Monday, November 22, 2010

The LPC Staff's Top Ten of 2010: thessad

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our writers' top ten lists for 2010. Because we've got a quickly growing community here at LPC, we wanted our readers to get the inside look at the best albums of 2010 by way of using our thirty-writer staff's varied opinions on the best music of 2010.

Every list will be different - like snowflakes, everyone's unique. (Sorry for your third-grade nostalgia there.) Some will be polar opposites of others, but what we're hoping to accomplish is getting every writer (and the readers) to voice their opinions on 2010's musical stylings.

Today, our first top ten list is presented by our writer thessad. The majority of his scrobbles come from two genres - indie rock and hip-hop. His list reflects that, but his number one album might just come as a surprise.

Without further ado, here's thessad's list, sent to me on

10. Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit

Great balance between black metal and softer parts, usually based on acoustic guitar or piano. Vocals are tolerable if you're not into growling.

9. Shad - TSOL

Great wordplay-based conscious rapping over a varied selection of beats, with some big highlights in the latter, and a very consistent performance for the former. I maintain that Shad is the best emcee in the scene at the moment.

8. Freeway & Jake One - The Stimulus Package

The production is hard to dislike, and the more you listen, the more the same can be said for the emceeing. Freeway gives a rock solid performance that fits perfectly over Jake One's soulful beats.

7. Sadistik & Kid Called Computer - The Art of Dying

Great album with precise technical emceeing and drifty, abstract production. Features what I think is the hip hop verse of the year, the final verse on Save Yourself.

6. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

It's hard to imagine a three disc album by a lady who sings like a banshee working, and yet, it exceeds that, as this is as easy to listen to all the way through as any three disc album I can imagine. Filled with beautiful moments.

5. Beach House - Teen Dream

It's, in a word, dreamy. Great, hypnotizing melodies. Great, hypnotizing backdrops.

4. The National - High Violet

The songs sound nice at first, but become ingrained in you the more you listen. Somewhat hypnotic baritone vocals with lush instrumentation and great drumming. Definitely a grower.

3. Kno - Death is Silent

Another hip-hop album about death, this one from the CunninLynguists producer Kno. Extremely cohesive, and Kno gives off a surprisingly impressive performance as an emcee. Nonetheless, the production is, undeniably, the highlight. May/Will/Has alienated some due to the concept/darkness/overall nerdiness but it's still one of the best hip hop albums of the year if you can get with it.

2. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

New sound for Sufjan, very electronic. Whole is greater than the sum of its parts, though a few songs can work well outside of the context of the CD, i.e. I Walked and Vesuvius. Impossible Soul is a crazy, progressive, 25 minute song featuring one specific movement that'll have everyone singing.

1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Amazing production drives a vaguely conceptual album that is unlike anything you've heard before. Amidst a flurry of apparent flaws the strengths of the album just continue to overcome the weaknesses making for an incredible experience.

So there you have it - this might not be the first list you'll see with MBDTF at the top. Yeah, Pitchfork might blow sometimes, but it's the first new release (not counting reissues) in eight years to be given a perfect 10.


  1. Still haven't gotten around to listening to Kanye Wests latest, that good huh?

  2. I'll check out a few of these other Hip-Hop albums that I haven't heard, you always have good Hip-Hop recommendations. Good list BTW.

  3. From what I know of your tastes, I'd especially recommend The Art of Dying. I think it could definitely appeal to both hip hop heads and people who are open to hip hop but who wouldn't necessarily consider themselves fans of the genre. And thanks for the kind words both of you.