In the next few weeks, â€œBest of 2010â€ lists will be popping up everywhere. I enjoy this time of year because it allows me to educate myself on all the things I shouldnâ€™t have missed out on, but did.
And if you didnâ€™t pay attention to the happenings in the music world for the last 12 months, no need to worry. Iâ€™ve got you covered.
1. JÃ³nsi, â€œGoâ€
The voice and soul to Icelandic band Sigur Ros, JÃ³n â€œJÃ³nsiâ€ ÃžÃ³r Birgisson went solo this year with his album, â€œGo.â€ Unlike with Sigur Ros, JÃ³nsi sings mostly in English, giving us a different but still beautiful side to this marvelous musician.
2. Sufjan Stevens, â€œAge of Adzâ€
The shock of rampant synthesizers and auto tuning on this album was difficult for me to get over, but after seeing the songs preformed live I started to understand its awesomeness. By the way, itâ€™s pronounced â€œAge of Odds.â€ Avoid looking dumb in front of other Sufjan fans.
3. Arcade Fire, â€œThe Suburbsâ€
Win and Regine get real on this album, where they confront growing up and ask it a bunch of questions. Their sincerity is felt through all 16 solid tracks.
4. Fierce Bad Rabbit, â€œSpools of Threadâ€
This local act did such a great job on their newest album and I just canâ€™t stop listening to it.
5. Tired Pony, â€œThe Place We Ran Fromâ€
Maybe itâ€™s because I have a soft spot for Snow Patrol and lead singer Gary Lightbody, but I thought his new project and album was beautiful. Lightbody said the project was something he has â€œwanted to get out of his system,â€ and that â€œhe doesnâ€™t know whether people will dig it or not.â€ Well, Gary, I sure do.
Music reviewer Michael Elizabeth Sakas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.