As much as I enjoy geeking out by building best-of album lists, song lists are infinity more interesting. A song is a high-wire act: one slip, one faulty step and you’ve got a mess on your hands. Albums, almost by their very nature, are more forgiving: great albums still have awful, awful songs. So a list of the best songs of a period tend to be more inclusive of different types of talent. Quite a few of these bands here don’t have enough of it to sustain an album (yet?), but they have enough to absolutely crush one. So, culled together with scraps of time over the past week and crafted with a fair amount of thought and consideration, I humbly submit 40 songs that have it pretty well locked down this year. Comments, omissions, counter-arguments all certainly welcome.
Archive for the ‘Quarterly Report’Category
The take-the-cake biggest cliché in music journalism is that every year is a great year in music. And, of course, this is true because music is one of our lastingly great contributions as a species. So, just how great is 2010 going to be? Pretty fucking great. After the jump, check out my best/favorite albums of the year so-far.
Hopefully, the past 3 months will prove to be an accurate harbinger of the next 9 months. This first quarter has already been more impressive than almost all of last year. We have seen some good high profile releases (Vampire Weekend, Joanna Newsom, Liars, Spoon), but we’ve also seen some remarkable showings by some new kids on the block (Fang Island, RXRY, Pill Wonder, How to Dress Well). And, of course, we’ve already had our fair share of disappointments, particularly from Yeasayer and High Places.
Lists after the break.