Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 FAVORITES (Part Two) - Music

Music is my fuel. Certain songs have a way of carrying me through certain moments. I often create soundtracks in my head as I go through life. I literally pick out songs that I've heard that I think would go perfect with the moment as it is happening. Perhaps that constitutes me as a weirdo. But it is what it is.

I have a very eclectic taste when it comes to music. I'm not at all a music snob, if I like what I hear then I don't care who sings it or whether or not it is popular. I like what I like and don't have a particular genre that I gravitate towards. I just love all sorts of music.

There were a lot of great new album releases this year and I had trouble narrowing it down to just these few. This list could have gone on until 2012 I'm sure but I managed to select those that most frequented my playlist this year. I've listed them in no particular order.

The Morning Benders  -  Big Echo

Thanks to one of my friends for introducing me to this band. They remind me a bit of The Shins and Grizzly Bear but they have more of a vintage almost early Beatles sound. I dig it.

Joanna Newsom   -   Have One On Me

Her ethereal voice accompanied by the harp is so beautiful and enchanting. I was a big fan of her earlier albums so this release was definitely a treat for 2010!

The Arcade Fire  -  The Suburbs

I have been a fan of Arcade Fire since their first album release in 2004. They managed to stay true to their original sound while adding a few new twists. 'We Used To Wait' is probably my favourite on the album.

Jónsi   -  Go

Jared and I had the pleasure of seeing Jónsi live in Chicago at the Vic Theater earlier in the year and - WOW! What a performance. His sound, particularly his voice, is so wonderfully unique and amazing and the visuals at this show were outstanding. In short: 90 minutes of synaptic fireworks and endorphin butterflies! Second only to Radiohead when it comes to live performance!

The Black Keys  -  Brothers

The Black Keys brought the funk in 2010! I absolutely loved this album from start to finish. Particularly this song.

Kaskade  -  Dynasty

This album is full of stellar beats and incredible vocals. Definitely played this song on repeat in 2010!

Taylor Swift  -  Speak Now

I really enjoyed her 'Fearless' album. I thought it was very personal and heartfelt. I can't say I like this one more but it definitely has some great songs on it. 'Innocent' has such a great message and came at a time when I began putting more of my focus on reaching out to teen girls. I helped start the organization Epic Alliance and ended up adding the song to our website:

Mindy Gledhill  -  Anchor

I stumbled upon this song on YouTube and instantly fell in love with it! After listening to the entire album it quickly became one of my favourites of 2010! 'Anchor' is such a sweet song with a youthful and playful approach. There are so many great songs on this album so I definitely recommend you check it out!

Vampire Weekend - Contra

This is such a fun album! I have to thank my friends Laura and Chris for introducing me to this song. Actually, it was their 3-year-old daughter, Raina who wanted it played one day while I was in the car with them. This is one of Raina's favourite songs making her one of the coolest kids I know. So thank you Raina! :)

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea

So soulful. From start to finish. She has a voice you can't help but love. And I loved this album.

What were your favourite albums released in 2010? Please share them below!

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