DS Staff Picks – 10 best albums of 2010 (Jamie)

Well, another year is drawing to a close. People are gearing up for the holidays and it’s almost time to start creating our New Year’s resolution lists. But before we begin looking to the future, let’s employ a different kind of list to help us appreciate the past. You know what I’m talking about. Yep, a Top Ten list! Each day I’m going to publish a different person’s Top 10 albums of 2010 list for you to praise, completely disagree with, or just outright ignore.

Today’s list comes from Dying Scene album reviewer Jamie Reinhart. Check out his picks for the 10 Best Albums of 2010 right here.

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10. Campaign – “It Likes To Party”

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These guys have a similar sound to Hot Water Music and Polar Bear Club so being a big fan of both of those bands of course I love Campaign. The song “Best Luck” is one of my favourite songs of the year. I don’t know if it’s just the title but this ep makes me want to party. Campaign has released two ep’s but I hope these dudes release a full length, soon.

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9. Cambridge – “This Is Not A Victory”

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Fast, technical, melodic punk rock with a touch of hardcore similar to A Wilhelm Scream with social, political, pissed off lyrics. You can’t really ask for more especially when they took their music to a whole new level on this release. This is their “Needless To Say.” Confused? I’ll explain. Edmonton band Choke released their first two CD’s “Lotion” and “Give‘er” and they were good but when you listen to their third album “Needless To Say” that’s when you realize their full potential. So yeah, “This Is Not A Victory” is to Cambridge as “Needless To Say” is to Choke. Get it?

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8. The Flatliners – “Calvacade”

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Some punk bands stick to the same formula when writing a record and that’s what works for them. For other bands like The Flatliners what works for them is constantly progressing and pushing themselves musically to never create the same record twice. “Cavalcade” proves this while not straying completely away from what makes the Flatliners.

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7. Junior Battles – S/T 7”

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This album has nostalgia written all over it and it takes me back to the days when I was a teenager first getting into punk rock. Junior Battles plays pop/punk the way it is supposed to be and the way it was done in the 90’s, not like the whining fashion show pop/punk of today. Ever since I first listened to these guys I have wanted to see them live and I think that’s what it’s all about.

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6. AM Taxi – “We Don’t Stand A Chance”

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I was instantly hooked on this album from the first listen. It’s similar to Gaslight Anthem and just like them AM Taxi sounds like a punk rock Bruce Springsteen. Interestingly enough this CD gave me Springsteen cravings but the “We Don’t Stand A Chance” is what filled my hunger.

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5. V/A – “Tribute To Belvedere”

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There was a time in my life that I thought any music that wasn’t fast, technical skate punk sucked. I thought this way because of how bands like Belvedere perfected it. This CD brings me back to all the times I first heard these songs. The bands that are now waving the skate-core flag take their stab at 15 Belvedere songs. There are some that sound pretty close to how Belvedere did them and there are some very different versions. Action Men throws in a trumpet, Straightaway does an acoustic version, PMX makes their cover sound like a metal song or something and No Perfect does a ska version of “Stain.” The bass line at the start of “Stain” has always weirdly enough sounded like a ska bass line to me so I dig it. The only disappointment was that The Johnsons didn’t get to contribute a track.

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4. Lowtalker – “People Worry About Everything”

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These guys sound like three of my favourite bands. Hot Water Music, Polar Bear Club and Living With Lions. I think that’s enough proof of how hard this disc rocks. Need more proof?

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3. Feast or Famine – “Edmonton & Company”

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Edmonton ska/punk heroes blew me away with this release. I listened to it for weeks neglecting all other music. It’s catchy, it’s fun, it’s awesome, it’s Feast or Famine! Superhereos of the Edmonton music scene.

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2. Carpenter – “Sea To Sky”

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This CD is just so good. High kickin’ party tunes. I say more about it here.

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1. Heartsounds – “Until We Surrender”

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I instantly fell in love with Heartsounds, with their 90’s Epitaph/Fat Wreck Records sound mixed with dueling male/female vocals that compliment each other so well. Ben Murray and Laura Nichol wrote and recorded “Until We Surrender,” which is impressive for just two people. It was originally released in 2009 on Murray’s Label Creator-Destructor and re-released on Epitaph in 2010. It’s just so good that it counts for two years.



One Comment

  1. ghostcountry
    Ghost Country1/5/2011 9:24 AM | Permalink

    I love your list, man! I’ve been meaning to check out AM Taxi for a long time now and i think you sold me on them. Definitely will pick that up.

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