Best of 2010 – The Top 10 Albums

Alex Whitworth —  December 15, 2010

GooseRadio Reviews 2010 — Relive the year in Kanye’s Tweets here>>

Because Twitter has tainted the way we write, we’re trying something new this year, reviews for our top 10 albums in 140 characters or less. Why? Because we’re hip and modern (and because Alex can’t come up with anything clever to write). Enjoy!

*Album titles link to albums on ITunes…

10) The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

That line from Thoreau, “Most men live lives of quiet desperation,” pretty much sums it up.

Favorite Track: “City With No Children”

9) Sleigh Bells – Treats

See, your music doesn’t have to sound like a cat being run over by a car to be critically acclaimed. It can be both original & accessible.

Favorite Track: “Infinity Guitars”

8 ) VersaEmerge – Fixed At Zero

Fixed At Zero is dark, layered and infinitely more interesting than anything being put out by Versa’s Warped Tour peers.

Favorite Track: “You’ll Never Know”

7) David Gray – Foundling

After last year’s profound Draw the Line breathing in all of life’s heavy questions, Foundling is the quiet exhale.

Favorite Track: “Holding On”

6) Jars of Clay – The Shelter

Simply put, The Shelter is about the love God has for us and the love we’re to show others because of it. (Read Ryan’s different take in his Review Here)

Favorite Track: “Call My Name”

5) The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

Thank God for The Gaslight Anthem. They make great rock music. Period. No guy-liner. No political sermonizing. Just Rock N Roll. ‘Merica!

Favorite Track: “American Slang”

4) Jimmy Eat World – Invented

Jimmy Eat World continues to do what they do best; create soaring, heart-on-sleeve anthems that get stuck in your head forever.

Favorite Track: “Movielike”

3) Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart

Sara Bareilles is charming, witty and sarcastic, all while being vulnerable lyrically and full of hooks musically. She’s pop’s saving grace.

Favorite Track: “Hold My Heart”

2) The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever

Craig Finn’s characters are usually making the wrong decisions, but somehow, he infuses hope and joy into their lives and these songs. (Full Review Here)

Favorite Track: “Hurricane J”

1) Audrey Assad – The House You’re Building

Intelligent and poetic, Audrey Assad sings with a conviction that can only be described as…true.

Favorite Track: “Known”

Reminisce with the Top 10 Albums of 2009 Here>>

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A radio personality in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Alex has a rich family legacy in media. Music, movies, and politics are all on this guy’s radar. He appears on the TWG podcast in the “Heartbeat of the 20-Something” segment. He also blogs with zest on cultural topics – with an emphasis on reviewing the newest movies and music.

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