With the 2010’s Drawing To A Close, We Take A Look At What Music It Has Brought Us.
This time, it’s the turn of the albums of the decade. And it’s one hell of a list.
No.1: Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
An incredible foot back in the door for the Foo Fighters after a few years out of the game. The album features some of the Foo’s best material in a few years, with the likes of ‘The Sky Is A Neighborhood’, ‘Run’ and ‘La Dee Da’. It was the first time we got to see the very heavy side of the Foo Fighters since the likes of ‘The Pretender’ and ‘Everlong’. Produced by the wonderful Greg Kurstin, who has previously worked with the likes of Paul McCartney and Liam Gallagher.
No. 2: Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
This 2015 album showed Twenty One Pilots for who they really were, an incredible duo capable to even more incredible music. Previous albums had shown promise, but up until the release of this, they had never really made much of an impact. With the stunning opener of ‘heavydirtysoul’, to the stunning ‘Tear In My Heart’, it’s no wonder there was a surge in their fanbase upon release.
No. 3: Royal Blood – Royal Blood
One of the best debut albums ever recorded, and one of the best of the decade falls to Royal Blood. With the likes of ‘Figure It Out’, ‘Out Of The Black’ and ‘Loose Change’ scattering the album with some of the heaviest, and best sounding riffs of recent times, Royal Blood were always destined for the incredible success with ensued following the release of this album.
No. 4: Courteeners – Anna
Whether you are a fan or not, you cannot deny that the work which The Courteeners have put in deserves recognition. And Anna is a good a place as any to start the praise. Despite only reaching 6th spot in the UK charts, the album was released to critical acclaim, and the band used it to their strengths, embarking on an extensive tour, with 22 shows across the UK, Ireland and Europe which started a few weeks after the release of the album in Feb 2013. The band then returned to touring, with what was then the 3rd headline date at Manchester Arena.
No. 5: Kasabian – Velociraptor!
There’s something special about this album, it’s easily their best, and the band are one of the most iconic indie rock bands around, so there was no doubt that they had to have a place in the list. It’s absolute tune after absolute tune. There’s no track that lets the album down, and that’s what makes this band so good. There’s very little they can do wrong with the songwriting skill they have. From ‘Re-Wired’, to the lead single ‘Day’s Are Forgotten’, there’s no letting up as you listen to the album. It just hits you, constantly, this is one of the best albums going.
No. 6: Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger
Finally, we got to see the third album of The Raconteurs. 11 years after the release of their second album, ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’, it was great to see the band return, and return with the same wonderful sound which they left with after their second album. It’s hard for bands to be able to keep the same style, the same sound, and the same showstopping thrill which The Raconteurs have always had in sheer abundance.
No. 7: Jamie T – Trick
Now, Jamie T may have been tipped to be one of the biggest artists of the decade after his success in the 2000’s, and whilst it may not have come true, he still had a terrific impact on the indie music scene and this album proved it all. Trick is an experimental step out of his comfort zone, which paid off. From the slightly Ska reminiscent ‘Power Over Men’, to the thought-provoking ‘Tescoland’, there’s everything and more in this album and he deserves a lot more recognition than what he gets.
No. 8: Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
There were three Arctic Monkeys albums released in this decade, but for me ‘Suck It And See’ takes the lead. Whilst the latter of the two may have been one of the most critically acclaimed albums of their career, ‘Suck It And See’ is much more musically pleasing. It’s a well-weighted mix of slow romanticism and that signature rock sound which Alex Turner and co. continue to develop time and time again. From the relaxed strumming of title track, to the deep riffs of ‘Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, the album delivers a stunning mix.
No. 9: Jack White – Lazaretto
All three of Jack White’s solo project albums could feature in the list, and each would deserve the position, but for me ‘Lazaretto’ takes the lead by a hair. Littered from start to finish with stunning riffs, and breathtaking musicality, it’s hard to find a fault with the album. The best riff he has ever written, ‘That Black Bat Licorice’ features on this album, but there is also healthy balance with the much slower, yet equally brilliant ‘Want and Able’ closing the album off. Not only was it stunning by way of music, the vinyl that went alongside was filled with hidden treats. From floating angel holograms, to hidden tracks, it was a few weeks before you find everything hidden within an average looking vinyl.
No. 10: David Bowie – Blackstar
A final farewell from one of musics biggest pioneers. There is no possible way that this album couldn’t feature on the list, it’s release may have been overshadowed by the terrible news of Bowie’s passing, but it was a great send off for the man who had brought us so much fantastic music over his incredible career. The title track, and accompanying video, were enough for me. It was Bowie at his worst, but at his musical best.
What a decade it has been for music.