2010 has been another classic year for synthpop, a 1982 to last year’s 1981 perhaps. Choosing my Top 10 synthpop albums of the year has been incredibly difficult, and that was AFTER I’d excluded lots of great albums on the grounds that they’re not strictly synthpop (Anthony Rother, Edge of Dawn, and the wonderful Pacific! album for example). So with the Edinburgh temperature sub-zero for many days now, I stoked the coal fire, poured myself a few wee drams and gave the following ten albums another listen just to be sure. Oh yes, I’m sure, these ten are crackers! Following part I then here are the Pansentient League’s Top 10 Synthpop Albums of the Year!
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My Favourite Albums of 2010 (so far)
Here are 10 of my favourite albums released so far this year, with links to listen to them. All ten albums are available on Spotify: if they hadn’t been, I probably wouldn’t have heard half of them and wouldn’t have been able to tell you how good they are!
Top 20 Albums of the Decade
Here are my Top 20 favourite albums of the decade, in order of release. These are all records that I love as albums – a collection of songs that work together to create something finer than the songs alone. There were better singles over the decade, and there were albums that had many better songs, but this list contains my favourites that I can return to and always be sure I’m going to enjoy the entire album. I’ve linked to the albums on Spotify where available: disappointingly only eleven out of the twenty as it turns out. Anyway enough pre-amble: click through for the music and happy new year from Edinburgh!
Top 20 Albums of the Year
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my Top 20 Synthpop Albums of the Year. Although synthpop is my favourite genre, it’s by no means the only type of music I listen to. Admittedly I’m still mostly an electro-head, but check my CD collection and you’ll also find rock, indie, punk, metal, folk, classical, even a country and western CD somewhere in there too. 2009 has been a fabulous year for music with many highlights. Here are my Top 20 Favourite Albums of the Year (not including synthpop). And Spotify links provided for all but two of them!
My Top 10 Favourite Books of 2009
I’ve read around 30 novels this year, mostly science fiction and fantasy but also some crime novels and a few popular science books too. Here are my 10 favourite books that I’ve read this year. The majority were released this year, although a few are older and one isn’t actually out until spring 2010. So, if you want a few recommendations or ideas on what to read over the holidays then read on!
Top 10 Synthpop Albums of 2009
If you’d have said to me at the start of the year: “Afront, come December you will be compiling a list of your Top 20 favourite synthpop albums of the year” I would have laughed and said “What, there are going to be 20 new synthpop albums this year?” If you’d then said: “Yes, and the new Depeche Mode album won’t even make it onto your list” I would have assumed you had a loose arpeggiator. But 2009 has been such a good year for music in general and for synthpop in particular that it gives me a rare chance to compile a top list specific to my favourite genre. So following Part I (20-11), here are the albums I thought were the ten very best synthpop albums released in 2009.
Top 20 Synthpop Albums of 2009: Part I
There hasn’t been a year this good for synthpop music since 1981. The 80’s revival started a couple of years ago but it hasn’t been until this year that synthpop has reached a new critical mass. Of course synthpoppers like myself have had some brilliant albums to listen to throughout the decade, but they were always few and far between. This year however saw it reach out into the mainstream once more, with artists like Little Boots and La Roux hitting the headlines, a synthpop night at the BBC (Synth Britannia) and a whole host of new bands releasing some fantastic synthpop albums (Northern Kind, Parralox, Tenek). A few of the original masters also released some great records (Pet Shop Boys), some not so great (Depeche Mode), and from a-ha a true masterpiece that surprised everyone. Here then is Part 1 of my favourite Top 20 synthpop albums of the year (with Spotify links available for 17 out of 20!).