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The Sunday Times – Best Rock and Pop albums of 2010

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The Sunday Times – Rock and Pop albums of 2010

For any interested parties; The Sunday Times published its list of the best Rock and Pop albums of 2010, this week. In order to view the list online the publication has now introduced a subscription-only service; but fear not my fellow pre-yuletide cash-strapped friends, for I have secured the goods and bring them to you below:

Hailed by the weekly title as ‘the most original songwriter in Britain‘ , folk and festival favourite Laura Marling tops the list with her second album ‘I Speak Because I Can.’ Justifying her billing, critics said that:

…(Marling) made a second album on which classical myth and wartime love letters served as wellsprings for lyrics of unrivalled insight and ambition. Musically, the palette was broadened to take in Americana alongside a haunting pastoralia rooted in the ancient soil of England.

It is these very hallmarks of the folk genre which fuel my love for it; particularly the ever-growing nu-folk breed of artists from across the UK. Marling’s songwriting and vocal talents cannot be denied and I like to imagine that she learnt a thing or two in this regard from one-time partner and music collaborator Charlie Fink, of Noah And The Whale. I’m sure the learning process was also a reciprocal arrangement. So, congratulations to Laura on this fine achievement which hopefully, in some way might make up for missing out on the Mercury Prize this year.

My chosen selections from the list would include: The National, Ed Harcourt, Robyn, Field Music and Marconi Union.

The rest of the list goes as follows:

Robert Plant – ‘Band of Joy

Gorillaz – ‘Plastic Beach’

Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs

The National – ‘High Violet

Paul Weller – ‘Wake Up the Nation

Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

John Legend and The Roots – ‘Wake Up!’

Anais Mitchell – ‘Hadestown

Eels – ‘End Times

Robyn – ‘Body Talk Pts 1-3

Ed Harcourt – ‘Lustre

Yeasayer – ‘Odd Blood

Mavis Staples – ‘You Are Not Alone

Cee Lo Green – ‘The Lady Killer’

Phosphorescent – ‘Here’s to Taking It Easy’

Field Music – ‘Field Music

Marconi Union – ‘A Lost Connection

Take That – ‘Progress

Manic Street Preachers – ‘Postcards from a Young Man

Perhaps a few ideas for music lovers’ Christmas presents in that bunch?

shelleyhanveywriter x


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