Since I did my favorites from 2009 last week, I thought I would continue that this week for Throwback Thursday. These are my favorite albums from 2010 (in no particular order)
Paper Tongues – Paper Tongues: What an impressive debut album. They are from Charlotte, NC which I was unaware of until recently. They haven’t put out a full length album since this one. I need to see if they are still together and maybe playing around town. Some standout songs are “Trinity”, “Ride to California” and “Get Higher”. Just great songs, great music and a positive message. Rock needs more bands like this!!
Filter – The Trouble With Angels: WOW!!! This album blew me away. Rocked out from beginning to end. This is one band from the 90’s that gets better and better with every album. I didn’t think that was possible nowadays. Love the song “No Love”. This could be my #1 album of the year! Other highlights include “The Inevitable Relapse” and “Absentee Father”.
Hellyeah! – Stampede: Their sophomore album and it rocks out just like the first one. This band is a little on the harder side and I love it. I turn it on in the car and hope I can keep from crashing into others. This is a great album for Road Rage issues (which I seem to have a lot of that). Highlights include “Cowboy Way”, “Hell of a Time”, “Pole Rider” and “Better Man”.
Lifehouse – Smoke & Mirrors: Another outstanding album from these guys. This was their fifth release and the album contains one of my two favorite songs of 2010 – “Wrecking Ball”. The album is classic Lifehouse and they don’t serve up anything new, but they don’t need to give us anything new. I love them for being Lifehouse. Other Highlights include “Halfway Gone”, “All In” and “It is What It Is”.
The Zac Brown Band – You Get What You Give: This is one of the few bands in country I enjoy. It is fun and good times all the way. County to be should have an edge or just be fun (and good). I really loved the duet with Jimmy Buffett “Knee Deep”. How could you not love anything Buffett. Other highlights include “Let it Go” and “As She’s Walking Away (feat. Alan Jackson”.
Sanctus Real – Pieces of A Real Heart: This is one of favorite Christian Bands. They always put out great songs that make you feel good. And we all need that from time to time. My other favorite song of 2010 was on this album – “Lead Me”. A couple of my other favorites off the album are “These Things Take Time”, “Takeover Me”, “‘Til I Got To Know You” and “Forgiven”.
Tobymac – Tonight: Another Christian Act that I just love. His albums all have awesome beats and puts me in a great mood. His hip hop sound always makes me feel like dancing…and that is not a pretty sight! You don’t want to see it. His fellow DC Talk alum is next on this list. Highlights include “Funky Jesus Music”, “Hey Devil” and “Tonight”.
Newsboys – Born Again: I guess I will keep with the Christian theme. This an old band with a brand new singer…former Tobymac bandmate Michael Tait. He has brought new life to an already incredible band. Anything Michael Tait does is gold in my book. He sounds like Nat King Cole but sings rock with a message. Highlights include “Born Again, “When the Boys Light Up”, “Save Your Life” and “One Shot”.
Anberlin – Dark is the Way, Light is a Place: They consistently deliver superb album. Just an all around great rock album (with positive messages). They are classified as both Alternative Rock and Christian music. Too bad they are no longer together. This was their 5th album and they released 2 more before calling it quits. Highlights include “Impossible”, “Closer”, “Take Me As (You Found Me)” and “To the Wolves”.
The Afters – Light Up the Sky: Okay, I know what you are thinking. Another Christian band. Well, Christian artists put out the best albums this year for me. The Afters have a straight up Pop Rock sound and I couldn’t stop playing it and singing it. My favorites off this album were many and included “Light up the Sky”, “Start Over”, “Life is Sweeter” and “Lift Me Up”.
I had a few disappointments this year. Here they are…