Guest lists 2010: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

What consensus?
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 21, 2010


Luke O'Neil
1. Teen Daze, Four More Years
2. Robyn, Body Talk Pt. 1
3. Marina and the Diamonds, The Family Jewels
4. Gold Panda, Lucky Shiner
5. Memoryhouse, The Years EP
6. Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon 2
7. Robyn, Body Talk Pt 2
8. Faces on Film, Some Weather
9. Holy Ghost, Static on the Wire EP
10. The Tallest Man On Earth, The Wild Hunt

If I'm being honest I suppose I have to say that my favorite album of the year would be the one I listened to the most. No question that it was the gorgeous and organically synthetic debut from Canadian chillwave outfit Teen Daze. The only other album that came close was Howdy by Teenage Fanclub, but only because it always came on next on iTunes after I got lost in hazy swamp of this gorgeous record. A rather underwhelming live set at CMJ sort of dampened my boner for the band, and not in the good boner getting damp way, but I'm going to forget that ever happened. Robyn was stunning with all of her releases this year as well, particularly on tracks like “Dancehall Queen” and “Hang With Me” with only Marina coming in a close second to exhilarating dancefloor heartbreak. Gold Panda made the hip hop record of the year without dropping a verse, although Cudi wasn't far behind. Elsewhere it's the sun bleached paperback musing of Memoryhouse and Faces on Film, the spritely Swedish Springsteening of The Tallest Man with his awkwardly beautiful and elegiac songs like “Kids on the Run,” and runny-nosed disco euphoria from Holy Ghost. I couldn't decide whether to dance or cry in the mirror all year, so I just said fuck it and did both. These records will teach you how to do the same.

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