we decided to look backwards and evaluate. These are the 2010 release power rankings at the turn.
1) The National - High Violet
2) LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
3) Beach House - Teen Dream
4) Spoon - Transference
5) Frightened Rabbit - Winter of Mixed Drinks
6) Radio Department - Clinging to a Scheme
7) Wolf Parade - Expo 86
8) Vampire Weekend - Contra
9) The New Pornographers - Together
10)First Rate People - It's Never Not Happening
Honorable Mention: Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More, Yeasayer - Odd Blood, Stornoway - Beachcombers Windowsill, Sleigh Bells - Treats, Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History, Band of Horses - Infinite Arms, Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record, Small Black - Small Black EP, GROUPLOVE - GROUPLOVE EP, Twin Sister - Color Your Life, Free Energy - Free Energy, Ellie Goulding - Lights, Marina and the Diamonds - The Family Jewels, Blair - Die Young, Delorean - Subiza
To Come: Kele - The Boxer, The Strokes - (Untitled), Arcade Fire - (Untitled)
Listen :: The National - "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
Listen :: Beach House - "Zebra"
Listen :: Radio Department - "Heaven's On Fire"
Listen :: Wolf Parade - "Ghost Pressure"
Listen :: New Pornographers - "Your Hands (Together)"
Listen :: First Rate People - "Girls Night"