The Rhythm Report with the help of David Beans has counted down an eclectic soundscape of artistic contributions made throughout 2010. The list ends here with an original film soundtrack, an oxymoronic folk-electro orchestration comparable to a modern-day melding of Pink Floyd and Simon & Garfunkel, and a poppy indie rock quartet. The following albums finalize Beans' Top 10 Beats of 2010:
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - The Road OST
Imagine a post apocalyptic world with nothing left - the skies are gray, the trees are dead and the only other survivors in the world have a notion to eat you and your son that you are attempting to survive with. This is the soundtrack for that. Haunting, lonely and gorgeous.
Recommended Track: 'Home'
Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz
Everyone loves a record for different reasons. I'm a sucker for records about loss and realization. Known for subtle folk tunes with hushed vocals, Sufjan returns with one of the most ambitious and complex projects I've ever heard. The last song alone is over 20 minutes long and still does not seem over done several months later. Combining elements of folk, electro and playing with a palette of production techniques, this record requires you to listen from its beginning to end. Sfjan transforms the singer/songwriter to an entirely new level.
Recommended Track: 'I Walked'
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Quite possibly the best pop record of the year. Coming off their first record, which I had no interest in, Vampire Weekend produced Contra in a pop-fashion and thrives off melodies and hooks that you will end up singing, even if you don't know what they are talking about. This is a catchy and moving album that has car commercials written all over it.
Recommended Track: 'Giving Up The Gun'