To start off our music reviews, here’s a list of our favourite albums from 2010!
Anathema – We’re Here Because We’re Here
This band started off as a pioneering death doom metal band in the early 90s, evolved into an atmospheric progressive rock band. With We’re Here Because We’re Here, an album that took 7 years to make, they have crafted that sound to perfection: 10 heart-rending songs, featuring beautiful vocal harmonies and instrumentation, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) at the desk. The long wait is worth it!
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
After the bassist Cheng’s accident, they shelved a finished album, Eros and made this album! I expected a changed in sound, but it turned out to be a continuation of the direction they had with Saturday Night Wrist, but sharper… much shaper! That’s not to say its any less impressive. Cmnd/Ctrl kicks serious-ass, Sextape is a breezy cousin to Minerva. Chino goes from sultry whispers to heady screams effortlessly, Abe Cunningham’s drumming is air-drum heaven, Steph Carpenter and Frank Delgado, Sergio Vega, makes heavy, layered, dreamy sounds that would be the envy of both metal and shoegaze bands alike. Its an amazing album born from tragedy.
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
There is no denying from his past output, Kanye West is a skilled producer with a knack for writing great catchy tunes and putting samples to good use. After listening to this effort, I think he may have topped himself on this one. The production is adventurous and breathtaking. In lesser hands it would have sounded wrong, but West has managed squashed contrasting elements into a masterpiece.