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Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 – No -1 – The National – High Violet


What can I say about this album that hasn’t already been said, it is just awesome. The National are an amazing band with a great body of work but that have hit their peak 10 years into their job.

Not many people or bands can say that.

If like me you love High Violet then check out the rest of their stuff because it is just as impressive.

I am going to see them next Saturday for the first time so will post a review of the concert on here afterwards, and hope to have some photo’s although I missed out on the up front tickets and only got the back front ones, gutted.

I wouldn’t expect them to play this year at Glasto as they played last year.


Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 – No 2 – Foals – Total Life Forever

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A sensational album, The Foals second record is head and shoulders better than their first, this record sees them hit the big time, they must have been close to winning the Mercury.

Spanish Sahara simply the best tune of 2010, but hte rest of the record is simply awesome as well. I bet Liam Gallagher hates it.


Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 – No 3 – Warpaint – The Fool

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One of the BBC Sounds of 2011, Warpaint are stunning, their sound has more layers than Inception. At their worst they remind me of Veruca Salt, a favourite of mine from the 90’s, at their best they are a dreamy concoction of Portishead and Oasis.
This album is a trip that you need to be riding. If you don’t believe me check out the Majestic Majesty or the subtle Undertow.
Sydney’s Laneway Festival has Warpaint playing and they are one of the must see bands of that day.
On Glastowatch they most definitely will be playing, I would hazard a guess that they will get an early Other Stage gig and play in the evening somewhere possibly The Queens Head. Stick them on your laminated Clashfinder.

Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 – No 4 – Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History


This is without doubt the best pop record of 2010, if this was the Grammy’ s there would be an award for this album, Best Pop record by a British band with boy band looks but dark meaningful lyrics. Two Door are freaken awesome.
A Glasto fav ( for me ) they must be back for 2011, possibly headlining The John Peel tent, maybe that’s a bit hopeful, a mid afternoon Other Stage, who knows , I don’t.

Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 – No 5 -Stornoway – Beachcombers Windowsill


It was the year of UK indie folk, following the Us Storm the year before and hitting No 5 is another folkie band, Stornoway. I went to see them on The Park Stage, but the heat drove me away, and I missed them for a second year in a row. They are also playing Laneway in Feb, so hopefully o will get to see them then. If not all rumours point to them playing Glasto again.
The Album itself , is a triumph and should still be on high rotation on any of your listening devices. Also what a great name.

Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 – No 6 – Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws


When I first heard this album, it weird-ed me out and to a certain extent it still does. Is this a one-off for the bicycle clubbers or will they attempt more of this in the future , will this be part of their live non acoustic shows, so many questions so few answers.
Anyway the album is awesome, for me better than Laura Marling’s.
The guys have played the last 2 Glasto’s and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them back for 3 in a row, a mid afternoon Other Stage slot beckons or they could headline The Acoustic stage, wouldn’t that be something.

Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 – No 7 – Jenny and Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now


The surprise package of 2010, Jenny and Johnny’s album is pure lyrical genius, from Scissor Runner right through to Straight Edge of the Blade , every nuance and tone is finally crafted which brings us an awesome album.
Playing the Laneway Festival in Feb I hope to report back on their live show.
I expect they will make an appearance at Glasto 11, possibly opening the Other Stage or high up on The Queens Head, or both

Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 – No 8 – Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

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It’s been no 1 in most end of year reviews including NME’s round up of critics reviews, but it comes in at no 8 on mine. This is not to say it’s not a lush, gorgeous album worthy of anyone’s record collection it is, there are just some better albums out there.
I hope Arcade Fire tour next year and that their live show puts this record in perspective and then possibly embarrasses me with my lowly accolade of No 8.
What about Glasto ?  it would be a travesty if they don’t play Glasto next year, they should play a late performance on the Other Stage, and I will be there to get my first taste of their live show.

Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 No 9 – Delphic – Acolyte

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Delphic appear to be the forgotten band in many a top albums of 2010 list. This Album still sounds great and has a couple of classics in Doubt and Counterpoint. Delphic were amazing at Glasto this year, their gig in a tiny dance tent was a classic. It was definitely one of those Glasto moments. Although they started the year as the saviours of dance rock and ended up the forgotten boys, they were definitely one of my bands of the year. I look forward to their follow-up and seeing them once more.
As they played this year and probably won’t have any new music next year and haven’t taken the world by storm I can’t foresee Delphic playing Glasto 2011 more’s the pity.

Glastoblogger Top Ten Albums of 2010 No 10 – Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest


It’s a wierd album cover, but there is nothing else weird about Deerhunters Halcyon Digest, this is amazing guitar driven pop at it’s best. Desire Lines is as good a pop song as you will hear all year except with a 5 minute musical freeform at the end and Memory Boy is just downright gorgeous.
I am off to see them at Laneway Festival in Feb so will report back then on their reputedly awesome live show.
With regards to seeing them at Glasto 11 My Guess is that they will play Glasto 11, either The Queens Head or John Peel so get this record and meet me at the front !