Kelly Boyle: My Favorite Albums of 2010

, Staff Writer

We had our writers take a stab at picking their favorite albums from 2010. Here, in no particular order, are staff writer Kelly Boyle’s picks:

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More: In one of the year’s most exciting debut album, the English quartet managed to combine traditional instruments with honest with well crafted lyrics and stunning harmonies resulting in an amazing contemporary folk album. Album highlights include, “Little Lion Man”, “The Cave” and “After the Storm”

Cee Lo Green – Lady Killer
: In his third solo release (his first in six years), Green expertly blends pop, hip-hop, classic R&B and funk sounds resulting in an eclectic mix of infectious songs. An album that is sure to become a classic. Album highlight: “Fuck You”

Eminem – Recovery: Aptly named, Eminem’s latest album takes responsibility for his past behavior and sub-par releases. In “Not Afraid” the rapper he says, “… And to the fans I’ll never let you down again, I’m back. I promise to never go back on that promise”. Whether you like rap or not, you have to admit that this guy is an absolute genius at rhyming and communicating his state of mind. Let’s hope that Relapse II is not in the works. Album highlights include: “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” (featuring Rihanna)

Gorillaz –
Plastic Beach: The multidimensional musician (singer/songwriter/instrumentalist) and former Blur front Damon Albarn and his band of animated misfits has done it again with another stellar album that includes an impressive cross-section of guest appearances, including Lou Reed and Snoop Dog. Album highlight: “Stylo”.

Katy Perry – Teenage Dream With her sophomore album, Katy Perry solidified her title as the Princess of Pop! While this album lacks some of the silliness of her debut album and showcases a more mature side of Perry, the sassy songstress continues pushes the boundaries with over the top, innuendo filled songs. Album highlights include “California Gurls”, “Peacock” and “Last Friday Night”

Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown: With expectations set high, the follow up to 2008’s (stateside) break-out album Only By The Night, the hard (southern) rocking Followill brothers (and Cousin Matthew) did not disappoint. Album highlights include: “The End” and “Pyro”.

Shadwell – Clarity The Boston based band and winner of the 2009 Boston Music Spotlight Battle of the Band delivered an album that rivaled that of many national and international acts. Intelligent lyrics and catchy melodies had this CD on repeat all year. Album highlights include: “Flatline” and “Ever Stop”

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: After their stunning performance at the Life is Good Festival, I was compelled to check out their latest release and was not disappointed. In their third album, the bands hard rocking, yet soulful vocals and thoughtful lyrics [think Janis Joplin meets Nora Jones] are simply captivating. Album highlights include” “Paris (Ooh La La)” and “Tiny Light”

Kid Rock – Born Free: Kid Rock proves once again that his talents transcend genre. In his latest album, he channels Bob Seger with a classic rock album that is an honest, deeply personal statement about his views on America (racism, veterans, etc) and his relationship with ex-wife Pamela Anderson. Album highlights include: “Born Free” and “God Bless Saturday”

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: Let’s face it, Kanye is a genius. Why else would we put up with all his bullshit. Album Highlights: I dare you to find a bad song on this album

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