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

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

 

Reyan Ali
1. Crocodiles, “Mirrors” (from Sleep Forever)
2. Crime in Stereo, “Drugwolf” (from I Was Trying To Describe You to Someone)
3. Sage Francis, “The Best of Times” (from Li(F)E)
4. Sleigh Bells, “Tell 'Em” (from Treats)
5. Male Bonding, “Weird Feelings” (from Nothing Hurts)
6. Abe Vigoda, “Crush” (from Crush)
7. Warpaint, “Undertow” (from The Fool)
8. Surfer Blood, “Swim” (from Astro Coast)
9. My Chemical Romance, “Na Na Na” (from Danger Days: True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys)
10. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, “The Mighty Sparrow” (from Brutalist Bricks)

As is always the case, trying to wrap my brain around the overwhelming amount of music a year produces is a painfully futile task (I still have yet to catch up on 2009), so I'll play it low-key by keeping my list rock-centric. Crocodiles' Sleep Forever was easily my favorite record in 2010, and I'm baffled and bummed out that it's received a lack of love from already published end-of-year lists. The San Diego band might spend too much time riffing on The Jesus and Mary Chain's noisy nectar, but man, when those pedals kick in on “Mirrors” and the chorus is repeated near the end of “All My Hate and My Hexes Are For You,” I get this violent urge to get a Crocs tattoo (and I don't have any tattoos). I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone, Crime in Stereo's final album, and Treats, Sleigh Bells' first, were also incredible. With my work done here, excuse me as I desperately try to catch up on Deerhunter, The Arcade Fire, Big Boi, Four Tet, LCD Soundsystem, Janelle Monáe, Beach House, and a gatrillion other artists who recently released talked-about records. Also, Kanye apparently did something, right?

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