Stacy Owen’s Top Ten Albums of 2010

1. Black Keys – Brothers
I’ve listened to this over and over and hear something new every time. How these guys pack so much energy and nuance into something so stripped down and raw amazes me!

2. OK Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
This is the album my daughter and I both love and listen to in the car when we can’t agree on anything else. Their show at U of L was a highlight this year as well.

3. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
This band combined a pop element with their folk roots and had some of the best songs of the year!

4. Frightened Rabbit – Winter of Mixed Drinks
Following the break up album of 2008, this one seems more hopeful. The arrangements also seem more thoughtful, without loosing the emotional connection I found with their last release.

5. Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
What can I say…this band makes me happy.

6. Robert Francis – Before Nightfall
My favorite new singer/songwriter discovery of 2010.  “Junebug” is my favorite song this year.

7. Janelle Monae – The Arch Android
From beautiful soul ballads to channeling James Brown; Janelle may be too quirky for super stardom, but I’d keep an eye on her!

8. J. Roddy Walston – J. Roddy Walston and the Business
This one rocks from start to finish. I put this on when I need to re-energize!

9. Lost in the Trees – All Alone in an Empty House
Gorgeous orchestral folk combined with beautiful songwriting. This was my “headphones” album of 2010.

10. Lissie – Catching A Tiger
From grounded singer/songwriter to pop princess, Lissie gives us an eclectic mix of sounds that somehow stay cohesive.

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