Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top Music of 2010

1. Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid: Suites II & III
This is a concept album that simply blew us away. The second half of her stage name rhymes with the surname of painter Claude Monet. Monae is equally talented when it comes to creating art. The opening track is not an attempt at superficially fusing classical music with contemporary. The full out overture preps us for what the album is- a full out event. Monae effortlessly blends genres in this exciting story of cyborgs and futuristic chases. The follow up to her Metropolis:Suite I (The Chase) EP, this album manages to evoke sounds of Stephen Sondheim, Michael Jackson, Prince, Sarah Vaughn, André 3000 and many others without sounding uneven. The way that each thematic idea is woven throughout makes the album almost sound like an operetta. It is clear that Monae, once a student at New York's American Music and Dramatic Academy, knows how to tell a story. And no story has been more riveting. The album is nominated for a Grammy award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. It deserves much more than that.

Key Tracks: Faster; Tightrope; Cold War; Oh Maker

Janelle Monáe
Live on Later with Jools Holland

2. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West
3. The Ladykiller Cee-Lo Green
4. Teenage Dream Katy Perry
5. The Sea Corinne Bailey Rae
6. The Incredible Machine Sugarland
7. Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars
8. Still Standing Monica
9. Sir Luscious Left Foot...The Son of Chico Dusty Big Boi
10. Record Collection Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

Corinne Bailey Rae's soulful Closer is an instant classic. Chart topper or not, the smooth tune is emotionally vulnerable along with amazing vocals. In good company with soul veterans Badu and Sade on this list, Corinne is well on her way to etching her place alongside them.

1. Closer Corinne Bailey Rae The Sea
2. Window Seat Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh
3. Love the Way You Lie Eminem ft. Rihanna Recovery
4. Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
5. Love All Over Me Monica Still Standing
6. You Lost Me Christina Aguilera Bionic
7. Soldier of Love Sade Soldier of Love
8. Runaway Kanye West ft. Pusha T My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
9. Stuck Like Glue Sugarland The Incredible Machine
10. Somebody to Love Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. ft. Boy George Record Collection

I immediately fell in love with the funky obscene tune by Cee-Lo Green known as F*ck You (Forget You). The song is so upbeat and fun that you forget that it is a diss record.The message is pretty much the same as Outkast's Roses and John Legend's Used to Love You: I hope you die, you gold-digging b *tch. :)

1. Fuck You Cee-Lo Green The Ladykiller
2. Monster Kanye West ft. Jay-Z Rick Ross Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. Tightrope Janelle Monae ft. Big Boi The Arch Android
4. Nothin On You B.O.B. ft. Bruno Mars The Adventures of Bobby Ray
5. Teenage Dream Katy Perry Teenage Dream
6. What's My Name Rihanna ft. Drake LOUD
7. OMG Usher ft. Will.I.Am Raymond vs. Raymond
8. Roman's Revenge Nicki Minaj ft. Eminem Pink Friday
9. Stuck Like Glue Sugarland The Incredible Machine
10. Holding You Down (Goin in Circles) Jazmine Sullivan Love Me Back

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