top 30 albums of 2010: 20-11

Yesterday we joined the fray of year-end lists with albums 30-21. Today, the list gets meatier and perhaps more controversial with spots 20-11. Feel free to disagree, for I am just a humble old waver who doesn’t understand your autotuners and your world beats.

Anyway, on with part two of Old Waver’s Top 30 Albums of 2010:

20: School Of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire
NYC trio-now-duo channeling Cocteau Twins, Stereolab and My Bloody Valentine


19: Crocodiles – Sleep Forever
Noisy JAMC disciples from San Diego

“Hearts Of Love”

18: Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
If Band Of Horses had stayed relevant

“Wide Eyes”

17: Girl Talk – All Day
A 100-car-pileup of pop culture references that bemuses with its brilliance

“Get It Get It”

16: Wolf Parade – Expo 86
This could be the swan song for the enigmatic Canadians

15: Yeasayer – Odd Blood
Uplifting, experimental and oddly arresting

“Ambling Alp”

14: Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Throwback psychedelia from Australia

“Solitude Is Bliss”

13: Foals – Total Life Forever
These Oxford lads added some soul to their math rock formula


12: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Pink’s DIY nostalgia pop takes a more accessible turn

“Bright Lit Blue Skies”

11: Twin Shadow – Forget
George Lewis Jr’s alter ego is the new wave of new wave

Part one: albums 30-21
Part three: albums 10-1


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