Thursday, December 30, 2010

Year End Reflection: Top Ten Albums of Two Thousand 10

List are retarded... I get it. But there seems to be something in our nature that makes us list everything and anything. Junior High girls list their best friends, college girls list the best sororities, and yuppy girls list their bridesmaids.

Men across American spend countless hours listing running backs for fantasy draft, high school boys list the hottest teachers, and meatheads list who has the largest... well... affliction collection.

List are part of the American fabric. Tea partiers order their lists based on what Sarah Palin says and I list my life ambitions based on what Kenny Powers said. Seriously.

But do lists really matter? I mean Kanye's new album was automatically ranked #1 on all major music websites. I think it is a great album but damn! Can we lay off his sack for a minute. I would rank College Drop Out as probable #3 on my all time greatest hip hop albums list.

Whether or not lists matter, they do help us organize and reflect on our thoughts. Reflexivity creates self-consciousness and enables us to order our mind, self, and operate within society.

“Reflection or reflective behavior arises only under the conditions of self-consciousness, and makes possible the purposive control and organization by the individual organisms of its conduct, with reference to its social and physical environment, i.e., with reference to the various social and physical situations in which it becomes involved and to which it reacts.” (Mead 1934, 91)

Knowledge of self matters, lists help us reflect, and reflection leads to knowledge of self... Sooooo - Lists do matter. 

Before napster free'd music and punished the music industry for selling bull shit, I loved going through new friends CD collections. Music is a reflection of who you are - especially when you spend money on it. You can still learn important things about your friends by scrolling through their IPod or reading their favorite artists section on Facebook - but nothing is invested in this music. What matter is what people truly value... what do they spend money on. All that being said - taste in music reflects the individual, and by listing your favorite albums of the year, you are reflecting on a small part of who you are.

The list was excruciating. I left out LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, The apples in Stereo, the XX, Big Boi, Eminem, Yeasayer, Senses Fail, Two Door Cinema, Luda, and many more albums that I loved. In the end I had to stick with the albums that stuck with me, that I love every song, that push some sort of limits, or that are just full of good catchy pop songs. So here it is - 

My reflection on myself... 

The WUW? Top Ten Albums of 2010:

1. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Danger Mouse is the Man!
2. The Black Keys - Brothers
Have yet to hear a Black Keys song I haven't loved
3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
I resisted jumping on 'Ye's bandwagon but this album is truly great.
4. Arcade Fire - Suburbs
This album should be #1 but you know how that goes... sometimes life just isn't fair
5. The National - High Violet
I feel cheesy putting this on my list and avoided listening to it until 4 months ago.
But it is a great album!
6. Blakroc - Blakroc
The most slept on album of the year.
The Black Keys lay down blues tracks while Mos Def, ODB, Jim Jones, and
a number of dope MC's get busy
7. Midlake - The Courage of Others
A lot of hype built up to the this release. At first I thought it
was boring, but after the 20th listen
I realized how great it was.
8. The Roots - How I Got Over
Best hip hop band in the history of music
9. Neon Trees - Habits
Every song is a pop hit.
10. Sleigh Bells - Treats
I remember when I first heard this album on NPR.
I immediately went out and purchased the Vinyl.
Probably the most exciting album of the year.
List List List ... Happy New Year... and Have a great 2011,

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