Marah “Within the Spirit Sagging” from Life Is a Problem (Valley Farm Songs 2010) —40. Continuing the FLGH Top 80 of 2010. Coming in at #40, a record that more people would have heard had the band not released it solely on vinyl.Buy it!
Robert Plant “The Only Sound That Matters” from Band Of Joy (Rounder 2010) —39. Quite a range of material, with this Milton Mapes cover being the stand out.Buy it!
Jason Isbell “Nobody Knows You” from 38. Preservation (Preservation Hall Recordings www.preservationhall.com 2010) —38. Really nice collection with a diverse range of artists.Buy it!
The Mynabirds “The Numbers Don't Lie” from What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (Saddle Creek 2010) —37. Laura Burhenn with an indie rock take on Dusty SpringfieldBuy it!
The Flaming Lips “Revenge” from Dark Night of the Soul (EMI 2010) —36. A lovely and challenging record.Buy it!
Jason Collett “Vanderpool Vanderpool” from Rat a Tat Tat (Arts & Crafts 2010) —35. A member of the Broken Social Scene, who out does that band, especially in songwriting, on this solo recordBuy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Sunrise” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) —34. A favorite album of John Wendland; he's right as usualBuy it!
Phosphorescent “The Mermaid Parade” from Here's to Taking it Easy (Dead Oceans 2010) —33. Very nice psych country soul record.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Here Comes Geordie” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory 2010) —32. Recorded live but all new songs, and most all are keepersBuy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Peace Behind the Bridge” from Genuine Negro Jig CD ALBUM (Nonesuch 2010) —31. So great to hear a band that knows old time music so deeply and has so much fun with it.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait” from IRM CD ALBUM (Because Music / Elektra 2010) —30. Beautifully sung and arranged.Buy it!
Arcade Fire “City With No Children” from The Suburbs (Merge 2010) —29. This concept album won over this Arcade Fire skeptic.Buy it!
Frightened Rabbit “Nothing Like You” from The Winter of Mixed Drinks CD ALBUM (Fat Cat 2010) —28. A rock album that puts a premium on songwriting.Buy it!
Best Coast “When I'm With You” from Crazy for You CD ALBUM (Mexican Summer 2010) —27. From the dark side of obsession to puppy love.Buy it!
Pretty Little Empire “Now Is Not the Time” from Reasons and Rooms (Bellevue Box 2010) L —26. A record from a St. Louis band that really stands up to the finest releases of the year.Buy it!
Beach House “Norway” from Teen Dream CD ALBUM (Sub Pop 2009) —25. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally with an ornately beautiful dream pop albumBuy it!
Joe Pug “Unsophisticated Heart” from Messenger (Lightning Rod Records www.lightningrodrecords.com 2010) —24. First full length from the Chicago troubadour.Buy it!
Chatham County Line “Out of the Running” from Wildwood CD SINGLE (YepRoc 2010) —23. An underdog pick, and one that, for whatever reason, folks dismissed. Wrong answer. Sat 2/5 Chatham County Line – Off BroadwayBuy it!
Ryan Bingham “Yesterday's Blues” from Junky Star (Lost Highway 2010) —22. My friend Michael Friedman picks this as song of the year. Certainly one of the best shows of 2010 at the Old Rock House.Buy it!
Dylan LeBlanc “Low” from Pauper's Field (Rough Trade 2010) —21. Recorded at the age of 20.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “Heaven Bound” from The Guitar Song (Mercury 2010) —20. This could have and probably should have placed higher, had I had more time with it.Buy it!
Belle and Sebastian “The Ghost of Rockschool” from Write About Love (Matador 2010) —19. Twee pop purism win.Buy it!
New Pornographers “Daughters of Sorrow” from Together (Matador 2010) —18. Mon 3/28 Destroyer with the War on Drugs – Luminary Center for the ArtsBuy it!
Mumford & Sons “After the Storm” from Sigh No More (Glassnote 2009) —17. An album that came out last year in the UK, but officially in the US this year. Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane.Buy it!
Jakob Dylan “Everybody's Hurting” from Women + Country (Columbia 2010) —16. Easily the son's best solo album.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “It Don't Come Easy” from Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook CD ALBUM (Anti 2010) —15. It could be that LaVette's previous albums were so amazing that this one hasn't shown up on more lists. Still, no way to overstate her power of interepretation.Buy it!
The Hold Steady “The Sweet Part Of The City” from Heaven Is Whenever CD ALBUM (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2010) —14. My least favorite Hold Steady album, which is the definition of praising with faint damnation.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Carol Kaye” from July Flame CD ALBUM (Raven Marching Band Records www.ravenmarchingband.com 2010) —13. Such a fine songwriter, singer and arranger. And she did two excellent shows in St. Louis in 2010.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Little Fire” from Downtown Church CD ALBUM (CMG 2010) —12. Pure gospel music, plus one secular song from a great American voice.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “In Christ There Is No East or West” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) —11. Produced by Jeff Tweedy, who mostly stays out of the way, save the fine songwriting on this track and good on him.Buy it!
Sarah Jaffe “Clementine” from Suburban Nature ((RED) Kirtland Records 2009) —10. Debut album of the year from the young Houston songwriter.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Down Home Country Blues” from A Enlightenment B Endarkenment Hint There is No C (Bordello 2010) —9. One of the highlights of the year in live music was having Ray Wylie at Twangfest 14 in June 2010.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Hard Times In New York Town” from Witmark Demos (Columbia) —8. Extraordinary listen, and something I would have played more, save that it sounds pretty rough on the radio.Buy it!
Midlake “Rulers, Ruling All Things” from The Courage of Others (Bella Union 2010) —7. British folk rock par excellence from the Denton Tex. bandBuy it!
Band of Horses “Trudy” from Infinite Arms CD ALBUM (Columbia 2010) —6. I think the ballad heavy album threw folks. And yet even the quiet songs sound great loud.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Shelling Rain” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) —5. Another remarkable late career album.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Come On (Let's Go Tonight)” from The Promise (Columbia 2010) —4. As we know, unfinished or unreleased songs from the Darkness sessions, many touched up later by Bruce. I love this early version of "Factory."Buy it!
The National “Conversation 16” from High Violet CD ALBUM (4AD) —3. One of the most engaging concerts of the year down at the Pageant, and a harrowing and catchy set.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “I Learned the Hard Way” (Daptone 2010) —2. A wide-ranging, impeccably crafted album.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Tragedy” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve 2010) —1. One of the songs of the year from a superb collection.Buy it!
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