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Adrian Villagomez

2010: A Year in Review

Financial hardship is a common conversation point these days, and I didn't survive 2010 unscathed. Part-time retail hours, a layoff, unemployment checks, and an unhealthy heaping of disillusion were all on my mind this year. What does that have to do with my end of the year list, you ask? Well, when you're living on PB&J sandwiches, you can't really spare money for music. But my musical drought has ended (60-hour workweeks... thank God), and I made a late run to devour as much music as I could. I didn't reach my goal of thirty albums, but twenty-five isn't a bad consolation. I know I missed some albums I'll fall in love with later, and you should tell me what I still need to pick up. Of course, if there are some albums on my list you haven't listened to yet, get on it! Cheers to the new year.

Top Albums

25. Travie McCoy - Lazarus
24. Good Old War - Good Old War
23. Eli Paperboy Reed - Come and Get It
22. Weezer - Hurley
21. Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
20. I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business - The World We Know
19. Vampire Weekend - Contra
18. Butch Walker and The Black Widows - I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
17. The Narrative - The Narrative
16. Johnny Cash - American IV: Ain't No Grave
15. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
14. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune
13. The Republic of Wolves - Varuna
12. Jakob Dylan - Women + Country
11. B.o.B. - B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
10. Bad Books - Bad Books
09. The Gaslight Anthem - The Spirit of Jazz
08. Lakes - The Agreement
07. The National - High Violet
06. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
05. Steel Train - Steel Train
04. House of Heroes - Suburba
03. Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?
02. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
01. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyIt's easy to understand why some people choose to distance themselves from Kanye West's music. The guy can be a real fool - even the American president thinks so. But Taylor Swift be damned, Kanye is on top of the world with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With his latest album he's taken everything he's learned and fashioned a whimsical, overblown monster that easily flips between arrogance and apology. Calling back to the flashing lights of Graduation and the haters in the media ("Fuck SNL and the whole cast"), 'Ye mixes, mashes, crashes, and then invites Chris Rock to the party just for good measure. This is it, an exquisite hip-hop pop album we can love - or hate, if you can't get past the man to dine on the music - for years to come. No, I will not compare Kanye West to Picasso or Miles Davis like some other music critics have. But I will say this: Yeezy, you done took this shit to the 'nother motherfuckin' level.

Top Tracks

20. I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business - "Rosary"
19. Bad Books - "The Easy Mark & the Old Maid"
18. The Gaslight Anthem - "Bring It On"
17. Good Old War - "While I'm Away"
16. Butch Walker and The Black Widows - "The Don't Know We Know"
15. Steel Train - "Behavior"
14. Vampire Weekend - "Giving Up the Gun"
13. The National - "Lemonworld"
12. Lakes - "The Agreement Song"
11. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - "Learn to Share"
10. Johnny Cash - "Ain't No Grave"
09. Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"
08. Jakob Dylan - "Standing Eight Count"
07. Hellogoodbye - "You Sleep Alone"
06. House of Heroes - "Somebody Knows"
05. B.o.B. - "Airplanes, Part II"
04. Moonshine Matinee - "Wrong Most of the Time"
03. Big Boi - "Shutterbug"
02. Kanye West - "Power"
01. The Republic of Wolves - "The Attic"
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08:08 PM on 12/20/10
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I'll be updating this article with my favorite songs of the year as well as some other good junk.
11:44 AM on 12/21/10
Yea, you were right about me
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I'm digging this list.
11:48 AM on 12/21/10
Sinatra blue
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Big fan of the list, I hope the job issue sorts itself out soon!
01:14 AM on 12/22/10
they all got boyfriends anyway
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The Narrative

Wow, didn't expect to see Travie McCoy on anyone's list. I really dug that album.

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