Favorite Albums of 2010

It’s taken us a while to compile a list of our favorite albums of 2010. There were so many albums we enjoyed this year, and it was a daunting task to narrow them down. But alas, here are 40 of our favorite albums.

There were two requirements for our list of favorites – they had to have been released in 2010, and ones that spent a good amount of time in our cd players and playlists. This list could easily have been longer, but we had to make some decisions and cuts. What can we say, we love music and an eclectic mix. Here’s the list…

Favorite Albums of 2010 (in alphabetical order):

  • Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  • Black Dub – Black Dub
  • Brendan James – Brendan James
  • Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  • Cary Brothers – Under Control
  • Cheryl Cole – Messy Little Raindrops
  • Daniel Merriweather – Love and War
  • David Gray – Foundling
  • Delphic – Acolyte
  • Diana Vickers – Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree
  • Ellie Goulding – Bright Lights
  • Eminem – Recovery
  • Erik Hassle – Pieces
  • Fitz and the Tantrums – Pickin’ Up The Pieces
  • Florence and The Machine – Between Two Lungs
  • Fran Healy – Wreckorder
  • Harper Blynn – Loneliest Generation
  • Hurts – Happiness
  • Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
  • Jesca Hoop – Hunting My Dress
  • John Legend and The Roots – Wake Up!
  • Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
  • Lauren Pritchard – Wasted In Jackson
  • Lindsey Ray – Goodbye From California
  • Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns
  • Lissie – Catching A Tiger
  • Live Lounge – Volume 5
  • Marina And The Diamonds – The Family Jewels
  • Matt Morris – When Everything Breaks Open
  • Michael Buble – Crazy Love Hollywood Edition
  • Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
  • Natasha Bedingfield – Strip Me
  • Robyn – Body Talk
  • Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart
  • The Saturday Sessions
  • Sharon Corr – Dream of You
  • Simon Curtis – 8bit Heart
  • Tamar Kaprelian – Sinner or a Saint
  • Taylor Swift – Speak Now
  • The Script – Science and Faith

Edit: As Michael Buble once said, “HOLY SHIT BALLS!” There were several albums that I LOVE from this past year that escaped the initial list. It was a lapse in my organization, and in no way a reflection of the album or the artists. Here’s the three that I missed (and there may be more… whoopsie)

  • Justin Nozuka – You I Wind Land and Sea
  • KT Tunstall – Tiger Suit
  • Ry Cuming – Ry Cuming

What were your favorites of 2010? Share your thoughts

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Daily Cover: Lindsay Ray – Medley

Lindsey Ray has been doing a cover-palooza and I’m love it. I love her voice, and her sunny disposition. Her positive energy is evident in her debut album, Goodbye From California, although my favorite songs from the album are the darker ones, especially “Sun” and “Where I Belong”.

At any rate, Lindsey Ray is fantastic. She’s got an amazing voice, and I really need to go to one of her shows soon.

Lindsey did an amazing cover of Lauren Hill‘s “Tell Him” that I was going to post, but then I heard this medley, and I love Lindsey’s vocals on “Love The Way You Lie” and “Airplanes”. It’s fantastic, Enjoy:

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Album Review: Lindsey Ray – Goodbye From California

Originally from Maine, LA based singer-songwriter Lindsey Ray recently released her debut album Goodbye from California. Lindsey wrote the album’s closing track, “Better Off”, and co-wrote the albums first 10 tracks. The album was produced by Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson) and Curt Schneider (Five For Fighting).

The album opens with the title track, “Goodbye From California”, an upbeat song with a catchy chorus. And the upbeat, happy-go-lucky pop continues on the next track, “Brand New Day”, which may sound familiar as it was used in nation-wide Target commercials.“Brand New Day” is a duet with and co-written by Tim Myers (formerly from OneRepublic) and is as catchy as catchy can be and quite upbeat. It’s definitely a standout track on the album and it’s not surprising that it was picked for the national ad and that people remember it.

Target commercial featuring “Brand New Day”.

Other standout tracks on the album include the song called “Uncover”, which is quite calming and reminds me of Colbie Caillat.

The album also includes some darker songs, although they are still positive and reflective. “Sun”, “and “Where I Belong” (which features backing vocals by Cary Brothers) are my favorite songs from the album. I tend to prefer the darker songs, and Lindsey’s voice and lyrics are honest, and filled with emotion.

After several listens, aside from the familiar “Brand New Day”, “Weight of the World” was the track that stood out to me. In fact, I was surprised to find myself randomly singing the song to myself on a drive (thankfully I was alone!). The song is  brilliantly written, sung and produced. It’s the perfect slow to mid tempo, and has a great chorus. I love Lindsey’s tone on the song.

Lindsey manages to maintain an upbeat sound throughout the album, even on the songs that deal with death, displacement, and insecurities. She has a great voice, and it is showcased throughout the album. She has great producers and songwriters helping her create this great debut album.

Lindsey will be playing a show at  The Roxy on Sunset in LA on October 6th at 8pm.

Lindsey is releasing the album herself, so be sure to support her and grab yourself a copy of Goodbye From California.

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