Feature: Dignan’s Top 10 Albums of 2010Posted: December 22, 2010
McAllen’s Dignan one of the hardest working bands I know. I mean, they practically live on the road. Luckily, they recently came home to relax for the holidays and start working on their follow-up to 2009’s Cheaters & Thieves EP. They were kind enough to contribute today’s second list. Here are their
Top 10 Albums of 2010
10. St. Vincent – ActorDignan: Though this was released in 2009 we couldn’t stop listening to it in 2010. Layered with so many interesting textures, I always find myself hearing new sounds with every listen. If this were released in 2010 it would be no. 1 for sure.
9. Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EPDignan: Have always been a fan of Sufjan, so naturally couldn’t wait to hear his new stuff. Though Age of Adz is very good, I personally liked the more acoustic instrument approach to All Delighted People.
8. Jason Collett – Rat A Tat TatDignan: I’d never really been a fan of Jason Collett besides his Broken Social Scene stuff, but after seeing him showcase Rat A Tat Tat at SXSW I fell in love with this CD.
7. The National – High VioletDignan: Some of the simplest songs done right! Although not a huge fan of some of the lyrics, the music itself is so tasteful.
6. Deerhunter – Halcyon DigestDignan: Bradford Cox makes some of the best pop songs! I really love the recording quality of Halcyon Digest, it’s very diy but still refined.
5. Dr. Dog – Shame, ShameDignan: Had always heard their name from everyone, but never really gave them a chance until this last tour. Our drummer showed them to me and I couldn’t stop listening to this album.
4. Zeus – Say UsDignan: Saw these guys at SXSW by accident and loved their live performance,
I couldn’t stop telling everyone about this CD afterward! And they turned out to be Jason Collett’s backing band.
3. The Morning Benders – Big EchoDignan: I listened to this CD on repeat for about two months straight! They write some very dense, deep songs on this album, and really blow their previous releases out of the water.
2. Arcade Fire – The SuburbsDignan: Arcade Fire never does anything wrong, this album is put together so well! Enough said.
1. Beach House – Teen DreamDignan: This cd made it to the no. 1 spot on so many people’s lists, and for good reason. It’s easily the best album of the year. With a style all their own they craft some great dreamy, dark, pop songs, that you can’t get out of your head. And they’re talented enough to do it flawlessly live too!