Kevin McSheffrey: My Favorite Albums of 2010

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We had our writers take a stab at picking their favorite albums from 2010. Here, in no particular order, are Managing Editor Kevin McSheffrey’s picks:

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
: There’s a reason why people put up with West’s bullshit. In fact, the more ridiculous Kanye acts the better, because when he gets introspective the result is beautifully twisted, just like this album.

Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown: It hasn’t spawned as massive a hit as their last album but this release feels more whole and grows on the listener so fast it’s impossible not to play it over and over.

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach: Damon Albarn continues his brilliance with this funky and intriguing third album from one of the world’s most interesting artists. Ask several people what their favorite song off this album is and they’ll likely all give you a different answer.

David Byrne & Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love: You may not have heard of this one but if you give it a listen you won’t forget it. This collaborative work tells the story of former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos and features over 20 different vocalists. If it sounds strange now just wait and see how well it actually works out.

Black Keys – Brothers
: After this breakthrough there’s no more ignoring this Ohio duo. The Black Keys finally get the airplay they deserve.

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More: Although this is their debut album, Mumford & Sons sound like a band polished far beyond their years.

Eminem – Recovery: The first Eminem album I’ve bought in years was fittingly titled “Recovery” as this album made up for his recent sub-par efforts.

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: You heard her tear up other artist’s tracks for much of the year but Ms. Minaj showed she’s not just a sideshow with this spectacular debut. She also proved she’s not one-dimensional with her singing as respectable as her rapping.

Guster – Easy Wonderful: Another appropriately titled album, although this one probably could heve been called “Covergirl” because it’s so easy, breezy, beautiful.

Cee-Lo Green – The Ladykiller: It seems no matter what Cee-Lo does these days the results are always entertaining. Although he’s better known for his parts in Gnarls Barkley and formerly the Goodie Mob, Cee-Lo certainly wasn’t just killing time between projects with this release.

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