Top 25 Albums of 2010

12/08/2010 1:00 AM |

#2 Deerhunter

Halcyon Digest

Cynically, you could say Halcyon Digest is the Deerhunter record for people who don’t really like Deerhunter. It doesn’t have any of the reckless noise or sudden genre-hopping of their previous work and, relatively speaking, it’s not even a particularly difficult album to listen to. In fact, it’s a downright, unabashed pleasure. On Halcyon Digest, Bradford Cox hasn’t so much refined his songwriting—the songs, at their core, have always been there—as he has more carefully chosen the things he uses to build them up. We get gentle, swaying atmospherics and nicely winding psychedelia, as well as floppy 60s pop and even rickety 70s singer-songwriter fare, all deployed with astonishing expertise. Cox is still preoccupied with memory, loneliness and death, of course, and he’s proven more adept than ever at making those things sound not only bearable but beautiful.
Key Track: “Revival”

9 Comment

  • for me Titus Andronicus “No Future Part III: Escape From No Future” is track of the year. Nice list.

  • The lack of The National’s High Violet is a major oversight, especially for such a Brooklyn-centric publication.

  • the title of this list be top 25 albums for hipsters. All of their “rock” stuff listed is such a carbon copy of that “indie” soft rock that’s so narcisistic (excuse my spelling) which I think might be the fruition of the facebook generation which is completely self-absorbed in their trivial personal drama and completely removed from reality.

    For example, you have a song like Suburbs from Arcade Fire and you have a great opportunity to talk about real issues regarding suburban sprawl, sustainability, and the advent of the car-economy and super-consumerism. Instead, it’s personal nostalgia for simple days growing up as a white teen in the suburbs.


    (What’re your top 10 albums of the year, that we might more easily situate you within a specific demographic based on your musical taste?)

  • The spelling I can excuse.

  • Nice list. Wasn’t that Charlotte Gainsbourg album released in 2009 though?

  • @madluke
    Nope, Jan 26, 2010.

  • Easy mistake. 🙂
    Nevertheless I like this list more than most. A few albums I’d have liked over others but you can’t please everyone. 🙂

  • Nice list, and you obviously have good taste (thankfully) – I agree with the earlier poster and think that High Violet should be in there. The other big omission to me is Plastic Beach by Gorillaz which I think was one of the most inventive and downright fun records in years. But good job and I love your column!