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Top 21? But weren’t there 25 last year? Well yes. And it was only 15 the year before that. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re not that rigid around here – all we really care about is letting you know what we’re loving right now and that’s about it. If we only fall for one record next year then you can probably expect “WiAC’s Top 1 Album of 2011”. It’ll be a good one, though. We promise.

That said, this year was a great year for music. But it was great in a different way than the last couple years. In 2008 and 2009 we fell hard for debut records by new bands (Grand Archives and Harlem Shakes, respectively), but this year our top 5 went to nearly all familiar faces. In fact, I think when we look back on 2010 what we’ll remember most was how artist after artist that released an anticipated album just seemed to deliver – and not just by making good records, but often by making the record of their career. In a year where we listened to more music than ever, we just couldn’t deny that these were the albums we enjoyed the most. Period.

Finally, remember that this list represents our favorite albums of the year, and not necessarily the best albums of the year. If we had to pick what we thought were the very best albums critically, this list would probably look a little different. But we’re not critics, so we’re going to skip all the posturing and taste-making mumbo-jumbo. These are simply our very favorite albums of the year – the ones that made us laugh, cry, dance, smile, press repeat, wet our pants, etc. Basically, this is what we’ll remember when we look back on 2010…

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ARTIST: The Acorn


I’ve written and rewritten this post about a half dozen times now. Included among its various incarnations: a tirade directed at Pitchfork, an expose on my new love of water colors, and thoughts on why every band should seclude themselves in an isolated cabin to record albums.

But I’ve decided to just scrap it all and just tell you why I love The Acorn with no filler.

The Acorn’s latest album, No Ghost, is beautiful, dynamic, and just a treat to listen to. The dreamlike melodies play perfectly with the vocals. The album itself seems to have a unifying theme and hints to some past pain or struggle. I don’t know whether or not this album is concerning a true story from the life  of The Acorn’s lead singer Rolf Klausener’s or if I’m just hearing  things, but there is definite emotion throughout these songs.

mp3: The Acorn – Restoration
from the album No Ghost (buy it here)

I’m including this song for two reasons: First, to show an example of one of the more poppy offerings on the album and second, because I know a kid that sounds exactly like Bobcat Goldthwait. (But oddly enough looks exactly like Jimmy Stewart.)

mp3: The Acorn – Bobcat Goldwraith
from the album No Ghost (buy it here)