Day 2 brings another 3 albums which IF considers to be the best of the year.
Words by Braden Fletcher. Images copyright to their respective owners.
Crywank – James is Going to Die Soon
Completely regardless of any ties, this album is one of the most raw, emotional and broken records you’ll ever hear. James Clayton aka Crywank’s music is all self made and whilst it’s not the most musically adept, well produced or layered album you’ll ever hear, it’s simplicity lets the album shine through. Think The First Days of Spring by Noah and the Whale and Death Cab For Cutie, and then make them one guy, a guitar and a microphone and you have this lyrically amazing, if angsty album.
Listen to: Welcome to Castle Irwell, Pope Alexander, Harvey Milk
(This album is available for free download HERE, so you have no excuse)
Kids in Glass Houses – Dirt
The second album from Welsh pop-punkers Kids in Glass Houses may be a departure from rock, but it’s still got something more than so many sub-par pop-punk outfits with more commercial success. Dirt is catchy from start to finish, adding depth to their genre, mixing it with the feel-good of it and then taking their past in rock and keeping in parts for good measure brings results that suprisingly don’t clash, but blend to make something with replay value. In a different year, this may not have made the top 10, but it’s worthy in 2010.
Listen to: Artbreakers I and II, Sunshine, Matters at All.
My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
If you’d told me this time last year that I’d be putting My Chemical Romance’s new album in a top 10 of the year, I’d probably have laughed at you. As it happens, people change, and that’s none truer than of Way and co’s Danger Days. With a rock and roll set of personas adopted, a comic book character set with the band as their own protagonists and some upbeat rock to back up the glam, MCR have re-invented themselves as if they were modern Bowies (David himself is mentioned in the last track.) It’s a simply strong collection of tracks, made by a band too mature to seem young and lost so they’ve grown up and brought their fans with them. People who wrote them off in the past really should listen to this.
Listen to: Sing, Party Poison, Vampire Money
Come back tomorrow for #8-6. The Top 5 will be split before and and after Christmas, which will be followed by IFM’s 2010 Playlist and in the new year, the 2011 Watchlist. Lucky you!